Monday, May 30, 2011

Quick and Dirty Review: Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville #8)

Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville, #8)Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.

Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for libel by CEO Harold Franklin after featuring Speedy Mart—his nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness—on her show.

Very bad weather is on the horizon.

I really enjoyed this one....right up until the end. The action was great, character development was there and I can see that the series isn't stalling out or becoming redundant. All good things. But then there's Cormac.

Cormac is such a fabulous character. I love his dynamic with Kitty. Love his dynamic with Ben. Love the three of them in this committed yet slightly awkward pack of three. The thing is, there has to be resolution at some point. The Cormac/Kitty unresolved issues have to be resolved. Now, I am a hardcore Cormac/Kitty shipper. I love Ben. I really do, but I want him out. HOWEVER, I could be ok if we see Kitty and Cormac air out their feelings and issues and just be committed to being bffs/family. What I CANNOT deal with is any sort of assassination of the character of Cormac or some overly convenient plot development that makes the Kitty/Cormac/Ben issue moot. So, you'll understand how wary I am of the new development regarding Cormac and his abilities. I can see how it could be cool and add a lot of angst/action/drama and so forth to the story, but I can also see it being an out that will be used to gloss over the Kitty/Cormac/Ben triangle and completely change Cormac beyond all recognition. I want to trust Carrie Vaughn not to do this, but I'm nervous, y'all.

Anyone else with me on this?

Also, I felt like there was a lead up to possible issues with Kitty's leadership of her pack. Anyone else catch that one, or am I delusional?

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Final Grade: 4 star rating translating to about a B on this one.


Anonymous said...

YES. I just devoured all these books last month, and I got to this book really feeling like now that Cormac was released that we'd finally get the resolution we've been waiting many books for... then there is a giant WTF? I just didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous ones, and not to say that I didn't enjoy it, I love Kitty and Ben as well. I love them together and the warmth they share... but Amelia? or whatever the hell her name is I can't remember right now but you know what I am talking about... I was VERY VERY unsatisfied with that new element. Furthermore, I am definitely feeling you on the inner strife among her pack. I feel like that's going to be the natural progression of things at this point.

The Queen B said...

Yeah. I really, really want Cormac and Kitty together, but Kitty and Ben are a great couple. That's a great compliment to an author, in my opinion, when you may have a favorite but you like all the characters enough not to be rabid about it. HOWEVER, I will not accept a friggin' cop out. Whether it's romantic or not, there is something there with Cormac and it needs to be dealt with. Even Ben is unsettled a bit now that Cormac's out. And the Amelia thing could be cool, but I'm just so afraid that it's gonna go into wtfery category and then I'll be frothing at the mouth and you'll have to deal with my rants. LOL.
The pack thing is interesting. I'm really wondering if they can deal with Kitty and her unconventional ways, especially since she is a trouble magnet.

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