BFTA Review: Carrie Vaughn – Kitty and the Midnight Hour

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Title: Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Series: Kitty Norville #1
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Hatchette Books
Rating: 4/5

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? (goodreads.com)

I don’t normally pick up books about werewolves. If a book about the supernatural is going to grab me, it’s going to be vampires. I picked this book up because I saw a review on another review site, and it sounded interesting. I was not disappointed.

Kitty Norville was a pleasant narrator. She does what she wants, when she wants, but still she has to answer to someone. It’s too bad that the “someone” is Carl, her somewhat spineless pack leader, and his partner, Meg.

Vaughn handles the wolf inside Kitty admirably; it isn’t something that is ignored. Kitty constantly acknowledges the wolf inside her, and has to keep constant control on her urges, or else the wolf wins. It’s a battle between the animal and the civilized human, and Kitty sometimes struggles to keep the human part of her at the forefront.

Arturo, the leader of the local vampire clan, is surprising. Kitty paints him to be a ruthless leader, and he actually thanks her for attempting to help one of his vampires. I liked him.

Kitty is stereotypically tough, but she is preternaturally strong, and she has the backing of a pack of wolves to help her if she gets into any trouble. She isn’t a human trying to be tougher than she really is.

There are, so far, eight books out for this series. I’m looking forward to picking up the next one.

Originally posted 19 December 2010.

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