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1.21.2010

Review: Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn

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Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville #5) by Carrie Vaughn
Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Mass Market Paperback (GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING, 320 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 0446199532
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS? Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life.
Author Site: www.carrievaughn.com

Weakest in the series thus far... (3 stars)

Even though they're mated as wolves already, Kitty and Ben are going to make it official the human way. Getting KNOB to pay for a trip to Vegas where she can sip fruity drinks by the pool and do a televised Midnight Hour is the perfect time to do it. Or so Kitty thinks. Staying in a hotel where the gun show consists of werewolf hunters isn't a very good start to the weekend that's supposed to be fun. But then she has to go and get the attention of a group of potential shapeshifters and a magician who may or may not be the real deal. Needless to say Kitty finds herself in all sorts of trouble before she and Ben manage to tie the knot.

It's kind of hard to say much more about the plot of this one. To be honest I enjoy this series a lot but this story would have made a good anthology addition instead of a full novel. It's not that the story is bad—it's entertaining enough—it's just so transitional. It's more or less taking readers from Kitty and the Silver Bullet to the real storyline she wanted to do here... the one she sets up to be executed in Kitty Raises Hell.

I still don't like Ben. He's really boring as a hero to me as a reader and he's even less interesting this time around. I get why Kitty like him and that's all that keeps me from hating him. In fact, it took me months to read this one because it was pretty dull between Ben and the slowly progressing plot. Unlike Kitty and the Silver Bullet this one has very little action.

Should you bother? Well yeah, if you're a reader of the series and you want to be fully informed for the next in the series. I'm not 100% sure you could skip it completely. But on the same token maybe you can. This book leaves off in a sort of cliffhanger fashion that I imagine requires some recapping in the first chapter of the next book. I'll let my fellow readers be the judge.

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