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Vaughn, Carrie: Kitty's House of Horrors

Kitty's House of Horrors (2010)
Written by: Carrie Vaughn
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 292 (Mass Market Paperback)
Series: Book Seven

The premise: ganked from, and it also happens to be the back cover 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.

My Rating

Must Have: for any Kitty fan. This book is unique in the series in that, while it refers to and discusses various elements in the overall plot, it's pretty much a stand-alone story (no, that's not a recommendation for anyone who HASN'T read the series to start with this one, don't be silly). I was worried about the premise at first, given the whole reality show angle, but this works really well, especially in how it transforms into a horror story, the first of the Kitty books that firmly places its foot in the horror genre (not to say there's not dark and scary stuff in the books before). I really liked this one, and I really liked seeing how the characters handled the situation they were given. So if you're a fan of this series, get your paws on this installment ASAP (especially since there's rumors that Vaughn's having trouble with her publishing house and they're not promoting the book--how true that is, I don't know, but you know, give the girl some love). I read this in less than a day, so that's saying something. :) Not sure when the next Kitty book will be released, as there's no info or sneak peek in this one, but I know I look forward to getting it.

Review Style: spoilers yes, but I want to talk about how this book fits into the series as a whole, how it works as a stand-alone (and if, for that matter), and then I want to focus on the character of Kitty in general. If you haven't read this book yet, I don't encourage you to read this review, because this is the kind of story you don't want to spoil, due to its central mystery, but once you've read this book, I highly encourage you to come back and read the whole kit and caboodle. :) The link to the full review takes you to my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.


Happy Reading! :)

ALSO: my 2009 Top Ten list has been posted, along with a giveaway. If you're interested, just click here. That's the link to the giveaway, which contains the link to the top ten list. ;)


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