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.
©2006 Carrie Vaughn, LLC; (P)2009 Tantor
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.
I liked listening to more of Kitty's radio shows (though they're fewer in this book due to the shorter timeline). Seeing how she does on the road and in D.C. was great. Also enjoyed seeing some of the secondary characters again.
My main problem is how the author glossed over some important scenes barely giving any details about them. I also didn't always agree with Kitty's decisions, but I suppose I can see how they made sense to her.
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I keep hoping this will be as good as the hallows but it is not. Kitty isn't Rachel. She's not complex and her inner voice is weak. The story is fluff. Has the building blocks of rich story but isn't flushed out enough. I won't continue.
Entertaining and easy to follow. The writer offers great detail and the narrator really takes on the character. You can see it play out in your head.
This was an all right book, but I struggled to stick with it. By the end I was just ready for it to be over. I found myself looking in my library while listening to the ending to see what I could start next. Really nothing surprising or engaging and not much romance either.
First book was ok, so I went for the 2nd. It was better than the 1st one. I'm glad I got it, but really wasn't inspired to get the 3rd. If I am in need of a book and don't have anything else, I would go for the 3rd one. Kitty was more likable in this book and I cared more about her and her story. Narration is still on the bland side, but still ok. Not a deal breaker.
Kitty is sassy, aggressive, and sexy.
Kitty can take a bad situation and turn it into a marketing miracle.
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