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Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville #8)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  8,007 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
Three soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are in custody at Ft Carson in Colorado Springs. They're werewolves, suffering from post traumatic stress, which has left them unable to control their shapeshifting, unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them; after her own battles in KITTY'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (Kitty #7), she feels a great deal of sy ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 27, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I won this though the First Read Giveaways and being a winner made me happy.

Kitty Goes to War continues the adventure of Kitty the werewolf, her family, friends, and pack. It is a good installment to the series.

Many UF writers, many series writers in general, tend to set their books in unspecified time. P.D. James' detective has been the same age for more years than I've been alive. Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden exists sometime after Star Wars and LOTR, but more than that I don't
Beth Cato
Feb 05, 2017 Beth Cato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban, 2017
As a writer, I'm impressed by how Vaughn has developed each book in the series. She sprinkles in just the right amount of back story. Info dumps aren't an issue. Instead, each book flows quickly and can stand well on its own--more like episodes of a TV series than a book series.

Here, the action pushes along at a fast pace as two major plots converge: Kitty addresses the weirdness of Speedy Mart stores on her radio show, leading to an odd confrontation with the CEO, even as the Army pulls her in
Maggie K
Sep 23, 2013 Maggie K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I mean, I get that there is a certain amount of suspension of belief we need to do as readers when we read Urban Fantasy, but my god...this was just annoyingly implausible.

So the set up is that Kitty finds out that something fishy is going down revolving around Speedy-Marts. Around the same time she is contacted by the Army (really?) because there was a rogue vampire unit whose Alpha was killed and they need her help. (hmmm) OK.

But then,
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A decent installment in the Kitty series, but this one felt very rushed through. Kitty is thrown into two new situations - both dangerous, of course. Would have preferred a LOT more detail and backstory on both of them, the solution for each was way too pat.

And the Cormac thing - the story on that should've been it's own book, rather than two pages in this one.

Anyone know if there's a novella out there on the topic of what happens to Cormac while he's in prison? If you do, please let me know! =
I am a HUGE fan of the ‘Kitty Norville’ series. This is one Urban Fantasy in which the heroine has a very discernable character transformation – going from meek werewolf and runt of her pack, to Alpha of her very own werewolf family. Over the course of eight books it has been fascinating and uplifting to read Kitty as she comes into herself. For me, that’s been the most fulfilling aspect of the books – Kitty’s emotional journey. Especially her finding love with Ben, and entering into a complicat ...more
Jun 30, 2010 Nan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitty faces two challenges in this newest adventure: a libel lawsuit and werewolves with PTSD.

The lawsuit is Kitty's fault. Someone, she decided to devote an entire episode of her call-in show to supernatural occurrences involving Speedy Marts without consulting a lawyer to find out if that would constitute libel. No one is surprised when Kitty gets served with papers. There are two defenses to libel--apologize, or prove that you weren't lying. Of the two, Kitty's path should be obvious to her r
The Army wants Kitty. Well her expertise anyway. There are 3 highly trained combat troops just back from Afghanistan who are werewolves. Trouble is their Captain, who was their Alpha, is dead and they aren't coping.

Kitty has another problem, the CEO of Speedy Mart, Harold Franklin, is suing her for libel. She enlists Cormac to find out about Franklin while she goes to meet the rogue wolves.

Turns out that one of the wolves has already killed 3 other teammates because they wouldn't acknowledge him
Another solid entertainer, although the military angle could have been done better. Still, it was fun & did bring up some interesting points & had its share of twists. I'm impressed that Vaughn has kept the series going so well. I'll look forward to reading another some time.
Belinda Boring
Jul 11, 2010 Belinda Boring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Kitty Norville and this was a pretty good addition to the ongoing series. I kinda guessed that it was pretty fitting for what is currently happening in the world and was interested to see that the author was one of the first (that I've seen) to introduce it into the world of their characters. I like any and every situation that Kitty finds herself in and love the fly by the seat of her pants way she lives her life. She is loyal and dedicated to her relationships and pack. She's a bi ...more
Aug 02, 2010 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storyline: Kitty, the alpha werewolf of the Denver pack and host of a radio talk The Midnight Hour, is summoned to an army base to help with a werewolf problem. The werewolves in question were part of a secret project that infected soldiers with lycanthropy to make them more effective in the war in Afghanistan. When their alpha (Captain) was blown to bits, the squad imploded and went crazy.

The three remaining members, who have a murderous lack of self control, are facing extermination unless Kit
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
This go around with Kitty has her hearing a lot of weird things about a chain of convenience stores, Speedy Mart during her call in show. When Kitty ends up being sued for comments made on her show, she decides to investigate the callers stories about Speedy Mart & the paranormal activities that have been reported. Kitty also is dealing with a bit of a problem, three soldiers have returned from Afghanistan & they are a huge problem. They were turned werewolf, the ultimate killing machine ...more
I won this book through First Reads. This book was considerably less tense and awash-in-gore than the last one, but the story lines felt looser. The main plot features Kitty attempting to help war vet werewolves (who mostly, despite the back cover, don't seem to be that poorly adjusted or difficult to help, given the circumstances). I like the idea of examining what would happen with lycanthrope soldiers, but it might have been better to focus just on that and its complications, rather than thro ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 26, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, urban-fantasy
It's been a while since I've read any of the Kitty books. I've been making sure we purchase each new one published, but I haven't read one since Kitty's House of Horrors. I'm not sure what prompted the pause, but I finally felt in the mood... and ended up gulping down the three that have been waiting on my shelves in a matter of days.

This book is something of a transition piece for the Kitty-verse. Not so much for Kitty herself, mind, but rather for some of the world around her and especially fo
Tara Day
May 07, 2015 Tara Day rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this nitty-gritty war story, Kitty’s gotta deal with a few werewolf soldiers dealing with PTSD and their violent wolf sides while facing down a new bad guy who seems to be able to control the weather.

I like how it’s become a running gag that Kitty hates trouble but runs head first into it. I mean, trying to take on and coddle a small group of homicidal military guys? Even that seems a bit extreme, even for Kitty. But it’s Kitty. And even Cormac and Ben know she tends to get in over her head.
Sep 28, 2010 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this eighth series book featuring Kitty Norville, werewolf and radio talk show host, Kitty is asked by the military to help round up some soldiers who were also werewolves--members of an elite group specifically turned werewolf by their commanding officer in an attempt to develop a 'super soldier.' Recently returned from Afghanistan, now only three of the unit remain, the rest having been killed off by the dominant male, and they are headed for Denver right into Kitty and Ben's territory. Kit ...more
Aug 10, 2010 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, e-books
When I was a little girl, my friends and I would walk to our neighborhood Speedy Mart to get Slurpees and candy. By my teens, Speedy Mart had been renamed 7-11, but I still thought of it as Speedy Mart for years afterward. I wonder if Carrie Vaughn knew about the real Speedy Mart when she wrote Kitty Goes to War and made her fiction chain of convenience stores the locus of some really bad magic.

The Speedy Mart story line is one of two plots that make up Kitty Goes to War. The other story is of
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Kitty Goes to War was interesting, but only because I'm familiar with the characters and everything. It was still a good read, but it didn't seem to have as much danger and action as the previous books have. There was danger and action, but it just didn't feel like it had the same intensity as past books. It was still interesting to read and we definitely got to see more of Cormac, which was a plus. Cormac is what made the book more interesting because there is something up with Cormac, somethin ...more
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Jul 20, 2014 ribbonknight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of had a hard time rating this one.

I dug Kitty trying to rehabilitate two army-created/trained werewolves. This entire series' comparison of lycanthropy to mental illness is why I stick around. Her encouragement of the guys to focus on one day at a time, one hour, one minute, then the next one, etc., is just spot on.

That said, I felt pretty dubious about this entire plot, as I work in human research administration professionally. I get that someone went rogue to create the werewolves, but
Hali Sowle
In the 8th installment of the series Kitty has a new question for her listeners - are there supernatural things going-on around the Speedy marts all over the country? Seems like lots of people think so including one caller who says that the owner had been seen at the speedy marts in Louisiana just before Katrina and at other places before hugely powerful natural disasters. This line of questioning leads the owner of the chain not only suing her but coming to give her the look over, which raises ...more
Kitty's latest research project for her radio show brings trouble to her doorstep in the form of a lawsuit for libel. Intrigued by the mystery and determined to prove that there is truth behind the rumors concerning a big chain of stores, she starts investigating.

On top of that, she finds herself involved in the rehabilitation of a few army vets who are also werewolves that have become unstable after losing their alpha.

Cormac is back and he helps with the investigation that turns out to be bigge
Jul 05, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, urban-fantasy
When Kitty finds out that Flemming's werewolf soldier experiment didn't completely die out, she feels compelled to try and help four rogues. The story gets complicated and not all of the soldiers make it.

Cormac is back in this book, but I didn't really feel like he had a strong enough presence. He was the tough guy that Kitty secretly desired (and perhaps she still does a little bit...). I'm just not sold on the whole Ben/Kitty relationship. To me, it doesn't work.

However, Ben and Kitty team up
Feb 13, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this one and I really liked the book. I loved the whole soldier thing. It brought up some great real life things, but with a paranormal twist. I didn't know what to think of the doctor. My feelings were like Kitty's much of the time. The doctor was trying to help, but there was the lure of learning more by keeping others prisoner.

I don't know what I think of Cormac and what is changing/happening with him, at this point I need to know more about Amelia.

I loved Ben sniffing Kitty w
Heather Tisdale
Jun 25, 2010 Heather Tisdale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. It was traditional Kitty. I feel like I was more along the ride for her emotional issues than any real fear for her safety like in the previous book. Despite that, it wasn't a bad ride. It was nice to see Rick back, but I'd like to see him participate a little more. I was very excited to have Cormac back, but it just doesn't feel right when he doesn't have guns to play with. Of course, Vaughn mentions this so it fits within the context of the story. The one issue that I've every had ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is one of my fave UF series but for some unknown reason, I've fallen behind. The other night, I decided to change that. :)

Kitty survived a pretty awful ordeal in the previous book and it still haunts her. But when a sketchy guy--and CEO of a chain of convenient stores--sues her after she speculates about him on her radio show, and she's called in to help with three rogue werewolf soldiers with PTSD, she hasn't got time to dwell on it. Then there's Cormac. Her husband's enigmatic cousin who'
Carolyn F.
I'm listening to the audiobook and I also have the paperback.

Sad book. Kitty is called in to an army base to work with the remainder of a pack started by a superior officer in the Persian Gulf. When the alpha was killed, there was constant fighting within the pack which included multiple killings. 3 are left and she has to try to see if they are able to exist outside of a war setting. There's also a warlock who is the head of Kwicky Mart that has been leaving weather related death and destructio
Nov 24, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
The army reaches out to Kitty for help with a unit of werewolf soldiers who've lost their alpha and are out of control. Meanwhile, she is also getting sued for libel by the CEO of a chain of convenience stores for speculating about him being involved with something supernatural on her show. Digging deeper into the subject, she finds the speculation may not have been entirely off base. Also, best of all: Cormac is back in action! And he brought a mysterious secret back from prison that might come ...more
Apr 15, 2010 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Vaughn's series gets better and better. Kitty is no longer either alone nor submissive. Who else to call when the military discovers they have a rogue unit of werewolves that have fallen apart? Kitty doesn't know if she can help these men but she remembers being alone and confused. In other news, Kitty is being sued by the owner of Speedy Mart. He insists that she's libeled him on her show by insinuating that weird supernatural things happen at his Speedy Marts. But is it libel if it's true? We ...more
Aug 20, 2010 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Well Kitty has gotten herself tied up in the leftover mess from the last book. Were-solders uber strong, uber angry, uber messed up, are back from the war and officials are looking for help. Wait** That was supposed to be stopped right, no more experiments ??!? When has the Gov. ever given up on "more power" reality check! Well, scat on crackers, somebody has got to help or else. Magical forces seem to be reeling havoc, magical forces? Weirder than all the above, Cormac gets the girl.
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Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. The fourteenth installment, Kitty Saves the World, was released in 2015. Her forthcoming novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John J ...more
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