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Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Great Book!

I loved this book, I thought this was a great book to have on a rainy day. The characters were rather interesting, but Kitty Norville did grate on my nerve at times with all her whining and submissive nature. I had wished that she would have stood up for herself more an...
I loved this book, I thought this was a great book to have on a rainy day. The characters were rather interesting, but Kitty Norville did grate on my nerve at times with all her whining and submissive nature. I had wished that she would have stood up for herself more and jump into action when needed. Now don't get me wrong the book was really good, but it had it's pros and cons, the cons having already been said. The story was interesting and funny at times... I would recommend that you pick this book up and give it a chance, you never know you just might enjoy it!

posted by BookFiend10 on July 17, 2010

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12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

<eh

Kitty Norville is a werewolf, but she's not only submissive, she's whiny. She cowers, she whines, she cries, but she still goes against her alphas. Furthermore, she has a very flat personality and seems to be nothing outside of "being a werewolf" and running her late ni...
Kitty Norville is a werewolf, but she's not only submissive, she's whiny. She cowers, she whines, she cries, but she still goes against her alphas. Furthermore, she has a very flat personality and seems to be nothing outside of "being a werewolf" and running her late night call in show, The Midnight Hour.

The radio show bits are the only interesting parts of the book, but those aren't entirely realistic, when combined with Kitty's complete lack of experience and the reactions of the callers to Kitty. Callers seem to unquestioningly trust Kitty. This leads to a feeling that everyone who calls into The Midnight Hour is either an irrational hater/religious nut or blindly and adoringly trusts and obey Kitty. This, without a firm rational to explain it, directly sets off my Mary Sue alarm, because it leaves me, as a reader, feeling like the author is setting the character up to be loved and adored and sympathized with by other characters in the hopes readers will feel the same way (we don't).

I never liked Kitty, and never felt like I was given a reason to like Kitty other than "Poor Kitty was attacked by a werewolf and victimized and can't be herself except on this radio show, which everyone wants to take away from her". That simply isn't motivation enough for me. I need to see features in characters that I like and want to connect with.

And speaking of the werewolves, I've seen much praise for this book "showing the darker side of werewolf pack life that other books ignore" that I also don't understand. I've seen lots of stories about constant battles and co-dependency among werewolves. But this book slaps readers in the face with the message over and over with every pack scene.

Put simply, Kitty's whining is made worse by the fact that her alpha, Carl, commonly beats her and has
sex with her and when not doing either he emotionally manipulates her to be completely dependent on him. Kitty even says he wants her to be a child, helpless and useless without him, unable to protect herself, or make her own choices, but that doesn't matter because Carl will make the tough choices (in his favor) for her. Even Kitty's close friend, Carl's second in command T.J., assaults her and emotionally abuses her, always undermining her choices, especially the ones where Kitty starts to stand up for herself. "Oh I'm worried about you" and "What's wrong with you" he asks, when Kitty fights back against the man who attacked and infected her and who, in that scene, also tries to force her to have sex with him (again, apparently). With these not-so-subtle questions to her behavior T.J. implies that there is something wrong with Kitty defending herself from forced sex from someone who has proven to want to kill her.

Outside of the radio show and the pack

posted by MicheleLeesBookLove on July 6, 2009

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    <eh

    Kitty Norville is a werewolf, but she's not only submissive, she's whiny. She cowers, she whines, she cries, but she still goes against her alphas. Furthermore, she has a very flat personality and seems to be nothing outside of "being a werewolf" and running her late night call in show, The Midnight Hour.

    The radio show bits are the only interesting parts of the book, but those aren't entirely realistic, when combined with Kitty's complete lack of experience and the reactions of the callers to Kitty. Callers seem to unquestioningly trust Kitty. This leads to a feeling that everyone who calls into The Midnight Hour is either an irrational hater/religious nut or blindly and adoringly trusts and obey Kitty. This, without a firm rational to explain it, directly sets off my Mary Sue alarm, because it leaves me, as a reader, feeling like the author is setting the character up to be loved and adored and sympathized with by other characters in the hopes readers will feel the same way (we don't).

    I never liked Kitty, and never felt like I was given a reason to like Kitty other than "Poor Kitty was attacked by a werewolf and victimized and can't be herself except on this radio show, which everyone wants to take away from her". That simply isn't motivation enough for me. I need to see features in characters that I like and want to connect with.

    And speaking of the werewolves, I've seen much praise for this book "showing the darker side of werewolf pack life that other books ignore" that I also don't understand. I've seen lots of stories about constant battles and co-dependency among werewolves. But this book slaps readers in the face with the message over and over with every pack scene.

    Put simply, Kitty's whining is made worse by the fact that her alpha, Carl, commonly beats her and has
    sex with her and when not doing either he emotionally manipulates her to be completely dependent on him. Kitty even says he wants her to be a child, helpless and useless without him, unable to protect herself, or make her own choices, but that doesn't matter because Carl will make the tough choices (in his favor) for her. Even Kitty's close friend, Carl's second in command T.J., assaults her and emotionally abuses her, always undermining her choices, especially the ones where Kitty starts to stand up for herself. "Oh I'm worried about you" and "What's wrong with you" he asks, when Kitty fights back against the man who attacked and infected her and who, in that scene, also tries to force her to have sex with him (again, apparently). With these not-so-subtle questions to her behavior T.J. implies that there is something wrong with Kitty defending herself from forced sex from someone who has proven to want to kill her.

    Outside of the radio show and the pack

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