Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Posted in Review at 9:00 am by Amber

Kitty and The Midnight Hour is the first book in the Kitty Norville series.  Kitty is a Denver DJ who takes over the midnight shift.  She’s been a lycanthrope for several years.  Her condition is a secret from her human friends and family.  Instead of playing music (because none of the callers requested music made before 1989) she starts a call-in show titled “The Midnight Hour” which is a hit with listeners.

In this book we learn how she became a werewolf, and about werewolf pack and vampire family dynamics.  It’s one long setup for the remainder of the series but Carrie Vaughn makes it an enjoyable read.  Werewolves, vampires, evangelical ministers, a sexy mercenary and crime scenes become intermingled.  Kitty and her life are not perfect.  Just like the rest of us, she’s trying to do the best she can while remaining true to herself. 

I read this in a few hours because I wanted to know what would happen next.  Not all of the conflicts between Kitty and the other characters are resolved at the end.  I’m so glad because now I can read the rest of the series and get to know Kitty Norville even better.

Here’s a playlist that you can listen to while reading the book:
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Mood Rising”
Concrete Blonde, “Bloodletting”
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Peek-a-Boo”
No Doubt, “Just a Girl”
Garbage, “When I Grow Up”
David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”
They Might Be Giants, “Man, It’s So Loud in Here”
Oingo Boingo, “Skin”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Long as I Can See the Light”
The Sisters of Mercy, “Lucretia My Reflection”
Rasputina, “Olde Headboard”
Depeche Mode, “Halo”
The Canadian Brass Band, Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze”
The Clash, “Train in Vain”
Peter Murphy, “I’ll Fall With Your Knife”

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  1. Kathy said,

    February 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I heard Carrie Vaughn on Blog Talk Radio and she actually listens to music while she writes.

  2. Amber said,

    February 10, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I thought she might. The play list came from the acknowledgements section of the book. The songs seemed appropriate and fun! I usually don’t write to music though I used it as background noise when I would work on documentation projects at an old job.

  3. Kim Smith said,

    February 14, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Hey Amber! Just wanted to drop by and thank you for following my book tour. I have not read any of Carrie’s books but you have convinced me to try and pick some up. Thanks again!

  4. Amber said,

    February 14, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I was happy to stop by, Kim! Your workshop was a lot of fun too. 🙂

  5. Amber Stults - Book Reviewer and Author » Kitty Norville Book Giveaway! said,

    March 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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