Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kitty's House of Horrors

When radio talk-show host Kitty Norville is invited to be on a reality television show, she is not interested.  Not, that is, until she finds out that other people she respects and likes have already agreed to be in the show, which is apparently going to be a showcase of several different supernatural types.  Kitty, a werewolf, is going to be spending time at an isolated country house along with other shapeshifters, vampires, psychics, and an adamant skeptic to liven things up.  She isn't sure what she thinks about the whole thing at first, but she figures it'll be nice to get away for a while and fun to spend some time with friends - and the boost to her show's publicity can't hurt.

But then people start dying, and it becomes clear that the reality show is nothing more than a set-up, a diabolical trap set for no purpose she can comprehend.  But the reality is that no one is safe, and Kitty has been thrown into a scenario straight out of a horror movie.

This was a fun change of pace from the previous books in this series, which focused on more personal issues and relationships in Kitty's life, as well as supernatural politics.  Not that those things aren't interesting - they are - it was just fun to see Kitty thrown into a slasher-flick situation along with radically different personality types.  She has changed from her early, submissive days when she was first changed into a werewolf against her will, and has become a charismatic pack leader - but now she is faced with the challenge of leading a disparate group of people with conflicting priorities and very different natures.

I always enjoy the Kitty novels.  She is a strong, believable heroine - tough, yes, but not over-the-top or unbelievably so.  She has come into her own throughout the course of the books, and I've enjoyed being along for the ride.  As always, the pacing is tight, the characters compelling, and the plot kept me guessing.  If you are looking for your next urban fantasy series and are baffled by the overwhelming number of choices that are available these days, you might want to give this series a try.  I've enjoyed it from the first book, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.

Books in the Kitty Norville series:
1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour
2. Kitty Goes to Washington
3. Kitty Takes a Holiday
4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet
5. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
6. Kitty Raises Hell

7. Kitty's House of Horrors

8. Kitty Goes to War
9. Kitty's Greatest Hits (short stories)
10. Kitty's Big Trouble

Kitty's House of Horrors (#7 in the Kitty Norville series) by Carrie Vaughn (Grand Central Publishing, 2010)

Also reviewed at:
Adventures in Reading:  "Carrie Vaughn does well with her entry into the survival horror genre. Kitty Norville brings humor and personality to a grim situation, but Vaughn doesn’t relent on the grim."
Book Series Reviews:  "Pacing was mostly good, dialogue was good, funny moments were great, horrific moments were suitably horrific."
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review:  "I got what I came for but I found the similarities to another book a little too much to get my head round..."


  1. I started this series, but never did read on in it. I just have too many series on the go!

  2. Oooh, I quickly glanced at your review! I need to start reading this series again! I'm on a Sookie Novels binge (on Dead to the World now!)

  3. Your comments about the connection to an author, who we may never have met, is so true! I wonder if its because we adore their characters, the story's they weave??

  4. This does sound like a fun little horror. How come I've never heard of this series before? Kitty sounds like a likable character. The tough girl character is almost a given now-a-days on the urban fantasy market. I like the idea of letting the character grow throughout a series instead of right off the butt kickin' butt


  5. Kailana - I do that all the time, and then I forget what happened in the first book (or books), and then I never continue because I feel that I need to reread them, and somehow I never get around to it!

    Margaret - I love the Sookie books! I've been making my way through them very slowly, so I have a ways to go before I get caught up.

    Virginia Gal - I think it is - we get so caught up in their characters and worlds, it feels like we know them on a personal level. And in some ways, I guess we do!

    Sharry - I do hope you'll give this one a try. The books get better and better as the series goes on. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you read them.


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