The country's only celebrity werewolf, late-night radio host Kitty Norville prefers to be heard, not seen. But when she's invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, her face gets plastered on national television. Kitty has been in hot water before, but jumping into the D.C. underworld brings a new set of problems - and a new set of friends and enemies, including the vampire mistress of the city; a super-hot Brazilian were-jaguar; and a paranoid, Bible-thumping senator who wants to expose Kitty as a monster. Kitty quickly learns that in this city of dirty politicians and backstabbing pundits, everyone's itching for a fight.
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I have been enjoying this series, although I think I enjoy "The Hallows Series" by Kim Harrison a bit more. Its definitely in the same vein, so if you have run out of Rachel books and are looking for something similar, this series may be it. I do wish it had a little more humor tied into the stories, but they are overall enjoyable.
I bought this because I like Marguerite Gavin's Narration on Kim Harrison's Hollows Series Books so much. Anyway, I have enjoyed the first two books in the series and plan to listen to the rest.
Good storyline,if you like sci-fi & parnormal stories this is a good series... Kitty goes from a scared little submissive wolf to a strong willed and very independant alpha wolf.
A whole new set of characters in Washington DC...and Kitty meets and greets them all! Lots of political and ethical controversy...takes animal testing to a whole new meaning. Kitty has to appear in DC for a congressional hearing...and trouble surrounds (as usual)her. Fast paced and fun!
My Initial Reaction...
I've grown to really love Kitty with Kitty Goes to Washington and I'm excited to be getting to know some secondary characters a bit better too! Some (Cormick!), though, remain too elusive!!
I feel about the same as I did with book 1 about Marguerite Gavin's reading of Kitty Goes to Washington - a solid B+. To reiterate what I said in that review - she's IS Kitty. Perfect. She has the voice you'd expect a radio talkshow host to have. And then she's ok with the other characters - the male voices inparticular sound like a woman doing a male voice, rather than a true male voice. But they're distinct and it's easy to get comfortable with her reading. I'll be continuing with an audio read of this series for sure.
When I first started book 1 I did not like Kitty, because she was just so submissive. But by the end of that book she had really grown and I'm happy to report that the new Kitty has MOSTLY stuck with Kitty Goes to Washington. I did feel like we saw a bit of her squeemishness rearing it's ugly head, but to be fair she spent four years as a submissive wolf and that's going to take some time to work out of your system. And she's not exactly in the best situation for building confidence. Kitty's been called to appear before the US Senate as a principal witness for their investigation into supernatural beings. So yeah, the girl's got every right to be a bit squeemish!
One of my complaints in the previous book was that I just didn't get a good feeling for secondary characters and I have to say, Kitty Goes to Washington did much better on that front. It helped that we saw some repeat characters - like her lawyer, Ben - who, BTW, can I just say I ADORE!! He's everything a lawyer should be but never seems to be, plus funny and so fiercely loyal. I remain, however, extremely frustrated about Cormick. I know the plot is gradually taking us towards them hooking up - it has to be! - but I really want to know this guy better. He shows up just enough to keep me interested and curious but not enough to really know him. I do like that he seems to be on Kitty's side and there was one moment in particular where I really liked him and Ben for being there for her.
The story for Kitty Goes to Washington kept me glued from beginning to end. Kitty's been called to Washington to testify before the US Senate as an expert on things that go bump in the night. The politics and uncertainty about everyone's agenda kept me anxious, particularly about Kitty's testimony.
But, thankfully, Kitty Goes to Washington wasn't all politics. It was also Kitty trying to navigate being a lone wolf. Not having a pack is rough, particularly on full moon runs. But on top of that, Kitty constantly has to enter unknown territories - in Kitty Goes to Washington this element is heightened by a warning she gets from the local vampire queen, Giselle, that it's dangerous for a lone shifter in Washington. So Kitty's staying with a Vampire - not that she really had a choice - dealing with government bigwigs, and trying to navigate the shifter community. I really enjoyed all the new characters we were introduced to though her time in Washington and found those interactions some of the most enjoyable.
I do have one BIG complaint though. My favorite part of the first book was that HUGE sections of the book were told through Kitty's radio show. I loved that. It was so unique and fun. And it was so missing in Kitty Goes to Washington We still had her show, but it was really such a backdrop to the book, rather than front and center like before. To be fair, Kitty Goes to Washington covers a much shorter time-span, meaning less radio shows and a lot happens that doesn't make sense for the show. So I can't say this made me not like the book - but I did miss it, a lot.
I'm loving Kitty and, like in book 1, Kitty Goes to Washington managed to grip my attention and pull my emotions all over the place. I'm looking forward to reading book 3!
I loved the last 25% of the book and am glad that I hung in there. I had difficulty connecting with Kitty; she calls herself a submissive werewolf, but never takes advice she's given, which doesn't sound submissive to me. she almost deliberately ticks off people in power. My best description of her character so far is actually adolescent, since she is trying to decide who she is by defying the expectations of the parental figures. Adolescents rebel, and as an early 20's character going through a major developmental change, that makes sense to me. I like the fact that the story doesn't revolve around romance, but around the central character.
This book started slow for me, but the last 25% was worth listening to the defiant whining and selfish behavior she begins with. The book goes in an unexpectedly real direction, where you could really connect the narrative to real life. She made me think, and the narrative is particularly apropos given our current political culture. I will definitely be reading the next one.
This one has three people with foreign accents at least, and one was Hispanic, but I would like to see more diversity in characters. This is throughout much of the genre, with the exception of Patty Briggs and Faith Hunter, in my experience.
I am a chronic binge listener and enjoy paranormal romance, MC, science fiction, historical fiction and more
Kitty Norville is a host of a late night radio show for supernaturals and she is a werewolf. After being forced out of Denver, Kitty decides to see the country so she buys a car and takes her show on the road for a while. Her show is as popular as ever and she even gets a senator to appear as a guest on the show.
Kitty is summoned to Washington DC to testify in a senate committee hearing, lead by the Senator who appeared on her show. Kitty convinces Ben, her attorney to accompany her to the hearings so that she doesn’t get herself in to any major trouble. When she arrives in Washington, she is escorted to the home of the Vampire who leads the city and is “invited” to stay with her, even though Kitty made arrangements to stay at the same hotel as Ben. She is also asked not to leave the house alone, but this doesn’t suit Kitty because she wants to see the city and try to find other werewolves.
I liked the story that unfolds during this book, Kitty learns to trust her instincts more and more though she still has room to grow, as you will see at the end of the book.
If you were a fan of book one, you will enjoy this book as well. At the time of this book, I have finished book 3 and plan to continue the series. As in the first book, the narrator is amazing. She delivers Kitty’s voice in such a believable way and completely embodies the radio show host.
My rating: Teen
Favorite character: Alette (sp?)
Kitty takes her show on the road, and since she is asked to speak at a congressional hearing about the existence of supernaturals, she plans to do her radio show from DC. Unfortunately, she hits a few bumps on that road. This episode takes us from vampires, to shady researchers, to crazed politicians, to lycanthropes, back to vampires, and around again.
Kitty ends up getting more publicity than she expected, and not in a good way. The congressional hearing offers up the most excitement CSPAN has ever had. Shady research goes too far, and vampires will surprise you. This book is even better than the 1st in the series.
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 really good story and addition to the series. Kitty is still doing her radio show and since her fallout with her old pack she's been travelling around the country (doing the show from whatever station is nearest at the time). Kitty being a werewolf is public knowledge...some people believe her and some think it's a publicity stunt for her show. Regardless of the doubters, Kitty gets called to Washington to testify in a Senate hearing about the existence of the supernatural. Kitty heads to Washington and quickly finds herself under the hospitality of Alette, the local vampire in power. While she was leery at first, Kitty finds that Alette is much different than other vampires she's met and she agrees to stay with her.
The hearing is being led by Senator Duke, a religious zealot that seems to have bad plans for the supernatural community. Kitty's lawyer, Ben, comes to Washington for the hearings and Cormic shows up eventually as well. Kitty gets to explore the city a bit and finds the shifter community to be much different that what she's used to. She even meets a sexy were-panther named Luis that she spends some of her free time with. There isn't a lot of free time though and there's a number of different players that are all trying to make moves to gain power in one way or the other and Kitty gets caught up in a number of different ways. She ends up going through some major crap that will cause a lasting impact on her life but does come out of it whole and doing alright. Things are pretty much wrapped up at the end of the story and Kitty decides to take a break from the show and find a place to hang out for a while she figures out what she wants to do next with her life.
I really enjoyed this story. Kitty is such a good heroine. I love how she gets pulled into things and even when she'd be better off staying out of it she feels the need to do the right thing. I also love that she is so eloquent and is able say a lot even with only a few words. I liked Kitty and Luis alright but I'm kind of glad he was just a dalliance for Kitty. I'm still kind of hoping for something between Cormic and Kitty but nothing so far... Overall, I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to starting the next book. I'm recommend this book (and the series). :D
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
“Kitty Goes To Washington” rolls straight on from “Kitty And The Midnight Hour” but with a change in pace and tone. Kitty seems a little more certain of herself than she did in the first book. She has left her home and her pack and taken her radio show, “The Midnight Hour” on the road across America. She is starting to build a life for herself in the human and the supernatural world.
The plot revolves around what happens to Kitty when the Christian Fundamentalist, supernaturals-are-an-offence-againt-God Senator that we met in the last book, summons her to testify at a Senate Committee which is allegedly investigating state-sponsored research into the super-natural.
Of course, all is not what it seems. The Senator has an evil plan and Kitty is at its centre. This plot premise could have produced a political thriller with Kitty cast as the heroine, saving the world with her awesome werewolf powers. Thankfully, Carrie Vaughan avoids this and continues to present Kitty as a young woman, recovering from a trauma but becoming reconciled with who and what she is and is gaining confidence from the popularity of her show. Kitty goes to Washington with no political or social agenda and does not see herself as leading anything.
She quickly discovers that this I’m-just-a-talkshow-host stance is not credible in Washington, where everyone expects something of her. This shows the nature of Washington but it also makes Kitty reflect on what role she should play and what it means to be a supernatural.
In Washington, Kitty finds a club that offers a haven for shape-shifters, allowing association without the restrictions of a Pack and promoting good music, good food and good company. Although the freedom and the pleasures this affords, especially in the form a Brazilian were-panther who becomes Kitty’s lover for a while, initially appeals to Kitty, as the book progresses she finds that she cannot adopt the passive, don’t-get-involved, live-for-moment way of life. Her loyalties, sense of duty and belief in doing what she can to make things better, pull her in a different direction.
While at the club, she meets with, solitary, taciturn, old werewolf that everyone believes is an ex-Nazi. When he finally shares his bleak story with her, Kitty is pushed further along the road of thinking that being a werewolf does not obviate the need for choosing how you will live but perhaps makes the choice more pressing.
One of the things I liked most in the book was the new vampire that Kitty meets. It was refreshing, almost startling, to meet a vampire who is not a narcissist but rather has a desire to protect and nurture. Kitty’s relationship with the vampire, testing limits, earning respect, building a mutual loyalty and obligation, speaks to many of the things that Kitty needs that the shapeshifter club does not provide.
“Kitty Goes To Washington” continues with a number of the characters from the previous book: we discover the true nature of the mysterious cult-leader who claims to be able to “cure” supernaturals, we meet Kitty’s “Deep Throat” research scientist and understand what he wants from Kitty, we see how far the Senator is willing to go for his cause and we see Kitty starting to build a network of friends and supporters.
Although more thoughtful than the first book, “Kitty Goes To Washington” has a least three strong action scenes that have major plot consequences. The political aspects of the book a credible and all the more threatening for that. Like politics in real-life, the day-to-day can seem a little anti-climatic but the issues are real and the stakes are high.
As with the first book, I enjoyed Kitty’s talkshow. It opens up the book, adds some humour, but also shows how these shows can take on a life of their own when they provide a space for the voiceless to be heard.
By the end of this book, it is clear, even to Kitty, that she cannot be just a talkshow host any more. She is a symbol, an ambassador, a target and may become a leader.
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