Review: Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn

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“It’s all come down to this, following the discoveries made by Cormac in Low Midnight, Kitty and her allies are ready to strike. But, when their assassination attempt on the evil vampire Dux Bellorum fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic end game, and Kitty still doesn’t know where he will strike.

Meanwhile, pressure mounts in Denver as Kitty and her pack begin to experience the true reach of Dux Bellorum’s cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world as well.”

Warning: spoilers ahead.

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Review: Dreams of the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

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“Like every teen, Anna has secrets. Unlike every teen, Anna has a telepath for a father and Commerce City’s most powerful businessperson for a mother. She’s also the granddaughter of the city’s two most famous superheroes, the former leaders of the legendary Olympiad, and the company car drops her off at the gate of her exclusive high school every morning. Privacy is one luxury she doesn’t have.

Hiding her burgeoning superpowers from her parents is hard enough; how’s she supposed to keep them from finding out that her friends have powers, too? Or that she and the others are meeting late at night, honing their skills and dreaming of becoming Commerce City’s next great team of masked vigilantes?

Like every mother, Celia worries about her daughter. Unlike every mother, Celia has the means to send Anna to the best schools and keep a close watch on her, every second of every day. At least Celia doesn’t have to worry about Anna becoming a target for every gang with masks and an agenda, like Celia was at Anna’s age.

As far as Celia knows, Anna isn’t anything other than a normal teen. Still, just in case, Celia has secretly awarded scholarships at Anna’s private high school to the descendants of the city’s other superpowered humans. Maybe, just maybe, these teens could one day fill the gap left by the dissolution of The Olympiad….”

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Review: Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn

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“As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack’s territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine: the perfect cage for a werewolf. Her captors are a mysterious cult seeking to induct Kitty into their ranks in a ritual they hope will put an end to Dux Bellorum. Though skeptical of their power, even Kitty finds herself struggling to resist joining their cause. Whatever she decides, they expect Kitty to join them in their plot . . . willingly or otherwise.”

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Review: Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn

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I’ve been reading the Kitty Norville series since it first started coming out. What attracted me to it was Kitty’s unusual job (nighttime radio DJ and talk show host) as well as the character arc that allowed Kitty to grow from subservient werewolf to confident woman. I was also drawn to the cultures of the various supernatural races. Kitty Steals the Show gives readers a bit of a peek at the vampires’ Long Game, machinations that determine which vampires rule from the shadows.

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“Kitty has been tapped as the keynote speaker for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, taking place in London. The conference brings together scientists, activists, protestors, and supernatural beings from all over the world—and Kitty, Ben, and Cormac are right in the middle of it.

Master vampires from dozens of cities have also gathered in London for a conference of their own. With the help of the Master of London, Kitty gets more of a glimpse into the Long Game—a power struggle among vampires that has been going on for centuries—than she ever has before. In her search for answers, Kitty has the help of some old allies, and meets some new ones, such as Caleb, the alpha werewolf of the British Isles. The conference has also attracted some old enemies, who’ve set their sights on her and her friends.

All the world’s a stage, and Kitty’s just stepped into the spotlight.”

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Review: Kitty’s Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn

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I’ve been following Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series since book one. I enjoyed the way the author presented her characters and painted a world coming to grips with the supernatural. Up until now, though, I’ve never had a chance to read any of the short stories that are set in this storyline. In Kitty’s Greatest Hits, readers can find all of these tales in one volume.

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“Kitty Norville, star of a New York Times bestselling series, is everybody’s favorite werewolf DJ and out-of-the-closet supernatural creature. Over the course of eight books she’s fought evil vampires, were-creatures, and some serious black magic. She’s done it all with a sharp wit and the help of a memorable cast of werewolf hunters, psychics, and if-not-good-then-neutral vampires by her side. Kitty’s Greatest Hits not only gives readers some of Kitty’s further adventures, it offers longtime fans a window into the origins of some of their favorite characters.

In ‘Conquistador de la Noche,’ we learn the origin story of Denver’s Master vampire, Rick; with ‘Wild Ride,’ we find out how Kitty’s friend T.J. became a werewolf; and in ‘Life is the Teacher,’ we revisit Emma, the human-turned-unwilling-vampire who serves the aloof vampire Master of Washington, D.C.

This entertaining collection includes two brand-new works: ‘You’re On the Air,’ about one of Kitty’s callers after he hangs up the phone; and the eagerly awaited ‘Long Time Waiting,’ the novella that finally reveals just what happened to Cormac in prison, something every Kitty fan wants to know.”

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Review: Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn

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The Kitty Norville books have been a favorite of mine since the series first debuted. I like the way the supernatural world and the real world learn to deal with each other, because it seems like one of the more realistic portrayals out there. And with the newest installment, Vaughn brings the story close to home for me–specifically, to San Francisco, for a dip into Chinatown’s mythical underworld.

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“Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the United States government may have been covertly using werewolves in combat. Have any famous names in our own history been actually supernatural? She’s got suspicions about William Tecumseh Sherman. Then… an interview with the right vampire puts her on the trial of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter.

But her investigations lead her to a clue about the enigmatic vampire Roman and the mysterious Long Game played by vampires through the millennia. That clue, plus a call for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco, suddenly puts Kitty and her friends on the supernatural chessboard, turning them into pieces in a dangerously active play. But Kitty Norville is never content to be a pawn…”

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Review: After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

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Superheroes have been a part of our culture for decades. Figures such as Superman, Batman and Spider-Man are just as familiar to us as any legendary person out of actual history. And these mighty warriors have gained more fame in recent years as the film industry has updated them for the new millennium. Novels, too, have provided us with heroes to admire, and Carrie Vaughn’s newest book joins these ranks. After the Golden Age is a deeply affecting tale of the hero in each of us.

Celia West is an accountant, specializing in the kind of forensic work that helps bring criminals to justice. She lives in a modest apartment and appears to be, for all intents and purposes, normal. But she’s the daughter of Warren and Suzanne West, also known as Captain Olympus and Spark, Commerce City’s greatest superheroes. This makes Celia a favorite target for someone looking for a prime hostage.

But Celia’s efforts to stay out of the limelight are thwarted when her boss assigns her to the Simon Sito case. Sito, the Destructor, has a long and storied history with her family. Forced back into the world of the more-than-human, she is forced to confront—and answer for—secrets about herself that she’s long kept buried. And when her investigations turn up even more shocking secrets, she has to question almost everything that she’s known about the way her world works.

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