I read the first couple of Kitty Norville books quite a few years ago now, so thought I would re-read them for my special Kitty month. "Kitty and theI read the first couple of Kitty Norville books quite a few years ago now, so thought I would re-read them for my special Kitty month. "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is a good first book to a series. It sets of up the characters nicely, sets the scene and even adds a bit of mystery and romance to keep those pages turning.
Most of the time it succeeded in giving me everything I want in my urban fantasy, however, I did find Kitty to be a little on the submissive side for my taste. I understand that as part of a pack and only being a werewolf for a few years Kitty's position would be right at the bottom, but it was still hard to take. I could have accepted it a little more if when she was human she was more assertive and sure of herself, but she wasn't.
Thankfully, Kitty does grow as the story progresses and we find out how she became a werewolf in the first place. I hope that her character will continue to develop with each book in the series (the ninth is published this month). I like to see my heroine mature with each book so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this with Kitty.
Kitty is a DJ and has a talk-radio show called The Midnight Hour where all the creatures that go bump in the night can phone in for advice or just to talk. It becomes a huge success. The male and female Alpha of her pack however don't like it as they think this could mean Kitty getting a bit above her station. There's a lot of pack politics but Kitty keeps things together most of the time, especially with the help of her team pack member and friend, TJ.
As things progress Kitty learns there is a rogue killer werewolf hunting humans and decides to help the police with their investigation. This is a great plot and has a very satisfying ending.
We also learn a little more about Kitty and how she became a werewolf along the way. It connected me to Kitty as it was a horrible way for her to become a supernatural creature and my heart went out to her.
The storyline was a little confusing at times. I didn't really know if the human population at large knew about the werewolves and vampires or if all supernaturals were a secret. One moment it seemed as though it was all a big secret, but then the police wanted her help to scent out the rogue werewolf. Also the origin of supernatural creatures was also a bit shaky. Kitty explains that scientists had studied them and while they have found different characteristics distinguishing them from humans they weren't genetic, viral, bacterial or even biological - and yet the following quote from a conversation between Kitty and a detective sounds otherwise...
"How do I tell if this is a lycanthrope and not a big angry dog?" "Smell," I said without thinking. "What?" "Smell. A lycanthrope smells different. At least to another lycanthrope." "Okay," she drawled. "And if you aren't around to use as a bloodhound?" I sighed. "If you can find DNA samples of the attacker, there are markers. There's a obscure CDC report about Lycanthrope DNA markers. I'll get you the reference..."
Well, DNA is genetics... genetics is biology...Hmmm
However, putting science aside "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is a fun read. I like Kitty and although I hope she finds herself (and a backbone), which I have a feeling she will, due to her erratic bursts of bravery throughout the novel, I think she's going to be a great character to follow in subsequent instalments.
My favourite character though has to be Cormac. He's a werewolf hunter and a rather yummy one at that. They meet while Kitty is at work doing her radio show when Cormac calls in and tells her he is in the building, coming up to kill her. She didn't seem too concerned though and plays it out as a bit of a joke live on her show - this is a bit too much in contrast to the submissive person we see most of the time and therefore had a bit of an unbelievable air about it, however, it didn't make it any less enjoyable to read. Kitty is quite funny and this scenario put a smile on my face.
We're not given too much information about Cormac in this instalment, which makes him all the more mysterious and intriguing, but I hope to see more of his character in future books. He has great charisma and I like the way Kitty and Cormac interact with each other; there's definitely some sexual chemistry going on...
"Kitty and the Midnight Hour" sets the scene to Kitty Norville and her world. There's lots of great witty dialogue, relationship dynamics and a bit of mystery. A solid start to the series....more
"Kitty Goes to Washington" is the second instalment in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn. It pretty much beings where 'Kitty and the3.5 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 little awkward as Kitty doesn't know or trust her.
There's lots of political intrigue and Kitty is called to testify at a Senate hearing about supernaturals. Also, the creepy Elijah Smith who we meet in 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour' is back and there's a surprising twist to his story which was quite exciting.
There's a little bit of romance but not with who I wanted it to be, which was a bit disappointing - it's sure to come in subsequent books, right? Kitty also meets up with different Lyncanthropes, a were-fox and were-jaguar, and finds that harmony can be achieved to a point without a pack.
However, for me Kitty still has to move on with regards to her submission. She's getting better but it's still there. I want her to be independent and see her stand up for herself more, but she wants to submit to everyone who challenges her, which frustrates me.
Despite this slightly annoying personality trait, I am growing to really like Kitty, I feel as though she's just working things out herself, she hasn't been a werewolf long and I'm hoping we'll soon see an amazing, determined, independent women who utilises her werewolf strengths.
I really enjoy Vaughn's writing. It gives a definite sense of where Kitty is in her world and creates believable characters. I love all the secondary characters, especially Ben, her Lawyer and Cormac, a bounty hunter. We also get to meet other interesting characters in this book, although not all likable, such as an irritating reporter who keeps getting in Kitty's face and asking intrusive questions and a scientist who's researching supernaturals, who I dislike intensely and don't trust at all, and rightly so after what he does to Kitty...
A really enjoyable second instalment. "Kitty Goes to Washington" is jam-packed with action and mystery, and I'm interested in seeing how Kitty deals with things after all that has happened to her. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, 'Kitty Takes A Holiday'!...more
"Kitty Takes A Holiday" is my favourite book in the series so far. It's really action packed and I feel that Kitty is ever so slowly (emphasi3.5 Stars
"Kitty Takes A Holiday" is my favourite book in the series so far. It's really action packed and I feel that Kitty is ever so slowly (emphasis on slowly) moving towards being an independent, strong woman.
Kitty takes some time away from her call-in radio show, The Midnight Hour, to relax and try and write her memoirs - as Kitty is quite young and has only been a werewolf for a couple of years, I thought this was a bit premature - but she buys a little cabin in the middle of nowhere and of course it ends up being the holiday from hell.
Kitty is terrorised by an unknown entity who is cursing her with dead animals which they leave on her doorstep or hanging from tree branches. I must say I was rather surprised that this frightened Kitty so much, considering she's a big bad werewolf an' all. In the first book, 'Kitty and the Midnight Hour', her life was threatened by Cormac, a werewolf hunter, live on her radio talk-show and she really didn't bat an eye.
There is a little inconsistency with Kitty's character as she's very submissive and yet can be dominant at the same time. She cowers from certain people only to then throw herself into danger. She's also dominant sexually, which doesn't add up with her submissive nature as a werewolf. Kitty is a bit of a paradox.
But as with the two preceding books I can't help but like her. She's quite sassy in her own way and I am liking her more with each book.
There's also a bit of a shift regarding the romantic dynamics. I'm not sure I like where Kitty is going romantically but it was definitely a twist I didn't see coming. There's also one character who gets bitten and is now a werewolf, which Kitty has adopted and has taken on as her 'pack'.
I loved seeing the caring side of Kitty. She has a lot of compassion and as she only knows too well, being turned is hard enough, but being turned against your will is almost soul destroying. But Kitty steps up to the plate and is there through the entire process and I liked her all the more for it.
This third instalment is a fast read and a really good addition to the series. I love that Cormac is still very much part of Kitty's life, even though it's not in the way I want it to be. The author writes great action and it's really this that keeps me turning the pages.
Overall "Kitty Takes a Holiday" is a really great read; exciting, full of action and brimming with lively and interesting personalities. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next in store for Ms Norville in 'Kitty and the Silver Bullet'....more
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is by far the best and most exciting book in the Kitty Norville series so far. This series just seems to get be3.5 Stars
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is by far the best and most exciting book in the Kitty Norville series so far. This series just seems to get better and better with each book. There's plenty of action as always as well as a few rare scenes of Kitty with her family, which was nice.
Kitty is called back to Denver by her father as her mother is ill. It's hard to juggle werewolf life and human life and when the two mix it's not pretty. Kitty has also been asked by a very powerful vampire to take sides in a coming war, which she is reluctant to do but inevitably has to, to save her family, her boyfriend and herself.
Kitty also acquires a few more werewolves to her "pack of two" and she's not sure how to deal with it. I must admit that there are some parts of Kitty's life that are hard to fathom. Kitty doesn't overly display any power, and when she gets into a sticky situation her immediate reaction is to run. I find it difficult to understand what it is about Kitty that have other wolves thinking she is leader material.
Of course there are moments when Kitty mans up, but most of the time she's quivering in her boots and just wants to run away. This is the part of Kitty I don't like. However, she does have other very good atributes. She tries her hardest to keep others safe; she's loyal and caring. Maybe it's these traits that others can see that makes her Alpha material.
I'm still uncomfortable with Kitty's love life and I can't help feeling a little miffed at their relationship. It seems they are too - they still don't know if they're only together because of the werewolf thing or if it's because they actually love each other, but we find out which in the last few chapters.
"Kitty and the Silver Bullet" is great fun and hugely entertaining. I can't wait to read the next instalment, 'Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand'....more
"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" sees Kitty leave Denver and head to the City of Lights for some well deserved R & R, and to marry the man in her l"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" sees Kitty leave Denver and head to the City of Lights for some well deserved R & R, and to marry the man in her life. But things pan out a bit like a screw ball comedy.
Kitty ends up: staying in a hotel that's hosting a gun convention attended by bounty hunters who hate werewolves; hosting her radio show, 'The Midnight Hour', live on TV the night before her wedding; her beau gambling away their money and then disappearing without a trace; and finally delivering a letter to the Vampire Master of the City from Rick, Kitty's vampire friend and Master of Denver - which of course leads to lots of drama and trouble for Kitty!
Kitty also meets a group of were-animals that perform in a show on a daily basis in their animal form and after seeing it with her own eyes, Kitty senses something's just not right.
We also get to meet a new character, Odysseus Grant, a true magician. He's one of my favourite characters, he's so intriguing and I never really knew if he was friend or foe until the end.
"Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" doesn't have as much action as the previous books, but there was still enough going on to keep me reading. I must admit that I am a little disappointed that Kitty is getting married. This seems to really cement the relationship between her and her man (I won't say who incase you haven't read the books yet). I much prefer my urban fantasy heroine to struggle with romance rather than it be all wrapped up neatly.
However, I keep getting mixed signals. Kitty says she's in love but then let's everything get in the way of actually getting married. Her man plans a poker tournament at the time of their wedding so they have to rearrange it and instead of getting married in the afternoon that push it back to six o'clock. This doesn't really convince me that they are in love...
Despite my reservations about certain aspects, "Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand" is still a fun read. It's not on the same par as some of the preceding books, but I have a feeling that more is to come in the next instalments....more
**Warning - potential spoilers - read at your own risk!**
"Kitty Raises Hell" begins one week on from where the previous book finished. Kitty3.5 Stars
**Warning - potential spoilers - read at your own risk!**
"Kitty Raises Hell" begins one week on from where the previous book finished. Kitty is on the look out for the The Band of Tiamat, the cult she came face to face with during her trip to Las Vegas, due to an ominous sign left on her door. But she soon realises that they are not in town but have cursed her with a fiery demon. People are killed, property is burned and Kitty is left trying to figure out what to do.
Although Kitty has definitely grown as a character, she still has a tendency to leave it to others to work things out. She places a call to Odysseus Grant, a magician she met while in Las Vegas and asks him to figure out what to do with the fire demon. He gives her the recipe for a potion to place around her home and of those she loves for protection. When her own pack questions her on what more she intends to do about protecting them, she doesn't really show her authority, instead her Alpha mate, Ben does, and yet she takes the credit for it. Kitty herself doesn't really do much fighting, however, I still find myself liking her and enjoying the troubles she finds herself in, even though I wish she was a little more kick-arse.
There is some light relief in the way of a paranormal investigation team that comes into town to investigate a haunted house. Kitty wants in on the action in the hope of getting an interview with them for her radio show, The Midnight Hour. She gets a lot more than she bargained for and the action flows thick and fast from this point on.
There is only a fleeting glimpse of Cormac in this instalment. He's still in jail but something ghostly is happening. It's very intriguing and nothing is really revealed which makes me think this could be setting us up for the next book.
Although I do like Ben I miss Cormac and still wonder why Vaughn put him in jail. Cormac is a very charismatic character and I'm surprised as to why she would lock him up and keep him out of so many books. I'm hoping he's released from prison soon, so there can be more Cormac and Kitty and maybe a little romantic tention.
Overall, "Kitty Raises Hell" is another great addition to the series and is very entertaining, with a lots action and intrigue. I look forward to reading the next book, 'Kitty's House of Horrors'....more
Wow, I didn't see this book coming - "Kitty's House of Horrors" is a pretty depressing instalment due to the sheer number of dead bodies, but it's alsWow, I didn't see this book coming - "Kitty's House of Horrors" is a pretty depressing instalment due to the sheer number of dead bodies, but it's also one of the best. It's jam-packed with action from practically the first chapter and doesn't let up until the last page.
Kitty is invited to participate in a reality TV show full of supernaturals. As Kitty is quite fond of the lime light and revels in publicity for her show, she agrees. When she enters the house, which is situated in a gorgeous cabin miles from anywhere, she meets the other contestants. I was wondering how the book would read without her love interest, but I didn't miss her Alpha mate one bit!
It was great to see a few characters return from previous books, such as Tina a psychic and paranormal investigator, who we first meet in 'Kitty Raises Hell'; Jeremy a TV psychic who Kitty works alongside in 'Kitty Goes To Washington'; Odysseus Grant a true magician who Kitty meets for the first time in 'Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand' during her trip to Las Vegas.
There were many others in the house too: Lee, a were-seal; Anastasia, Gemma and Damian, two vamps and their human servant; Jerome, a werewolf and pro wrestler; Ariel, Priestess of the Night, talk-radio show host; and last but not least, Conrad, a human and a disbeliever in all that is supernatural.
After the introductions everyone settles in. What I noticed more than any other novel is that Kitty likes to ask lots of questions of others, but when someone asks her a question she gets annoyed. I must admit that Kitty did irritate me a little in this instalment. She puts herself out there and then wonders why people think she's an expert, she roles her eyes and gets annoyed when people look to her, but always places herself in danger - she's in danger of becoming a martyr and I didn't really like seeing that side of her. However, with such great writing and fast-paced storyline, this was a small niggle I could handle.
After a few days Kitty begins to have suspicions about some of the other participants, beings to create conspiracy theories and one morning the contestants wake up to find that the producers and staff of the show have left, there's no electricity and the phones are dead. As Kitty leaves the cabin to try and find out what's going on, she finds the first body...
However, there was a big leap of faith on my part with regards to the believability of the plot. A house full of werewolves, vampires, magicians, psychics, were-seals (who can be surprisingly violent as it happens, and have very sharp teeth) are being hunted by three mortal men. Yes they have guns, silver bullets, explosives and silver tipped arrows, but surely the fast moving vamps with their hypnotic eyes could have snuffed them out in a matter of minutes?
Despite these few niggles I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment - it was a very entertaining and exciting read. This series seems to get better and better with each novel. I really appreciate Vaughn's easy writing style and punchy storylines and her characterisation is second to none.
A great addition the the Kitty series and one of the best in my opinion. I can't wait to read the next book 'Kitty Goes To War', I have no doubt it will be a bumpy, but enjoyable ride....more
"Dead Until Dark" is the story of waitress Sookie who has what she refers to as a 'disabJOINT REVIEW - Originally posted on www.BookChickCity.com
"Dead Until Dark" is the story of waitress Sookie who has what she refers to as a 'disability', she can read people's minds. Because of this disability, she struggles with personal friendships & relationships and rarely dates. Nothing worse than knowing what your date is thinking of you!
Living in a small Southern town, Sookie is a mix of endearing naïveté, strong morals and a good share of guts and determination. Working at Sam's bar, she is waitress, and takes pride in her work. Her relationship with her grandmother, whom she lives with is lovely and written with real, believable warmth. And her promiscuous and selfish brother, while infuriating at times is still engaging.
I agree, all the characters are interesting and quirky. I especially love Sookie - she's a warm, down-to-earth kind of gal and not the type of urban fantasy heroine I'm used to reading. I really like the TV show, but I must say I like the books more.
If you watch the TV series, you will notice the distinct absence of best friend Tara in the book, in fact she's not even mentioned. While Sam and fellow waitress Arlene are important friends, Sookie does not have a best friend in the book. This adds to her overall isolation and loneliness, brought about by her telepathic ability.
Then enter vampire Bill. Bill's mind is delightfully and blissfully blank and Sookie is immediately fascinated. But with the arrival of Bill, the town suddenly becomes the victim of a serial killer and young women keep turning up dead. Before she knows it, Sookie ends up caught in the middle of the deadly game.
I must admit I was put off reading this series basically because of the TV show. I do enjoy 'True Blood' but I've never really got on board with Anna Paquin and I was worried that this would rub off on the books. When I started "Dead Until Dark" I did unfortunately see Paquin as Sookie, but after about fifty or so pages, the Sookie of my own imagination started to push through and I began to enjoy the book a lot more. In fact I had difficulty putting it down.
I read the first three books in this series years ago and for some reason didn't get around to reading the subsequent books. Unlike Carolyn, I read them before 'True Blood' hit our TV screens, so I wasn't put off by the TV show. But as I started re-reading them I couldn't help make a few comparisons as I wrote my review.
I really enjoyed the southern setting and the way that everyone spoke - I'm a big fan of the southern drawl anyway, so it just made this book even more enjoyable for me. The fact that Sookie is just an ordinary girl (apart from her supernatural abilities), working in a bar as a waitress, making an honest living rather than a gun-wielding, martial arts expert, gave this urban fantasy a fresh twist.
"Dead Until Dark" is an easy read. Charlaine Harris has a unique writing style, which I really enjoy. She often focuses on the detail, but in a way that adds richness to her story rather than coming across as tedious.
There isn't much to fault with this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. If I had just have one tiny complaint, I did feel that Sookie and Bill fell in love just a little bit too quickly. I could understand it from Sookie, but maybe not from a several hundred year old vampire.
CAROLYN: "Dead Until Dark" is a fun and entertaining urban fantasy. It's pretty light compared to some of the other UF series out there, but it's still definitely worth a read. Harris has a great relaxed writing style that made this book a quick and easy read, as well as hard to put down. The characters are great and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
LAURA: A fun and even delightful supernatural mystery set in a small town in the deep South. Sookie is a refreshing and charming lead character. She's not your normal tough, ass-kicking urban fantasy heroine, but I actually loved her even more because of it. As for the TV show... I much prefer the book! :-) ...more
There's something about Sookie that just makes me smile. The telepathic waitress who isJOINT REVIEW - Originally posted on www.BookChickCity.com
There's something about Sookie that just makes me smile. The telepathic waitress who is dating the town's local vampire. She is so genuinely warm and wholesome and the last person at all you would expect to end up with a vampire. But it's these qualities that make the books so engaging.
I've read three of Charlaine Harris's series and her writing has a unique, quirky style to it. But they're also funny, laugh-out-loud so at times. The second book is similar to the first in that at the core of it is a supernatural mystery, with Sookie once again playing the unwitting sleuth.
Although the TV series, ‘True Blood’ does keep some of the aspects of the book, there are many differences. Therefore, it was easier for me to read “Living Dead in Dallas” without drawing too many comparisons, I tried to keep them separate and read the book on its own merit. Reading it this way is actually much more enjoyable. I do like the TV show, but I’m not sure on some of the castings therefore I would rather imagine the characters, especially Sookie as my imagination intended.
However, as with the first book, ‘Dead Until Dark’, I found this a wonderful, easy read. Harris has a great writing style that’s witty and charming and I read this book with relish. I'm with Laura on Sookie, she's is a fabulous heroine. I love her warmth and wholesomeness, but she's also quite feisty, which is a definite plus.
Sookie's relationship with the vampires continues to grow, when Sookie is attacked by a Maenad she & Bill have to turn to them for help. But nothing in life ever comes for free and before she knows it she is on her way to Dallas, rented out by Eric to help the vampires there with a missing vampire case. In typical Sookie style, her favour comes with a condition, that the vampires do not kill anyone she helps to bring to justice. As Carolyn says this is part of Sookie's feistyness that you can't help but love her for.
The book does dot about quite a bit as there are two stands to the story. We have a murder mystery at the beginning, when Sookie discovers the dead body of one of her co-workers. Then Sookie's attack and visit to Dallas, followed by her return home when the original murder mystery gets picked up again.
We are introduced to 'The Fellowship of the Sun' an obsessive, anti-vampire church who I can only imagine will continue to have significance as this series progresses.
Sookie’s ‘abilities’ of listening in on people’s thoughts is hired out by Eric to vampires in Dallas. Sookie and Bill, once there find themselves mixed up with The Fellowship of the Sun, a cult of vampire haters. There’s a few twists and turns that keep you wondering, and new characters and supernaturals are introduced.
As with ‘Dead Until Dark’, there’s enough intrigue to keep the pages turning and although Sookie isn’t the typical kick-arse urban fantasy heroine, she uses what she has to her benefit, including her sassy southern mouth.
“Living Dead in Dallas” is somewhat darker than the previous book, but it’s still a fairly light read. There’s something about Harris’s writing that makes these books addictive reading without having to go into too much detail.
I'm with Carolyn these books definitely make addictive reading. Harris's writing style cleverly mixes a lightness with the dark undertones you come to expect in urban fantasy.
This book introduces new species and characters. I had a real chuckle at Bubba, the mentally challenged vampire who used to once be a famous rock star. But above them all, I'm fast becoming an Eric fan, *swoon* and I do hope Sookie ditches Bill for him. While I enjoy the romance between Sookie and Bill, I am beginning to find him a little bit boring. Kind of like the equivalent of vampire slippers.
There is a truly superb scene when Eric attends a sex club with Sookie to 'protect her' that will make you want to laugh and fan yourself all at the same time.
Fans of the TV series will notice similarities between this book and the second series. But the TV show also diverges quite significantly in parts. But this means it's very easy to enjoy both. I love the TV show, but so far I love the books even more. Carolyn references the casting of the series earlier and it's a really interesting point. Paquin and Moyer are not how I imagine Sooke and Bill to be at all, however, I think that Skarsgard is superb as Eric. Or maybe I just have an Eric fixation! ;-)
Sookie is by far my favourite character, and so she should be being the main character and narrator. She’s sweet, naive at times but endearingly so, but she also has a strength that shines through and makes me smile fondly. I would love to befriend Sookie.
Next in line is Eric. Yummy Eric *sigh* I’m not usually into blonde guys, but I do like the bad boys so I am drawn to him. I know there’s a sensitive side to him too which makes him all the more alluring. Bill is a little stiff for my taste even if he is tall, dark and handsome. There’s just something about Eric’s humour that gets me. I’m hoping that something happens to Bill so my favourite character can get it on with my second favourite character! Sorry, Bill...
LAURA: As good, if not better than the first book. This series will appeal to fans of both murder mystery and supernatural genres. It's a quick read, you could easily get through in a day. I love the mix of dark, supernatural mystery, with romance and warm humour.
CAROLYN: A great instalment to the series. I'm crushing on Sookie and Eric and hope things go in the direction I want it too in subsequent books. An easy read with great characters combined with mystery and romance makes "Living Dead in Dallas" a definite win!...more