Kitty's Big Trouble

Kitty's Big Trouble

by Carrie Vaughn

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Overview

Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat. Have any famous names in our own history might have actually been supernatural? She's got suspicions about William Tecumseh Sherman. Then an interview with the right vampire puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter.

But her investigations lead her to a clue about enigmatic vampire Roman and the mysterious Long Game played by vampires through the millennia. That, plus a call for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco, suddenly puts Kitty and her friends on the supernatural chessboard, pieces in dangerously active play. And Kitty Norville is never content to be a pawn. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765398031
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Kitty Norville Series , #9
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 660,345
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Carrie Vaughn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, including Kitty Goes to War and Kitty and the Midnight Hour. She is also the author of the standalone novels After the Golden Age and Discord's Apple, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel. Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops across the country from California to Florida. She earned her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a master's in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and an administrative assistant. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Kitty's Big Trouble 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
soltari More than 1 year ago
The plot of this book was great as always. Kitty is thrust into a situation to protect the one sshe loves, and satisfies some of her curiosity along the way. I loved the story itself. However, the book was only 194 pages total, and it cost more that the books in this series normally do. I honestly feel ripped off. The whole story seemed to keep circling back to the same place and situations as well. Pros: great plot, great characters, great writing style Cons: very short, repetitive I love the author and stories and look forward to more, longer books.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Kitty Norville, alpha pack werewolf and radio show host of the talk show Midnight Hour, is curious as to what roles did the supernatural play in American History. At present she tries to prove that General William T. Sherman was a were, but all efforts to find answers seem blocked. She did learn from her vampire friend Rick that Wyatt Earp was a vampire. She and her husband Ben go to Dodge City to see if they can verify the Earp claim, but encounter a vampire who dies in front of them. The deceased was wearing a Roman coin around his neck; which means he was controlled by the evil vampire Roman. Vampire Anastasia asks Kitty to visit her in San Francisco because Roman is there looking for the powerful artifact Dragon's Tear. She needs Kitty, Ben and his cousin Cormac to distract Roman while Anastasia obtains the relic. When Kitty shows Anastasia the coin worn by the dead vampire, the Bay area vamp shows her the exact coin. She says Roman is close to possessing Dragon's Tear, which will enable him to build an invincible army. Prevention is no longer an option; as they must risk their lives to take the artifact from the malevolent vampire. Kitty's latest adventures starts off with en entertaining look at history from a paranormal perspective, but quickly turns into a deadly threat to their wellbeing. Gender bender role switches as Kitty is the alpha and Ben the submissive beta in their pack (and relationship); her confidence in her skills including leadership grows. Humans know that the others exist, but most keep their distance as the vampires and weres have their old alien cultures. Series fans will enjoy the latest urban fantasy entry (see Kitty Goes to War) as Kitty and cohorts battle evil. Harriet Klausner
Lana55 More than 1 year ago
While this book is a bit repetitive of Kitty's theme of she gets in trouble and somehow scrapes out alive, there are some great parts of this book. I love learning more about the vampires past and how they intertwine with big events in history. The Asian folklore in this book is also really entertaining. Cormac is the saving grace, he is always entertaining and I have a hard time guessing what he's up to next.
eroslackermicha More than 1 year ago
Carrie Vaughn continues to shine in this nineth novel of the adventures of Kitty Norville takes Kitty on another outing. DJ turned werewolf keeps readers going from first page to the last.
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Vaughn's urban fantasy novel, Kitty speculates about history and the possibility that General Sherman was really a werewolf. Voicing some questions on her radio show puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter. Further investigation leads her to a vampire named Roman and questions about the mysterious Long Game played by vampires for centuries. Receiving a call for help from a vampire she knows, Kitty and her pack head off to San Francisco and run face-to-face with more danger than they thought possible. Not the best Kitty book but still a good read.
debbieaheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Vaughn's urban fantasy novel, Kitty speculates about history and the possibility that General Sherman was really a werewolf. Voicing some questions on her radio show puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter. Further investigation leads her to Roman and questions about the mysterious Long Game played by vampires for centuries. Receiving a call for help from a vampire, Kitty and her pack head off to San Francisco and run face-to-face with more danger than they thought possible. A typical Kitty story.
bellastreet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit slower than her usual fare, but an enjoyable read and good set-up for the next book.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the weaker stories in the series- we have kitty at the call of a vampire, needing help to look for an ancient artifact made by a magician many years ago. It takes her, Ben, and Cormac to San Diego. Almost immediately, Kitty gets into trouble. Unfortunately, I found that that Kitty didn't really think much before jumping in to help. I also didn't think this book really added much to the Kitty Norville series. I also didn't like how Ben was portrayed. The whole story seemed a bit "off" - Kitty took charge, without really consulting her friends.Of course, not every book in a series will be strong, and the fact that this is the first weak book tells something about the story. I'll still buy the next one when it comes out :)
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the ninth book in the Kitty Norville series. It was an okay addition to the series but was nothing special. There were some things I liked about it but mostly Kitty and friends just seemed to plod through the story.Kitty, Ben, and Cormac get a call from Anastasia asking for help hunting down Roman. Roman is after a special magic artifact that he will stop at nothing to acquire it. Kitty and friends will be plunged deep into the depth of San Francisco's Chinatown Underworld in their search of the magic artifact.Kitty and friends seem a bit tired in this book, it seems like the book was written just to write something. By the end of the book it looks like Kitty and pack are going in a completely new direction, so maybe this is more of a transition book than anything.The aspect of this book that I did really enjoy was the inclusion of a lot of Chinese mythology. There isn't a lot out there on Chinese mythology and the inclusion of it in this story was interesting. I also enjoyed watching Cormac evolve as a wizard, this made the story interesting too.I had a lot of trouble with the plot though. Would Kitty really take off and search for famous dead werewolves just because she was curious about it? In previous books she has been pretty tied to her home territory so it seemed strange to have her running off on these frivolous missions in the beginning of the book. Then when she goes to help Anastasia it again seemed a bit contrived and out of character for her to become so deeply involved. This book is missing a lot of our favorite characters; Kitty, Cormac, and Ben are there but no one else really makes an appearance. For the most part the book didn't hold my interest all that well. My favorite book in this series so far has been Kitty's House of Horrors. Books following that book have been less and less interesting to me as the series progresses. Given the way this book ends though maybe the next book will be more engaging.Overall okay, but not nearly as engaging as the last couple books. Kitty acts out of character, a lot of our favorite characters are missing, and in general the characters that do show seem a bit tired. I had a lot of problems with the plot and why Kitty was motivated to do some of the things she did; it just seemed a bit contrived to me. I will probably read the next book in the series, but if it is similar to this one I won't be reading any more.
HCross9820 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been a massive fan of Carrie Vaughn¿s Kitty Norville series for a while now. I devoured books 1 through 6 in just a matter of weeks. This series is a joyride through the eyes of Kitty Norville filled with mystery, action, wit, and a touch of sexuality. The books are centered around Kitty and her family, the ones that she was born with and those whom she has chosen to surround herself with as a were. Her lifestyle, radio show, and quick tongue get her in all kinds of trouble.That being said, KITTY¿S BIG TROUBLE just didn¿t sit right with me. This story felt like it didn¿t fit into the series usual mold. The story also felt a bit unfocused. I kept telling myself, eventually we¿re going to get to the meat of the story, but we never did. I felt that it was more of a narration of persons day, then the action packed series I was used to reading. Though Kitty does want to take down Roman, this wasn¿t her fight. I also felt a little weary on how the story wrapped up. I¿m just waiting for the next book and the other shoe to drop. If I had to rate this story as more of a stand alone piece, I may have rated it a bit higher. In my eyes, it just didn¿t hold up to the incredible Kitty Norville series standards.Brightest point of the story was getting a chance to see my some of my favorite characters. One of my favorite parts of Kitty, is the fact that she is a strong female character that is willing to seek help from her friends and pack. She know that she can¿t handle everything all on her own. Ben was his usual wonderful, loyal, and supportive self. He is Kitty¿s strength and family. He makes it possible for her to live the crazy she leads, and still be able to feel safe and loved. I¿m so happy to have the new and ¿improved¿ Cormac back into the story. With his new arsenal of weapons, he¿s stronger then ever. I also love the interaction his interaction with Kitty and Ben. They are his family and he¿d give his life for them.As always, Marguerite Gavin¿s narration made this story come alive. She has a way with dialogue and pacing, that she puts most narrators to shame. She is the Kitty Norville series to me. When I go back read the books in this series, I can almost hear her voicing the characters.This series, as a whole, is full of action, heart, and adventure. If you haven¿t picked up the Kitty Norville series, do yourself a favorite and pick it up in book or audiobook format! If you already love Kitty, like I do, go ahead and give this book a chance.
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty is asked to come to the assistance of an old vampire Ally to prevent Roman from grabbing a dangerous artifact. This book seems to be a transition book to move Kitty and friends from reacting to various problems to being more proactive. Overall a good read.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty gets a call from Anastasia, the vampire she¿d survived escaping with in Kitty¿s House of Horrors, asking for Kitty¿s help and to meet her in San Francisco. Kitty only knows it means going up against Roman, the ancient vampire from Las Vegas that has been causing problems for a number of books now and the thought of finishing him off is enough to bring Kitty, Ben and Cormac to the West Coast.Roman is looking for the Dragon¿s Tear, a magical item that when placed in a bag with another item, replicates that item. Anastasia needs to find it first just to keep it out of his hands. We meet the local vampires, Grace, another human magic user whose family has guarded the item for centuries, are introduced to some Chinese culture and a little mythology, interact with a couple of Chinese gods and find out that vampires have always viewed werewolves as their slaves. We¿ve also got the use of some magic compliments of both Grace and Cormac/Amelia. Much of the story takes place in the tunnels under Chinatown. There¿s magic in these tunnels, making them difficult to get out of without a guide.As a little side story, Kitty has become interested in finding out if well known historical figures might not have been lycanthropes or vampires, and how history might change if that information were to come out. She¿s especially interested in General William T Sherman as things said and done make her believe he was a werewolf. This appears to be a transition book with Kitty¿s focus taking on a new direction in the next one. And with most transitional stories I¿ve read, that means this one isn¿t as good as other books in the series. I wouldn¿t call the story bad, but as with a few others in the series, it¿s just not nearly as good and would have been easy to set aside. There is some action and suspense and Kitty¿s relationship with Ben is stronger than ever. Cormac¿s character felt funny this time. He¿s not an especially emotional guy but he felt incredibly wooden in this story. He does sum up the story nicely though, when he asks near the end if they¿d won or lost. That¿s exactly how it felt.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good read but not my favorite Kitty story. If Kitty is weary of being dragged into the tunnels AGAIN, so is this reader. I think the Kitty's character is nicely fleshed out, and I'm actually warming to her relationship with Ben, but the Chinese element didn't seem to fit. Although objectively a lot happened in a short amount of time, for some reason the story FELT slow. However, the resolution sets up an interesting new phase for Kitty, so this book is a must if you plan to follow her adventures further.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carrie Vaughn is one of my favorite authors and her Kitty Norville series is one of the strongest and sustainable Urban Fantasy series on the market currently. I have laughed and even cried with Kitty. I have seen her weak and vulnerable and I have seen her tough and kick booty. I love where Vaughn has taken this character and this series. Of course the series is nine books strong now and so its probably not unusal for their to be a mis-step or two along the way. "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" was in my opinion the first mis-step. "Kitty's Big Trouble" counts as the second.The book is far from bad. I loved reading about Kitty, Rick, and Cormac. Cormac is possibly my favorite male character in Urban Fantasy. Unfortunately Kitty is married to Ben, the Boring. Their characters were still great and it was like catching up with friends I haven't seen in awhile. My disappointment lies in the fact that this book felt like it didn't really have a plot. There was also no major revelations or climax to the book. Instead of going out with a bang, this one kind of just fizzled to the end. I think these new threads started in this volume will probably end up being the basis for some more good stuff in the future books. Surely this book was just a bridge from one major plot arc to the next and as the book ends, Kitty is preparing for a type of war which will surely be thrilling to witness. If you have enjoyed the other books you really shouldn't miss this one but its just not as strong and emotional as the other books.Quickly I have to mention my biggest pet peeve. You may have guessed by his previous mention in this review, but I really don't care for Ben the Boring. He is just plain too weak for Kitty. I want her to have a manly but sensitive man (cough, Cormac, cough). Ben spends so much time overreacting its annoying. He needs Kitty time and again to calm him down. I get that he is stable and normal, well normal for Kitty's world, but I just don't see the attraction. Now the attraction between Kitty and Cormac simply crackles. I like the storyline for Cormac and Amelia and I think it could lead to some good stories, but I hope eventually this goes by the wayside too if for no other reason than I want Cormac back in full.Now if you have never read a Kitty book, trust me, this is an outstanding series, but start with the first book so you can watch Kitty grow from weak and vulnerable into the amazing woman she is.
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InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco’s Little China, Kitty learns that there are more supernaturals in her world than she ever dreamed of. I can’t say it enough; I’m so happy to be doing a re-read of the Kitty books, especially of the later books. It’s like NetFlixing a TV show all at once instead of watching an episode a week (or even less frequently!)—the experience is much richer when all the details of the previous stories are fresh in my mind. I know some people don’t care for rereading, and that’s okay. I’m learning that, for me, rereading is essential to my enjoyment. Kitty’s Big Trouble (as in the movie Big Trouble in Little China), introduces Kitty to some of the Chinese supernaturals that have manifested in the New World. Kitty, Ben, and Cormac travel to San Francisco to help Anastasia, who we met in House of Horrors, retrieve a powerful Chinese artifact before Roman, the “big bad,” can get it. I liked Anastasia when we met her in House of Horrors. Her rivalry with Odysseus Grant was a little annoying, but ultimately understandable. Her love for her companions, vampire Gemma and human Dorian, was admirable. In Big Trouble, we learn more about why Anastasia is so paranoid about Roman and his machinations, and the lengths to which she’ll go to fight him. Roman isn’t just the unseen “boogie man” in this novel has he has been since Raises Hell. He is in San Francisco at the same time as our heroes, actively seeking the artifact for a nefarious purpose. Our heroes tangle with him a couple of times, and he delivers an ominous message at the end of the book that is meant to make them, and us as readers, understand that our heroes live for now ONLY because Roman doesn’t feel they’re significant enough to bother with. Of course, this is EXACTLY the kind of thing that ignites Kitty’s stubbornness, so you know it’s only going to make her fight harder. I enjoyed the supporting characters in this book. Grace Chen, a psychic in San Francisco, helps our group because of a promise made to Anastasia by Grace’s ancestor; one Grace thought was more myth than reality. The San Francisco vampires were interesting as well. I’m not sure if any of them will return in a future story, but they serve to expand what we know of Kitty’s world. We also get a brief conversation with Allette, who we met in Washington, and get a new but tiny piece of information about Rick’s past. Amelia gets to shine a bit more as well, as Cormac casts spells to help the group find the artifact and fight Roman. I think Marguarite Gavin does a great job of narrating Kitty’s stories. The vocal distinctions between characters isn’t always great, but her voice has a good radio quality that is perfect for Kitty. Gavin also narrates The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, which I enjoy as well. In Big Trouble, Gavin’s narration of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, reminds me of Jenks, which just made me smile. Since they are both “trickster” type characters, the similarity is completely appropriate. Finally, though they didn’t get explored near enough in this installment, I think the questions about General Sherman being a werewolf and Wyatt Erp being a hunter are really cool! I think those are some great seeds for future stories.:)
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Berls More than 1 year ago
Kitty's Big Trouble was another transitional book for me and, while I enjoyed it, I didn't love it like I have some of the earlier books. I think I had two chief problems with Kitty's Big Trouble, one that I doubt will ever be a problem again and the other I hope will change. Problem #1: Kitty's Big Trouble centered an awful lot on Chinese folk lore and religion - something I've just never been that into. I do believe Carrie Vaughn did a good job with it and I appreciated the way she understood that Chinese traditions are extremely varied and complex - - she may have combined and simplified, but in a way that showed she was very aware that she was doing that and showed the traditions proper respect. So it was really truly a situation of "it's not you, it's me." I don't know why, but I just never enjoyed Chinese lore that much. *shrugs* Problem #2: Cormick. I hate that for two books in a row Cormick - a character I once loved - has been a problem for me. I think it's because we keep getting reminded that Cormick and Kitty could have had a thing - I think the reminder creates an awkwardness that wouldn't otherwise be there. And - spoiler alert if you haven't read the previous book - I'm not a huge fan of his having this hitchhiking ghost witch whatever. I don't GET Cormick anymore and for now, he's this awkward 3rd wheel. I really hope that changes, because I was so excited to have him back. His return has been a bit if a downer. So how about what I loved? There's a lot. Let's start with the broken record part of the review where I tell you that Marguerite Gavin nails the narration. What can I say beyond that at this point? She's a great narrator and I just think you should listen to this series. Period. Kitty. I was trying to explain what I like about Kitty that's different from a lot of Urban Fantasy heroines to Bookworm Brandee - and what I came up with is that I like that she fights with words more than anything. She's a werewolf, so clearly she has some fighting ability. And as Kitty's Big Trouble made quite clear, she's got the guts and ability to fight if she has to. But that's not what she typically chooses. She uses her brain and words most often. And I SO love that. I also love her interest in history, which is a fun sub-subplot in Kitty's Big Trouble. And Ben. I've said it many times now, but I really like them as a couple and I love the way he supports her, tries to protect her, but never actually stops her. She lands herself in a lot of trouble because she can't hold back - both her curiosity and her determination to do what's right - and Ben always backs her up. I did have a few moments, though, where I got frustrated by how he was painted as somehow weak in Kitty's Big Trouble. Like he doesn't have complete control of his wolf, despite having been one for more than year now. It was irritating and didn't fit everything else I feel we've seen of Ben at this point so it frustrated me. But it was a small piece. So while Kitty's Big Trouble wasn't my favorite in the series so far, I did really enjoy it. It was definitely a bit of a transitional book - but that's okay because I'm super excited for what it seems to be transitioning towards. And lucky me, the book is out and I have it on my review pile just waiting to be read. Immediately :) 3.5 stars pretty good *I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
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