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Kitty's Big Trouble

(Kitty Norville #9)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  6,474 ratings  ·  414 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 ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Tor Books (first published June 1st 2011)
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James F More detail on Cormac's magic can be found in "Long Time Waiting", one of the stories in Kitty's Greatest Hits.…moreMore detail on Cormac's magic can be found in "Long Time Waiting", one of the stories in Kitty's Greatest Hits.(less)

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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
Kitty the Werewolf goes to Big Trouble in Chinatown. Literally. I can almost see Kurt Russell hopping in and the dude with the lightning bolts. Only this time we've got Naruto joining in the fun. Or at least, we've got a nine-tailed demon fox.

The thing is, the novel is okay. It's meant to be lighthearted fun and a little treasure hunting adventure and a little new discovery with Cormac and a little encounter with Roman.

Fun? Sure. But it's no more than adventure time with our favorite radio anno
Jen Davis
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 anc
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
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one didn't strike me as one of the better Kitty Norville books. It's primarily a road trip story; Kitty, Ben, and Cormac have an adventure in San Francisco, and while other events are narrated, the whole thing doesn't fit together as well as the other books I've read in the series. (Even the title strikes me as a little on the lame side.) The speculation about Sherman is interesting, we learn what happens to Anastasia, Ben is called Mr. Kitty as one point which was worth a chuckle, and Corm ...more
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 werewolve
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Mickey Reed
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kitty fans, Werewolf fans
Shelves: audio, 2011
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
Kitty’s Big Trouble
Kitty Norville, Book 9

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continuation of a series.

The Characters:

Kitty Norville:
Ben O’Farrell:
Cormac/Amelia, Sun, Anastasia:

The Story:

This title is misleading, Kitty is always in trouble but with so much going on I see why the author kept it simple. This story was anything but simple. With monsters and relics and gods and centuries old vampires. Oh and pack members that are now magically inclined. There is an
Benjamin Thomas
Another corker of a tale in this modern-day werewolf series. This one ratchets up the world-wide stakes a notch and seems to be leading toward a much greater and millennium-long supernatural war. Kitty, of course, is not content to sit on the sidelines. It's pretty cool to think of historical figures such as William T Sherman, Wyatt Earp and Coronado as actually being werewolves and vampires. Looking forward to see where this is all leading... ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What more can I say, I love Kitty
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Kitty Norville book and I really enjoyed it. There was a good balance of action and character development/self-reflection, and the plot was fun and fairly fast-paced. I’ll probably start the series from the beginning now.
Heather Passariello
I had a hard time with this one. I found it boring.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theological crisis and broken bones lol
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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Favorite Quote: “Amelia’s game “
“Does she even get a vote?”

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, sudden
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Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, 2011
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
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
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Stars

This review was posted at Under the Covers

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
T.J. Day
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The thing about Kitty Norville is that she never leads a dull life. Almost every book has a different setting. Washington, Kansas, Las Vegas, Montana, Denver… This one even has a main plot set up in San Francisco, where Kitty not only has to worry about vampire enemy Roman, but also the local pack. I love the introductions to new werewolf and vampire societies. Each is unique in their own way.

I also love the revelations about historical figures being of the supernatural kind. The author has hint
4 stars

This was a very good story and addition to the series. This story takes place mostly in San Francisco after a short detour to Dodge city. Kitty is trying to track down which famous people from the past had dealings with the supernatural or were supernatural themselves. When she hears a story about Wyatt Earp being a hunter who cleared out a group of rogue vampires in the Dodge City area in the past, Kitty has to go check it out and see if she can find any clues that the story might have b
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
So this is obviously a play on the movie Big Trouble in Little China. Kitty goes to San Francisco at the behest of Anastasia, the vampire opposing Roman, in order to retrieve a magical item from San Francisco’s China Town before he does. I wasn’t fond of this one. The emotional pull of the story really wasn’t there. Partly because the main emotional story was Anastasia’s, and for the most part we don’t know her that well. Kitty’s arc is more about deciding to really step up and lead, not just he ...more
Mike Finn
This is my least favourite Kitty Norville book so far. It was still a fun read but nothing that would have caught my attention if this was the only book in the series that I'd read.

"Kitty's Big Trouble" starts well enough: Kitty is trying to validate some contemporary testimony that General Sherman was a werewolf. Then she goes off to Dodge in search of a Vampire nest that was allegedly wiped out by Wyatt Earp. It was good fun and I was looking forward to more.

Then Kitty responds to a call from
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Carrie Vaughn is the author more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories. She's best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. In 2018, she won the Philip K. Dick Award for Bannerless, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery. Next up for her: two collections connected to the ...more

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