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Kitty Goes to Washington (Kitty Norville #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  17,338 Ratings  ·  658 Reviews
Celebrity werewolf and late-night radio host Kitty Norville prefers to be heard and not seen. So when she's invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, and her face gets plastered on national TV, she inherits a new set of friends, and enemies, including the vampire mistress of the city; an über-hot Brazilian were-jaguar; and a Bible-thumping senator ...more
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published July 1st 2006)
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Kitty took a vital step towards becoming the strong heroine that Urban Fantasy buffs crave by severing ties with her dysfunctional pack in KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR. However, she still has a long way to go in that area, and her submissiveness remains one of the biggest turn offs of this series for me. This book addressed the supes now being “out” development in great detail while also succeeding in keeping me engaged with multiple plots and new characters.

Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
While the first Kitty Norville book had many gripes about Kitty being submissive and weak, it seems she's shaken off her pack mentality and is now standing firmly on her own two feet in the 2nd Kitty Norville book.

I thoroughly enjoyed Kitty Goes to Washington, it had a much tighter plot and was much stronger than the last one. Kitty's just a likeable character, she's charismatic and her strength is in building a rapport through her listeners and with people she's met.

Kitty Goes to Washington is
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This series--although I am only on book 2 is really missing something IMO. I am trying hard to like the series, but I am just finding the books a little boring. I think the idea behind the series is good. I like the humor that occasionally pops up. A werewolf named Kitty--excellent irony. The stories are a little lack luster.

Also, I have a great picture in my mind of what sexy monster hunter, Cormac must look like based on the author's description...then she has to throw in a mustache. Whamp, wh
Jan 23, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you're looking for a easy, fun and entertaining urban fantasy, Kitty Goes to Washington hits the spot.

Kitty Norville is somewhat on the run leaving her pack in the wake. She has been doing her talk radio show during her travels when her lawyer contacts her and tells her that the U.S. Congress has called Kitty to testify as an expert witness on the paranormal living among human kind.

A sexy large cat shifter, the vampire Mistress of DC, an evil and powerful being Kitty never new existed and a
Kitty Goes to Washington is an entertaining read. Carrie Vaughn tells a great story full of politics and adds a twist of paranormal lore. Kitty Norville is subpoenaed to testify at a Senate Subcommittee about paranatural biology. Sounds boring, right? While the politicking goes on in the human world, we are treated to all sorts of politics and posturing in the paranormal world. The latter is much more interesting.

Upon her arrival in Washington, D.C., Kitty is taken under the protection of Washin
4.5 stars - great!

I really enjoyed this story, it was pretty fabulous. Kitty showed greater strength than she had in book one, more maturity, and she found a group of shapeshifters living in harmony, so my hopes of seeing her find a healthier pack came sort of true (just for her time in Washington DC).

I laughed out loud, or at least smiled wide enough that my cheeks hurt, three times, and I had tears pooling in my eyes once. It is thanks to these emotional feelings that I'm giving an otherwise
Carolyn  Storer
3.5 Stars

"Kitty Goes to Washington" is the second instalment in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. It pretty much beings where 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour' finished.

Kitty is on the run after leaving her pack and abusive alphas. She's moving from city to city, doing her radio show, The Midnight Hour as she travels. This time she ends up staying in Washington after agreeing to an interview with a senator. She's also asked by the Vampire Mistress of the City to stay with her, which is a l
I brought the first three Kitty books hoping for a truly interesting read. I’ve never been the biggest of werewolf fans – I like them, but I do not love them in the way I love other supernatural creatures – yet I was hoping this series would turn me around. It was such a promising idea. It was such an interesting idea. A radio host of a supernatural chat show who just so happens to be a werewolf – colour me interested.

Unfortunately, the story failed to pull me in the way I had hope it would.

Danielle (Danniegurl)
I enjoyed Kitty's world, but I found it weird how she wasn't allowed to interact with other shifters due to their instability or whatever and how Kitty only took the word of a vamp. On the flip side, I found it interesting that this particular vamp wanted to help her, I was ultimately surprised. This whole thing with the hearing and stuff was actually quite boring especially when we found out that the Senator was it?, wanted to keep her from testifying until the full moon when she was more volit ...more
Tamora Pierce
Jul 11, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more serious than the first book. Kitty's off to Washington to testify before a Senate committee chaired by a Christianist demagogue about the newly emergent vampire and were communities. She is welcomed by Washington's primary vampire, centuries old Alette, who tells her the city's packs are anarchic and dangerous, and houses Kitty herself. When Kitty meets the city's pack leaders at their restaurant headquarters, she discovers rather that they are un-Pack, that they feel the Pack ...more
The story really shapes up as it goes along and took some very entertaining turns. It isn’t nearly as dark and unhappy as the first installment, and there was practically no gore (yay!). (I'm a wimp.) Kitty is getting over her abusive pack and starting to assemble a new, supportive team. I ended up liking Alette the vampire; lawyer Ben and mercenary Cormac are starting to develop more as characters (and have a couple of fun entrances); and I wouldn't mind seeing psychic Jeffrey in a future book, ...more
I almost gave this 4 stars because the book takes an interesting look at what our government would do if confronted by vampires & werewolves. It wasn't very in depth, of course. This is a candy book - fun, enjoyable & a quick read. Still, she tackled a bit more than I would have expected. Good series so far. On to the next, "Kitty takes a Holiday". Since Kitty is a werewolf, it's bound to be fun.
Jan 22, 2016 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, audio
This one was much better than the first. Kitty is really coming into her own but she still has a bit part of her that's a scaredy cat and I'm tickled that she doesn't deny it exists. She's brave, doing the right thing in spite of wanting to run, but she doesn't deny that she wants to run anyway. I like that.

I'm enjoying this series. On to the next.
I liked the first one better. This one was somewhat disjointed, but I will probably continue on with the series. I like Kitty's character and I enjoy the radio show aspect.
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Another fun romp in the woods with Kitty. These books are so easy to read; like little delicious snack-sized morsels. I am totally lapping them up.

In this one there was a lot less of the squicky submissive nature of Kitty's wolf in evidence, thank Heavens. Don't get me wrong, it's not gone completely; four years of molding and shaping yourself one way can't be eradicated overnight, but we at least see her making a conscious effort not to back down at every threat. Even if she has to manually ove
Carolyn F.
I'm sitting here wondering what I'm going to put. Some of the storyline is truly unbelievable. Kitty is way too forgiving and accepting of things. She's called to Washington to speak before some committee. She's practically shanghaied to stay with a female vampire "for her own good" and warned to stay away from the alpha-less shifters. She's a little put out but not anything like I would think. They freak out when she wants to go sightseeing and then team her up with a smarmy vampire to escort h ...more
I did like it better than the first book, and I actually want to read the next in the series. Not that I really enjoy them all that much or think they are that god, but I do wanna see what all the consequences of this book are.

The characters this time around were so much more mature and interesting (although Cormac still have the mustache! Bleh!) and you got to know so much more about and interact so much with Ben the lawyer which I loved. He's probably my favorite characters in the series.

This is an excellent followup to Carrie's first Kitty book. It is certainly not simply more of the same, but a story all on its own. You could even read this without having read the first one and get the full effect, though I'd still recommend reading the first book to get the full background on Kitty herself.

While book 1 is full of action, this read more like a mystery wrapped up in government conspiracy and McCarthyist type witch hunting. It was almost like a light paced Tom Clancy with a dab
3.5 stars

I liked that this one had more plot, and Kitty wasn't weak like she was in the first book, but I was bored during the whole political parts.

Still looking forward to continue with this series!
Kathy Davie
May 22, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Second in the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf radio show host in Denver.

My Take
I enjoyed this! And I sometimes hate that I won't allow myself to read the next installment in a series until I've done the just-finished story's review first!

The series, Kitty Norville, is total fluff and lots of fun while Kitty herself has a nice sense of honor even as she's trying to find herself in the new role life has thrust upon her. Vaughn presents a nice balance of Kitty becoming stronger
Benjamin Thomas
With the publication of the 14th and final book in this series a few weeks ago (Kitty Saves the World), I thought it was high time I got back to it.

This second Kitty Norville book was quite a nice step up from book one. I thought the first book in the series (Kitty and the Midnight Hour) was a nice introduction to the character but also felt it meandered around quite a bit, trying to understand just what sort of story it was going to be. But this second book has a much tighter plot structure an
Jan 27, 2013 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I love the Kitty Norville series, I have to say that this volume brought up two big issues I didn't realize I had with the series. I'll warn any potential readers, this review will be semi-spoilerish. Nothing major, but some spoilers. Overall this is a good read and one that I greatly enjoyed, so if you're wondering if you should pick up the series or if you should continue, I highly recommend it. It's pulp urban fantasy, but it's good pulp.

That said, one of my first issues with the book
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Katie Michaels
OK. I have to say, I love Kitty Norville. Kitty Goes to Washington is book 2 in the series, by Carrie Vaughn. Following her hasty departure from Denver in Kitty and the Midnight Hour , Kitty is doing her late night radio show at a different station every week. Now, she's been summoned to Washington, DC, to testify before Congress about supernaturals... since she has "come out" as a werewolf on the show.

As soon as Kitty arrives in the nation's capitol, she is intercepted by the minions of Alett
Jun 11, 2011 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fantasy
I like a little romance and sizzle to go along with my Urban Fantasies. This series has very little, closer to none. Yet, it's still able to keep my interest. Without repeating anything I said about Kitty and the Midnight Hour, I'm going to write about what this book brought to the series.


* The new characters were a treat to meet. Luis, Kitty's semi-love interest, is a Brazilian Jaguar that did not get enough screen time. I'm hoping we get to see more of him. Ahmed, the semi-Alpha of a gr
Apr 07, 2014 Wise_owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books, like food, can range in taste. Sometimes you want a deep, lawyered piece of non-fiction. Sometimes a broad fantasy epic. And sometimes, you want something concise, fun and to the point. Kitty Goes to Washington is the last, and in that regard it is very satisfying.

Kitty, coming off the events of the first book, has become a bit of a wanderer. Doing her radio program where she can find a station to host her, she finds out that the revelations that ended the the last book have forced a sena
Kat Mandu
Jan 08, 2016 Kat Mandu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Kat Mandu says...

If I thought Kitty had a lot to contend with in book one, it’s nothing compared to the stress level of Kitty Goes To Washington.

When she’s summoned to Washington D.C. for a Senate hearing, she probably doesn’t expect to find a vampire mistress of the city who acts like her mother and tries to keep her within her home for “safety” reasons. She does encounter “Crescent” a bar where lycanthropes get together – and shacks up with a wereleopard named Luis. And she probably doesn’t ex
Jun 11, 2008 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: Shinynickel
Shelves: werewolves, vampires
For a sequel, this wasn't bad. There were parts that felt a little forced - a few short paragraphs here and there of comic relief that seemed like the literary equivalent of a cheesy reaction shot from film, and a major plot element from the last book sort of went *POOF* quite literally and without much explanation halfway through. Though the 'development' of Cormac as a character is that annoying kind of "Let me have other characters tell you all about who he is and why he's so cool while he do ...more
After the events of Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty has had to leave Denver after a fight with the alpha male and his mate of her pack. It's either leave or be killed, so she decides to take her show on the road. She runs it from a different radio station every week. When she is nearing California, her lawyer, Ben calls to let her know she needs to get to Washington, D.C. in order to speak before the senate.

Kitty prefers to be heard and not seen, so she's a bit ticked off that she's invited t
Janice (Janicu)
It's been a little while since the events in book one, and Kitty has been touring the United States, driving from one radio station to the next to host her radio talk show about the supernatural, The Midnight Hour. On the way to California, Kitty receives a call from her lawyer, Ben O'Farrell, who gives her the news that she's been subpoenaed by the Senate on a hearing about paranormal affairs. Kitty is apprehensive, but she wants to avoid a witch hunt against shape shifters and vampires, so she ...more
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Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. The fourteenth installment, Kitty Saves the World, was released in 2015. Her forthcoming novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John J ...more
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Kitty Norville (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville, #3)
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