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Kitty and the Midnight Hour

(Kitty Norville #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  31,772 ratings  ·  1,757 reviews
Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station - and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew! ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 259 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing
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If you hate special snowflakes who are always so good at everything, and so strong, and have awesome powers ... If you want to read a story where the "hero" is a weak, submissive, powerless lackey.. If you are tired of reading shifter books about the alpha who is noble, strong, and kind.. And, maybe, for once, you would like to read the story of the loser of a werewolf pack..

Have I ever found the book for you!

Kitty sucks. She is a complete coward who is constantly whining (literally - like a dog
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Feb 06, 2010 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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
3.5 stars

Kitty isn't the typical urban fantasy heroine when she starts out - but I like she's not fake. She's in an abusive pack relationship but doesn't realize it for awhile, and the way she was turned into a werewolf was abuse again. She has no one other than her pack, who she seeks for comfort, until she finds her own with a paranormal themed late-night radio show that takes off across the coast.

The radio station stuff was actually riveting - from funny callers, especially when they try to h
Mar 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
Maybe it's because I have a weakness for advice columns, but I freaking LOVED this. Wait, no, it's because it was perfectly paced, had a fresh voice (despite the fact it's a few years old now), and made me want to cry several times with the power of its characterization. Yeah, that's probably it. How did I miss this series for so many years?

ETA: Well, Goodreads certainly disagrees with me. I found this because various recommendation engines said I'd like it, not because any review of it caught m
Tamora Pierce
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy-ya-yr
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
Pippa DaCosta
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good, quick, fun UF with an uncomfortable abusive element. Didn't really wrap up all loose ends and the ending came and went in a blink but I really enjoyed it. ...more
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2015, audio
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
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
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 re
Kitty is a werewolf who hosts The Midnight Hour, a late night radio program aimed at supernatural creatures. Every night she encounters her share of crazies, most of them are harmless, but one of them is a rogue who has started killing vulnerable women on the streets of Denver.

With the police unable to deal with it, it's up to Kitty, with a little help from an assassin sent to kill her, to track down the rogue.

This book is a lot of fun. It's probably not going to win any awards but it's great f
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Not sure how I feel about this series. It lagged in places but was super interesting in others. I think I will read the next book before I decide fully on it.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kara Babcock
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This isn't my favorite world building setup with vampires/werewolves, etc., but I did like the radio show aspect. I'll try another book in the series and see if the world grows on me. ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
When I read the first book of a long series I'm not looking for perfection - I'm looking to be drawn in. Kitty and the Midnight Hour does just that.

Kick-ass heroines are a time-honored trope in urban fantasy and Kitty is not one of them. She's at the bottom of the supernatural pecking order and it's refreshing. I'm used to seeing pack politics from the top down, but here we get a look from the bottom up. What is life like for the weakest members of a pack? What is it like to be the protected ins
Review to come.

**Cliterary Genuis 2016 A to Z book challenge, letter K.
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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

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
Mar 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Ivie dan Glokta
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
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!!!

------- From 27Oct08 -------------
Danielle (Danniegurl)

I hated this book to begin with. The pack dynamics SUCKED and I don't think the way it was was how it really should be. Carl sucked as an Alpha. He wasn't that strong and he was spineless. Zan should have been killed when he attacked, but it's explained like it was due to him being a werewolf. Which I felt was a cop out. This book also does a lot of telling too which got annoying and the radio show though is interesting. Still I'm thinking I'll read the next one.
Mar 31, 2013 marked it as tbr-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)
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars?

"I wasn't tremendously impressed, over all, but I'm not sure why."

Yes, that's precisely it. If I think about it, I can pull out a lot of stuff I unexpectedly enjoyed about this novel. It sucked me right in and gave off some Alpha & Omega vibes...if there was no Charles, Anna wasn't an omega, and the Marrock didn't exist. The story focuses on a submissive werewolf without much going for her...until she starts answering questions about the supernatural on her late night D.J. gig and sudd
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

I recommend listening to this one vs reading the book. Gavin does a good job at making Kitty's radio show come to life and adding emotional nuance to the story. This was a decent intro with a good foundation for the main character and preternatural world setting. Like a friend said, natural wolf behavior was well incorporated into the story but it made the character come across as wishy-washy. I remember that I tried to read the story a few times and the writing failed to keep my attention
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Carrie Vaughn is the author more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories. She's best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. In 2018, she won the Philip K. Dick Award for Bannerless, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery. Next up for her: two collections connected to the ...more

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Kitty Norville (1 - 10 of 18 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?"
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