KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Kitty Norville #1)
by Carrie Vaughn

PUBLISHER: Gollancz (UK) | Warner Books (US)
RELEASE DATE: Jan 2008 (UK) | Nov 2005 (US)
FORMAT: Paperback, 272 pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy

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)

REVIEWER: Carolyn

I read the first couple of Kitty Norville books quite a few years ago now, so thought I would re-read them for my special Kitty month. KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR is a good first book to a series. It sets of up the characters nicely, sets the scene and even adds a bit of mystery and romance to keep those pages turning.

Most of the time it succeeded in giving me everything I want in my urban fantasy, however, I did find Kitty to be a little on the submissive side for my taste. I understand that as part of a pack and only being a werewolf for a few years Kitty’s position would be right at the bottom, but it was still hard to take. I could have accepted it a little more if when she was human she was more assertive and sure of herself, but she wasn’t.

Thankfully, Kitty does grow as the story progresses and we find out how she became a werewolf in the first place. I hope that her character will continue to develop with each book in the series (the ninth is published this month). I like to see my heroine mature with each book so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this with Kitty.

Kitty is a DJ and has a talk-radio show called The Midnight Hour where all the creatures that go bump in the night can phone in for advice or just to talk. It becomes a huge success. The male and female Alpha of her pack however don’t like it as they think this could mean Kitty getting a bit above her station. There’s a lot of pack politics but Kitty keeps things together most of the time, especially with the help of her team pack member and friend, TJ.

As things progress Kitty learns there is a rogue killer werewolf hunting humans and decides to help the police with their investigation. This is a great plot and has a very satisfying ending.

We also learn a little more about Kitty and how she became a werewolf along the way. It connected me to Kitty as it was a horrible way for her to become a supernatural creature and my heart went out to her.

The storyline was a little confusing at times. I didn’t really know if the human population at large knew about the werewolves and vampires or if all supernaturals were a secret. One moment it seemed as though it was all a big secret, but then the police wanted her help to scent out the rogue werewolf. Also the origin of supernatural creatures was also a bit shaky. Kitty explains that scientists had studied them and while they have found different characteristics distinguishing them from humans they weren’t genetic, viral, bacterial or even biological – and yet the following quote from a conversation between Kitty and a detective suggests otherwise…

“How do I tell if this is a lycanthrope and not a big angry dog?”

“Smell,” I said without thinking.

“What?”

“Smell. A lycanthrope smells different. At least to another lycanthrope.”

“Okay,” she drawled. “And if you aren’t around to use as a bloodhound?”

I sighed. “If you can find DNA samples of the attacker, there are markers. There’s an obscure CDC report about Lycanthrope DNA markers. I’ll get you the reference…”

Well, DNA is genetics… genetics is biology… Hmmm

However, putting science aside KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR is a fun read. I like Kitty and although I hope she finds herself (and a backbone), which I have a feeling she will, due to her erratic bursts of bravery throughout the novel, I think she’s going to be a great character to follow in subsequent instalments.

My favourite character though has to be Cormac. He’s a werewolf hunter and a rather yummy one at that. They meet while Kitty is at work doing her radio show when Cormac calls in and tells her he is in the building, coming up to kill her. She didn’t seem too concerned though and plays it out as a bit of a joke live on her show – this is a bit too much in contrast to the submissive person we see most of the time and therefore had a bit of an unbelievable air about it, however, it didn’t make it any less enjoyable to read. Kitty is quite funny and this scenario put a smile on my face.

We’re not given too much information about Cormac in this instalment, which makes him all the more mysterious and intriguing, but I hope to see more of his character in future books. He has great charisma and I like the way Kitty and Cormac interact with each other; there’s definitely some sexual chemistry going on…

VERDICT:

KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR sets the scene to Kitty Norville and her world. There’s lots of great witty dialogue, relationship dynamics and a bit of mystery. A solid start to the series.

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CARRIE VAUGHN ONLINE
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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour
  2. Kitty Goes to Washington
  3. Kitty Takes a Holiday
  4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet
  5. Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
  6. Kitty Raises Hell
  7. Kitty’s House of Horrors
  8. Kitty Goes to War
  9. Kitty’s Big Trouble
  10. Kitty Steals the Show

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Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

4 Comments


Vivienne July 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I can't wait to hear more. You have definitely caught my interest.

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Laura Summers (BCC) July 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I read this book ages ago, but thoroughly enjoyed it. I agree on the backbone thing, but it definitely gives her room to grow. Cover wise I think I prefer the older version on the right.

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Book Chick City July 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

@Vivienne – If you enjoy UF then I'm sure you would enjoy this :)

@LauraSummers – The cover on the right is the US edition but we did use them for a while. I like the current UK covers, but I prefer artwork to photographs if I'm honest, but I still prefer the UK covers to the US versions :)

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Laura Summers (BCC) July 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Yes the US edition is the copy I have. I'm with you much prefer illustrations/artwork to photos.

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