Exhausted from the media frenzy that has surrounded her since she turned into a wolf on national television, Kitty has retreated to a cabin in an isolated section of San Isabel National Forest in Colorado. Her plan is to have some peace and write her memoirs. Kitty doesn’t expect a warm welcome from the local residents, but at least they are tolerant of her presence. So when animal sacrifices begin arriving on her front porch as part of curse rituals and the police won’t do anything about it, she’s surprised and hurt.
Kitty figures life can’t get anymore complicated, but fate has other plans. Sexy werewolf hunter Cormac Bennett shows up with her lawyer, Ben O’Farrell, who’s been infected by a werewolf. Ben wants Cormac to shoot him; however, Kitty hopes she can convince him that he can still have a great life. As if curses and the situation with Ben weren’t enough, a creature of pure evil is lurking in the woods and appears to be hunting Kitty.
Kitty Takes a Holiday is the third in the Kitty Norville series (at one point it was tentatively called Kitty and the Wolf Moon’s Curse). A lovably flawed heroine, Kitty is prey to all the common worries of the modern twenty-something. A new radio host has taken to the nighttime airwaves stealing Kitty’s format of a talk show about the supernatural. “Ariel, Priestess of the Night” gets under Kitty’s skin with each show, driving her to make taunting phone calls to her competition. Even though she faces serious fallout from her “outing” on TV, she still spends more time worrying about Ariel. Vaughn perfectly captures the small details to which every reader can relate.
Carrie Vaughn continues to exhibit strong writing in the Kitty Norville series. She has created a solid alternate reality to modern-day America, with each novel adding depth to her world. Old religions and traditional beliefs are handled with dignity, and while the beliefs may conflict with Kitty’s or be viewed as “backward” by officials, Vaughn doesn’t belittle them. This compassionate treatment of those with outsider status is only one of the things that place Vaughn’s work firmly “above the bar.”
Although Kitty doesn’t do one of “The Midnight Hour” shows in Kitty Takes a Holiday, Vaughn continues the tradition of including a playlist. Once again she has plundered the vinyl archives to pull together an outstanding collection of lesser-known gems, such as “Animal Farm” by Madness and “Surfin’ Cow” by The Dead Milkmen.