Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Norville, #1


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?

“...I'd killed my self-defense instructor. Shit."

Kitty isn't the typical urban fantasy heroine when she starts out - but I like she's not fake. She's in an abusive pack relationship but doesn't realize it for awhile, and the way she was turned into a werewolf was abuse again. She has no one other than her pack, who she seeks for comfort, until she finds her own with a paranormal themed late-night radio show that takes off across the coast.

The radio station stuff was actually riveting - from funny callers, especially when they try to hook her up on dates, to having live attacks and suicides on the air, it's never a boring radio hour. About half the book takes place on the radio. Beyond this there is a mystery of pack politics and figuring out who put out a hit on her, and who's been killing humans around town (which wolf is which wolf?) I should have guessed the villain in that, but I didn't figure it out until right before Kitty did.

The characters were well done, even the detective who was sympathetic and not the typical hard-nosed detective who won't give fair chances. The personal awakenings with the pack was fresh for this type of book because I hadn't seen abuse like this toward the main character in quite this way before. The hitman becoming an ally was a weird twist that worked. A few vamp politics are thrown in - they don't take away from the story but add a little to the worldbuilding. Serial killer on the loose was another thing bringing this above the rest of the pack for keeping the pace smooth.

It's a quick book that's hard to put down but I hated what happened to a character I liked at the end. It soured it for me big time. I also found the revelations of who she is on the radio very unrealistic, especially if the paranormal was basically a kept secret. Humor helps, and Kitty is a likeable gal even if I wanted to shake her sometimes when she's not seeing things clearly enough fast enough, but it works for fans of furry fiction.

   Book Quotes:

“Hey, Cormac. You ever have to deal with a PMSing werewolf?”

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