Friday, 19 July 2013

Kitty Rocks the House

Kitty Rocks the House is the 11th book in the Kitty Norville series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

Kitty is back in Denver with her tail between her legs after revealing the vampire conspiracy of the Long Game on air. With her producer keeping a close eye on her, she’s on her best behaviour during her radio show, The Midnight Hour all the while worrying about what Dux Bellorum might be up to whilst she’s playing it safe. When a mysterious vampire comes looking for Rick and a new werewolf lopes into town, she can just tell life’s not going to be trouble free.

After feeling the series was back on track with Kitty Steals the Show, this was a bit of a non-event. The ingredients are there; an ancient Catholic vampire who promises Rick the one this he’s been missing in his unlife sounds like it would be packed with potential. But instead, they hide out in a church for the majority of the book. Kitty is trying to get her career back on track, mostly by being a bit normal and boring in her shows. There’s a new werewolf in town and his plotline wasn’t full of surprises either.

I know the Long Game is, well, a long game but it goes from being an imminent threat in one book to a background noise in the next. I want something major to happen. I want some chaos and danger; a taste of which rears its head near the end, but mostly it was just going through the motions. It’s an OK book, I really like Kitty and it’s a quick and easy read but I’m not sure I’ll remember much of it by the time I read the next book. Yes, I’m not giving up on the series just yet, because when there’s a good one, I love it. And I want to see the Long Game play out… even if it takes a long time.

I’m still really disappointed in Cormac. I know he had a personality transplant in jail but he just seems a bit of a weak character now. Perhaps that’s because Amelia is a weak character and yet she’s taken him over. I don’t want to break Kitty and Ben up but I want that spark of the old Cormac back. Even if it has to be with someone else. I think Ben might have been the bets part for once...he's really starting to grow into his alpha status.

I think the UK publisher (Gollancz) may have actually given up on this series. I had to buy the US mass market paperback (which are small and fiddly to read) and there's no sign of an ebook available here. Still, at least the new fangled interwebs thing means we can get our hands on everything.

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