If you spend much time in the book-blogosphere, you may have noticed that Carrie Vaughn and Kitty Norville have been making a lot of appearances around town. That’s because two brand new Kitty books hit the shelves recently. Ohhh you don’t know who Kitty is? Well, she’s this awesome character from a series of books – now genre-wise I would call this series Urban Fantasy, I’ve heard some refer to it as paranormal romance and others consider it strictly fantasy. But these books are really hard to classify since they contain so many different elements. Okay, back to Kitty – first of all, she’s got this cool job that allows her to stay up all night listening to rock’n’roll (dreamy job eh?) but for Kitty her job allows her to hide out who she really is. She’s a werewolf! A very feisty werewolf, who wants to build a better, safer community for all the supernaturals out there. Really, why should they all have to hide themselves away from the world? They live ordinary lives just like all the humans, well with a couple differences but those can be worked out. Oh and the supernatural community – it’s not just werewolves – there are all kinds of shapeshifters, skinwalkers, vampires, fey, jinn, psychics, magicians – well, you get the picture!
Okay back to Kitty, even though her job sounds like fun she gets sick and tired of cueing up crappy old songs night after night. One night she starts talking, about weird things that might go bump in the night, and apparently the things that may be doing the bumping are listening, because her show suddenly gains a huge following. Kitty starts to think that this is the perfect way for people like her to search out help and The Midnight Hour is born. Humans and paranormals go nuts over Kitty and pretty soon she’s a superstar for her kind.
However, Kitty soon learns that bringing herself into the spotlight exposes her whole community to the world and pretty soon the entire world is a mix of humans and non-humans. This brings up a lot of issues for both sides and Kitty finds herself in the position of non-official supernatural spokesperson, whether she likes it or not.
So, now that the big secrets out, there’s the politics to deal with. This part of the series is simply amazing. Author Carrie Vaughn has gone above and beyond showing that her world-creation skills are top-notch. Everywhere you look there is some sort of political manoeuvring, along with the human system, Kitty will also discover the dangers of the various were pack’s hierarchy, the problems dealing with power-hungry vampires and somehow all these separate entities are going to have to work out their problems and come to an understanding that allows everyone to co-exist. Gonna be lots of shuffling and toe-stepping to solve this one.
Now, we’ve got Kitty, characters, politics… ahhh right, of course – action! Lots and lots of action! Talking about a series of books without spoilers is just a tad difficult, especially when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it. But let me assure you, each chapter of Kitty’s story is chock-full of crazy battles, skirmishes and yeah ok sometimes a girl’s gotta turn tail and run – but Kitty only comes back at her enemies twice as vicious. And when you’ve always got bounty hunters on your butt and dark nasties plotting your destruction, you’re bound to get a bit cranky.
Don’t worry though, because even with all these bad guys and gals giving Kitty crap, she’s got all she can handle of sexy hotties looking her way. This is normally a good thing, but Kitty attracts trouble like there’s no tomorrow, so of course there’s a fair share of relationship problems in her life. But Kitty’s a smart, take charge type of woman and she’ll figure it all out.
So that’s what’s got everyone buzzing lately. This is by far one of the most fun, most well thought out series’ I’ve read lately. I love that it crosses so many divides genre-wise, my reading taste is all over the place, but I’ve always loved paranormal stories that feature a strong, funny female lead without falling into that romantic suspense stereo-type. That’s my take on the Kitty Norville series, and this is a series of books best read in order so I’ve listed below the books in their correct order.
So check out the other stops on the Kitty Blog Tour to read more reviews, see some guest posts and maybe you’ll come across author Carrie Vaughn out there too!
And check back here later, when I will be talking about Book 6 Kitty Raises Hell, sharing some Midnight Hour fun and announcing a pretty sweet giveaway (^_^) \m/
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