Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Book Review: Kitty Raises Hell by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville #6)


Kitty and Ben thought they were done with Las Vegas, but it's beginning to looks like Vegas isn't done with them. A sadistic cult of lycanthropes and their vampire priestess have laid a curse on Kitty, revenge for her disrupting their rituals, and now an invisible evil that smells like brimstone and plays with fire has followed them home. The next full moon triggers danger and destruction in the form of fire, and it's not just targeting Kitty, but the pack of werewolves she's sworn to protect.

Kitty needs help if she's going to be able to extinguish the terror that's threatening to torch them all!

Kitty and Ben return - and this time they're fighting for their lives!


My Review: 
A week after the incident at the club, Rick is scanning the city looking for their new enemy. Kitty is interested that a famous TV show called Paradox PI have come to film in Denver for a ghost special and persuade Gary, Tina and Jules to appear on a live special of The Midnight Hour for maximum publicity for all of them. However things turn bad when an entity at the house they film at comes after them and also attacks Kitty's club. A mysterious vampire called Roman tells Kitty that it is a demon stalking her pack and offers his help but Rick does not like a strange vampire on his turf.

I really enjoyed this adventure! The team from the TV show were genuine ghosthunters and not the fake asshats you get in some books so I liked their introduction straight away. I always enjoy the parts featuring Kitty's show but this was given added spice by the joint filming, with Paradox PI using film for their Tv specialand Kitty reporting on events for a spellbound radio audience. It was a fun twist on the normal broadcast. And who can resist an evil, unseen violent entity attacking our heroes? There is a lot of evil spirit action in the book, with it becoming more dangerous at each encounter. It made for a tense plot as Kitty tries to protect her Pack from something she cannot see. You can feel her helplessness at times. Hearing that an old friend from Vegas has vanished only adds to her stress levels.

The addition of Roman adds a new dimension to Kitty's relationship with Rick. Vampire politics dictate that Rick does not want a strange older vampire on his territory, as he knows nothing about him and does not trust him. He does not need to have a rival for power in the city while the entity is on the loose. Kitty is sure that Roman knows something that can help her and wants to find out more but Rick is determined not to let that happen. With her Pack in danger, Kitty may have to risk destroying her alliance with Rick to save the people she loves. The question that goes on through the book is whether or not Roman can be trusted, which adds another layer to the plot.

Kitty also has to face up to her past with the arrival of TJ's younger brother Peter coming to Denver to find answers about his missing brother. Kitty cannot bear to tell him what happened to TJ but Peter is determined to find out. There are a couple of good emotional scenes with Kitty facing up to her grief and guilt and trying to let the past go. Peter also becomes interested in helping by nosing around in Vegas to see if her enemies there might be involved in recent events, but Kitty fears putting him in any more danger.

What I enjoy most about this series is that each book is different in plot. I enjoyed having the ghost hunting element in this book as something different and it introduced new characters that I liked. Kitty's circle of friends and allies are growing and I do like having a range of interesting characters coming in and out of the books. It's better than relying on just a few characters to hold the reader's interest each time. I also liked seeing more of Rick in this one, and seeing Kitty's struggles to protect her Pack. 

Overall, another really enjoyable book in a consistant series. 
Read January 2018
4 stars.

8 comments:

  1. I have not read this series yet. but I have always found the book title interesting. I have heard some good things about this series so one day I just need to pick the first one up and read it.

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    1. I've certainly enjoyed it so far and must get it finished this year! I've got one more that I've read and not reviewed which is my favourite so far! Then I need to read the rest!

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  2. Another winner in this series. I do need to try it!

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    1. I've enjoyed all the books but from four onwards I'm really loving them now!

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  3. I started this series ages ago, and really should get back to it!

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    1. Book seven is my favourite so far but I need to read the rest!

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