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!
Kitty gets stuck in the middle of one senator’s public plan to expose supernaturals to the world. Luckily, the plan doesn’t get the response the senator is hoping for, but Kitty still has to suffer the brunt of it all.
In Kitty and the Midnight Hour, we saw Kitty stand up for herself against the wishes of her pack to keep her radio show. But the consequences of that decision are harsh; she has to leave Denver and her family, and her best friend, T.J. is gone. In Washington, Kitty experience more things — good and bad — the help her on her way to more independence and control of her life.
Two of my favorite characters show up in Washington; Alette and Fritz. Fritz is a WWII veteran and werewolf who opens up to Kitty right before he dies of old age. Fritz is a puzzle to Kitty; he’s old, he’s survived so much, and he’s so bitter. Kitty’s penchant for stories draws her to Fritz, of course. Personally, I’d love to see more written about Fritz and his experiences in the war. I’ll bet his stories come with some fantastic lessons.
I also love Alette, a super classy vampire mistress who shows Kitty that vampires don’t have to be like the ones she’s met in Denver. Like werewolves, vampires are just people, too.
In Washington, the real monsters are the humans, particularly Senator Drake and Dr. Flemming, who kidnap and expose Kitty to further their own agendas. Though Kitty is getting pushed around by these two just like she was pushed around by her pack, she is able to take some control and come out of the closet on her terms, somewhat. It’s an important lesson; we can’t control everything, but we can respond to crappy situations in the best way possible, even gaining a little control where we previously had none.
And, as always, Marguerite Gavin does an amazing job voicing Kitty.
Washington gives Kitty more experiences and more contacts to help her on her journey of growing up and taking control. Again, a favorite book in a favorite series; it was such a pleasure to read it again for the One Book Two Read Along.
Purchased. Review courtesy of onebooktwo | one book, two reviews.
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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