Thursday, November 19, 2020

Review: Kitty's Mix-Tape by Carrie Vaughn

About the Book
The final installment of the bestselling Kitty Norville series showcases the paranormal escapades of Carrie Vaughn’s fan-favorite werewolf talk-show host. This engaging short fiction collection - with its own soundtrack for each tale - is sure to delight both existing Kitty fans and anyone who enjoys urban fantasy at its grittiest and best.

“The only urban fantasy world where I want to read every book of the series.” -The Denver Post

“Enough excitement, astonishment, pathos, and victory to satisfy any reader.” -Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

Kitty Norville still can’t stay away from trouble of the supernatural kind.

Everyone’s favorite werewolf DJ is here to mix it up just one last time. Here you will find, or even newly discover, the irrepressible Kitty Norville with friends and enemies alike: Rick the vampire; Jessi Hardin, paranormal detective; Kitty’s husband Ben; Cormac, the bounty hunter; and the villainous Dux Bellorum. These irresistible tales are full of unpredictable twists and turns: lupines experimenting with astronomy, a cheating boxer with preternatural strength, vampires arriving from the Philippines.

As a special treat, author Carrie Vaughn (Bannerless) has provided her own selections for a mix-tape: story notes and songs dedicated to each tale.

So whatever you do, don't miss Kitty before she is gone. . . .

My Thoughts

I can't even tell you how nice it was to slip back into Kitty's world. It was my go-to urban fantasy series and, in fact, sparked my love for the genre in the first place. I was sad when it ended, so to have this chance to revisit this cast of characters again was so great. It felt like catching up with old friends.

There's a good assortment of tales featuring Kitty, of course, but most of the stories are about secondary characters. It was great getting new perspectives on them and to see their stories fleshed out a bit more. There were even a few historical tales.

This was a really great collection. I enjoyed the vast majority of the stories. A couple I didn't really care for, but that's to be expected in a collection like this. My favorites were The Beaux Wilde set during the regency period and then Defining Shadows about Detective Jessi Hardin.

If you've ever been a fan of Kitty Norville, this is a must read! I highly recommend it.

Four Stars


  1. What a perfect title for a short story collection! :)