Kitty's House of Horrors

Reading two of Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville novels back to back made for some fun and entertaining reading! Especially at the beach, Kitty's adventures made for quick reads! I went through this one in no time, reading Kitty's House of Horrors to the sound of the crashing waves at Hat Khlong Dao beach on the island of Ko Lanta, Thailand.

Here's the blurb:


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 members, 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.

I don't know if it's because Kitty's House of Horrors is the last Kitty installment to be published by Grand Central Publishing and Tor Books asker Carrie Vaughn to write some sort of "interlude" before resuming the series, but this one doesn't read quite like the others. It is good, mind you, but it does feel like a gap book of sorts.

Kitty's House of Horrors is a lot more self-contained than its predecessors. It features basically every aspect that made this series what it is, but it doesn't quite reveal much in the greater scheme of things. And since the last few books, especially Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand and Kitty Raises Hell offered glimpses of bigger and better things to come, it felt a bit odd to have what is more or less a side-story.

Having said that, Kitty's House of Horrors is nevertheless a novel that will appeal to any Carrie Vaughn fan. The premise of the reality show seemed a bit unoriginal at first, but the author has a number of surprises up her sleeve, and it turns out to be quite good. It's all about execution, and Vaughn handles everything beautifully.

With Ben being absent, it's all Kitty Norville in this one. And with her uncanny ability to turn a bad situation into worse, you know there will be fireworks. Bringing a number of secondary characters from earlier books was a nice touch, and it was cool to learn more about Tina and Odysseus Grant.

Overall, the way Vaughn moved the story in the last two volumes shows that there is a lot more here than meets the eye. So roll on Kitty Goes to War!=)

The final verdict: 7.5/10

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1 commentaires:

Adele said...

can't wait for this one, love Kitty.