After getting caught turning wolf on national television, Kitty retreats to a mountain cabin to recover and write her memoirs. But this is Kitty, so trouble is never far behind, and instead of Walden Pond, she gets Evil Dead. When werewolf hunter Cormac shows up with an injured Ben O'Farrell, Kitty's lawyer, slung over his shoulder, and a wolf-like creature with glowing red eyes starts sniffing around the cabin, Kitty wonders if any of them will get out of these woods alive...
Since Kitty really isn't used to being the center of attention, the nasty events of the previous book have really damaged her confidence. She's snuck away to a remote location to try and escape her new found celebrity (and not in a good way) status. Of course things couldn't be easy for her, proven when Cormac shows up with her a changed Ben, her lawyer in tow. To make matters worse, someone keeps leaving blood spells around her cabin in apparent threat. Not to mention the red eyed creature determined to be the end of Kitty and its no wonder she is about to lose it. She's gonna have to get her head in the game quick or she just might lose it.
Kitty's love life is really starting to look up in Kitty Takes a Holiday. My first thought was finally!, but then I took a step back and realized that anything before this point could never had been a lasting thing as Kitty was still trying to be as independent as possible. She just was not in the mindset to settle down anywhere, let alone with just one person. I mean she did get "busy" in the last book with the werecat, but that was just a bit of fun. There was no real connection there, and I knew he just wouldn't last. I wish I could talk about who her new partner is and why I think he is perfect for her. But, that would be a bit of a spoiler, so you will just have to read the book yourself to find out. Suffice it to say that I think this guy is here to stay, and I couldn't be happier. I'm really looking forward to seeing how things play out between them in the future.
The ending events were a shocker, and pretty emotional. However I think they needed to happen for Kitty to be able to find a new direction in her life and heart. Otherwise, she would have continued chasing after something that probably would never have worked out in the long run. Typically I am all for characters taking risks in love and life, but in this case the odds were just stacked too far against her. I imagine it was a little hard to write but I admire Carrie Vaughn for coming up with a way to keep things from turning into a nasty triangle without killing off a character, yet still keeping the transition realistic and smooth. Perhaps things might change in the future and reopen some of those possibilities, but for now Kitty seems to be content, and she deserves that.
Kitty Takes a Holiday was yet another really great installment in the Kitty Norville series. There was plenty of action as always, but it also seemed a bit more serious than the previous two books. I can only attribute that to the messy ordeals she has had to deal with. Everything seemed to catch up with her emotionally, and she needed that time to heal. It is so refreshing to see a heroine that isn't invincible when it comes to the emotional side of dealing with their catastrophes. That being said, I think she is well on her way to healing, and should be ready to step back up to the plate in the next book. Watch out world, cause Kitty's back.