I’ve had a love hate relationship with Kitty. On the one hand she’s a nice character, loyal and caring, but on the other she’s not very interesting, and shall I say, rather dull. Plus I’ve always struggled with buying into her badass-ery. She’s never really shown a fierce side, never goes into battle all guns blazing. Most of the time she has all her friends with her before she can fight the bad guy. And yet everyone is scared of her. She’s the Alpha of her pack, and I have never understood how she managed that.
With that aside, I do like the characters in the Kitty books, my favourite was Cormac, a gun toting werewolf hunter, who then met Kitty, and turned into a wimp. There was great chemistry between them and I have always held on to the hope that Cormac was Kitty’s person. But no such luck. Instead Cormac has become the wierd sidekick. The extra who only gets a few lines in a wider cast of characters. This is such a shame as he was a really charismatic character. I think this was a huge mistake on the part of the author and I wonder whether looking back Vaughn wishes she had gone the Cormac route rather than Ben.
The relationship between Kitty and Ben is just SOOOOO dull. There’s absolutely no fireworks, no spark, no heat, no sexual tension, no chemistry – nada. And Cormac, well he’s on a mission to help the ghost who’s taken up residence within him find out who her family is and help her reconnect. Really? That’s it? This is what the hunk of testosterone is reduced to!
In the previous instalment, Kitty’s Big Trouble, I felt as though the story had moved into the realms of fantasy rather than urban fantasy. It was slow going for me. I was hoping that with this instalment the series would get back to form. Sadly I don’t think it has. It’s back to being more urban but to be honest I think this series has run out of steam and should really end. The plot is pretty thin with Kitty travelling to London for a paranormal conference, getting in the middle of a war between supernaturals.
There just wasn’t enough of a plot or storyline to keep my interest. What I did manage to read took me weeks. In the end I put it aside for a while in the hope that I would eventually finish it, but every time I tried I ended up putting it down after only a few pages, it just didn’t engage me at all. In fact I was bored, and after 197 pages I stopped reading for good and admitted defeat.
Unfortunately, Kitty Steals the Show is the worst instalment in the series to date. After nearly 200 pages, it still hadn’t gone anywhere. There’s no character development and the plot was dull and unexciting. It’s a shame as the earlier books were good, but I think it’s time for Kitty to say goodbye, unless, of course, there’s a real shakeup with the characters, but if not then I can’t see me picking up the next book in the series.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Kitty and the Midnight Hour
- Kitty Goes to Washington
- Kitty Takes a Holiday
- Kitty and the Silver Bullet
- Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
- Kitty Raises Hell
- Kitty’s House of Horrors
- Kitty Goes to War
- Kitty’s Big Trouble
- Kitty Steals the Show
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