Reviews: A Variety of Vaughns

Don’t Care About the Cold

Kitty Goes to War — Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Norville, book 8

2010’s Kitty Goes to War is the eighth book in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.

Having survived an amateur remake of The Most Dangerous Game1, Kitty returns to Denver. Because life is like that, she finds herself wrestling with not just one but two crises.


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A Debt to the Devil, Willie Must Pay

Kitty’s House of Horrors — Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Norville, book 7

2010’s Kitty’s House of Horrors is the seventh installment in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.

Thanks to her late night radio show, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty Norville has become the voice of America’s eldritch community. Hollywood hotshots Joey Provost and Ron Valenti want to turn her into the face of the weird as well — or at least one of the faces. Kitty is the most recent supernatural figure to be invited onto Provost and Valenti’s proposed reality show.

Provost and Valenti’s previous shows have been low-common-denominator schlock like Jailbird Moms, Cheerleader Sorority House, and Stripper Idol. This show, they promise, will be totally classy, featuring name celebrities. Despite her misgivings, Kitty agrees to appear on the show.

Provost and Valenti (and co-producer Eli Cabe) definitely deliver a show quite unlike their previous offerings.

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Why Does The Sun Go On Shining

Bannerless — Carrie Vaughn
Bannerless Saga, book 1

2017’s Bannerless is the first volume of Carrie Vaughn’s Bannerless Saga.

Plague and natural disasters brought down civilization as we know it. Where once there were vast cities, the Fall left only small hamlets trying to preserve what technology they can. Humans being the social animals they are, they still form communities, still have customs and laws to guide them.

Humans being humans, customs and laws require enforcement. For this, the Coast Road communities rely on investigators like Enid and Tomas. From banner violations — illicit childbirth — to murder, from hoarding to domestic violence, it is up to the investigators to determine if a crime has been committed and deliver judgment.

Sometimes, as in the Pasadan case, whether or not a crime was committed is not at all clear.

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Girl On Fire

Kitty Raises Hell — Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Norville, book 6

2009’s Kitty Raises Hell is the sixth book in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.

Werewolves Kitty and Ben not only survived a Las Vegas’ infestation of cultists (as recounted in the previous volume in the series), they even managed to find a minister to marry them. Having succeeded in their main goal, the newlyweds return to Denver, determined to put Las Vegas and its monsters behind them.

Las Vegas’ monsters are unwilling to return the favour.

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Viva Las Vegas!

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand — Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Norville, book 5

2009’s Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand is the fifth volume in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.

Faced with conflicting family-and-friend expectations for their impending nuptials, werewolves Kitty Norville and Ben O’Farrell decide to evade the whole brouhaha by fleeing to Las Vegas for a small, private wedding. What could possibly go wrong?

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A Light Inside My Darkest Shadow

Kitty and the Silver Bullet — Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Norville, book 4

2008’s Kitty and the Silver Bullet is the fourth volume in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series1.

Werewolf DJ Kitty Norville fled Denver (or rather her abusive, Denver-based werewolf pack) in Kitty and the Midnight Hour. She never intended to return. Now she has no choice. Her family lives in Denver and her mother is deathly ill.

It’s a safe bet that her former alpha Carl and his mate Meg will not react well to news that Kitty is back in town. How Carl will react is a serious concern … but not the most serious issue Kitty will have to face.

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Don’t Ever Play With Guns

Kitty Takes a Holiday — Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Norville, book 3

2007’s Kitty Takes a Holiday is the third volume in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.

Determined to discover her inner writer, werewolf Kitty Norville put her radio show on hiatus and rented an isolated house. Thus far all she has discovered is her inner writer’s block.

Fate is kind to Kitty. Kitty will have distractions galore from her writing issues.


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A Complicated Animal Desire

Kitty Goes to Washington — Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Norville, book 2

2006’s Kitty Goes to Washington is the second volume in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.

DJ Kitty Norville receives a subpoena to appear in front of the American senate. The government has taken note of the supernatural. Lucky Kitty wins a starring role in the hearings to come. She is, after all, the best-known werewolf in America.

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