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#71 Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn

This review has spoilers for previous books in the Kitty Norville Series, but no real spoilers for Kitty Goes to War.


Werewolf DJ Kitty discusses the supernatural on her radio show, Kitty and the Midnight Hour. When she accuses the owner of Speedy Mart, a chain of quick stop shops, of being part of a supernatural conspiracy, she is sued for libel. This leads her to believe that there may be some truth behind her claims. Meanwhile, the Center for Paranatural Biology have surprised Kitty by asking her for help with a group of werewolf soldiers who have returned from Afghanistan with serious psychological damage.

Kitty Goes to War is the eighth book in the Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn. Although it lacks the emotional intensity of the previous volume, Kitty's House of Horrors, Kitty Goes to War is still an enjoyable addition to the series. One thing I really enjoy about the Kitty series is the fact that it feels so current. Vaughn has a knack for taking things that are so twenty-first century American, and giving them an appealing supernatural twist. At times, this reminds me of what my favorite television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, used to do with its “high school is hell” metaphor. This time around, we have soldiers returning from the war in Afghanistan who are suffering from psychological issues that stem from the fact that they are newly minted werewolves, and a villain that may have the ability to create disastrous hurricanes (including Katrina) through magical abilities.

I found that I connected quite well to the werewolf solider storyline. Like Kitty, I really wanted to find a way to rehabilitate these individuals and make it so they could find a way back into society. This storyline also gave us an opportunity to see Kitty more in her role as alpha. I'm glad that Vaughn explored this because it's so unheard of to hear of a female alpha in a paranormal series. I can only think of one other series that has done it. More often, werewolf alphas are testosterone/sexually charged uber-agressive males. Kitty, on the other hand, leads not through violence but persuasion, which I think suits her really well. The secondary storyline involving the Speedy Marts was less interesting for me. Although I like the concept, it felt a little tacked at times, as if it was thrown in purely because the werewolf solider storyline could only fill so many pages by itself. During this storyline we also get a big revelation about Cormac, who has been recently released from prison. I'm not sure how I feel about this particular revelation yet, but will keep an open mind until I see it explored a little more in future volumes (of which I hear there are going to be at least two).

Although Kitty Goes to War is not the strongest volume in the Kitty Norville series, it's a quick and fast read filled with satisfying suspense, character interaction, and sweet romance between Kitty and her werewolf husband Ben. I'm looking forward to the ninth volume, Kitty's Big Trouble, set to come out next year.


Rating: four stars
Length: 334 pages
Source: Lewiston Public Library
Challenge: This book is not part of any challenges
Similar Books: For other books about werewolves, check out Kelley Armstrong's Bitten, Stolen, Broken, and Frostbitten (my review) and Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series (my reviews)
Other books I've read by this author: 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 (my review),Kitty Raises Hell (my review), Kitty's House of Horrors (my review), Voices of Dragons (my review)

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