Title: Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Author: Carrie Vaughn
First published November 1, 2005
259 pages, Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780446616416 (ISBN10: 0446616419)
When the moon comes up, Kitty Norville transforms into a werewolf, but during the day, she’s just a radio DJ in Denver. Her new advice show for the supernatural community has taken off, but Kitty’s got problems of her own.
Between a dangerous werewolf-hunter and a group of murderous undead, Kitty’s got her hands full. Can she survive the night and keep her secrets safe?
Find out in Carrie Vaughn’s thrilling novel, Kitty and the Midnight Hour.
About the Author
Carrie Vaughn has an impressive body of work, with more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories to her name. She’s most well-known for her series of bestselling novels featuring Kitty, a werewolf who hosts a radio show offering advice to supernaturally challenged individuals.
In 2018, she was awarded the Philip K. Dick Award for Bannerless, a thrilling post-apocalyptic murder mystery.
Vaughn’s talent has also been recognized by the Hugo Awards, with two of her short stories being finalists. She’s also a contributor to the Wild Cards superhero book series edited by George R.
R. Martin, and she’s a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.
Growing up as an Air Force brat, Vaughn experienced a nomadic childhood, but she eventually settled down in Boulder, Colorado, where she has developed a variety of hobbies. You can learn more about her and her work by visiting her online.
For those seeking writing advice and thoughtful essays, Vaughn also has a Patreon page worth checking out.
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn is a gripping and entertaining read that will appeal to fans of urban fantasy and supernatural thrillers. Vaughn has created a unique world of werewolves and vampires that is both fascinating and believable, and her protagonist, a werewolf named Kitty, is a relatable and engaging character.
Set in the present day, Kitty and the Midnight Hour takes place in a world where werewolves and vampires are real, but they keep their existence hidden from the general public. Kitty is a DJ on a late-night radio show, where she talks about everything from current events to supernatural lore.
When she starts to receive calls from people in the supernatural community who need her help, she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous world of politics and power struggles. Vaughns writing is crisp and engaging, with just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
She has a gift for creating vivid and memorable characters, and the world she has created is richly detailed and immersive. One of the strengths of this novel is the way Vaughn explores themes of identity and belonging.
Kitty, like many young adults, struggles to find her place in the world, and her supernatural status only compounds her difficulties. By weaving these themes into her narrative, Vaughn gives her characters depth and complexity, making them more than just tropes or caricatures.
While Kitty and the Midnight Hour is an enjoyable read and well worth picking up, it does have some limitations. The pacing can be a bit uneven at times, with some scenes feeling rushed or underdeveloped.
Additionally, the climax of the novel feels somewhat predictable, with few surprises for the reader. Despite these flaws, Kitty and the Midnight Hour is a solid debut from Vaughn, and a promising start to what looks to be a successful series.
Fans of urban fantasy, supernatural thrillers, and character-driven narratives will find much to enjoy in this novel. In conclusion, I highly recommend Kitty and the Midnight Hour to anyone looking for an exciting, supernatural adventure.
Vaughns writing is top-notch, her characters are well-drawn and compelling, and the world she has created is richly detailed and immersive. While the book is not without its flaws, it is a satisfying and enjoyable read that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series.
Based on the above criteria, I would rate this book a solid 8 out of 10.