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 that she and her monster housemates are 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.
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Book Addict.My preferred books are historical fictions, fantasy (supernatural) fictions, or just good fiction.
Defintely would recommend this series and this book.
I felt as if I was one of the protagonist with all the terrifying fears that Kitty and her companions went through.
I am not sure that this is my favorite book in the series as I was scared more than I would care to admit; on the other hand, if a writer can make me feel this much through such a book, I can only bow my head and say thank you for allowing me to be along Kitty and her terrifying adventure and feel like one of Kitty's friend and only wish I could have done something to help. The only thing I could was to listen to the book in one straight session (almost did. It took me 2 days to find the time to listen)
I really like one the last scene when Kitty and Anastasia talk in the hospital; this is a hint of things to come in possible new adventures. A fearful future with new Alliances (probably friends) that can't be denied. Love that Kitty is becoming a strong leader without the arrogance that could be associated with others (if they were in her situation)
Who's the real monster?
Love the series. Can't wait to get to the next.
Kitty's attempts to break into television never go well. First, she was outted on national TV by kidnappers in Washington D.C. Then, after hosting a live episode of The Midnight Hour in Vegas, she's kidnapped again by a cult of feline lycanthropes. Now Kitty joins the cast of a reality show only to find out it's really a snuff film. I think Kitty should stick to radio. :)
House of Horrors is another of my favorite Kitty installments. I love the premise of a reality show with supernatural guests trying to convince a skeptic. I love that we get to visit with favorite characters Jeffrey Miles, Ariel, Odysseus Grant, and Tina McCannon from previous books. I happened to really enjoy the new faces, too: pro-wrestler and werewolf Jerome Macy; politician and were-seal Lee Pontac; author and skeptic Conrad Garrett; vampires Annastasia and Gemma, and their human Dorian.
The beginning of the book is kind of fun--watching all these various personalities interact with silly games and discussions one might see on a reality show. The scene where Lee shows off his seal to the group just when the skeptic has left is priceless.
Then things get nasty. Turns out the show is just a premise to get everyone in one remote location for a big game hunt, and our group of supernaturals are the game. Far too many of them die for my taste. What I do like is how Kitty keeps thinking, "What would Cormac do?" Using Cormac as a template for predicting and out-thinking the bad guys is an excellent strategy and one Kitty can access easily.
What I didn't care for much in this book is the tension between Anastasia and Grant regarding Roman. Again, this is part of the Romany story line that never really worked for me. Both Grant and Anastasia believe the other is working for Roman. Since Roman isn't really a threat yet, as far as the reader is concerned, this feels like a lot of useless posturing.
Overall, this is my favorite Kitty book after the first four, I think just because of the characters and the premise. This one gets a shiny five from me.
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I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great story and addition to the series. Kitty gets an invite from some TV producers to do a reality TV show that involves getting a bunch of paranormal celebrities trying to convince a skeptic that the paranormal really exists. Not all of the participants are paranormal though since a couple are human but with special powers (like Grant, Tina and Jeffrey) and one is just plain human (Ariel, Priestess of the Night) with a radio show similar to Kitty's.
When Kitty hears that some of her friends are in on the show, she agrees to participate but she's still a bit nervous about it. It is supposed to take place in a secluded cabin in the mountains and she's not happy about being away from Ben that long. Also, Ben is working on Cormac's parole hearing and Kitty wishes she could be around for that even if she can't do anything to help. When Kitty first gets to the cabin, things are interesting and she's busy trying to get to know new paranormal and deal with their conflicts and trust issues. There's something hinky going on in the house but exactly what's putting people on edge isn't clear. Soon the reason becomes apparent as dead bodies start popping up and Kitty and the rest find themselves stranded and being hunted for a paranormal themed snuff film. Unfortunately, not everyone makes it out alive but Kitty does survive and is reunited with Ben in the end.
This was a really enjoyable story. Ok, it was also a bit disturbing, I mean the idea of people hunting people just because they're different isn't a happy one, obviously. But regardless of this, the story was very good and made me feel along with the characters...I was completely engaged in this story. I'd recommend this story and series. :D
It has been a while since I read the series, so it is like reading them for the first time listening to them on here. This book was so much more intense, emotional, suspenseful, and just plain great! On to the next.
I would listen to Kitty's House of Horrors again because I enjoy this series and the narrator is especially good at bringing Kitty to life.
I would compare Kitty's House of Horrors, and the Kitty Norville series, to the Sookie Stackhouse world, but much with much better writing and more consistency. What makes them similar is the strong theme of how society reacts when they become aware of the existence of paranormals.
I have really enjoyed Marguerite Gavin in several other of the Kitty Norville books. She does a particularly good job of capturing the DJ vibe to give voice to Kitty. Recently, I also started The Hollows series, also narrated by Marguerite. The narration has been just as good in this series. She does a fantastic job with creating distinct voices for a broad range of characters.
Who are the true monsters?
I give a lot of credit to the narrator for my enjoyment of this series. In previous books there have been a lot of "on air" scenes. Marguerite makes what could be boring scenes interesting and lively.
Avid reader 5 to 10 books a month. I like urban fantasy and Sci-Fi the most. I do enjoy a bio every now and then.
This a fun series. It deals with race relations between vampires, humans and werewolves. Kitty is radio talk show host who uses her platform to enlighten others. She has a real sense of justice and honor that always gets her in trouble with the bad guys. There are some memorable, lovable, characters here that will really strike a chord with you. The narration is great. It is fun light entertainment
Yes! I plan on listening again asap.
Kitty is the given favorite, but I really liked Lee. I wish his character could have been developed more so he could be in future stories.
When she speaks, I really "hear" the characters and not some woman trying to sound like a man.However, I wish someone would tell her how to pronounce lycanthropy and telepathy correctly. It really throws me off and takes me out of the moment.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Yes....although I was frightened for Kitty half the time, it was a great story...I think one of the best in the series so far!!
Kitty of course...she was totally Kick Butt in this one!!!
MG is awesome...one of the best narrators out there!!
Oh gosh, the whole 2nd half of the book moved me....but when Gemma gets killed by the sun, I cried a little...Grant tried so hard to save her and was just seconds late!!
This book was one of the best....and I highly recommend this entire series!! Starting #8 now!
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