Sunday, April 5, 2009

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn

Give a brief summary of the book:

Kitty is in Vegas with this book and about to do her radio show on live television. But nothing is ever simple when Kitty is involved and before she knows it she is tangled up in a web of bounty hunters (that kill werewolves like her for a living), vampires, a magician, and a band of performing lyncanthropes. Vegas is never dull especially where Kitty is concerned :)


What I liked about this book is that we continue to see Kitty and her struggles to lead a semi-normal life. And once again the reader is caught up in the adventures that Kitty finds herself in. Kitty isn't the "sit back and wait patiently" type of girl and I like that about her. She may find herself in the midst of trouble but she always is trying to help someone or do something for someone else. It makes her a really strong female main character and I like reading this series because of it.

I can't quite put my finger on it but this wasn't my favorite of the series. I think that the plot fell a bit flat for me and while I did enjoy it, I wasn't "wowed" by it. I can't go into detail without sharing spoilers but suffice it to say that I didn't like Balthasar's character and couldn't figure out why Kitty dealt with him. Maybe not so much dealt with as I couldn't figure out why she didn't stay as far away from him as possible right off the bat. It just wasn't my favorite book in the series and that is the best way to put it.

Additional Thoughts?

Hmmm....yeah...I want to be clear that I did like this book. I just didn't love it like I have the previous ones. I'm still a fan of Kitty and am always interested to see what kind of trouble she will get herself into. And I still think that you should give this series a try if you haven't yet but start with the first book, Kitty and the Midnight Hour.

My Rating/Recommendations: 3.5 out of 5 and recommended to paranormal and urban fantasy fans.
Challenges: 100+ Book Challenge, Series Challenge 3


  1. Kitty is definitely not a wait and see girl, is she? LOL I do know what you mean about liking this one, but not quite as much as the others. This one and Kitty Takes a Holiday aren't my favorites in the series, but that in no way means i didn't enjoy them--I most certainly did.

  2. Literary Feline- Well put! That was how I felt...good but not great :) She sure is a fun main character though!

  3. In the blog talk radio interview, Vaughn says she tried to make this book lighter...and goofy almost. (screwball comedy is what she said I think)
    And maybe it just didn't work quite right! My favorite is Kitty and the Silver Bullet, I think.

  4. I've seen Kitty everywhere and I feel like I'm totally missing out on some good reads here. So I think I will pick up the first one sometime soon!! I'll be sure to blame you and Wendy!!

  5. Sorry to hear that this one wasn't as great--how many are there in the series? I'm reading New Moon right now and have to force myself to pick it up!! So, I understand about series going flat sometimes.

  6. Mm, I have this one but I haven't read it yet.

  7. Great review! It wasn't my favorite book either :)

  8. Amy- That is interesting. I did like the book but just felt that it was weaker than some of the previous ones.

    Staci- This is a really good series and I am hooked. I will be waiting for the next one to come out for sure :)

    Trish- I can't wait to hear what you think about New Moon. My Mom just gave me Eclipse to read but I'm not in the mood yet.

    Ladytink- I can't wait to hear your thoughts once you finish!

    Mo- Thank you!


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