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Kitty and The Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Carrie Vaughn
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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From Publishers Weekly

Vaughn's entertaining fantasy debut introduces Kitty Norville, a closeted werewolf who hosts a popular Denver radio program called The Midnight Hour. During her show, Kitty takes phone calls from listeners (not all of whom are human) while trying to maintain her secret identity. Unfortunately, the local vampire crime family wants her show canceled and has hired someone to kill her. In fact, it's during the course of Kitty's dramatic on-air conversation with her would-be assassin that she reveals to listeners that she is, indeed, a werewolf. Eventually, local police enlist her to help track down a serial killer who exhibits werewolflike tendencies. While Kitty's occasional neediness, snide tone and attempts at werewolf wit can grate, this remains a surprisingly human tale. Blurbs from Charlaine Harris and L.A. Banks will cue their readers. (Nov..)
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'a fast-paced, entertaining read' SFFWORLD.COM

Product Details

  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575082437
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012Y1GMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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274 of 290 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually review vampire novels, but the werewolf genre seems to be growing - not quite up to the size of the vampire genre yet, but getting there. This book has vampires as well as werewolves, although the main protagonist is a werewolf. So I can give it a run through BunRab's Standard Vampire Classification, applying the standards to both vamps and weres:

The book's genre is definitely fantasy, but it's also a murder mystery. (Front cover blurb is from Charlaine Harris, who writes mainly in the mystery genre and only recently started in on vampire fantasy.) Both the werewolves and the vampires have the standard supernatural characteristics expected of them - extraordinary strength, susceptible to silver bullets, etc. - and not too much outside of those usual characteristics. The vampires don't turn into bats, no one gets to be completely invisible (although vampires can certainly disappear rapidly). The characters have a purpose in life besides being evil creatures of the night - they hold jobs, have civilian lives, have non-supernatural friends - they aren't just fantasy characters. Although there is a noticeable amount of sexual content in the book, the vampire characters are not there solely as metaphors for sexual activity, as is the case with some of the older breed of vampire books. The author, and the characters, have a sense of humor - the book isn't always dead serious. (All of these features - cross-over genres, what metaphors are used, whether the supernatural characters are also people, whether the book is serious or farce or in between, are all ways to compare various fantasies to see whether they fit into your favorite style.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Move Over, Wolfman Jack! November 8, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kitty has the late ship at a small radio station. She likes the late hours because she is a werewolf. One night she accidentally makes some comments on her show and it turns into a talk fest with the music forgotten. The subject was the paranormal, specifically Bat Boy, in the tabloids. The talk hits its stride and the station wants to keep the format and even move to limited syndication. What could be wrong with that?

Well, the local werewolf and vampire populations do not like the attention. They are afraid people will realize they are real. But as submissive as Kitty is in her werewolf pack, her human side is more assertive and she tries to keep the show going. Soon people find out she speaks from experience and trouble really begins to build. Assassins, the police, vampires, werewolves, jealousy and hatred all combine to make things difficult for the late night show host. Find out how she deals with it.

A very nice first book in a series (number two is excerpted at the end). The world is interesting but I think full humans handle the news of the supernatural a little too blandly. But still it is a very enjoyable book and hard to put down. Check it out.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Start but Better Finish August 10, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book, all about the adventures of late-night radio DJ Kitty who happens to be a werewolf, starts off very slowly. At the beginning, I didn't much care for this character who seemed entirely too inclined to allow other people to bully her and fight her battles. I recommend sticking with the book though, as the last 2/3 of the book proves to be much better than the rocky start. Kitty grows up a lot in this book and I am hopeful that a sequel will be even better. I love the portrayal of the werewolf pack and the interpersonal dynamics as Kitty struggles her way through the tough changes in her life. The vampire Family dynamics were also extremely interesting and I hope that they are explored more in depth in the next book. The appearance of a recurring villain was also quite refreshing, giving the main character a challenge while not allowing her to become too powerful too quickly. I think readers who stick it out to the end will be glad they did!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but Short April 4, 2007
By W. Boyd
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I used to read Science Fiction almost exclusively, but when Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire books introduced me to the world of semi-romantic modern day urban fantasy, I was hooked. The genre is growing by leaps and bounds, so it is getting harder to decide which books to read and which ones to skip. When I read the synopsis of 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour', it sounded like something I would like. I do not want to get a full blown romance book, nor do I want the oversexed novels of L.K.Hamilton, and I am certainly not looking for anything with over the top violence. 'Kitty' seemed to fit into what I was looking for.
Having said that, I was extremely disappointed when the book arrived and it was only 288 pages of large, wide spaced text. Surely this small novel cannot be very well developed, or very interesting. But as I started reading I was easily drawn into Kitty's world, and I was impressed by the way that such a short novel was able to convey so much character depth and emotion, and how attached I could become to characters that where given so little space to develop. Kitty's story and growth occurred simultaneously without one interfering with the other, and by the end of the book I was hooked and wanted more.
I know that this is a series, and characters and situations will be further - or more fully - explored in the future books, but I still think this book could have been better with more story. Hopefully future books will get a little more involved, but for the time being I will follow Kitty to Washington and on Holliday.
Fans of Rachel Caine's 'Weather Warden' series, Jim Butchers 'Dresden Files', and the 'Southern Vampire' books will probably like the 'Kitty' books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it!
Published 5 days ago by Jennifer Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 1 month ago by T. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty and the midnight hour
What a smashing idea - this book takes the urban fantasy premise and runs wild.

Kitty Norville is a radio late night talk show host, and lately she's got some even more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clare O'Beara
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I Don't Get Werewolf Stories
I keep seeing these books and finally picked up this, the first one. It's another werewolf story, with vampires, and clueless people, and a lady werewolf who's not really fitting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monique Atgood
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew radio dj's could be this interesting, lol
I thought this book offered more than what I was expecting, I loved it! My initial thoughts before even starting the book was it was going to be pretty mellow, because it's about a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kimmythegreat
3.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it four stars for readers who love urban fantasy.
My own tastes run more toward the literary end of the genre spectrum, which will sound weird to those who categorize literary and genre as separate forms. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Saytchyn Maddux-Creech
5.0 out of 5 stars cue Poole
Very nice book I think how it read was very good and extremely easy to read not what I expected
Published 4 months ago by cuepoole
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty and The Midnight Hour
Was very on the edge of my sit reading, loved it. I am getting ready to read the next book in this Series.
Published 6 months ago by Mama Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars New to the series and it did not disappoint
Love Kitty and can't finish this review because I need to start the next book now! If you like Briggs, Harris or Anita Blake, you'll love this series.
Published 7 months ago by ShopPretty
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed this book but it was a slow start. I also wish I felt more of a connection between the characters.
Published 8 months ago by happy wife
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More About the Author

Carrie Vaughn is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty. She also writes for young adults (her novel STEEL was named to the ALA's 2012 Amelia Bloomer list of the best books for young readers with strong feminist content), the Golden Age superhero series, and other contemporary fantasy stories. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin, and her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She's a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, and in 2011, she was nominated for a Hugo Award for best short story.

An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with her fluffy attack dog, a miniature American Eskimo named Lily.

Visit her at www.carrievaughn.com

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