Saturday, August 11, 2012

Kitty Norville #1: Kitty and the Midnight Hour Review

Title: Kitty Norville #1: Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Author: Carrie Vaughn

Date of Publication: November 1, 2005

Formats Available: Mass Market Paperback, E-Book

Synopsis: A secret werewolf and a late night DJ at a Denver radio station Kitty Norville inadvertently ends up creating "The Midnight Hour", a radio program that quickly takes the world by storm. Soon vampires and werewolves begin calling her looking for advice, some even calling from desperate situations.  As murders begin to take place in Denver Kitty soon puts the pieces together, finding out that the perpetrator may be closer than she thinks. With the help of a werewolf hunter that tried to kill her and her best friend T.J. Kitty must solve the murder, and stay alive as threats from her radio program continue to pour in threatening the life that has been almost taken from her.

My Review:

I found myself very unimpressed with the first installment of the Kitty Norville series. The story starts off extremely slow, after the first 100 pages or so the plot starts to pick up but not much. Full of random events and repulsive characters my opinion of this novel continued to drop with every page.

The characters in this novel were disgusting; every man in the novel walked all over Kitty, abusing her and bringing her down and even more disgusting was that Kitty not only let them but liked it. Throughout the entire novel she "loves" her pack leader, Carl, and her "best friend" T.J. while both of them abuse her the entire time. Kitty had absolutely no back bone and every time she did stand up for herself every character in the novel told her that she was too full of herself and that she needed to back down.

While the plot of the novel was bearable most of the events seemed random and unrealistic. When Kitty announces that she is a werewolf there is no skepticism, no questioning, everyone just quietly accepts that she is a werewolf and a few pages later the world seems to have magically come to terms with werewolves and vampires. Most of the characters motives were hardly explained, making their actions seem random and unrelated.

I was extremely disappointed with this book; from the abusive characters to the random plot events it was a miracle I finished this book at all. I would not recommend this book at all; I was utterly repulsed by all of the male characters and their treatment of women. I would strongly suggest skipping this series; it is not worth the time.


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