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Kitty Takes a Holiday: Kitty Norville, Book 3 | [Carrie Vaughn]

Kitty Takes a Holiday: Kitty Norville, Book 3

After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead.
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Publisher's Summary

After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead.

When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffing around the cabin, Kitty wonders if any of them will get out of these woods alive.

©2007 Carrie Vaughn, LLC; (P)2009 Tantor

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"Strong on characterization, Vaughn creates characters worth visiting time after time in this compelling world." (Booklist)

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    Helen Austin Texas 02-13-10
    Helen Austin Texas 02-13-10 Member Since 2007

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    "A great escape...Kitty takes a holiday!"

    The title of the book makes it sound less serious than the book actually is...but Vaughn does a imaginative and thorough job describing the fictious werewolf culture and other paranormal subjects. Characters are well developed, and Kitty is really likeable. The mystery in the story is captivating. It is another great escape for readers in the Kitty series. Recommend reading in order to see the development of each character. Narrator is great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cornwall, ON, Canada 02-18-10
    Garry Cornwall, ON, Canada 02-18-10
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    "Best combination of story teller I have ever hear"

    Carrie Vaughn's writing combined with Marguerite Gavin's reading have created the best combination of erotic love story I have heard in a long time.
    Marguerite Gavin's voice made me fall in love with Carrie Vaughn's character Kitty. This is the one of the best love story thus far in the series.
    There are time when the tension just drove me crazy. I developed a real antagonism toward the sherif and prosecutor. McCormick really seemed like a real person in this novel. I was glad to see his character develop. Ben added the sizzle.
    If you have read this book it is still a good buy just to here Marguerite Gavin read it. What a joy to listen to.
    Let us hope the fountain of inspiration continues to deliver copious amounts of the height standard of literature Carrie Vaughn has been producing. The stories are the best.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing!"

    Actual rating is 2.5 stars.
    My Initial Reaction...
    Ugh! I'm pretty disappointed with Kitty Takes a Holiday. After the excitement and forward momentum of Kitty Goes to Washington this felt like taking several steps backward. The last 50% was significantly better than the first but overall, I just needed something more.

    The Narration...
    Marguerite Gavin IS Kitty for me and she's grown on me even more with Kitty Takes a Holiday. There were a pretty broad spectrum of characters and voices - complete with accents - that she had to deliver and she nailed them. She still doesn't have that special something that blows me away, but she's a solid narrator and I will definitely consider other books she narrates.

    The Characters...
    Damn it Kitty! You were doing so good! Kitty had been such a submissive wolf at the start of this series, but over the course of the last two books she grew so much. That growth isn't gone, exactly, in Kitty Takes a Holiday but it's been replaced a bit by someone who's moping around feeling sorry for herself. You know what's worse than feeling sorry for yourself? Reading about someone else doing it! It was so boring and annoying. I know she had every right to feel a little (or a lot) shell shocked after what happened to her in Kitty Goes to Washington, but the way she was handling it I felt like the Kitty I had cheered on for being ballsy as hell was gone. Oh and she's still not on the radio in Kitty Takes a Holiday, which is another book missing what had been my favorite element of this series when it began.

    Things really picked up when Cormick and Ben enter the picture, but it still had a very disappointing edge to it. Ben, her lawyer, who I absolutely loved in Kitty Goes to Washington isn't the same in this book. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I'll just say that I miss the old Ben. And the Cormick... well I kinda loved him more in this book, probably just because I got to see a lot more of him. He hasn't really changed or anything, I just know him better and like that much more.

    The Story...
    So the first half, give or take a bit, of Kitty Takes a Holiday centers around Kitty's retreat from civilization to work on a book about her life and her inability to write it, not to mention the difficulty of dealing with the people in the small town where she's staying. It could be summed up as: Kitty Goes to the Country to Hide and Stick Her Tail Between Her Legs. Yep, I was bored. There was some important foundation laid for the rest of the book in this section, but boy do I wish it could have been hurried a long a bit.

    Then Cormick and Ben show up and things get interesting. In a really depressing kind of way. I was glued to Kitty Takes a Holiday from this point on - there was interesting conversation, action, romance, plot twists. All the good stuff, but I kept feeling my stomach drop. Nothing went the way I would have liked and, while I'm totally okay with that in general (because it's not my story afterall), I'm very worried about where the future books will go because of some of the plot twists in Kitty Takes a Holiday.

    Concluding Sentiments...
    I just hope Carrie Vaughn has some really great twists up her sleeve, because with how Kitty Takes A Holiday left me, I'm pretty discouraged about where the series is going. Kitty seems to be recovered, though, so I'm sticking with it for a least one more book. And then we'll see.

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    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 05-22-14
    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Carrie Vaughn never dissapoints"

    Good story line - can't wait until the next one. Love the Kitty Norville series!

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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 11-27-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 11-27-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Still entertaining but lacking focus"

    This book was kind of a slog to get through. I continue to enjoy reading stories involving Kitty, but this story seemed somewhat adrift and not anchored like the first two books. It also had the odd feel that there were basically two stories in this book that are combined. The mystery of who is harassing Kitty during her self-enforced isolation and the part where she deals with the aftereffects of the first story.

    Overall we get a better understanding of the world that Kitty lives in (with the expansion of new types of supernatural creatures and of magic) as well as better understanding of the two men who dominate her life, her lawyer, Ben, and her occasional hunter ally Cormic.

    I really do enjoy the tone (the voice) of Kitty, she remains an engaging character and I have hopes for the next book. It helps that in the end she is back where she belongs, behind the mic.

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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-29-12
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Best one yet!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Kitty Takes a Holiday the most enjoyable?

    It was wonderful, and MG makes Kitty such a great character...warm and loving...strong and caring....Kitty is one of my new fave heroines!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that Kitty had finally found someone to care about and care for her....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After her and Ben's first shift together...how she held him, and comforted him...and there first true kiss....In was sooo happy for her....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beware of what lurks in the woods...small towns can be hell!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series....I am starting #4 now...anyone who doesn't like these books is cheating themselves....Kitty is awesome!!!!! Highly Recommend!!!!!!!

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    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12
    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.

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    "Running away never solves anything; plot thickens"

    Ok, something about the name "Kitty" turned me off this book for about a year, finally I gave into to all the recommendations. I am glad I did. She is funny and so unlucky, it reminds me of Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich series, but much much more unlucky. I got hooked quickly and I only have one book left in the series. Each book builds on the last, and average about 7 hours a piece just enough time for Kitty to get herself in trouble and right back out of it again. This is not a deep book but enjoyable just the same. It's light at times, funny, and then serious but not so overwhelming that you can't set it down and come back to it. Its a good light read and the narrator was just perfect for the book, she tells the story in a light enjoyable way, and she has become the voice of Kitty in my mind.

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    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-13-11
    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-13-11 Member Since 2006

    I LOVE Audible

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    "Great Escape from day to day Normal"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the vampire/warewolf/witch genre. Carrie Vaughn's series has a quick pace and light hearted plot that will keep you entertained.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character would have to be Cormac, since I believe he and Kitty will eventually be an item... who knows when.


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    The naration is good, Marguerite's voice and inflection changes as the characters change, making it a believable performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoy when Kitty talks about the Pack, in each book she discusses the importance of the Pack and the effects of not having one. The correlation to the real world 'Family' is obvious, and I love how important that is to the author and the charaters in her books.


    Any additional comments?

    Great escape from the real world.

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    pat 11-06-11
    pat 11-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Dont waste a credit on this book.."

    This is a boring, boring book. No other way to say it. Every time you think its going somewhere it just dies. About 5 pages of action. This could have been a great book if it took place somewhere besides deep in the woods. That just helped to slow the story down. I'm about 3/4 through and I'm fast forwarding a few pages at a time. This should be a $4.95 book. Marguerite Gavin is good as always.

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    Patti 10-30-10
    Patti 10-30-10
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    "Wanted to give it more stars....."

    I gave the story itself the stars. Love smart, funny, snarky female protangonists, and there are several books in this series, a plus for me!
    Unfortunately, I could not get past the narrator. The story was good enough in the first book to get past Ms. Gavin, and the character was a radio personality... Did not finish this book, and believe me that is rare! Marguerite Gavin sounds like the actress Wendy Malick, and that is the picture I got in my head, not some young (at the time of her attack), slacker girl. Ms. Gavin's narration is a bit too sophisticated for what I picture Kitty to be. Even alone in the cabin in the woods she uses the "Midnight Hour Voice," for internal dialogue. Of course we all have our own mental images... I'll give this series another try.. in print.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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