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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 Goes to Washington
By Carrie Vaughn
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Chapter OneWe have Beth from Tampa on the line. Hello."
"Hi, Kitty, thanks for taking my call."
"I have a question I've been wanting to ask for a long time. Do you think Dracula is still out there?"
I leaned on the arm of my chair and stared at the microphone. "Dracula. As in, the book? The character?"
Beth from Tampa sounded cheerful and earnest. "Yeah. I mean, he's got to be the best-known vampire there is. He was so powerful, I can't really believe that Van Helsing and the rest of them just finished him off."
I tried to be polite. "Actually, they did. It's just a book, Beth. Fiction. They're characters."
"But you sit there week after week telling everyone that vampires and werewolves are real. Surely a book like this must have been based on something that really happened. Maybe his name wasn't actually Dracula, but Bram Stoker must have based him on a real vampire, don't you think? Don't you wonder who that vampire was?"
Stoker may have met a real vampire, may even have based Dracula on that vampire. But if that vampire was still around, I suspected he was in deep hiding out of embarrassment.
"Even if there is a real vampire who was Stoker's inspiration, the events of the book are sheer fabrication. I say this because Dracula isn'treally about vampires, or vampire hunting, or the undead, or any of that. It's about a lot of other things: sexuality, religion, reverse imperialism, and xenophobia. But what it's really about is saving the world through superior office technology." I waited half a beat for that to sink in. I loved this stuff. "Think about it. They make such a big deal about their typewriters, phonographs, stenography-this was like the techno-thriller of its day. They end up solving everything because Mina is really great at data entry and collating. What do you think?"
"Um ... I think that may be a stretch."
"Have you even read the book?"
"Um, no. But I've seen every movie version of it!" she ended brightly, as if that would save her.
I suppressed a growl. "All right. Which is your favorite?"
"The one with Keanu Reeves!"
"Why am I not surprised?" I clicked her off. "Moving on. Next caller, you're on the air."
"Kitty, hey! Longtime listener, first-time caller. I'm so glad you put me on."
"No problem. What's your story?"
"Well, I have sort of a question. Do you have any idea what kind of overlap there is between lycanthropes and the furry community?"
The monitor said this guy had a question about lycanthropes and alternative lifestyles. The producer screening calls was doing a good job of being vague.
I knew this topic would come up eventually. It seemed I'd avoided it for as long as I possibly could. Oh well. The folks in radioland expected honesty.
"You know, I've hosted this show for almost a year without anyone bringing up furries. Thank you for destroying that last little shred of dignity I possessed."
"You don't have to be so-"
"Look, seriously. I have absolutely no idea. They're two different things-lycanthropy is a disease. Furry-ness is a ... a predilection. Which I suppose means it's possible to be both. And when you say furry, are you talking about the people who like cartoons with bipedal foxes, or are you talking about the people who dress up in animal suits to get it on? Maybe some of the people who call in wanting to know how to become werewolves happen to be furries and think that's the next logical step. How many of the lycanthropes that I know are furries? That's not something I generally ask people. Do you see how complicated this is?"
"Well, yeah. But I have to wonder, if someone really believes that they were meant to be, you know, a different species entirely-like the way some men really believe they were meant to be women and then go through a sex change operation-don't you think it's reasonable that-"
"No. No it isn't reasonable. Tell me, do you think that you were meant to be a different species entirely?"
He gave a deep sigh, the kind that usually preceded a dark confession, the kind of thing that was a big draw for most of my audience.
"I have this recurring dream where I'm an alpaca."
I did a little flinch, convinced I hadn't heard him correctly. "Excuse me?"
"An alpaca. I keep having these dreams where I'm an alpaca. I'm in the Andes, high in the mountains. In the next valley over are the ruins of a great Incan city. Everything is so green." He might have been describing the photos in an issue of National Geographic. "And the grass tastes so lovely."
Okay, that probably wasn't in National Geographic.
"Um ... that's interesting."
"I'd love to travel there someday. To see the Andes for myself. Have-have you by any chance ever met any were-alpacas?"
If it weren't so sad I'd have to laugh. "No, I haven't. All the were-animals I've ever heard of are predators, so I really don't think you're likely to meet a were-alpaca."
"Oh," he said with a sigh. "Do you think maybe I was an alpaca in a past life?"
"Honestly, I don't know. I'm sorry I can't be more help. I genuinely hope you find some answers to your questions someday. I think traveling there is a great idea." Seeing the world never hurt, in my opinion. "Thanks for calling."
I had no idea where the show could possibly go after that. I hit a line at random. "Next caller, what do you want to talk about?"
"Hi, Kitty, yeah. Um, thanks. I-I think I have a problem." He was male, with a tired-sounding tenor voice. I always listened closely to the ones who seemed tired; their problems were usually doozies.
"Then let's see what we can do with it. What's wrong?"
"It all started when these two guys moved to town, a werewolf and a vampire. They're a couple, you know?"
"These are two guys. Men, right?"
"And the problem is ..."
"Well, nothing at this point. But then this vampire hunter started going after the vampire, I guess he'd been hired by the vampire's former human servant."
"The vampire's human servant didn't travel with him?"
"No, he dumped her to run off with the werewolf."
There couldn't possibly be more. Bracing, I said, "Then what?"
"Another werewolf, who used to be the alpha female mate of the werewolf before he hooked up with the vampire, showed up. She wanted to get back together with him, saying this stuff about wolves mating for life and all, but he didn't want anything to do with her, so he hired the same hunter to go after her-"
"This hunter, his name wasn't Cormac by any chance, was it?" I knew a vampire and werewolf hunting Cormac, and this sounded like something he might do.
Phew. "Just checking."
The story only went downhill from there. Just when I thought the last knot had been tied in the tangled web of this town's supernatural soap opera, the caller added a new one.
Finally, I was able to ask, "And what's your place in all this?"
He gave a massive sigh. "I'm the human servant of the local vampire Master. They make me deliver messages. 'Tell them they have to leave town.' 'Tell your Master we don't want to leave town!' 'Tell the hunter we'll pay him to call off the contract!' 'Tell him if he doesn't come back to me I'll kill myself!' It never ends! And all I want to know is-"
Maybe he just wanted to vent. That was what I was here for. Maybe he wouldn't ask me to sort out his drama for him. Fingers crossed. "Yes?"
"Why can't we all just get along?"
Oy. It was one of those nights. "That, my friend, is the million-dollar question. You know what? Screw 'em. They're all being selfish and putting you in the middle. Make them deliver their own messages."
"I-I can't do that."
"Yes you can. They've got to realize how ridiculous this all looks."
"Well, I mean, yeah, I've told them, but-"
"I guess I'm used to doing what I'm told."
"Then maybe you should learn to say no. When they act surprised that you've said no, tell them it's for their own good. You've basically been enabling all their snotty behavior, right?"
"Because if they had to start talking to each other they might actually solve some of their problems, right?"
"Or rip each other's throats out. They're not exactly human, remember."
Taking a deep breath and trying not to sound chronically frustrated, I said, "I may very well be the only person in the supernatural underworld who feels this way, but I don't think that should make a difference. Crappy behavior is still crappy behavior, and letting yourself succumb to unsavory monstrous instincts isn't a good excuse. So, stand up for yourself, okay?"
"O-okay," he said, not sounding convinced.
"Call me back and let me know how it goes."
The producer gave me a warning signal, waving from the other side of the booth window, pointing at his watch, and making a slicing motion across his throat. Um, maybe he was trying to tell me something.
I sighed, then leaned up to the mike. "I'm sorry, folks, but that looks like all the time we have this week. I want to thank you for spending the last couple of hours with me and invite you to come back next week, when I talk with the lead singer of the punk metal band Plague of Locusts, who says their bass player is possessed by a demon, and that's the secret of their success. This is The Midnight Hour, and I'm Kitty Norville, voice of the night."
The ON AIR sign dimmed, and the show's closing credits, which included a recording of a wolf howl-my wolf howl-as a backdrop, played. I pulled the headset off and ran my fingers through my blond hair, hoping it didn't look too squished.
The producer's name was Jim something. I forgot his last name. Rather, I didn't bother remembering. I'd be at a different radio station next week, working with a different set of people. For the better part of a year, most of the show's run, I'd broadcast out of Denver. But a month ago, I left town. Or was chased out. It depended on who you talked to.
Rather than find a new base of operations, I decided to travel. It kept me from getting into trouble with the locals, and it made me harder to find. The radio audience wouldn't know the difference. I was in Flagstaff this week.
I leaned on the doorway leading to the control booth and smiled a thanks to Jim. Like a lot of guys stuck manning the control board over the graveyard shift, he was impossibly young, college age, maybe even an intern, or at most a junior associate producer of some kind. He was sweating. He probably hadn't expected to handle this many calls on a talk show that ran at midnight.
Most of my audience stayed up late.
He handed me a phone handset. I said into it, "Hi, Matt."
Matt had worked the board for the show when I was in Denver. These days, he coached the local crew. I couldn't do this without him.
"Hey, Kitty. It's a wrap, looks like."
"Was it okay?"
"You always say that," I said with a little bit of a whine.
"What can I say? You're consistent."
"Thanks. I think."
"Tomorrow's full moon, right? You going to be okay?"
It was nice that he remembered, even nicer that he was worried about me, but I didn't like to talk about it. He was an outsider. "Yeah, I have a good place all checked out."
"Take care of yourself, Kitty."
I wrapped things up at the station and went to my hotel to sleep off the rest of the night. Locked the door, hung out the DO NOT DISTURB sign. Couldn't sleep, of course. I'd become nocturnal, doing the show. I'd gotten used to not sleeping until dawn, then waking at noon. It was even easier now that I was on my own. No one checked up on me, no one was meeting me for lunch. It was just me, the road, the show once a week. An isolated forest somewhere once a month. A lonely life.
My next evening was spoken for. Full moon nights were always spoken for.
I found the place a couple of days ago: a remote trailhead at the end of a dirt road in the interior of a state park. I could leave the car parked in a secluded turn-out behind a tree. Real wolves didn't get this far south, so I only had to worry about intruding on any local werewolves who might have marked out this territory. I spent an afternoon walking around, watching, smelling. Giving the locals a chance to see me, let them know I was here. I didn't smell anything unexpected, just the usual forest scents of deer, fox, rabbits. Good hunting here. It looked like I'd have it all to myself.
A couple of hours from midnight, I parked the car at the far end of the trailhead, where it couldn't be seen from the road. I didn't want to give any hint that I was out here. I didn't want anyone, especially not the police, to come snooping. I didn't want anyone I might hurt to come within miles of me.
I'd done this before. This was my second full moon night alone, as a rogue. The first time had been uneventful, except that I woke up hours before dawn, hours before I was ready, shivering in the cold and crying because I couldn't remember how I'd gotten to be naked in the middle of the woods. That never happened when I had other werewolves there to remind me.
My stomach felt like ice. This was never going to get easier. I used to have a pack of my own. I'd been surrounded by friends, people I could trust to protect me. A wolf wasn't meant to run on her own.
You'll be okay. You can take care of yourself.
I sat in the car, gripping the steering wheel, and squeezed shut my eyes to keep from crying. I had acquired a voice. It was an inner monologue, like a part of my conscience. It reassured me, told me I wasn't crazy, admonished me when I was being silly, convinced me I was going to be okay when I started to doubt myself. The voice sounded like my best friend, T.J. He died protecting me, six weeks ago today. The alpha male of our pack killed him, and I had to leave Denver to keep from getting killed, too. Whenever I started to doubt, I heard T.J.'s voice telling me I was going to be okay.
His death sat strangely with me. For the first week or two, I thought I was handling it pretty well. I was thinking straight and moving on. People call that stage denial. Then on the highway, I saw a couple on a motorcycle: neither of them wore helmets, her blond hair tangled in the wind, and she clung to his leather jacket. Just like I used to ride with T.J. The hole that he'd left behind gaped open, and I had to pull off at the next exit because I was crying so hard. After that, I felt like a zombie. I went through the motions of a life that wasn't mine. This new life I had acquired felt like it had been this way forever, and like it or not, I had to adapt. I used to have an apartment, a wolf pack, and a best friend. But that life had vanished.
I locked the car, put the keys in my jeans pocket, and walked away from the parking lot, away from the trail, and into the wild. The night was clear and sharp. Every touch of air, every scent, blazed clear. The moon, swollen, bursting with light, edged above the trees on the horizon. It touched me, I could feel the light brushing my skin. Gooseflesh rose on my arms. Inside, the creature thrashed. It made me feel both drunk and nauseous. I'd think I was throwing up, but the Wolf would burst out of me instead.
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"Readers of Kim Harrison's Hollows series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files will appreciate Kitty's sarcastic wit, ingenuity, and independence." -Library Journal
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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!! The Narration... 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. The Characters... 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... 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. Concluding Sentiments... 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!
I just love the Kitty Norville series... can't wait for the next one to come out.
Kitty Norville continues her late night radio talk show while traveling around the country as the out of the closet werewolf who no longer belongs to a pack (see KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR to learn why). She is in Barstow, California when she learns that Congress is conducting hearings into the scientific work of the Center of Paranatural Biology, a little known government agency headed by Dr. Paul Flemming. Kitty is expected to testify.------------------ After arranging to meet her lawyer Ben in DC, Kitty turns her car around and heads east. In DC, Master Vampire Alette invites Kitty to stay at her mansion, which raises the radio star¿s hairs as vampires and werewolves are natural enemies. At a reception in which Leo the vampire escorts her, kitty meets were-jaguar Luis of the Brazilian embassy. They hit it off and soon become an entry. However, the fanatical Senator Duke awaits exposing Kitty as a demon even as Alette insists the real threat is Flemming who insists the para-humans suffer from diseases.---------------- The second Kitty the werewolf radio jock is a fabulous satirical tale that humorously spoofs the supernatural element in literature and the US Senate. The story line is fast-paced though the action is somewhat limited especially for those who read Kitty¿s first venture. Kitty is a ferocious lion with a chick lit personality as fans will enjoy her asides, for instance like feeling as if she is a teen and Alette her mom scolding her as only a maternal can. Carrie Vaughn provides a fun tale in which Kitty is beginning to understand what she has wrought as she tries to get equal rights under the law for vampires and the were-menagerie.--------------- Harriet Klausner
I actually liked this second Kitty book a little more than the first. There wasn¿t all of the pack politics, and Kitty is starting to show her backbone. Of course, there are politics of a different sort at work here, as Kitty has been subpoenaed to testify in front of a congressional committee about the existence of preternatural beings. She finds herself bombarded from all sides, by not only a fire-and-brimstone conservative senator and a tabloid reporter, but also the mistress of DC¿s vampires. I did find the confrontation with cult leader Elijah Smith to be a little too quick, almost an afterthought. I think there should have been some more buildup for that storyline. But overall, I really liked this and will definitely be continuing with the series. And hopefully, there will be more of were-jaguar Luis!
Still packless, still on the move broadcasting her radio show from wherever she happens to be, Kitty is shocked to be called to testify before Congress at a hearing regarding the status of supernatural creatures. Politics of any sort are definitely not her cup of tea. Unfortunately for Kitty, they're a DC staple and not just on the Hill. She's not even had time to see the Lincoln Memorial when the local vampires stick their nose in things, and the shapeshifters aren't far behind. Southern-fried, bible-thumping bigot Congressman Dukes is heading the congressional committee and preternatural researcher Dr. Flemming has a secret lab - and an even more secret agenda. What's worse than that? Two words: TV cameras - yikes!Stronger than Kitty and the Midnight Hour, perhaps because Kitty is coming in to her own as a werewolf. Love the fact that the politicians are creepier than the vampires and other things that go bump in the night!
In the second installment in the Kitty Norville series, Kitty the werewolf has left, or been driven out of, her hometown. Though her life as a lone wolf seems to be wearing on her, she enjoys being in charge of some of her own destiny in the form of her weekly radio show. This liminal existence is thrown off when she receives a subpoena to appear before a Congressional committee - one that promises to affect the lives and statuses of all supernatural beings in America.This book did not live up to the possibilities I saw in the prequel. While Kitty grows into her own in the first book, she cannot decide on how to approach her own self-liberation or empowerment. This indecision on the protagonist does not mesh well with the decision of the author to introduce some fairly big issues in this second novel, such as supernatural beings and the government, their use or abuse in the military, and the place and morals of power. Other similar novels (such as Briggs' werewolf series, or that by Wilkes) benefited from a more focused set of problems (a murder investigation, etc.) through which the protagonist is able to explore this supernatural world and how it fits into the America with which we are familiar, though the issues in the end often end up being just as heady. The vanquishing of the bad guys was also a bit anticlimactic, making the ending feel just like the next step in the story, not an actual end. This gives the book too much of a serial feel for me, not as if it was the next in a series, but as though it was an episode - nice in magazines and tv shows, but not my favorite thing to find in books. Perhaps this series will continue to gradually mature with its heroine, but I'm not in a hurry to continue it. Kitty's story is an easy and entertaining enough beach read, but nothing I would go out of my way to find.
As always I enjoyed Carrie Vaughns book. She has a way of keeping throughly locked in and wanting to find out what happens next. In this one Kitty goes up against 3 main problems and comes out golden.I enjoy the whit and intrigue she always manages to get into each book. Go Kitty I love these books.
I almost gave this 4 stars because the book takes an interesting look at what our government would do if confronted by vampires & werewolves. It wasn't very in depth, of course. This is a candy book - fun, enjoyable & a quick read. Still, she tackled a bit more than I would have expected. Good series so far. On to the next, "Kitty takes a Holiday". Since Kitty is a werewolf, it's bound to be fun.
Kitty Norville, the only "known" werewolf in the country and host of the radio phenomena show called "The Midnight Hour," finds herself being summoned to appear before a Senate committee that is about to decide on the future funding of the Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology, a little known lab run by the mysterious man named Dr. Flemming that keeps calling in to Kitty's radio program. It's literally an offer that she can't refuse, barring a contempt of Congress citation, so Kitty heads to DC with her lawyer, Ben to give her first-hand testimony about what it's like to be a werewolf. Between the "Men in Black" that shanghai her upon her arrival and the intensity of the Master Vampire of the City, Alette, who insists that Kitty accept her hospitality and stay in her home for the duration of her trip, it isn't long before Kitty suspects she's in way over her head. Being welcomed by the were community of DC is great, and meeting the wickedly handsome were-jaguar from Brazil are perks she didn't expect, but this trip is going to force Kitty to the brink of a precipice she never thought she'd have to face.This series is very well written and easy to read, while being interesting enough to keep me turning the pages. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Really, really annoying. Interesting story but badly told. The main character keeps telling us how dumb she is an how bad she is at planning - then proves it over and over again. I was determined to stick with it until the bitter end, and wow was it difficult. Too bad - could have been interesting.
Another excellent book in the series. I really hope that they are all this good.
This is the second book in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. I thought the first book was okay; this book is a little bit better than okay but I didn't think it was anything extraordinary.In this book Kitty is called to testify in front of a government committee about being a werewolf and the affect of supernaturals on society. A lot of the book is spent at the committee hearing and reading about how nervous Kitty is to testify. The pieces of the plot that were hinted at in the first book are filled out and somewhat resolved in this book; what is Flemming working on and what is the reverend that says he can cure vampires and werewolves really doing?I felt like the author did a better job of developing Kitty's character in this book. I also enjoyed some of the side characters; mainly her lawyer and the bounty hunter. In parts this book was more interesting than the first book because you learn more about the supernatural community. I thought the pacing in this book could have used some help though. I thought the middle of the book was really drawn out and went on forever; then the last portion of the book was non-stop action.This was a quick read. If you liked the first book you would like this book. Personally I still think that this series is too much like other series I have read. So far this book deals with similar issues to those brought up in Anita Blake (early on), Rachel Morgan series, and even the Mercy Thompson series. I also think that this series doesn't have as good of a storyline or character development as the Rachel Morgan series does or as good as the Sookie Stackhouse series.Overall this book was okay, nothing special. If you are out of paranormal stuff to read you would probably find this book to be a quick and mildly entertaining read. I already have the next two books in the series so I will read those. After that, well I'll re-evaluate and see if I want to keep reading this series.
Number 2 in the Kitty Norville series is wildly entertaining! Kitty is a werewolf who hosts a radio talk show called The Midnight Hour, where she chats with callers on the subject of ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. She is startled to learn that she has been subpoenaed to appear as an expert on the supernatural at senate hearings on that subject. She meets good guys and bad guys along the way. This is an easy and fun read.
I went looking for an easy read that was fulfilling. This book fits the bill perfectly. I love the practical approach that Kitty takes. She is a pleasant break from the vapid characters that this genre suffers from.
DJ Kitty has gotten herself into quite a mess this time. She has to go before the senate and gets stopped by the Men in Black on her way to DC. The proceed to take her to a Vampires house where they say she will be protected from those of her own kind in the area. She decides to trust them, then proceeds to go out and about on her own and finds herself into more than she realized she was going to get into. This book was great and I won't go anyfurther as I don't want to put spoilers out there. But I am really enjoying the series thus far. So off to read the next one.
These books hit just the right spot with me-- fun without being silly, balancing real world building and the issues that world would bring with an interesting, realistic cast of characters.
Perfect for : Personal reading, anyone who likes vampire or werewolf storiesIn a nutshell: In Kitty Goes to Washington, Carrie Vaughn has continued adding dimensions to Kitty's life as new characters and places are introduced to the series (there are currently six books available). Book two finds Kitty wandering the United States as she broadcasts her show from different radio stations each week as a result of leaving Carl's pack. She is also called to a hearing in the Senate that is looking into recent research regarding supernatural beings. Her life is abruptly changed as she goes from behind the mike to being in front of cameras. She becomes a recognizable figure, which brings with it supporters as well as those who don't like her. While staying in Washington D.C., she is invited to stay with the area's vampire mistress, and she meets a group of lycanthropes (were-animals) without a pack or pack alpha. With a little help, Kitty also finds out the truth about Elijah Smith and his followers.Extended Review: Kitty Norville continues to host The Midnight Hour remotely, even going as far as televising a show from a silver-lined cell while she is held against her will during a full moon.Without a pack of her own, Kitty must carefully choose her friends and allies as she explores Washington D.C. and waits to testify in front of the Senate.Characters: Old favorites return in the form of Kitty, Cormac and Ben. We are also introduced to Alette, the vampire mistress of the city and her companion Leo, as well as Luis, a were-jaguar. At the forefront of the Senate hearings is Senator Duke and Dr. Flemming.Story-Line: This is another well-developed and fast-paced book that is sure to keep the readers interest.Readability: A fun and easy read.Overall: A great sequel to Kitty and The Midnight Hour! Fans of the first book are sure to love this one while continuing to learn more about were-animals and vampires.
Nothing good can come of going to Washington....especially if you're a werewolf! Kitty also discovers how hot Jaguars can be. I like that Kitty is no longer a victim but strong, scared and trying to be normal...or as normal as you can be for a werewolf with a pack.Vaughn doesn't disappoint in Book 2 and leaves you wanting book 3. There was an edge to this book and I couldn't put it down!
Kitty and all of her friends (plus a few enemies) return in Kitty Goes to Washington. One fear with a series is that a lot of information about the characters will be left out. Vaughn keeps the reader up to speed on what happened in the first book without boring details. In fact, she gives enough information to hook the reader into wanting to go back and read the previous book. In Kitty Goes to Washington, Kitty is asked to testify before the U.S. Senate. The road trip is short since she's left Denver, Colorado and taken her show on the road. In D.C. she meets a were-jaguar and comes under the protection of the city's vampire mistress. She makes some lifelong friends and enemies. One quibble I initially had is how a minor enemy (an evangelical preacher) that appeared in the last book was dealt with in this one. Thinking back on it, though, Vaughn handled it quite well. She could bring back the character or his followers in a short story if she wished to explore his storyline further but he served his purpose and there was no point in dragging it out for another book (or two).It's a good thing Vaughn decided Kitty needed to get out of Colorado. As a DJ with a talk show about the supernatural Kitty can only draw on her experience and research to provide answers to her callers. Expanding Kitty's territory exposes her to new experiences and other supernatural beings.
Great read. It was slow in the beginning but by mid-book it takes a totally different tone and becomes very engaging. I like the way she brings different supernatural beings into her story you didn't see coming into the story. I like the main character and I like the supporting characters she has chosen. I am running out to get the next one in the series!
Kitty Goes to Washington is the second book in Carrie Vaughn¿s fun, supernatural series. This book follows our heroine, Kitty the Werewolf, (how cute is that name?) as she is ordered to appear before a Senate Committee and testify during a Senate investigation of ¿paranatural phenomena¿. Along the way, Kitty meets up with vampires, both the evil sneaky kind and the sophisticated old world type, were-jaguars, were-bears and a creepy other worldly creature that¿s sort of like the nastiest evil fairy/troll you could ever meet up with. Who woulda thought we would wind up feeling sorry for werewolves and vampires? I think one of the things I love about these stories is that Kitty herself is darn human. She has the same fears, hopes and worries that everyone has, but with a really heightened sense of smell, and a bit of a fur problem once a month. I enjoy how the author takes the folklore surrounding supernatural creatures and manages to tweak it just to enough to give it an original edge, but not so much that it makes it irrelevant. For example, Vaughn keeps the ¿silver bullet equals death¿ theory, but allows her werewolves to choose to go ¿wolf¿ or be human, with the exception of full moon nights. Even then, she allows the wolves to be wolves, not some inhuman monsters that are out hunting just for the sake of killing. She alludes to the fact that there are werewolves who go completely wolf, and that they can be the scary monsters of childish nightmares. However her characters are such a good read because we can still identify with them. They control the monster within, and really, isn¿t that what we hope everyone does?I¿m really enjoying the Kitty series, and I¿d recommend them to anyone looking for a good satisfying book.
This is the second book about Kitty Norville, talk radio host and werewolf. Again, not great literature but enjoyable.This follows pretty much immediately after the events of "Kitty and the Midnight Hour." I was pleased to see that a minor character in the first book plays a major role here, a sign that the author has given some thought to the series as a series. There were also signs of other things being planted for future volumes, which I also enjoyed.Kitty continues as a smart character who learns from her mistakes. She also has emotional reactions to previous events - she's a little too reluctant to accept help, and a little too ready to believe in utopia. These are presented in a believable way, and are reasonable responses to previous events.The only part I found weak was the denoument of a subplot. The villain was another character coming back from the first volume, and the set-up was good and the solution well worked out. However, as written, it seemed abrupt and too quick, with too few consequences.But that's a minor quibble, and I continue to recommend the books.
Worlds more entertaining and quite a bit less angsty than the first one. I wonder what the next one holds...
Kitty, the werewolf turned talk show DJ, is on the move as a single werewolf without a pack's protection. Since her old pack was oppressive and abusive, Kitty is enjoying her new 'identity'. Here, Kitty has been called to Washington to testify before the Senate in a hearing publically announcing werewolves, vampires, and other creatures of the night. Kitty finds hereself messed up with new characters, she can't know who to trust and everyone seems to have their own agenda. By about 100 pages in this story, I was feeling disheartened. The story seemed slow, bogged down by too many new characters and not enough action. Time and again Kitty remarkes on things being a letdown, or 'anticlimactic' which fits the story here, actually. In the first volume, "Kitty and the Midnight Hour", I remember being disgusted by Kitty and how she let the alpha treat her. That book turned around for me when Kitty decided to stop playing the weak victim. This story too ends up much better off than I had given credit for. An old favorite shows up from the first book and several more interesting things shape up. There is a betrayal or two, a murder or two, and Kitty remains a strong heroine. I found myself a little sorry to have this one end. I also rate the bonus story "Kitty Meets the Band" as an excellent addition. It's only a short story, but its fun. I recommend this one, and I also look forward to the next installment.