Kitty's House of Horrors (Kitty Norville, Bk 7)
Kitty's House of Horrors - Kitty Norville, Bk 7 Author:Carrie Vaughn REALITY BITES — Talk radio host and werewolf Kitty Norville has agreed to appear on TV's first all-supernatural reality show. She's expecting cheesy competitions and manufactured drama starring shapeshifters, vampires, and psychics. But what begins as a publicity stunt will turn into a fight for her life. — The cast membe... more »rs, including Kitty, arrive at the remote mountain lodge where the show is set. As soon as filming starts, violence erupts and Kitty suspects that the show is a cover for a nefarious plot. Then the cameras stop rolling, cast members start dying, and Kitty realizes she and her monster housemates are ironically the ultimate prize in a very different game. Stranded with no power, no phones, and no way to know who can be trusted, she must find a way to defeat the evil closing in... before it kills them all.« less
This is the seventh book in the Kitty Norville series by Carrier Vaughn and it was a great addition to the series.
In this book Kitty gets invited to participate in a reality TV show. Her and a bunch of other paranormal celebrities are supposed to spend a week at a house out in the middle of nowhere. With them will be a skeptic; they are supposed to convince the skeptic that paranormal creatures exist. Of course things start going terribly wrong when people start turning up dead. It is up to Kitty and her housemates to figure out what is going on before everyone is killed!
I was worried that this story line would be a bit cheesy for Kitty, but it really worked. I loved learning more about a lot of the paranormal celebrities that Kitty has interviewed on her radio show or talked about, but never really got to know. Then of course Odysseus Grant shows up and he is a whole lot of mysterious and interesting. The subtext that goes on between Odysseus and Anastatia (a very old vampire) is intriguing and leads this book to a whole new level and potentially a whole new story arc.
The book was fast-paced and super easy to read. Vaughn's writing style is just so readable and personable; reading the book is such a fun pleasure. There were some very well done action scenes but not until later in the story. It takes a while to set up the story but Vaughn does a good job of making the setup suspenseful. The really strong feature of this novel is the characterization, there are some awesome characters in this book. Kitty especially has grown even more comfortable in her role as a leader and really steps it up in certain scenes of this book...knowing where Kitty started, it makes me proud of her :-)
Given the horror house theme of this book I was happy that it wasn't too scary. It is definitely suspenseful and creepy just not crazy scary (I am too much of a wimp to read really scary books). The story arc that is developing longer term, that deals with the vampires' "long game", is fascinating. I was so happy that we got to spend more time with Grant...he is just super intriguing to me and my favorite character. Grant gets a chance to show his human side in this book as well as demonstrate some somewhat disturbing magician's skills.
The only bad thing about this book was that it was over too soon. I can't wait to read the next book! I am also looking forward to checking out Vaughn's new young adult book "Voice of Dragons".
I have collected all of Kitty's books, but I'm trading this one. I definitely do NOT want to re-read it. The 2nd half was a HORROR story and I just did not appreciate all of the killing of the "good guys". I think Carrie Vaughn really went the wrong way, and the possibility of violence would have been better than all of this carnage... and more about the release of their 3rd pack member.
This book started out very slow with much of nothing happening until more than half the book. Then a lot happenend and then it slowed down again. I skipped several chapters to read the last one to find out what happened. A bit of a disappointment, but not enough to keep me from wanting to read the next installment. Just my opinion.
Fast paced, quick read at about 290 pages. Kitty gets in over her head on a reality tv show with a bunch of paranormal cast members and a stubborn skeptic. Has the usual humor/sarcasm, grittiness, vulnerability related to the characters, not just a shoot-em up urban fiction book. Cormac up for parole for good behaviour. Lots of characters make appearances from previous books, so you want to have read the other books in the series. Give this a solid 4 stars for entertainment, was more of a filler book with some bad stuff that builds an overall plot than a milestone book, expecting the next book to have a lot of changes in it...
The book was high energy and action packed, except the over all arc didn't move at all. Several minor characters make a showing, but really this was all about how Kitty is all take charge and fulcrum of the story. I gave it 2 1/2 stars since it was verging on a PWP(Plot? What plot?).
The first half is the build-up and backstory to the action. After that, boy-howdy! This is definitely the most violent of the series so far, high body count in this one. Cormac is out! Yeah!!! Nice setup for the next couple (or several?) books.
Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal addition to the Kitty the werewolf series. Kitty agrees to participate in a reality show, featuring Supernaturals. Except that it doesn't turn out the way it's supposed to. And, Cormac has a parole hearing. I found the first part of the book, the set-up for the action to be a little boring. The story picked up, along with the action. Lots of suspence, violence, some on Kitty's part, and a little mystery. Not the best Kitty tale, but OK. Some angst, and a happy ending. What I like about this series, is that Kitty hasn't changed too dramatically from who she was in the beginning of the series. I'll read the next.