Kitty Steals the Show is the 10th book in the Kitty Norville series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

“Don’t underestimate her ability to talk,” Ben said, his expression wry. He was enjoying this, the bastard. “It’s her superpower.”

Wolves don’t like flying. But talkshow host Kitty, with Ben and Cormac in tow, is off to the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies in London; a chance to mingle with the finest minds of the supernatural community and perhaps learn a little more about what makes them, them.

This city had been a city for two thousand years, and I could feel that with every step I took. Bits of all that time were still here, alive, even if it was just in the form of collective memory.

I wondered if being in London was a little like being a vampire.

After Kitty’s Big Trouble I felt the series was waning and I was dithering over sticking with it but Kitty Steals the Show has renewed my faith in Kitty! Kitty is back on form with her sarcasm and enthusiasm, as she attends the world’s first convention on Paranatural Studies in London. Yes, she’s on her travels again and her touristy observations are one of the high points; from red buses to fangirling over a vampire who knew Shakespeare. Yes, there always seem to be ancient vampires with a connection to the Bard but I just loved how this was handled. She’s almost poking fun at the whole cliché. Her descriptions of London from a tourist perspective aren’t rose-tinted either, she notices the new with the old and the scruffiness in-between. And it didn’t feel patronising at any point (which I sometimes feel is a problem when they send a character to Britain).

I’m still not sure I like the new Cormac. However there’s only so long you can keep a will-they-won’t-they scenario going and at least this does a good job of killing off the sexual tension. Now that she’s married to Ben, something had to happen. Ben is also starting to grow on me, with his wolfish possessiveness coming out to protect Kitty, I think he’s finally getting the hang of being a werewolf.

“This conspiracy needs a flow chart.”

Having so many supernaturals in one place, is of course, going to be troublesome and Kitty and company fear Roman will use this to further the Long Game. There’s plenty of posturing and political manoeuvres amongst the sightseeing. Throughout it seems that they’re biggest threat is political activism rather than physical and supernatural violence. There’s a lot packed into this instalment which makes me really excited about carrying on.

Normal. How could be even use that word to describe our lives? Because normal was what you lived with every day, no matter what it was. Nobody had the same normal when you put it like that; normal didn’t exist.

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