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Carrie Vaughn
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12 Jun 2008 Kitty Norville 3
Kitty Norville's established herself as a DJ, with her midnight talk show Kitty's Midnight Hour, been forced into revealing herself to the nation as a werewolf and testified to the Senate about the supernatural denizens of the USA, but now it's time to lay low in a remote Colorado cabin and work on her memoirs. Her plans get derailed when sexy werewolf hunter Cormac Bennett shows up with her lawyer, Ben O'Farrell, who's been bitten and is about to turn into a werewolf himself. But Kitty's hideaway is neither as peaceful nor as secret as she hopes, for barbed-wire crosses start showing up all over the place, and, worse, gruesome animal sacrifices are left at her door. Someone wants them gone, and it's up to Kitty and Cormac to find out who's stalking them - before someone gets really hurt . . .

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (12 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575082666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575082663
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in California, but grew up all over the country, a bona fide Air Force Brat. I currently live in Colorado, with my miniature American Eskimo dog, Lily. I have a Masters in English Lit, love to travel, love movies, plays, music, just about anything, and am known to occasionally pick up a rapier.

I've never been a DJ, but I love writing about one.

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"This is humorous, easy-going chick lit mixed with enough paranormal elements to keep you mystified till the very end. Vaughn's wit coupled with an ever-twisting plot filled with charismatic characters will keep you turning pages until you've consumed the book in one hungry bite. Sassy supernatural suspense thriller, ideal easy summer reading. Take Kitty on holiday with you and you won't be disappointed." (DREAMWATCH TOTAL SCI-FI )

"Tense, enthralling and strongly recommended." (DEATHRAY )

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Kitty's longing for a quiet life to write her memoirs, but even in the middle of nowhere, she runs into trouble! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read! 17 April 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, another Kitty novel and another incredibly entertaining read! Yet after the first two, I expected no less from Carrie Vaughn's newest installment.

Following the traumatic events of Kitty Goes to Washington, our favorite werewolf/radio host needs some well-deserved time off from everything. Retreating to a mountain cabin in Colorado, Kitty hopes to recuperate, both physically and emotionally, and to write her memoirs. But with her uncanny ability to attract trouble wherever she goes, Kitty soon discovers that someone cursed her, leaving animal sacrifices on her front porch. Before long, Kitty will find herself in danger yet again.

The story, as was the case with its two predecessors, is told in the first person. I relished this new opportunity to get into Kitty's head and was not disappointed. Carrie Vaughn has created a very real and complex young lady. Kitty's vulnerabilities make her an extremely genuine person, no different from most girls out there. The lycanthropy notwithstanding, of course! Kitty Norville is so genuine that, even though this series contains vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night, Vaughn weaves it all together and create an unmistakably "human" tale.

New character development makes this book an even more satisfying reading experience. Revelations about both Cormac and Ben O'Farrell add another layer to the characterization.

Once again, the pace is crisp, keeping you turning those pages. The main problem with the Kitty novels is that they end too rapidly! And although Kitty Takes a Holiday is the third one, the series remains fresh and intriguing.

Fun, fast-paced, engaging and entertaining, Kitty Takes a Holiday should not disappoint fans of the series thus far.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sanity Saver and a Plain-Old Good Read 2 July 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me start off by prefacing that in an airport, where one is the required two hours early for departure and inherits an additional rascally three-hour delay in said departure, one desperately needs an escape. Five hours literally flew by when I cracked the pages of this book. That, in a nutshell, made it a spectacular read. Engrossing, witty and packed with characters a reader can sink their literary teeth into is the slightly longer version, but gives one an even better idea of all this book has to offer.

Kitty Norville needs a break. Going national about her furry side isn't the only reason. She's got a writing gig now too and a secluded mountain cabin seems the ideal retreat. Having a severe case of writer's block though, Kitty is distracted to say the least...especially when dead animals keep showing up to decorate her front porch. The locals are nice enough, though not particularly keen to have the nation's first werewolf at their doorsteps. Naturally, it seems someone wants her gone. When Cormac, werewolf hunter extraordinaire, shows up with an injured Ben (her lawyer) in tow, it's all Kitty can do to hold down the fort, much less write about it. Witchcraft and evil skin walkers compound the situation and Kitty begins to wonder if any of them will get out of this alive, much less walk the right side of the law.

Having never read the series before, I was prepared to be a little lost. Surprisingly, and pleasantly enough, I was glad to read a book that made sense from its own perspective while still gleaning enough information about the past two books (Kitty and the Midnight hour first, then Kitty Goes to Washington) to want to double back.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third book in the series - still a great read! 4 April 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The two previous Kitty stories ("Kitty And The Midnight Hour" and "Kitty Goes To Washington") were great reads - fun, fresh, light and yet with serious aspects, an amusing tale of a young woman who becomes a werewolf and tries to find her place in the pack and in the world.

"Kitty Takes A Holiday", whilst equally good, goes in a slightly different direction. The previous books have focused initially on her radio station and then on her appearance before the senate, with most of the focus on Kitty and her actions. In this story Kitty is more passive - she is taking a break at a cabin in the middle of nowhere trying to write a book but strange things start to happen. Is she being cursed? Because of her notoriety she is recognised by the locals, some of whom fear her and some try to be kind. But she knows someone doesn't want her there and is trying to frighten her away and the police are hopeless. Then Cormac (the werewolf and vampire hunter) and Ben (her lawyer) arrive at the cabin; Ben has been bitten by a werewolf and Kitty needs to look after him and help him through the transition.

The previous books have shown some attraction between Cormac and Kitty and in this story we learn a lot more about that, as well as about Ben, Cormac and Ben's histories, and even Cormac's semi-psychotic nature. Kitty is growing up more and more as this series continues - now she's having to function as an Alpha to Ben as he learns about being a werewolf. Most of the action seems to be taking place between these three and it allows more characterisation than has previously been evident in the books. We also learn of a new supernatural creature and Kitty, Cormac and Ben find themselves up against something dark, evil and difficult to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I got addicted to these and in my free time would only actually read these books because they were packed with action, all of the characters are interesting, very well thought out... Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. L. C. Eley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
great set of books glad to read she is still writing them its great when a set is so big
Published 13 months ago by Milo
4.0 out of 5 stars Best In Series So Far
"Kitty Takes A Holiday" is my favourite book in the series so far. It's really action packed and I feel that Kitty is ever so slowly (emphasis on slowly) moving towards being an... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Book Chick City
4.0 out of 5 stars urban fantasy
I enjoyed the well-written character development between Kitty and her three-person quasi-pack. Vaughn has a quick, dialogue-heavy writing style that I'm appreciating more and more... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty takes a Holiday
Kitty takes a Holiday is the third book in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. This book was full of action and had a plot twist that I didn't see coming. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by AngelGoneMad
4.0 out of 5 stars best so far
You know, I quite liked this one. Definitely more than the second one and infinitely more than the first one. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2010 by Green Book Addict Librarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This a great read, loving the series. In this book Kitty goes on holiday to remote cabin to lick her wounds after appearing on national tv changing into her alter ego wolf. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2009 by Ms. S. M. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Kitty's Third Adventure
Why the author chose such juvenile titles for this series of books I have no idea, they do not read like they were aimed at the young adult market. Read more
Published on 17 April 2009 by welshwoman
3.0 out of 5 stars Carries weakest so far
Whilst everyone enjoys a series this for me was Carries, weakest book so far, whilst the characterisations were cracking as usual, I did feel that something was missing and that... Read more
Published on 7 July 2008 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
3.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy it...
...but there was just something about this story that weirded me out. We got to know more about the background of the other characters, and Kitty writing a book was entertaining. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2007 by Skargasm
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