Kitty Rocks the House (Tor, March 2013)-Our favorite werewolf with the unlikely name is back in the 11th installment of the Kitty Norville series, and after attending her grandmother’s funeral, it leaves her questioning her own mortality, and even her ability to lead the Denver pack. The poor girl has a lot on her plate. She’s juggling emissaries that could be possible allies in the fight against Dux Bellorum in the Long Game, and she’s counting on vampire Rick to back her up, but when a mysterious vampire shows up, Rick disappears, and Kitty starts floundering. Luckily, she has Ben on her side, but when a dominant male were shows up, claiming to want to join the pack, Kitty’s confidence in herself as a leader is even more threatened, and there may be more to this guy than meets the eye.
When I pick up a Kitty book, I’m always impressed with how Carrie Vaughn has managed to keep this series so fresh book after book. That said, Kitty Rocks the House wasn’t my favorite of the series. I certainly liked it, but, for me, it was one of the most introspective of the series (on Kitty’s part), and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, I was in the mood for Kitty-as-usual. You know, action, more action… So, yeah, it may be my fault that it didn’t blow me away. However, I will say, this one needed to be written, because Kitty’s self-doubt has been building, subtly, for a while now, and she needed someone like Darren (mysterious were that wants to join the pack), to make her realize that she is, indeed, the kick ass, strong chick that is absolutely capable of running her pack. It also made her realize how loyal her pack is, and how her leadership, so different from her predecessors, is the glue that holds them together. Ben provides his usual strong but quiet support, and Cormac plays a pretty big part of this one, and I’m always game for some Cormac *clears throat*. So, while this is less action packed than the other novels, it will make you feel closer to Kitty and certainly shows her more vulnerable side, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Really looking forward to Kitty In the Underworld, coming up in July.