Title: Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Series: Kitty Norville #1
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Blurb (from back cover)
Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station–and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts “The Midnight Hour,” a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged.
After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show 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…
I really love the cover of this book. The wolf and the moon are all appropriate, and I’m assuming the city in the background is supposed to be Denver, but it doesn’t really fit, and it makes the cover look busy. I even covered the image of the city with my fingers to see if it would help, and it does. It keeps the focus more on Kitty (that she’s a radio DJ, and a werewolf).
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.