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Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1)

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Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged.

After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success. Bu
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Published July 2nd 2009 by Tantor Media, Inc. (first published November 1st 2005)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was an interesting read that takes a different path for the urban fantasy heroine. Kitty is not the usual kickbutt heroine who can handle whatever life throws at her. She's a regular girl, who happens to be a werewolf. I found that intensely refreshing.

Kitty is the wolf of lowest status in her pack and complete submissive when the story starts. She has to come into her own and into the realization that she can make it on her own, and that she doesn't need the pack so much that she can deny
May 10, 2010 Bry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thoughts from before I finished the book:

Only 3 chapters in and I am slightly disgusted. All the reviews here talk about this story being a coming to story for Kitty, a woman traumatized and learning to stand on her own again. Seriously though the way she is treated within the pack is just as emotional and mentally abusive as the half ripping her to shreds to make her a were in the first place.

In the name of 'protection' she cannot even go out by herself, has to fork over half of her money to k
Mar 25, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2010
I'll admit it, Vaughn lost me at the pornstache, but I'll take it from the top.

For starters, her heroine is named after a stripper. Kitty? Are we serious? But I could have overlooked that had she not have been so flat, dull, and underdeveloped. Kitty is a werewolf at the bottom rung of her pack. She allows herself to be commanded and screwed by the men of her pack in exchange flickering moments of affection, that almost always occur while she is being pounded, and “protection”, which must have b
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Kitty Norville pleasantly surprised me with it's unique radio talk show segments and intriguing heroine. Unlike most other heroines in PNR UF series, Kitty is at the bottom of her pack and she's the meek one who needs the protection of others. Her radio talk show about supernatural beings suddenly takes off, and intrinsically she finds herself wanting to break out on her own and lead the pack.

The whole 'pack' mentality was interesting in this one. Even as humans, the Alpha can do whatever he wan
Tamora Pierce
Jun 21, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr, adult
What fun! Kitty is a werewolf DJ who runs a late-night radio program. When she starts talking about the possibility that there are "real" vampires, weres, etc., out there, her program suddenly starts to gain listeners and attention, not all of it good. Then, when she discloses that she is a werewolf, everything busts loose. Her pack leader is unhappy, the head of the local vampire collective forbids her to continue, a hunter has a contract for her life, and someone out there is killing people li ...more
Mar 12, 2011 AH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Were/shifter lovers
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

I must confess that I have not read this series in order. I’ve been picking up the books at used book sales and using them in challenges whenever possible. Having read Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand (book 5) first, I was really surprised by the reviews of this book. Surely it could not be about the same series? I kept hearing about Kitty being very submissive, almost nauseatingly so. Certainly this was not the Kitty in the later books. When I finally got to read this bo
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Updated 10/8/12

My review is a cautionary tale. If one listens to a book on tape and hates it, but it's something they expected to like, always give the print edition a try.

Here is my review after I tried to read this book for the first time:

I listened to the first couple of chapters on cd, and it was so bad I had to stop even though I still had a hundred miles to drive with nothing on the radio. Since then I've realized that a bad narrator can ruin an audiobook so I think I'm going to try to rea
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jan 26, 2016 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

KITTY NORVILLE and I first met back in 2010 when I started my blog; at the time I found the heroine rather spineless, and I didn’t particularly care for Carrie Vaughn’s werewolves. I forged on to book 2, didn’t see much improvement, and decided to call it quits. Now, five years later, the series has concluded, and I’ve decided to give it another chance in audio. Marguerite Gavin’s narration caused me to bump my original rating up by a star, and my second impression kinda
I listened to the narration of Kitty and the Midnight Hour. I was expecting to not be impressed and walk away from this series believing it was just another take on an overdone theme. After all, the series is about werewolves and vampires -- hasn't this theme been done before? But I was pleasantly surprised with Kitty and I plan to continue on to the next book ... sometime. But I won't be rushing to read it or listen to it.

Kitty is the main character and I liked her well enough. Kitty is not li
Short version: I wish that I could say that I loved this book from start to finish, but I can't. I was frustrated with Kitty's weakness for much of the book, and it was only toward the end that I started to really get her. That's not to say that it was a bad book (it wasn't) or that I hated it until the end (I didn't), it's just that I'm a character reader, and I need characters to make sense. Unfortunately, to me, the characters and the "paranormal hierarchy" just didn't make sense until close ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Squee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cool book idea, but the weak protagonist and horrible gender dynamics completely ruin it. There are plenty of ways to write werewolves. Why, why, why did this female author choose to write hers in a way that justifies the main character's repeated rape?

This is not okay.

Seriously. Take out the werewolf aspect of this book and you are left with a story about a woman being abused and repeatedly raped by a man who is treating other women the same way (oh, and taking half of their earning
Sep 15, 2011 David rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: werewolves, fans of hawt chicks in leather
I am generally not a huge fan of post-Buffy urban fantasy, particularly the "hot chicks in leather" genre. The only reason I decided to try the first book in the popular "Kitty Norville" series is that I've heard good things about the author, Carrie Vaughn, and also it was on sale on

Well, Kitty and the Midnight Hour is well-written and not as schlocky as I feared, but it did not change my mind about the genre, nor am I likely to continue following the series. I found the story enter
Ben Babcock
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Laura the Highland Hussy
The first 35 pages or so made me want to put the book down and never return. Maybe I'm spoiled by such strong female leads like Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thomspon, and karen Marie Moning's Mac Lane. I about gagged when Kitty cowered and whimpered in front of her alpha and then let him screw her the next morning. Mind you he has a mate. He reminds me of the alpha in Briggs' Alpha and Omega series. The one who was taking his pack's money, and let Anna be used as a plaything to keep his crazy mate san ...more
Oh my - old timers! I thought I had this book, but couldn't find it. For some reason I'd collected the next 4, but didn't have the first, which was weird. I hadn't realized I read it! Well, I'm going to re-read it & then read the others that I have. I guess it wasn't particularly memorable.

I barely got into it & remembered it fairly well. I blame my lack of memory on me & reading dozens of similar books over the past few years. It was fun! On to the next!!!

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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I been wanting to read this for a while now. And finally saw this at the bookstore. So as I was reading it, I found I liked Kitty at times. And there was moments where I wasn't so sure. It didn't stop me from liking the story. Well maybe a tiny bit. I mean Carl I didn't like.

I did like the friendship between her and T.J. And the pacing was good. The radio bits were the best parts as well. Near the end I didn't expect to go in that direction.

Or maybe it had to do with me going in not hearing much
This was one of those half-assed (Pardon me) stories where being the protagonist is all it takes to justify your actions. First off I started this book after reading the synopsis.

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station - and a werewolf in the closet.

The term DJ and werewolf caught my attention. I've read so many shape-shifters stories and I'm still caught in it's thrall. But if you're picking up this book because of that very factor I don't think it's worth your time.

Sep 21, 2010 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard core UF fans
Kitty Norville is a twenty-something girl with past guy issues, a distant relationship with her mother, and no female friends. In the course of living her everyday life, she somehow manages to threaten the bad guys and earn the attention/respect of the good guys. And, oh yeah ~ these guys are sexy, and Kitty likes to wear sweats & grungy jeans. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Kitty and the Midnight Hour is not that different from so many other UF novels on the shelves right now.

Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
I have read two books from this series, and i can say i hate it. It annoyed me beyond reason.

In the first book our Kitty is for a lack of a better description a floor mat for her pack and her alpha, doing whatever she is told no matter how degrading it is just to scrape some attention from her pack master. You get the idea in the beginning of the book that she is emotionally crippled and doesn't know just how pathetic her certain actions really are. Then in the same book you have Kitty the DJ, h
Mar 13, 2010 vylit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, and I do think that the writer's style is accessible and it's possible that I'd like a different book from her, but I only managed to get a third of the way through this before I had to stop.

First, I didn't feel like the characters were really developed, and while they should have been interesting, they were just a little too two dimensional for me to connect with. I find the pack dynamics in this to be fairly disgusting and rape-y since the pack leader can and
Feb 19, 2016 Alisa marked it as tbr-audio  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio

This heroine is horrible. So weak and unlikable. This book is going on hold until I have more patience. *snort* (cuz we all know patience is what I'm known for)
Mar 04, 2010 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, audiobooks
I recently heard Carrie Vaughn interviewed on the Tor podcast, "The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy." She talked a little bit about her books, but mostly about herself. It thought she sounded intelligent and interesting. It seemed like her Kitty Norville series might be similar to Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files". A few days later, I found a free Audible download of a conversation between Vaughn and my all-time favorite author, Connie Willis. I was impressed enough to download a copy of Kitty and th ...more
Kitty and the Midnight Hour is our first look into the life of Kitty Norville. She's a were who can shift at any time, however prefers to only shift when necessary - on the night of the full moon. In her world, shifting outside of the full moon can lead to becoming more wolf than wo/man and she's not about to let that happen.

Kitty hosts the "Midnight Hour" radio show and loves her job. So, when her alpha tells her that talking about the supernatural community, even in a "they may or may not exi

I remember reading, or trying to read, this book a while back, but I forget exactly when so I'll set the date to today.

In any case, what I do remember with perfect clarity is that it made me sick!
I don't even know what I was doing picking up a book about werewolves - I dislike them as supernatural characters and only love a couple of select series that feature them.

Here's what I remember from the 100 something pages I read:

Kitty is a werewolf. She's been bitten against her cons
I've been aware of this series for a little over a year now, but I had no intention of ever picking up any book in this series. I mean, look at the cover: a curvy chick with a tramp stamp--super classy. And don't even get me started on the the title. The premise? A werewolf named Kitty who has a late night radio talk show. About supernatural critters. Really??? It has Trashy Urban Fantasy written all over it, and while I loves me a good urban fantasy, I do have my limits.

And then by chance, I c
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
My opinion of this book, and of Kitty as a main character, changed several times during the course of the read.

At first, I was almost cringing at her submissive behaviour (even though I'd been warned and knew it was coming). To tell the whole truth it's not so much Kitty, the person, that's submissive, it's her wolf. But then, as I read along and discovered more of Kitty's personality, and also the story of how she became a werewolf in the first place, I had an epiphany as to why she might behav
Jul 16, 2008 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jean by: My Aunt
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The writing is smooth and easy to read, the characters have that ring of reality to them that's so important and the book doesn't get lost in its universe. On the downside it reads more like a string of events and less like a plot. It was clearly set up with a series in mind.

The main conflict plays hide and seek and I was never quite sure what it was until it came roaring out of nowhere towards the end. To put it simply there was a lot going on at once and the focus never really settles on one t
Anzu The Great Destroyer
For some reason I always thought that having a radio show would be cool. Then I thought about how awesome it would be if the main character of an Urban Fantasy series would be the host of a radio show.

Yes. Want.

However, I obviously didn’t think it through. What could one possibly expect from a book like this? Sure, the main character would be all badass on the radio.


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Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.
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Kitty Norville (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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“I'm a werewolf trapped in a human body."
"Well, yeah, that's kind of the definition."
"No, really. I'm trapped."
"Oh? When was the last time you shape-shifted?"
"That's just it - I've never shape-shifted."
"So you're not really a werewolf."
"Not yet. But I was meant to be one, I just know it. How do I get a werewolf to attack me?"
Stand in the middle of a forest under a full moon with a raw steak tied to your face, holding a sign that says, 'Eat me; I'm stupid'?”
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