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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Overview

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: 9780446511162
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2007
Series: Kitty Norville Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 36,462
File size: 357 KB

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 www.carrievaughn.com

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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?"

(Continues...)


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Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 302 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
CozyLover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite paranormal novel. I just couldn't get into the characters.
HomeLoveBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the series I have enjoyed reading over the past couple of years. I have always enjoyed this series because Kitty is the unlikely hero. It makes Kitty an appealing character and really easy to identify with as she progress through the series. Another reason why I really like this series is that it's just simply put, an enjoyable read. The writing is really witty and Kitty's personality in general makes me giggle. It makes this series the perfect books to pick up when you just want to sit down, relax, have a good laugh, and enjoy a good story. This is one of those books where it is really easy to just sit down for a few hours and read it from cover to cover.But enough about the series and on to the specifics of this particular book. You're introduced to Kitty, who is a werewolf and a werewolf at the bottom of pack ranks. She has a job on a local radio station and accidentally finds herself with her own radio show after being bored one night and hosting an impromptu late night talk show about the supernatural.This radio show really brings Kitty into her own, as a reader you can track Kitty growing into her own in both her professional life as well as within the pack. As a fairly new werewolf, Kitty has not really been involved in the inner workings of the pack, and throughout this book she finds that everything she thought about the pack was not necessarily true, and that she might really need to be watching her back more.There are a lot of elements about the book I really like. Like I mentioned before the book is really witty and funny in parts. Early on in the book an assassin (Cormac) who was hired to kill Kitty, calls into the show to announce this. Instead of doing what every sane person would do and run, Kitty carries on a conversation with this would be killer for several minutes, creating a very sarcastic and amusing bit of dialogue. This type of dialogue is spread out throughout the book, and offers a nice release of tension in moments of high suspense.I also like the other characters within the book. None of them play huge roles in this particular book (for me this book is really about establishing Kitty and revealing the world through her eyes). Even though no one side character stands out throughout the entire book, they all play important roles and together all play a big role in Kitty coming into her own. Cormac, the werewolf killer is brash in his actions and speech, but throughout the book he proves himself to be a genuinely good guy who is there for Kitty when she needs him to be. Hardin, the police detective, is both diligent in her job and willing to accept and learn about the things that go bump in the night.The pack dynamic is well, interesting to say the most. There seem to be a lot of crazy people in the pack, and Kitty's reaction to this is what you would expect, "how did I miss this before". I can't really talk to much about the pack in detail without giving a lot away about the book. I will say that T.J. is really a true friend to Kitty, and there relationship reminds me of older brother to younger sister, and really its quite sweet even when T.J. is upset with her.Vaughn really sets up the book for the sequels by exposing the reader to little bits and pieces of the supernatural, like the church cult and local vampire Family. Overall, I really like this book, it's one of those comfort books you pick up to read when you just need to escape. I would recommend it to just about anyone who enjoys Urban Fantasy.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to the Kitty Norville series with the eighth book in the series Kitty Goes to War. Normally, I wouldn't begin a series with such a recent book but I had received it for review and didn't have time to read the seven previous books in the series. The book was great and I wasn't too lost even without having the background information from earlier books.I finally just got around to reading Kitty and The Midnight Hour, the first book in the series. Based on the first book and the eighth book, this is definitely a series that I want to catch up on and continue.Kitty and the Midnight Hour sets up Kitty's world and her place in it. Her personal struggles with being a werewolf are clearly evident even as she endeavors to assist other supernaturals on her late night talk radio show. When she is called in to assist in a police investigation, the publicity escalates conflict within her pack and with the local vampire family. Has Kitty taken on more than she can handle?Vaughn weaves several different plot lines into this first book and at times I thought there were too many. I can see that each one is a set up for further stories in the series but there were times that threads were being lost only to have them pop up again in what seemed to be a random part of the story. It just seemed like a lot when also introducing characters and creating a world which Vaughn does very well.My favorite parts of the book were when I learned about Kitty as a person and not necessarily all the action surrounding her. It was interesting to read this book after reading the eighth because I can see how much Kitty grows and changes throughout the books. I really want to see how she develops from a werewolf at the bottom of the pack into an alpha in her own right.Overall, I can see development in the writing from this book to that one as well and that makes me more eager to continue on with the series. I think Kitty and The Midnight Hour is a good start to the series but the books will only get better.
Yvensong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This reads very much like a first novel. It felt a little stilted, yet there appears to be a lot of potential for this author and for this series. I look forward to finding out what happens to Kitty and all the other paranormal creatures of the night that have just been outed.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of urban fantasy, but there are still a number of best selling series I just haven't had a chance to read yet. I recently read one of Vaughn's short stories in the Hexed anthology and enjoyed it immensely, and that gave me the proper push to finally grab this from my to-read pile.There are a lot of tropes here that are a big reason why I didn't read it for so long. Vampires? Yawn. Werewolves? Meh. Those types of supernaturals aren't my sort of thing, anyway, so a book really needs something special to grab me if it has those recycled elements. The biggest draw here: Kitty. She has a great voice. Smart and snarky, but not overbearing. I loved the radio show segments. She's the perfect DJ, dishing out common sense to her supernatural callers.One of the biggest turn-offs: the werewolf pack dynamics. I know they were supposed to be regarded as a negative, all that toxic in-fighting, but certain psychological elements made my skin crawl in a way that gory bodies did not. As I read, I kept thinking, "If these characters are in the rest of the series, I definitely don't want to read on, or all this manipulation will make me angry in a bad way." Fortunately, by the end the dynamics change considerably.I already have the third book, and at this point I would be willing to get book two and read onward. It won't be a high priority for me, but there's something compelling about Kitty, and I can't help but wonder how things develop since it's such a long series.
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty Norville was a DJ before she became a werewolf, and being a werewolf has affected her career: almost accidentally she started a paranormal-themed call-in show which has wound up taking her to the big-time. If only the head of the local vampire Family wasn't dead-set (heh) against the show ¿ And then there's that werewolf-and-vampire assassin who wants to kill her ¿ And the wrinkles the show has caused in her pack¿ And that evangelist she's gotten calls about who is traveling the country claiming to cure vampires and werewolves ¿ First impressions of the book and the main character were, on the whole, good. Vaughn managed to find a slightly different angle on werewolves, almost as hard to do as to find a fresh take on dragons. Where Patricia Briggs (who has done both) created a world where the wolf and the human are largely separate, and human mores and practices largely prevail, Vaughn's werewolves seem to have more of the wolf in them, always. Even as humans, when together they live by pack rules. It could be simply that Patricia Briggs has never yet concentrated on the submissive members of the pack, where Vaughn's main character is pretty low on the totem pole¿ I wonder how the Mercy universe submissive wolves act. Here, it's disturbing to read of that kind of pack behavior ¿ cringing, cowering, accepting and even craving bullying behavior from the pack leader ¿ in a character I'm beginning to like. Kitty, the narrator, has a decent sense of humor (though not about her name, so much) ¿ and there are some unfortunately unintentional moments of humor. Such as a line after a description of a confrontation with a character who had instigated the hiring of an assassin to take kill her: "Things were never going to be the same again." Ya think? I wasn't tremendously impressed, over all, but I'm not sure why. That is, I liked the concepts of the cover being slowly drawn back from the vampires and werewolves; I liked the setting of the radio show and the accidental stardom it gave Kitty. I liked the alienness of both groups (even though I didn't enjoy what the wolf reduced Kitty to), and I liked the varied reactions to vampirism and lycanthropy shown in Kitty's callers and those around her ¿ and in Kitty herself. But I was underwhelmed by parts of the plot; I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say that there is a death near the end of the book that I saw coming some 150 pages earlier. (That might have been telegraphed by an adjective used in one of the blurbs, but then again it might not.) Little is wrapped up in this book, leaving miles of room for the sequels; not an unrealistic tack to take, but a little irritating. Most of all, though, the joke about Kitty's name is something that got very old, very fast. As in, by the second time someone made a remark. If that trend continues, the second book will be a veritable wall-banger. And, really, if people called me Kitty and I became a werewolf, I'd start going by Kathryn, Kath, Kathy ¿ anything but a name made absurd by what had happened to me. The Kitty Norville series isn't off the table, by any means; I enjoyed Midnight Hour enough that I will get around to the rest of them. One fine day.
Alliebadger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this one up because I was in the mood for a more trashy read. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while it is definitely a quick one, it is anything but trashy. The plot is exciting, the characters are well-developed, and it made me laugh, too. You can definitely finish it in a couple of days.The basic plot is that Kitty, our heroine, hosts a late-night radio talk show. She's taken the late shift recently due to, er, lycanthropy (being a werewolf). Over the course of one show, however, her show shifts from music requests to werewolf- and vampire-centered. This has repercussions in her life outside of work, from her pack not wanting to be exposed, to the assassin set on her by the vampires, to some grimy policework that she never wanted to be involved with in the first place. Read it. Trust me, you'll like it.
Lman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So; here we have another first book in one more paranormal, dark/urban fantasy series; another fast, easy-to-read format with the self-same sassy female lead role amongst the pervasive were-wolves and vampires, obscured in this case from the public at-large. And yet¿ whilst reading Kitty and the Midnight Hour I had moments of extreme discomfort ¿ I actually squirmed at times ¿ when specifics were unveiled with little preamble; large doses of the reality of life as a member of another species explicitly detailed, minus any sugar-coating, thus producing an atypical reading experience at the very least.

This is an unusual premise despite the template. Kitty Norville (yes, even the author eventually admonishes herself, in the plot, for that name) has become a were-wolf after a late-night attack ¿ the particulars of which are left until quite late in the book to be revealed. As a supernatural creature, hidden from main-stream society, she and her cohorts guard their secrecy fiercely, but when Kitty, in her job as a midnight DJ at an independent radio station, inadvertently begins a talk-back show offering advice for distressed preternatural creatures, the supposition becomes a raging success. The consequences from this are the outing of vampires and were-wolves, including Kitty; an on-air assassination attempt against Kitty; and her reluctant involvement in the police investigation of several local horrific murder cases, where her peculiar talents allow her to confirm this killer is another were-wolf. Her personal achievements do not, however, easily align with the pack, or combine smoothly with Kitty¿s existence in her `other¿ world, and substantial life-style decisions become inevitable. Is it possible to exist as a nation-wide celebrity were-creature and maintain her wolf¿s necessary continuation?

I have to confess other paranormal series appealed to me more than this one did initially. Nonetheless I was absorbed the entire time, despite the large holes in the story-line at the conclusion, and even when oscillating between an awkward unease at, and a restless diatribe against, the situation Kitty must bear as a lowly female `cub¿ in her pack. The dynamics of pack-life and vampiric society offered an original concept to others of similar ilk, and kept me fascinated, despite my probable overindulgence in this genre of late. Hence, the realism Ms Vaughn has invoked within this tale has me re-evaluating my opinion and reconsidering my first impressions; the truth to Kitty¿s life contributing a subtle authenticity to the overall structure of the series. By not pulling any punches I am now more invested in Kitty¿s future and am quite willing to follow her in her forthcoming travels and travails; after, perhaps, the requisite break.

(May 24, 2009)

jennsbookshelves on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty Norville is a DJ for a Denver radio station. She¿s also a werewolf, a secret that she¿s been able to keep from her audience. One night, however, things change. She brings up the topic of ¿Bat Boy¿, a local phenomena that frequently appears in the news. Hundreds of calls start pouring in, comments ranging from ¿My girlfriend, a werewolf, won¿t bite me¿ to recommendations on exorcisms. And thus, ¿The Midnight Hour¿, a supernatural advice show, is born! Kitty is overjoyed at the success of her new show. But her pack leader, Carl, is not. He¿s afraid the show is casting too much attention on their pack. Nevertheless, Kitty continues to broadcast, and a rift forms between her and her pack. Her desire for independence is misunderstood as an attempt to gain power within the pack. When Kitty accidentally reveals herself as a werewolf on one airing of a show, her life is in danger. When Cormac, a werewolf hunter, threatens her life, Kitty, and her show, are brought to the attention of the local police. Hardin, a local detective, asks for Kitty¿s advice on a batch of unsolved murders. Murders originally thought were the work of wolves. Kitty visits the crime scene and it¿s instantly obvious¿a rogue werewolf is killing people. The first in a series, KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR is a very addictive read. I can¿t wait to pick up the next book in the series!
astults on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty and The Midnight Hour is the first book in the Kitty Norville series. Kitty is a Denver DJ who takes over the midnight shift. She¿s been a lycanthrope for several years. Her condition is a secret from her human friends and family. Instead of playing music (because none of the callers requested music made before 1989) she starts a call-in show titled ¿The Midnight Hour¿ which is a hit with listeners.In this book we learn how she became a werewolf, and about werewolf pack and vampire family dynamics. It¿s one long setup for the remainder of the series but Carrie Vaughn makes it an enjoyable read. Werewolves, vampires, evangelical ministers, a sexy mercenary and crime scenes become intermingled. Kitty and her life are not perfect. Just like the rest of us, she¿s trying to do the best she can while remaining true to herself. I read this in a few hours because I wanted to know what would happen next. Not all of the conflicts between Kitty and the other characters are resolved at the end. I¿m so glad because now I can read the rest of the series and get to know Kitty Norville even better.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kitty and The Midnight Hour introduces the reader to Kitty Norville who is a late night radio DJ and also a werewolf. Kitty begins talking about the paranormal on her radio show and before she knows what is happening the show begins to get requests and call ins like no other. All of a sudden, Kitty is being thrust into the limelight and not all of the supernatural creatures are happy about it especially members of her own pack.This was a reread for me as I orginally read this one I believe before I started blogging. I jumped at the chance to participate with a blog tour over this series and decided to start from the beginning. I remember liking this one the first time and the 2nd reading of it didn't disappoint. I did have some qualms the first time I read it as I felt like Kitty didn't stand up enough for herself. This time I didn't feel that way at all which is probably because I've read the 2nd book and know that she begins to stand up more for herself (sorry if that is a spoiler). I've only read the first two books though and I am anxious to see where the author will take us. I love Kitty's character as she comes across as such a down to earth person. She truly cares about the important people in her life and you can't help but hope that things work out for her. All in all, I enjoyed the chance to reread this book and it feels like I'm beginning the series anew. Be on the lookout as I review the next couple of books in the next couple of weeks and stop by on the 25th for the final review! I'm so excited to see where Kitty goes next. Great series so far!
readermom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meh. It was OK, but not great, a wonderful example of what happens when a genre gets really popular and many things are published just because they are perfectly moderate examples of what is currently "hot." I wonder what will come after the urban fantasy craze? I blame you Stephanie Meyers.
ForeignCircus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read vampire or werewolf books, but this series was recommended and so I gave it a shot- boy am I glad I did! This book is at heart a murder mystery with a protagonist who just happens to be a werewolf. The irony of it all is that Kitty is much more human than many of those around her, and it is her human side that makes her radio program so popular. Though there are a few spots where the werewolf humor is a bit forced, overall this is a wonderful introduction to a series that only gets better with each book. Highly recommended even for those who normally don't read this genre.
KingLe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
disappointing, I expected a better plot... I felt like I was starting a series in the middle rather than the beginning. It would have been much better to start with her being turned into a werewolf and then go present day