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Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville Series, Book 1) (edition 2005)

by Carrie Vaughn

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Title:Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville Series, Book 1)
Authors:Carrie Vaughn
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Keeper Shelf, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves, Vampire

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Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

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Kitty is a radio DJ in Denver who just happens to be a werewolf. When someone calls in and she starts giving otherworldly advice, a late-night show for vampires, werewolves and the like becomes "The Midnight Hour." But Kitty's new show isn't popular with everyone - a bigwig vampire named Arturo talks her pack leader Karl into telling her to stop, and someone's out for Kitty's life.

I'm not sure quite what to make of this first book in the series, though I think much of my trouble comes from listening to it as an audiobook. I'm just not an aural learner, so it takes longer for me to "read" through and I miss more details. The premise was interesting, the story compelling, and explaining werewolf pack and vampire family dynamics was decent worldbuilding, though at the same time entirely messed up. I liked Kitty as a character and seeing her come into her own, though some of the scenes were too violent for my taste. A promising start for fans of urban paranormal fantasy series. ( )
  bell7 | Mar 27, 2017 |
Tried to like this one, but I just couldn’t grok it, sorry.

I get that we aren’t supposed to approve of the abusive and dysfunctional pack dynamics, which keep Kitty in a state of forced dependency on her abusers. I get that the whole point of the story is her growing, realizing how messed up things are, getting stronger, and getting out of this bad situation. But I still found those parts so uncomfortable/painful to read. Kitty is accustomed to being raped and beat up and humiliated by her pack’s alpha. She also has to give up half her pay check to him - very cult-like - and he tries to control her human life, job, etc. as well. And again, I get that this isn’t meant to be read as a good situation, but I still couldn’t stomach it.

Then we have some extremely weak characterization and world building. Kitty herself is a fairly complex character, with a significant struggle to overcome (learning to recognize abuse and stand up for herself) however everyone else in the book is one-dimensional and leaves no lasting impression. The world building is some of the most basic werewolf and vampire stuff that we’ve seen in a million other urban fantasy/paranormal romance titles. The part that really killed it for me was how, at the beginning of the novel most people aren’t supposed to know these creatures are real, but as soon as Kitty starts her midnight radio talk show people immediately take it seriously, and when she announces she’s a werewolf on the air everyone just believes it - not only her fans, but her parents and even the police! No one is skeptical or even asks for proof! I read a lot of fantasy/science fiction and I don’t normally complain about a book “ruining my suspension of disbelief” but yeah, that did it.

There’s also a ton of problems surrounding Kitty’s love interest, Cormac - a werewolf assassin who comes to the radio station while she is working to murder her. Yep, that’s the love interest. Attempted murder is. . . . sexy? Despite Cormac’s threats being recorded by the radio station the police let him go because Kitty - still far too passive and submissive - drops all charges. (I honestly don’t think that would be enough for the police to release him, given the circumstances, anyway, but whatever.) THEN, compounding the stupidity, Kitty is bombarded by callers on her radio show suggesting she hook up with her would-be assassin. This part really weirded me out. If you are a fan of a celebrity or whatever, and you heard about someone trying to murder them, would you tell them to hook up with that person?? WTF. ( )
  catfantastic | Dec 6, 2016 |
The writing style was choppy and it read like the first in a series... As in there were about a twenty unresolved plot lines. ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
Although I found a lot of the characters (excluding Kitty) to be a bit detached, I really enjoyed it. I found that I just didn't want to put it down. I hope the characters are a bit more interesting in the next one. I really liked Kitty. I like Cormac and all but just found him a bit bland, the sames goes for Carl, Meg and T.J. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
This has been on my to-read list for a WHILE, but there’s only so much paranormal romance I can read at once, so between Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, and Kelley Armstrong, I’ve been pretty booked — so to speak. But, I’ve finally found the time to read this, and I am glad I did.

My favorite part is that the supernatural world is actually portrayed by Kitty as being weird. She doesn’t blindly accept werewolf rules and completely buy into the alpha/pack thing — it freaks her out and she’s constantly trying to reconcile what she knows as a human and how she feels as a wolf, which was interesting and unique, at least in terms of comparing to other paranormal books I’ve read. I also like that she starts off as the bottom of the pack and has that conflict between her human life and wolf life. Basically, Vaughn does a great job in contrasting Kitty’s wolf and human life and putting them in constant conflict. It makes for an engaging read.

I do think the “romance” between Kitty and the hunter was handled a little clumsily. I get that they need to have somewhat of an attraction for each other in order to move the story forward, but I think it was rather awkwardly fast, even with all of the drama going on. As a rule, I don’t particularly like how a lot of romance is done in books anyway, so I’m getting used to getting disappointed by strangely unrealistic portrayals of relationships.

Overall, this book surprised me quite a bit and I enjoyed the picture it painted of the supernatural world and how it interacts with the human world. In the future books, I’m hoping to see more consequences from Kitty openly admitting to being supernatural, and hopefully I get to see more of this world at work and how other packs/supernaturals interact with each other. We’ll see how quickly it’ll take me to get to book 2. :p

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Gavin, MargueriteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McRee, Giorgettta BellDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puckey,DonCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446616419, Mass Market Paperback)

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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When Kitty Norville, a DJ for a Denver radio station and a secret werewolf, accidentally launches a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged, she becomes the target of a werewolf hunter and several homicidal undead.

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