Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I went into this expecting a cookie-cutter urban fantasy. I was pleasantly surprised. Though this predates many of the current genre standbys, it manages to avoid many of the tropes that have made some aspects of the genre seem tired.
Kitty Norville is a radio DJ on KNOB. She's also a werewolf. One night, she wonders aloud about Bat Boy, the tabloid staple, and asks people to call in with their stories. Calls pour in, and her boss asks her to make it an ongoing theme. Soon, she's syndicated across the country, doling out advice about dating a werewolf, and pissing off the local vampire and werewolf leaders.
The werewolves in this series are about more than just furry animalism. The pack politics that make it so hard for her to disobey her higher-ups highlights several points in our world about consent, power, and bullying. Carl, her pack leader, is adamant he doesn't want her to continue doing the show, because to do so shakes the very foundation of his authority. But she continues, because she needs the show as much as the callers need her to continue putting it on.
Kitty's strength isn't always in her fighting, though she does make a point to take a self-defense class so she can take care of herself. The two most tense moments in the book are defused through her words.
The book sets up a lot of subplots for later exploration, but that's also a weakness. So much of the book is setup, with so little payoff, that it's hard to feel invested in any of the plots at all. The ones that end up getting addressed this book weren't the ones I would've guessed.
I plan on listening to the next book in the series. I'm looking forward to hearing what else Kitty can get up to.
I listened to this book on audio, narrated by Marguerite Gavin. She has an excellent radio voice, and I could believe that Kitty would have her husky alto. But her cadence was sometimes off, changing the meaning of some of the dialogue, and I'd have to mentally fix it.
Maybe a book for teens just getting into the paranormal stuff
The narrator was way over the top and her voice was like nails on a chalk board. I get that she is supposed to be a radio show host, but who talks like that all day every day?
No redeeming qualities to this book.
I bought this book because it had decent reviews and thought the price was fair. But I had to force myself to listen to the whole thing because I paid money for it. I kept waiting for a climax to the story, and it never came. At the end I thought, I listened to this why??? Don't buy it.
Finally dove into the Kitty series and was so happy to find that Marguerite Gavin was the narrator. As a fan of Kim Harrison, I was pleased to find another series to enjoy. Kitty is a great character. She starts out fairly typical and then you get to watch her character blossom and become independent and strong. Highly recommend for those who love vampire, werewolf, etc series that are on an adult level.
I love to read. I just don't always have time. Thank God for Audibles, aye? Who knew daily chores could so much fun now?
I discovered this series while looking for more books narrated by Marguerite Gavin. What a great find. This is a wonderful story. Marguerite Gavin is outstanding, of course. Carrie Vaughn writes a wonderful tale about a average woman turned werewolf. I recommend this book.
Yes it was very good.
TJ was my favorite character because it's not often that there is a homosexual warewolf in a story. Very original character.
A little too much casual rape going on. Other than that it was a good book.
Got the 1st two books on sale, they were ok. Not fabulous, but ok. I enjoyed them and I'm glad I bought them, but, for me, they just aren't super special. A good transition book if y our going from one great series, before you head into the next. Narration was a bit dry for me, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the book.
I don't think so. Story wasn't as good as other books. Didn't keep my interest at all.
Yes, of course. One thumbs down doesn't change the other books from being a lot of fun to read!
She was OK.
yes, would make a good series. No clue who I would like as actor.
THIS IS SUCH A CUTE SERIES AND SO FUNNIE TO LISTEN TO. I HAVE EVER ONE AND CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT KITTY GETS INTO NEXT. PLEASE KEEP HER COMING AND IN TROUBLE.
I am a cardiac nurse, I like listening to audible books while I am accomplishing other tasks.
Funny, insightful, optimistic
The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison, the Alpha series by Rachel Vincent.
Marguerite is great at voices, each character has a distinct tone and accent, without sounding cheezy or typical. Her cadence is amazing, keeps the story moving forward, without long pauses between words. Her inflection makes the story come to life!
Within the first few minutes of the book, Kitty takes a risk. This risk, is one most people end up taking at some point in their life. The rest of the book follows the consequences of taking that risk.
If you like paranormal books with a mystery in lieu of sex scenes, you will really enjoy this book.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
With the main character named Kitty being a werewolf, this would appear to be a funny story. It isn't, really. There are a few funny parts, mostly it is Kitty's sense of humor about her life. The main plot is around Kitty going from being a doormat for most of the people around her, to being her own person. She is honest with herself about being able to give out advice but not being able to see the way out of her own troubles, and the people she asks advice from are quite unexpected.
The ending is not trite, and even though I am very happy that there are so many more books in this series to read!, this book stands on its own.
I was expecting a light read/listen, but that isn't what I got. This is a story about a girl who has a pretty bad turn of luck, and what she does about it. I enjoyed very much, anyway.