So my first trip to the bookstore was to find Kitty Saves the World (Urban Fantasy 318 pages) by Carrie Vaughn.
“It’s all come down to this. Kitty and her allies have decided to take down the ancient vampire Roman once and for all. But when their attempt fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic endgame, and Kitty still doesn’t know where he will strike. Meanwhile, pressure mounts as Kitty and her pack realize that not even Denver is safe as they begin to experience the true reach of Roman’s cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, Kitty will have to call on allies both old and new to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world.”
Since this is the last book in the series, I’m going to talk about the series as a whole, as well as the individual book.
This is thought to be the last installment of the Kitty Norville series, which is both sad and kind of neat at the same time. I do sometimes get frustrated at some authors when their books just keep going on and on and on and don’t seem to have an end in sight. I am a huge fan of stories that have a fully developed story arch, with consistent character development, and settings that make sense. I am firmly of the opinion that this book does a fantastic job of wrapping up the series without being unbelievable in any way.
One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about this series is that Kitty is one of the most compassionate characters out of most of the books I read. She isn’t a stereo-typical lead female character wearing stilettos, sleeping with every guy in the story, and using unrealistic violence to solve her issues. When things in her life get rough, she asks for help from her friends and family. She tries to talk her way out of all the trouble she gets in and if she can’t talk, then she’ll either fight or attempt to retreat. For Kitty, there is no shame at all in changing into her wolf form in order to run faster and farther to escape bad situations. There is no shame in being a smaller person and not participating in violence unless she has no other options. She is not the fastest, not the strongest, and not the best when it comes to physical violence. But she is the best at talking and providing information to people in order to help convince them to look at other options when faced with less-than-ideal situations. She is not a solo heroine who feels the need to do everything by herself. If anything, she knows that most issues are more easily solved with help. And that’s a huge thing for a heroine to do in fiction these days – ask for help.
I think this review is going to be shorter than I originally expected, as I am suddenly very tired. Overall, I think this book is a solid three on my rating scale. I like the story and the characters and I feel as though this was an adequate ending to the Kitty Norville series. I’m happy that I own all the books in this series.