Review: Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn

January 26, 2010 Uncategorized 7

Book Description

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.

Kitty’s House of Horrors is the seventh book in the series about werewolf DJ Kitty Norville. If you haven’t read all the previous Kitty books there are significant spoilers in this one especially regarding Kitty’s love life.

This time out, Kitty signs up for a Big Brother-esque reality show that drops her and a houseful of other supernaturals (and one skeptic) in a lodge in the middle of nowhere for two weeks of carefully planned reality.  Kitty is initially reluctant, but agrees in the hopes of educating the public about the personhood of werewolves etc. The drama is decidedly low-key, however, until cast members start dying.

Fans of this series will be happy to see quite a few familiar faces from previous books in the lodge with Kitty.  But I’m stuck wondering how a book with an established (and much loved) heroine amidst such a significant amount of carnage came off as, I hate to use the word, boring.

The set up for the reality show takes only pages, and then for the next 100 pages or so NOTHING HAPPENS!  Kitty and the other characters just sit around the lodge for the most part exchanging innocuous pleasantries. When the body count starts rising, things get more interesting, but at the expense of any real character development.

What keeps these types of series so compelling for me is getting to watch the main characters grow and change over the series, with each book delving deeper into his/her makeup.  And in that sense, Kitty’s House of Horrors seems like empty calories.  To be fair I’ve only had the chance to read the first book in the Kitty series and one short story prior to this, but I enjoyed them.  I thought the character of Kitty was worthy to stand alongside with Mercy, Rachel, and Kate as the best in the urban fantasy genre, but if I had to judge her solely on this latest installment, I wouldn’t be so sure.

To be clear, there is nothing really wrong with this book, but there isn’t anything remarkable about it either.  I did like that this book features a married protagonist as I can’t think of another urban fantasy that does that and it presents an interesting twist, but we got only the barest glimpse of how that relationship works or affects Kitty.  I am still looking forward to catching up on the previous titles in this series and the next installment as well, because I like the world Carrie has created here and, despite what she showed us here, I know that Kitty has more to offer. 

Sexual Content: Sex is referred to but not described.

My Rating (out of 5):

Click HERE to read an excerpt of Kitty’s House of Horrors

Discloser: I received this book courtesy of the Hachette Book Group

Product Details
  • image Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; (Jan 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446199559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446199551
  • Cover art: Craig White

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7 Responses to “Review: Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn”

  1. Patti

    This is a series I enjoy and I'm looking forward to reading it. I know she's married and Ben is fine, but I'm a fan of Cormac!

  2. Elie

    OK, I just skimmed this review. I have not started this series yet, but it sounds like it is worth the time. I love a good series.

  3. Gigi's Consignment Closet

    Good review.
    I've been trying to read this for 2 weeks. I keep putting it down and going to other books.
    I guess If I can get through all the "talking" it'll get more interesting because it's *yawn* so far.

  4. Book Chick City

    I read the first couple of books in this series years ago and can't remember a thing. I really want to read this series as it does sound good. Thanks for the review.

  5. homes for sale london

    This book was classic Kitty, she manages to get herself in a goofy situation and then has to figure a way out. I loved the idea of a reality show with all supernatural characters, and what I liked even more was a lot of these characters were ones from previous books that now we got to know more in depth.