Advance Review: Kitty Raises Hell by Carrie Vaughn + GIVEAWAY!

February 5, 2009 Books, Contests, Reviews 39

Kitty Raises HellBook 6 in the Kitty Norville Series

Preorder: On Amazon.com
Release Date: 24 February 2009

Description: Sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

Kitty and Ben flee The City That Never Sleeps, thinking they were finished with the dangers there, but the sadistic cult of lycanthropes and their vampire priestess have laid a curse on Kitty in revenge for her disrupting their rituals. Starting at the next full moon, danger and destruction the form of fire strikes Kitty and the pack of werewolves she’s sworn to protect.

She enlists the help of a group of TV paranormal investigators – one of whom has real psychic abilities – to help her get to the bottom of the curse that’s been laid on her. Rick, the Master vampire of Denver, believes a deeper plot lies behind the curse, and he and Kitty argue about whether or not to accept the help of a professional demon hunter – and vampire – named Roman, who arrives a little too conveniently in the nick of time.

Unable to rely on Rick, and unwilling to accept Roman’s offer of help for a price, Kitty and her band of allies, including Vegas magician Odysseus Grant and Kitty’s own radio audience, mount a trap for the supernatural being behind the curse, a destructive force summoned by the vengeful cult, a supernatural being that none of them ever thought to face.

The Fangirl’s Review: A

This review has the same caveat as my review of Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand. I haven’t read the first four Kitty Norville books. I’m planning on it, having enjoyed these two, but I just haven’t had time (as is evidenced by the lack of posting around here lately; I’ve been insanely busy with work and school!). So I can’t make a judgment call on this book based on how it fits into the series as a whole.

I really enjoyed this book, more so than I did Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand. I felt like the plot was more well-developed and depended less on coincidence and randomly appearing characters, and that definitely strengthened the story.

I was a bit wary of a cast-of-thousands when the paranormal investigators of Paradox PI showed up, as I half-expected them to be a side plot that might clutter up the rest of the story, but I was pleasantly surprised when they turned out to be integral to the main plot. The team, consisting of two scientists and one woman with a very interesting secret, come to Denver to do their usual bump-in-the-night investigations and end up staying on to help Kitty with her Very Big Problem: a fiery demon sent by the cult of Tiamat, the vampire-led baddies from the previous book.

The hunt for the demon is nicely creepy; I really like the suspense that builds in those scenes, and Kitty’s wolfish fight-or-flight fear is very believable and effective. I also liked her pack’s dynamics. It’s interesting, that she’s an alpha who rules through friendship rather than intimidation or violence, but I wonder how long she’ll be able to maintain that status quo.

The subplot that most interested me was the one involving Roman, the mysterious vampire who shows up in Denver and offers to get rid of the demon–for a price. And unfortunately, the price is one Rick, Denver’s master vampire, is unwilling to pay. Roman tossed a nice little monkey wrench into the story. Should Kitty trust him? The answer to that is a resounding, “Hell no,” but the more important question is should she work with him anyway? She’s stuck between a rock and a hard place, and I was biting my fingernails, trying to figure out what she should do.

Overall, everything in this book came together very nicely, and I was left feeling like some plot elements or characters came out of the blue in a deus ex machina kind of way. I really enjoyed it, too, and can I just say that it’s very nice to be able to sit down and read a book in one sitting? I’ve been reading a lot of literary theory lately, and it’s so refreshing to be able to sit down and devour a book in three hours without worrying about highlighting and notating important passages. It’s so lovely to be able to just enjoy a book. [happy sigh]

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And… [drumroll] now for a giveaway!

To celebrate the back-to-back releases of Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand and Kitty Raises Hell, I’m giving away a complete set of Kitty Norville books!

How To Enter: Comment to this entry and tell me why you want this set of books. Maybe you checked ’em out of the library and loved ’em to death. Maybe you haven’t read them at all and are dying to. Just tell me your reason! You must post this first comment to be entered into the contest.

You can gain an additional entry by promoting this giveway. Comment with a link to wherever you’ve pimped it out (in your blog, on twitter, on a message board, etc) AFTER you’ve commented with your reason, and get another entry! Aaand you can get one more entry by following my blog! Add The Discriminating Fangirl to your blogroll or your favorite reader, then comment to let me know that you’ve done it.

Contest Info: Each person is allowed three entries total, following the instructions above. Anyone trying to sneak more entries will be disqualified. Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible, and the books cannot be shipped to P.O. box addresses (publisher’s rules). The contest will run until 10:00p.m. Central time on Friday, February 13, 2009 (appropriate, no?). The winner will be notified by email on Saturday, February 14, 2009 and must respond to that email by 10:00p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2009 or another winner will be chosen. So, be sure you enter a valid email address when you post your comments!