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Kitty's Big Trouble (Kitty Norville #9)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  4,625 ratings  ·  345 reviews

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 i

Kindle Edition, Original edition , 320 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Tor Books (first published June 1st 2011)
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Really a 2.5 or a 2.9. It's not quite a three, but it isn't really a two. I liked it much better than Discord's Apple, but not as well as the other Kitty books.

Here's what I like about the Kitty series, including this one. I like the fact that Kitty doesn't get power creeps, unless it is knowledge. The only power she gains is mental and emotional; she is simply a werewolf. I like that. I like the fact that Kitty is married. I like the fact that Kitty questions everything. The books make me laugh
Jen (Red Hot Books)
It's road trip time for Kitty Norville. Remember the vampire Anastasia from Kitty's House of Horrors ? She's back and she's asking Kitty to come to San Francisco to retrieve an object of great power. Evil and super-old vampire Roman is after it too, so Kitty hits the road with Ben and Cormac, headed to the west coast.

The object, which Anastasia calls "the pearl" is hidden in the underground tunnels of Chinatown. And as our group of heroes goes searching for it, they get wrapped up in some ancie
All Things Urban Fantasy
More than any other series, the Kitty Norville books read like a television series. Each episode is action packed, often self contained, with a little romance and character growth thrown in for spice. KITTY’S BIG TROUBLE is no deviation from that recipe, and this particular book worked very well for me. While the action would be accessible to even a new reader, the relationship dynamics (my favorite part), would definitely go right over their head.

The adventure in BIG TROUBLE provides prime cha
Kitty Norville is one curious werewolf. When she gets wind of a rumour about Civil War icon, William T. Sherman’s possible wolfy side, she turns into a dog with a bone. Kitty becomes desperate to pick the brain of every vampire and find out which other historic legends had a supernatural helping hand.

But Kitty gets side-tracked in her mission when the vampire Anastasia calls asking for help. She’s in San Francisco and on the hunt for an artefact of extreme power – and she needs to find it befor
2.5 stars - I did this in audio and it never did grab me to the point that I was tempted to listen outside of the car, so it took a long time to finish.

Part of that was that I experienced some negative crossover with the narrator - she's the same reader that does Charlie Davidson, so I kept expecting funny and sass, and that's not Kitty or Vaughn's style.

A couple of other things didn't help either: the story wasn't that focused and I have a feeling that I could have skipped this book without mi
Maggie K
So, Kitty is a werewolf, who asks wayyyyyyyyy too many questions and is really big on getting into other peoples business, which doesn't seem very werewolf like. lol
This gets her into a lot of trouble, which is to be expected, but she seems to always have other people backing her up. While this isn't necessarily unexpected, it does seem to me that they would be getting mad at her running her mouth, or telling her to shut up or something. This is my main gripe with this series--Kitty's behavior t
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

“Werewolves are all about instinct, emotion. They’re so full of passion. Makes them fascinating, don’t you think?”

It’s like meeting back up with old friends when a new Kitty book hits the shelves. Whether she likes it or not, Kitty always finds herself in the middle of the action and while she might hope for a nice, quiet life with her husband, Ben, trouble seems to find her (or she it) more often than not. After asking many questions about werewolves t
Quick Reaction:

Been a fan of the Kitty Norville series, though since the first novel it's been an up and down relationship for me. That said, it always managed to make it a fun read despite any misgiving in a particular installment.

Kitty's Big Trouble was released during the summer last year, and I was hugely disappointed by it. Found it to be the weakest in the series. Seemed like a recycle of scenes (Kitty or Ben getting hurt, then petting each other) a
Mickey Reed
Jul 20, 2011 Mickey Reed rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kitty fans, Werewolf fans
Shelves: 2011, audio
Man, I hate to give this only two stars but I really didn't enjoy this one as much as the other Kitty novels! I don't know why, really. The story just didn't suck me in like some of the others. I get really sick of hearing about "hackles rising," "fur standing on end," "back of neck prickling," etc. I kind of feel like a thesaurus would be good sometimes. And the epilogue just felt like it was never going to end! :o(

I also need to comment on the narrating since I listened to this book at work. I
The style was smooth and entertaining, but when I think back over the story, it feels like a short story and not a 300 page novel - nothing really happens. Mostly they wander around lost a lot. And the end is completely anticlimactic. I just really don't get this one at all. I'm a bit worried because I haven't liked any of her non-Kitty books, they've lacked impact and intensity for me, but I've always liked these books a lot. But maybe she's just losing her focus all together. I hope this is ju ...more
If I think about this for a while, my rating my change. Right now, I liked it. It was satisfying, plenty of cool new things for Kitty to poke at and wonder about. I also liked that Kitty keeps growing - she's curious if General Sherman was a werewolf and when she finds her answer she realizes that not everything that she thinks or that she knows has to come out of her mouth for the whole world to see or hear. This is a big change for her. I also liked that this book kept the shifting boundary li ...more
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I found when I was reading this book I was ambivalent about the "big trouble", it was interesting, but not the heart of the story for me. What really caught my attention was all the personal relationships in the book.

Kitty is really getting known as the person to go to when you need help. If you are her friend, she won't let her down and will take up your cause as hers. She really believes that all the supernatural people can get along if they try. Kitty's normal curiosity, the goofy way she wan
I'm not going to regurgitate the book blurb & I'm not going to retell the whole book what I am going to do is tell you that Carrie Vaughn is an author I've been following now for years, ever since the first Kitty Norville book came out & I've picked up EVERYTHING else she's ever written I can get my hands on.
The Kitty books are always a treat to read, they always have a great arc, great action, and Kitty is just Kitty, always. Kitty is a character we can all relate to in ways we can't w
As a preface, let me say that I first started reading the Kitty Norville series when the first book hit the stores. Okay, I'm shallow...I liked the cover. I loved the book, and I've bought every book since then as soon as I've found them in the stores. I've enjoyed the entire series. Until now.

This is likely to get a little nebulous, because I'm still trying to put my finger on exactly what I found so disquieting this time. It's not the writing or the characters, which are still just fine. I thi
This is yet another good book in the Kitty Norville series.

In this one, Kitty has started to wonder more and more about the history of weres and how they may have been a part of human history. She introduced her suspicions about General Sherman in the first book, and her questions about his nature have continued to bother her. Even though they're supportive, Ben and Kitty's friends don't really understand her obsession with history. But that's part of the nature of werewolves--since they can't h
Fresh from her experience of working with male werewolves, who, while soldiers in the U.S. Army, had been traumatized by their combat experiences in Afghanistan, Kitty became curious as to whether any werewolves figured prominently in American history. So, she made a number of inquiries, one of which led her to suspect that General William Tecumseh Sherman, one of the great Civil War generals, had been a werewolf.

Utilizing her friendship with Rick, the leader of Denver's vampire family, Kitty l
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Stars

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Well this just pains me. I think this series is very original as far as the storylines and the things Kitty encounters and has to go through. More so than maybe any other UF series out there. Everything is done with just enough action, a little humor and a great set of characters that you can't help but love. But somehow it has gotten to the point where it's not working as well for me.

This in big part is due to the fact that in book one I fell i
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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?

A call for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco, suddenl
The “Kitty Norville” series is excellent in the way that it’s almost episodic. Yet while Kitty’s Big Trouble has lots of fantastic action and draws in bits from previous books—giving us that overarching episodic feel—I can’t say that I loved this installment.

It was enjoyable but it just felt weird in places and I found myself putting it down several times (I even think I read a couple of books before coming back to it). Kitty is in a completely new world—one hidden within, or rather underneath,
Kaje Harper
I've been a fan of the Kitty books since the first one came out. The one just before this (Kitty Goes to War) was one of my favorites. This one seems a little less focused; the plot wanders a bit and the main purpose seems to be to set up a Kitty-Roman heroine-supervillain dynamic for the future. The events in this book feel a little bit like throwaways aimed at that end. The big prize that the main action revolves around just kind of disappears. And Roman shows up to make ominous threats and th ...more
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
Let my start with this was my first book in the series. There really was nothing wrong with this book. It was ok, but I don't know that I will be reading the rest of the series. It just isn't quite my cup of tea.

I am the kind of person to that takes things apart to see how they work.I like my fantasy to be the same way, at the end you need to take it apart and explain how it all works. My main disappointment in this book is summed up by this quote on page 277. "I need to know what happened down
3.5 stars

This series is ending this year so I thought it would be a good time for me to catch up. Since it's been a while between my Kitty Norville reads, I was worried that I might have forgotten too much to really enjoy this one. Thankfully, it was easy to slip back into Kitty's world and to catch up with all my favorite characters. Kitty's Big Trouble wasn't my favorite book in the series (that goes to Kitty's House of Horrors) but it was a fun read and I enjoyed seeing Kitty, Ben, and Cormac
This particular chapter in Kitty's story didn't wow me. I wasn't keen on her attempt to find out what historical figures were actually werewolves, vampires, or the like. And the underground adventures in Chinatown just didn't work for me.

I'm not sure what the missing "spark" was, although I did read this right after a very long, very immersive 5 star read (Jacqueline Carey), so part of it may be the general "hard to match my last read" thing going.

I think Carrie Vaughn's writing style tends to
Mar 19, 2015 ☣Lynn☣ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Gonna get back to these in August when the last book comes out. Sucks that I only have the 8th book left with me. Really wanted to read some.more. *sigh*

Reading books 9-14 August :)
In this story, Kitty goes to San Francisco with her mate Ben and friend Cormac, in response to a request from vampire Anastasia, who is concerned that arch-villain Roman is after a powerful artifact. It was OK, but not thrilling, perhaps I am just getting too old for this type of book.
I usually enjoy this author's books, but was disappointed in her praise of a war criminal, Gen William T Sherman. An American general ordering raping andmurdering women and children is unacceptable. Burning. Thievery, looting, harassment, murder are not actions any American, or other nationality, should order or justify. Sherman should be acknowledged as the insane criminal he was. Terrorism does not subjuctate a population, quite the opposite. It's been tried since ancient times, unsuccessfully ...more
Celia Powell
I am rather sad that this series is getting a bit tired, because I really loved some of the earlier books. But this is starting to read like Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series - too many plot threads throughout this book, and it reads like filler - nothing feels like it has any weight. I am sick of this Roman plot point dragging through multiple books, I'm sick of everything advancing at a snail's pace, and the "everything's real, man" thing in this book just annoyed me. It feels like gi ...more
Eloise Kindred
What has happened to this series?? Used to be amazing, but the last two books have been well below par. OK, so this one was better than the last one but, even so, I can't say I much enjoyed it. The whole thing just seemed rushed. Unlike the last book, it had some pretty big plot ideas (catacombs beneath San Francisco, kick ass Chinese gods) but everything just happened so quickly I didn't feel as if I had enough time to get my head around it. I was quite interested about the Wyatt Earp, Vampire ...more
Patrick St-Denis
Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville book sequence has become, in my humble opinion, what is probably one of the very best urban fantasy series out there. Nearly as good as Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, as far as I'm concerned. And while the early books were more episodic in style and tone, the author has unveiled various hints and offered several glimpses of a bigger and more ambitious overall story arc in the last few installments. We didn't know it then, but with Kitty Saves the World, last volume i ...more
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Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.
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Kitty Norville (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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