Book Review: Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Raises Hell

Posted October 24, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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Book Review: Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Raises Hell

Kitty Raises Hell


Carrie Vaughn

It is part of the Kitty Norville #6 series and is a urban fantasy in Paperback edition that was published by Grand Central Publishing on March 1, 2009 and has 311 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Dark and Stormy Knights, Kitty Goes to Washington, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, "Kitty Meets the Band", Hex Appeal, Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, Kitty's House of Horrors, Kitty Goes to War, Kitty's Big Trouble, Kitty's Greatest Hits, Kitty Steals the Show, Kitty Rocks the House, Kitty in the Underworld

Sixth in the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about an alpha wolf/radio show host and the scrapes she falls into.

My Take

This one is just vicious with a great deal of tension and really tests Kitty’s alliance with Rick. We do learn a bit more about Rick’s history.

It’s a combination of terror and Ouija boards. With everyone…and I do mean everyone learning more than they ever expected about each other, themselves, and those around them.

The Kitty Norville series has a very urban flavor to this pack of werewolves and yet it’s homey at the same time with Kitty and Ben loving each other and having the best in mind for the pack. It’s almost a contrast since Kitty is a reporter/talk show host who doesn’t spare any opportunity to promote her show, Kitty and the Midnight Hour.

Her relationship with the local Master of Denver is essentially friendly, but this story does test their bonds. We still don’t really know much about Rick and his reticence in this one does make me worried.

The Story

Life seems back to normal. At least until the first full moon run Kitty and her pack take after she and Ben have returned from Vegas. The night something comes after them. It’s not the first attack. Nor is it the last.

The Paradox PI television show is filming in Denver and Kitty gets some clever ideas about some switch guesting. Good ideas until threats endanger the television team, Kitty’s leadership, and everyone she cares about.

The Characters

Kitty Norville is back to broadcasting The Midnight Hour from Denver again. She and Ben have survived the ordeal in Vegas (see Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand) and they’re married! Ben O’Farrell was her lawyer; now he’s her mate and the male alpha for the Denver Pack. Cormac Bennett is the supernatural bounty hunter who ended up in prison after saving Kitty’s life (Kitty Takes a Holiday). Kitty and Ben visit him in Cañon City every week. And he still wants Kitty.

Shaun is her beta and runs the New Moon restaurant in Denver. A casual meeting place for any lycanthrope. Mick Cabrerra, Becky, Tom, and Kris are all part of her pack of eighteen.

Gail and Jim Norville are Kitty’s accepting parents; Cheryl is Kitty’s sister and she’s married to Mark and they have two kids.

Ozzie is the show’s producer and the manager for KNOB-Denver. Matt is her Denver-based engineer.

Rick is the new vampire Master of Denver. Those vampires who were loyal to Arturo feel a need to prove their new loyalty, including Angelo.

Detective Jessi Hardin is Denver PD’s resident expert on paranatural situations. In other words, she’s the only cop who was really interested enough to learn more about supernaturals and she calls Kitty. A lot.

Vegas’ cast of characters
Dom is only a figurehead for the Master of Las Vegas and he’s using Nick, the new leader of the Band of Tiamat who has taken over the show as the King of Beasts with his tiger pride, at the behest of his master. Tiamat is the goddess of chaos and her priestess, Farida, is a 4,000-year-old vampire on the warpath to take Kitty and Ben down.

Odysseus Grant is a stage magician in Vegas with an active interest in and guarding against the Band of Tiamat.

The Paradox PI cast of characters
The Paradox PI
television show specializes in paranormal investigations and Kitty has some ideas to promote her show.

Gary Jason is the front man before and behind the cameras. Tina McCannon and Jules Simpson are also in the show. Tina has a deeply held secret while Jules is the resident skeptic and a member of the Society for Psychical Research.

Peter Gurney is T.J.’s younger brother and he is hunting for answers. He wants to know what happened to T.J. And he’ll haunt Kitty until he gets some. It’s a balance with Kitty learning more about the taciturn T.J. even as Peter learns more than he ever wanted.

Roman is an old vamp, who shows up offering to help get rid of whatever is attacking Kitty and her people. For a price.

The Cover and Title

The cover is aflame in yellows and reds with a cocky Kitty in her low-cut jeans and cropped halter top, a chain thrown over one shoulder standing in profile to us with her head turned to look out. Ben as his wolf is snarling at us from behind her.

Kitty Raises Hell literally in her response to the attacks on her, her friends, and her pack!