Yup Neko is still on her Urban Fantasy kick so that is what you guys get today! And no the title is not what made Neko (Kitty) grab the book I promise… And SPOILERS!
Title: Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
My Thoughts: I am no expert on Urban Fantasy, I’m still very new to the genre, but this is a different take from what I have read so far. Kitty is a werewolf at the bottom of the pack making her the “baby”. … … Now I really don’t care what people do behind closed doors, whatever kink you subscribe to is your business not mine but the whole “baby” thing is a little too Daddy/Daughter for me… Carl the alpha even tells her to “never grow up” which I think is suppose to mean he wants her to always rely on him for everything except that she works… And lives alone… And I don’t even know. She does rely on Carl and his second T.J. to protect her from others, be they in the pack or other creatures, but that is really it. Again this just really created a creepy image for me, but maybe that is just me…
Another difference is that the pack is pretty dysfunctional. Carl, the alpha, is a bully but being a relatively new alpha he doesn’t have a lot of confidence to reign his wolves in. This man needs his ego seriously stroked, and a strong woman to be his alpha mate, which he has in Meg. Wimpy alpha aside, Carl, remember he has a mate, also firmly believes he can sleep with anyone in his pack he wants to. But he has a mate… Why have a mate if you don’t want to commit? Yeah he could be in an open relationship but this entire book is pretty much about Meg being jealous of Carl and Kitty… She even tries to have Carl killed!
T.J. creates a new (as far as I know) type of second as well. He is a submissive. Second strongest in the pack and he is submissive… But not because he really is submissive, sure he doesn’t like to fight with Carl, but T.J. stands up to everyone and even kills a pack member for Kitty… How does this make him submissive? I don’t like fighting with my friends or parents, heck I’ll even shut my trap and go with what others say now and again but that doesn’t make my personality any less dominant. The other wolves are afraid of T.J.. How can he be feared but a submissive… I think we are getting words confused but… Maybe I should just suspend my disbelief a bit more…
And of course our heroine Kitty is the typical kick butt… No, so she isn’t. Kitty is whinny. She screams I am woman hear me roar then turns around and cries bloody murder! Big bad she is not…. She also runs. From everything. Infact, the end of the book is her running away to another city. Yup she leaves/is kicked out of her pack and leaves the state! For a story about a woman becoming her own self Kitty fails spectacularly! But I am going to give the series another shot, supposedly she gets better as the books progress.
Overall I did enjoy the story, it was different, the DJ aspect is cute, I’m hoping Kitty and Cormac hit it off, I’m curious to see what the author does with the sciency stuff, and I would like to know more about the cult running around trying to cure creatures.
If you like vampires and werewolves, late night talk radio, cults, and bad advice then give this book a try! What’s one afternoon wasted in the pursuit of I don’t know what?
So have any of you read any of the Kitty series? What did you think? Should we smack Carl or Kitty? Why not both? Tell me in the comments!