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

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

by Carrie Vaughn
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Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville Series #1) by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station-and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew?

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ISBN-13: 9780446616416
Publisher: Warner Books (NY)
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: Kitty Norville Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 149,741
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Carrie Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Maryland, and Colorado. She holds a Masters in English Literature and collects hobbies, fencing and sewing are currently high on the list. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Her website is

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Kitty and the Midnight Hour

By Carrie Vaughn

Warner Books

Copyright © 2005 Carrie Vaughn
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-61641-9

Chapter One

I tossed my backpack in a corner of the studio and high fived Rodney on his way out.

"Hey, Kitty, thanks again for taking the midnight shift," he said. He'd started playing some third-generation grunge band that made my hackles rise, but I smiled anyway.

"Happy to." "I noticed. You didn't used to like the late shift." He was right. I'd gone positively nocturnal the last few months. I shrugged. "Things change." "Well, take it easy."

Finally, I had the place to myself. I dimmed the lights so the control board glowed, the dials and switches futuristic and sinister. I pulled my blond hair into a ponytail. I was wearing jeans and an oversized sweatshirt that had been through the wash too many times. One of the nice things about the late shift at a radio station was that I didn't have to look good for anybody.

I put on the headphones and sat back in the chair with its squeaky wheels and torn upholstery. As soon as I could, I put on my music. Bauhaus straight into the Pogues. That'd wake 'em up. To be a DJ was to be God. I controlled the airwaves. To be a DJ at an alternative public radio station? That was being God with a mission. It was thinking you were the first person to discover The Clash and you had to spread the word.

My illusions about the true power of beinga radio DJ had pretty much been shattered by this time. I'd started out on the college radio station, graduated a couple of years ago, and got the gig at KNOB after interning here. I might have had a brain full of philosophical tenets, high ideals, and opinions I couldn't wait to vocalize. But off-campus, no one cared. The world was a bigger place than that, and I was adrift. College was supposed to fix that, wasn't it? I switched on the mike.

"Good evening to you, Denver. This is Kitty on K-Nob. It's twelve-oh-twelve in the wee hours and I'm bored, which means I'm going to regale you with inanities until somebody calls and requests a song recorded before 1990. "I have the new issue of Wide World of News here. Picked it up when I got my frozen burrito for dinner. Headline says: 'Bat Boy Attacks Convent.' Now, this is like the tenth Bat Boy story they've done this year. That kid really gets around-though as long as they've been doing stories on him he's got to be what, fifty? Anyway, as visible as this guy is, at least according to the intrepid staff of Wide World of News, I figure somebody out there has seen him. Have any of you seen the Bat Boy? I want to hear about it. The line is open."

Amazingly, I got a call right off. I wouldn't have to beg.

"Hello!" "Uh, yeah, dude. Hey. Uh, can you play some Pearl Jam?" "What did I say? Did you hear me? Nothing after '89. Bye."

Another call was waiting. Double cool. "Hi there." "Do you believe in vampires?"

I paused. Any other DJ would have tossed off a glib response without thinking-just another midnight weirdo looking for attention. But I knew better.

"If I say yes, will you tell me a good story?" "So, do you?" The speaker was male. His voice was clear and steady.

I put my smile into my voice. "Yes." "The Bat Boy stories, I think they're a cover-up. All those tabloid stories, and the TV shows like Uncharted World?" "Yeah?"

"Everybody treats them like they're a joke. Too far out, too crazy. Just mindless trash. So if everybody thinks that stuff is a joke, if there really is something out there-no one would believe it."

"Kind of like hiding in plain sight, is that what you're saying? Talk about weird supernatural things just enough to make them look ridiculous and you deflect attention from the truth."

"Yes, that's it." "So, who exactly is covering up what?" "They are. The vampires. They're covering up, well, everything. Vampires, werewolves, magic, crop circles-" "Slow down there, Van Helsing."

"Don't call me that!" He sounded genuinely angry. "Why not?"

"It's-I'm not anything like him. He was a murderer." The hairs on my arms stood on end. I leaned into the mike. "And what are you?"

He let out a breath that echoed over the phone. "Never mind. I called about the tabloid."

"Yes, Bat Boy. You think Bat Boy is a vampire?" "Maybe not specifically. But before you brush it off, think about what may really be out there." Actually, I didn't have to. I already knew.

"Thanks for the tip." He hung up.

"What an intriguing call," I said, half to myself, almost forgetting I was on the air.

The world he talked about-vampires, werewolves, things that go bump-was a secret one, even to the people who inadvertently found their way there. People fell into it by accident and were left to sink or swim. Usually sink. Once inside, you especially didn't talk about it to outsiders because, well, who would believe you?

But we weren't really talking here, were we? It was late-night radio. It was a joke.

I squared my shoulders, putting my thoughts back in order. "Right. This raises all sorts of possibilities. I have to know-did I just get a call from some wacko? Or is something really out there? Do you have a story to tell about something that isn't supposed to exist? Call me." I put on Concrete Blonde while I waited.

The light on the phone showing an incoming call flashed before the song's first bass chord sounded. I wasn't sure I wanted anyone to call. If I could keep making jokes, I could pretend that everything was normal.

I picked up the phone. "Hold, please," I said and waited for the song to end. I took a few deep breaths, half-hoping that maybe the caller just wanted to hear some Pearl Jam. "All right. Kitty here."

"Hi-I think I know what that guy's talking about. You know how they say that wolves have been extinct around here for over fifty years? Well-my folks have a cabin up in Nederland, and I swear I've heard wolves howling around there. Every summer I've heard them. I called the wildlife people about it once, but they just told me the same thing. They're extinct. But I don't believe them."

"Are you sure they're wolves? Maybe they're coyotes." That was me trying to act normal. Playing the skeptic. But I'd been to those woods, and I knew she was right. Well, half-right.

"I know what coyotes sound like, and it's not anything like that. Maybe-maybe they're something else. Werewolves or something, you know?" "Have you ever seen them?"

"No. I'm kind of afraid to go out there at night." "That's probably just as well. Thanks for calling." As soon as I hung up, the next call was waiting. "Hello?"

"Hi-do you think that guy was really a vampire?" "I don't know. Do you think he was?"

"Maybe. I mean-I go to nightclubs a lot, and sometimes people show up there, and they just don't fit.

They're, like, way too cool for the place, you know? Like, scary cool, like they should be in Hollywood or something and what the hell are they doing here-"

"Grocery shopping?" "Yeah, exactly!" "Imagination is a wonderful thing. I'm going to go to the next call now-hello?"

"Hi. I gotta say-if there really were vampires, don't you think someone would have noticed by now? Bodies with bite marks dumped in alleys-"

"Unless the coroner reports cover up cause of death-"

The calls kept coming. "Just because someone's allergic to garlic doesn't mean-"

"What is it with blood anyway-" "If a girl who's a werewolf got pregnant, what would happen to the baby when she changed into a wolf? Would it change into a wolf cub?"

"Flea collars. And rabies shots. Do werewolves need rabies shots?"

Then came the Call. Everything changed. I'd been toeing the line, keeping things light. Keeping them unreal. I was trying to be normal, really I was. I worked hard to keep my real life-my day job, so to speak-away from the rest. I'd been trying to keep this from slipping all the way into that other world I still hadn't learned to live in very well.

Lately, it had felt like a losing battle. "Hi, Kitty." His voice was tired, flat. "I'm a vampire. I know you believe me." My belief must have showed through in my voice all night. That must have been why he called me.

"Okay," I said. "Can-can I talk to you about something?"

"Sure." "I'm a vampire. I was attacked and turned involuntarily about five years ago. I'm also-at least I used to be-a devout Catholic. It's been really ... hard. All the jokes about blood and the Eucharist aside-I can't walk into a church anymore. I can't go to Mass. And I can't kill myself because that's wrong. Catholic doctrine teaches that my soul is lost, that I'm a blot on God's creation. But Kitty-that's not what I feel. Just because my heart has stopped beating doesn't mean I've lost my soul, does it?"

I wasn't a minister; I wasn't a psychologist. I'd majored in English, for crying out loud. I wasn't qualified to counsel anyone on his spiritual life. But my heart went out to him, because he sounded so sad. All I could do was try. "You can't exactly go to your local priest to hash this out, can you?"

"No," he said, chuckling a little. "Right. Have you ever read Paradise Lost?" "Uh, no."

"Of course not, no one reads anymore. Paradise Lost is Milton's great epic poem about the war in heaven, the rebellion of the angels, the fall of Lucifer, and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. As an aside, some people believe this was the time when vampires and lycanthropes came into existence-Satan's mockery of God's greatest creation. Whatever. At any rate, in the first few chapters, Satan is the hero. He speaks long monologues what he's thinking, his soul-searching. He's debating about whether or not to take revenge on God for exiling him from heaven. After reading this for a while, you realize that Satan's greatest sin, his greatest mistake, wasn't pride or rebelling against God. His greatest mistake was believing that God would not forgive him if he asked for forgiveness. His sin wasn't just pride-it was self-pity. I think in some ways every single person, human, vampire, whatever, has a choice to make: to be full of rage about what happens to you or to reconcile with it, to strive for the most honorable existence you can despite the odds. Do you believe in a God who understands and forgives or one who doesn't? What it comes down to is, this is between you and God, and you'll have to work that out for yourself."

"That-that sounds okay. Thanks. Thanks for talking to me." "You're welcome."

At 4:00 A.M., the next shift came on. I didn't go straight home and to bed, even though I was shaking. All the talking had taken a lot out of me. After a late shift I always met T.J. for coffee at the diner down the street. He'd be waiting for me.

He wasn't, but I ordered coffee and when it arrived, so did he. Slouching in an army surplus coat, glancing around to take note of every person in the place, he didn't look at me until he slid into the booth.

"Hey, Kitty." He flagged the waitress for a cup of coffee. The sky outside was gray, paling with the sunrise. "How'd your shift go?"

"You didn't listen to it?" I tried not to sound disappointed, but I'd been hoping to talk to him about it. "No, sorry. I was out."

I closed my eyes and took a deep, quiet breath. Grease, cigarette smoke, bad breath, and tired nerves. My senses took it all in, every little odor. But strongest, right across the booth from me, was the earthy smell of forest, damp night air, and fur. The faintest touch of blood set my hair on end.

"You went running. You turned wolf," I said, frowning. He looked away, ducking his gaze. "Geez, if you keep doing that, you're going to lose it completely-" "I know, I know. I'm halfway there already. I just-it feels so good." His look grew distant, vacant. Part of him was still in that forest, running wild in the body of his wolf.

The only time we had to Change was on full moon nights. But we could Change whenever we wanted. Some did as often as they could, all the time. And the more they did, the less human they became. They went in packs even as people, living together, shape-shifting and hunting together, cutting all ties to the human world. The more they Changed, the harder it was not to.

"Come with me next time. Tomorrow." "Full moon's not for another week," I said. "I'm trying my damnedest to keep it together. I like being human." He looked away, tapping his fork on the table. "You really aren't cut out for this life, you know." "I do okay."

That was me patting myself on the back for not going stark raving mad these last couple of years, since the attack that changed me. Or not getting myself ripped limb from limb by other werewolves who saw a cute young thing like me as easy prey. All that, and I maintained a semblance of normal human life as well.

Not much of a human life, all things considered. I had a rapidly aging bachelor's degree from CU, a run-down studio apartment, a two-bit DJ gig that barely paid rent, and no prospects. Sometimes, running off to the woods and never coming back sounded pretty good.

Three months ago, I missed my mother's birthday party because it fell on the night of the full moon. I couldn't be there, smiling and sociable in my folks' suburban home in Aurora while the wolf part of me was on the verge of tearing herself free, gnawing through the last fringes of my self-control. I made some excuse, and Mom said she understood. But it showed so clearly how, in an argument between the two halves, the wolf usually won. Since then, maintaining enthusiasm for the human life had been difficult. Useless, even. I slept through the day, worked nights, and thought more and more about those times I ran in the forest as a wolf, with the rest of the pack surrounding me. I was on the verge of trading one family for the other.

I went home, slept, and rolled back to KNOB toward evening. Ozzie, the station manager, an aging hippie type who wore his thinning hair in a ponytail, handed me a stack of papers. Phone messages, every one of them. "What's this?"

"I was going to ask you the same thing. What the hell happened on your shift last night? We've been getting calls all day. The line was busy all night. And the messages-six people claiming to be vampires, two say they're werewolves, and one wants to know if you can recommend a good exorcist."

"Really?" I said, sorting through the messages. "Yeah. Really. But what I really want to know-" He paused, and I wondered how much trouble I was in. I was supposed to run a late-night variety music format, the kind of show where Velvet Underground followed Ella Fitzgerald. Thinking back on it, I'd talked the entire time, hadn't I? I'd turned it into a talk show. I was going to lose my job, and I didn't think I'd have the initiative to get another one. I could run to the woods and let the Wolf take over.

Then Ozzie said, "Whatever you did last night-can you do it again?"


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Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 245 reviews.
BookFiend10 More than 1 year ago
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!
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was on the line about purchasing because of some of the negitive remarks in reviews, but I'm glad I did! I loved the story! From amusing and whitty to nail biting and sad. I did not get the impression that Kitty was weak or overly whiney. She's been through a crap storm and is rebuilding herself, going from victim to survivor. Can't wait to see how she grows. I do hope there is more of a love connection in the second book.
katbella More than 1 year ago
great new series. anyone who enjoyed Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson book needs to take a look at these.
Berls More than 1 year ago
My Initial Reaction… Why did I wait so long to start this series? Although I wasn’t a big fan of Kitty to start with, as Kitty and the Midnight Hour progressed, I got to know her better and love her. And using a radio show to tell big hunks of the story? Brilliant! But I’m ahead of myself… The Narration… I came across Marguerite Gavin in the Hollows Series and was iffy about her, but wondered if it was because I already had voices in my head for those characters (I was rereading in audio). Well, now I know that I like her a lot. I don’t love her narration, but it’s a solid B+ for me. Something about her voice for Kitty was absolutely perfect for me – it carried a radio personality perfectly. Her voices for other characters, although distinct, was a little less than perfect for me. Particularly some of the male characters, who came out sounding a bit too forced masculine for my taste. All in all, I loved her for Kitty and her voices for the men weren’t perfect, but good enough that I definitely plan to continue listening to this series. The Characters… Ok, so Kitty and I didn’t like each other at first. See, she had all this potential to be someone I could love and then I find out that she’s uber submissive. Like annoyingly, pathetically so. But as the story progressed a few things happened to change my opinion of Kitty. First of all, I learned her back story and that explained a lot. I won’t tell you what happened, because I like the way it’s revealed in Kitty and the Midnight Hour, but how she was changed and the person she was before her change to werewolf really explained why she acted the way she did. Second, and perhaps more importantly, I watched her grow as a character. Through her radio show, she gained an independence and self-worth that she so badly needed and with it she really started to transform. As a character driven reader, this kind of development makes a story shine for me. I loved seeing her transformation and so in the end, I not only love Kitty, but I’m really glad she started the book so annoyingly submissive. Clearly Carrie Vaughn knew what she was doing. As for the other characters, I have to say that like her radio show, this is really a one-woman act. There are a full cast of other characters and they’re developed just enough for you to have the desired response to them. There’s the best friend that you love, even when he frustrates the hell out of you; the alpha that you’re on the fence about, but think you hate; the stereotypical cop that you respect but wish would stay the hell out of this stuff. Cormac, the love-hate interest, was an interesting figure but sadly a bit forgettable for me. He went from enemy to trusted ally to quickly and easily for my liking, though I absolutely loved their dialogue. I think what I’m getting at with these characters is that, they do the job to move the story forward, but besides Kitty, they’re all a bit predictable and too easy. The Story… I loved the way this story was told perhaps even more than the story itself. Kitty is a late night radio host who inadvertently turns her show into a paranormal talk show. And it becomes a major hit. And a major problem. She’s getting syndicated and lots of attention; becoming a real hot shot, making serious money. At the same time, however, some supernaturals (particularly some vamps in her area) don’t like what she’s up to and she’s ordered to back down. That sets up the major plot tension, although a murder does happen that Kitty gets involved with investigating, but for me that was really a back drop. The real tension, for me, was Kitty’s fight to become and remain independent, through her radio show. Huge segments of the book take place while Kitty is actually doing the show. I loved this. It was so unique and Vaughn writes dialogue so brilliantly that it just works. I also think that listening to Kitty and the Midnight Hour rather than reading it only amplifies the brilliance of this storytelling move because I felt like I was listening to the actual show a lot of the time. Gavin does a great job of showing Kitty’s radio persona/voice as something just slightly different from her regular one, so that made this spectacular. The mystery was solid (surrounding the murder) and I didn’t figure it out until maybe seconds before Kitty, which is always a good sign. That last 15% was fairly shocking, including one heart-wrenching moment, and I gobbled it up. Concluding Sentiments… For me, this was a really positive start to a series. The world was pretty much your staple Urban Fantasy and I settled into it quickly. I’m ready to see what’s next for Kitty and I’m hopeful that some of the other characters will have better development as the series progresses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little strange. Maybe it was the authors writing style that made me pause, but overall the plot was interesting. I will read the second book just to see if Cormac makes an appearance!
BarbaraC More than 1 year ago
This is a good start to the Kitty Norville Series. Readers may also like books from Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews which have similar shapeshifter themes.
Emmarae36 More than 1 year ago
Definitely something new to the paranormal! This book is sharp and fast paced, and you'll love learning all about the creatures of the night again. This whole series is amazing. All the characters are very well thought out, and the drama can get nail biting. A definite must buy for anyone who loves comedy or warewolves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kitty and The Midnight Hour is a fast, fun read. The character is well-defined as the book progresses and actually really grows as a character as the series progresses. The whole series is well worth your time and money if you like this genre. I devoured the entire series in about a week.
3monstersmom More than 1 year ago
Well, what can I say about Carrie Vaughn's Kitty and The Midnight Hour, it's.....boring. This is one of those books that you read when there isn't anything else to do. The main character Kitty, a werewolf radio DJ with a late night talk show, is just plain weak. I don't know how many times I just wanted to strangle her and tell her to grow a backbone. The plot was boring, the one possible love interest never comes about, and the supporting characters feel under-developed. To Vaughn's credit, this is nothing like other werewolf books I have read. Kitty has much potential and I am hoping she finds that Alpha laying inside her in future books of the series. It's a decent one day read on a rainy day.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Denver, Kitty Norville hosts the Midnight Hour show at KNOB radio. Tired of inane 90¿s retro music she asks her callers if they believe in vampires and werewolves. Shockingly she gets a bunch of callers with some providing profound comments or questions. Kitty responds sometimes tongue in cheek and others seriously quoting Milton. Two months later, Kitty¿s once a week show is a monster hit and about to go into syndication. Six months later the show is on 62 stations. ---- While on the air, Cormac the bounty hunter calls saying he has been hired to kill her. She stays on the air to persuade him to reconsider as they are being used by a mutual enemy and she admits to being a werewolf. When the police arrive too quickly, he offers Kitty a deal to let her live if she does not press charges. Detective Harden is irritated, but cannot do anything about it. Not long afterward Harden asks Kitty to look at a corpse, which she does. Kitty sniffs and realizes a rogue werewolf has killed a teenage prostitute. Further murders occur by this rogue with Kitty working with Cormac and Harden trying to solve the case. ---- Though everyone accepts Kitty is a werewolf without blinking once she comes out of the closet, the heroine is a terrific protagonist and holds the tongue in cheek supernatural police procedural together. Like the radio audience, readers will believe that vampires and werewolves reside amongst humans. The story line is action-packed (pun intended) yet Kitty and several other key players come across as fully dimensional whether they are shapeshifters, bloodsuckers, purebred humans, or hunters. Carrie Vaughn provides a terrific tale starring the adviser to the paranormal crowd. ---- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book to see if I would like it, I had seen a lot of the Kitty book titles while shopping for new books so I thought I would give it a try. Boy am I glad I did! Ive never done a book review before, but after reading this series I had to do one so that a new reader shopping for a new book would read this review and give Kitty a try. I would give this whole series 5 stars! Read them! You will be glad you did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the main chracter's journey and that they left room in the story for it to continue.
_Chamomile More than 1 year ago
Kitty is...odd, but captivating. If you read this book be prepared to crave the rest of the series.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
I forgot how much I love this book! I’m rereading the Kitty Norville series as part of One Book Two’s current read-along, and it’s been fun to meet Kitty, Cormac, Ben, Rick, and TJ all over again. I think my favorite scenes in this book are between Kitty and Cormac. I love the end of the assassination scene where Cormac finally looks around the doorway at Kitty and says, “That you, Norville?” I can just picture big, bad Cormac, loaded with weapons, seeing this tiny blonde girl hunched in the corner with headphones on. You wonder if he could have killed her, looking like that, even if he wanted to. I also love the scene where Kitty’s call-in listeners are asking Kitty whether she’s dating Cormac. First, she can hardly believe her listeners would think it’s okay to date someone who tried to kill her, then Cormac calls in and tells her to change the subject right now! He’s obviously amused and playing with her, which just gives Kitty’s listeners more fuel for their imagination. Those are the light-hearted moments in the book. The rest is pretty intense, from the twisted, dependent psychology of the wolf pack to the fear that drives Kitty from her hometown. It’s less disconcerting this time around, though, since I know how much better Kitty’s life becomes over the course of the next thirteen books. This is one of my favorite books in one of my favorite series. It gets a shiny fat five from me. Purchased. Review courtesy of | one book, two reviews.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Once again, I come across a book that has been languishing on my to be read pile for a decade that I kick myself for taking so long to read. This is the first book in a series by new to me author Carrie Vaughn, about a young woman who is trying to find her place in the world while coming to terms with her life as a werewolf. Kitty is a DJ and her show, “The Midnight Hour,” has attracted the attention of many and displeases her Alpha. Playing by the rules doesn’t come easy for Kitty Norville and she has no problem stepping on a few toes, even those of her Alpha male and Alpha female, to achieve her goals. She also comes face to face with Cormac, a hired assassin, trained to kill lycanthropes. Kitty joins forces with Cormac to find a rogue werewolf attacking humans while trying to avoid becoming a target from those who feel she is a threat. I really liked Kitty. She is a character I found easy to relate to and could empathize with on a grand scale. Learning how she became a werewolf was a little hard to read, but Kitty is a fighter and survivor. She doesn’t adjust well to pack politics and though she knows she needs the pack, she seems to prefer to do things on her own. I also liked Cormac. The chemistry he and Kitty share was very intriguing and I hope to see more of him in future books. He comes across as very cold-blooded when he is initially introduced, but he is a very complex character that will take time to get to know and understand. Kitty’s friend and pack-member, TJ, is also a great character. I love how he has her back with the rest of the pack and is always there for her to help and protect her. Overall, this was a good start to the series and I am intrigued to see where the series takes Kitty next. I recommend this story to readers who like strong characters who are survivors and not afraid to stand up for what they believe in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's less than 200 pages of fast past, no depth, weird intimacy plot unfulfilled action. At times you don't know if you should pitty her or if she's too stupid to live. I was expecting a fighter or one coming into her own, but the plot was so superficial. I just wanted it to be over with. It is definitely not a Kate (Magic Shifts) or Merit (Chicagoland) series.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I been wanting to read this for a while now. And finally saw this at the bookstore. So as I was reading it, I found I liked Kitty at times. And there was moments where I wasn't so sure. It didn't stop me from liking the story. Well maybe a tiny bit. I mean Carl I didn't like. I did like the friendship between her and T.J. And the pacing was good. The radio bits were the best parts as well. Near the end I didn't expect to go in that direction. Or maybe it had to do with me going in not hearing much about the books, except that its a good urban fantasy series and that's it. Looking forward to the rest of the series to see where the story goes.
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Pineyprincess More than 1 year ago
The Kitty Norville Series is a fun, light and enjoyable read for anyone who likes paranormal/romance novels. I love the smart ass attitude of the main character Kitty who seems to always be getting herself into crazy situations..I enjoyed the entire series!!