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Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Review by Steve Sawicki
Warner Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0446616419
Date: 01 November, 2005 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Another entry in the spate of revamped werewolf/vampire novels. There's not a lot of new ground broken here but I'm not sure that was the intention. I think Carrie Vaughn was shooting for the post adolescent teen market, and those who read that market, when she wrote this. There's a bit of sex and lot's of violence all mixed in with some version of S/M, D/S. The basic story line is that Kitty is somewhat of a rebel, a non-pack werewolf, in a pack focused community, who wants to make something of herself, other than the obvious wolf on a moonlit night. She gets involved with a vampire, a cop, an assassin and radio station manager who's not quite sure what's going on at the station but likes the upswing in ratings. Kitty uses the radio show to give advice to those struggling with the fact that they were made werewolves/vampires against their will. She also deals with the wannabes who flock to such a crowd.

Kitty struggles to come to grips with hew new found fame, her new found radio format and what appears to be a rift among the vampire family and the werewolf pack. There's also a killer on the loose who appears to be a rogue werewolf and who is killing women. The assassin, originally hired to kill Kitty provides some comic relief that's not too forced and the book wends it's way from beginning to end without too much effort on the part of the reader to keep up with what's going on.

There were a lot of different directions Vaughn might have gone in the novel and she chose to remain fairly straightforward in keeping the focus on Kitty and ignoring what could have been either interesting or distracting side jaunts into social mores and a deeper exploration of the werewolf/vampire communities. The supporting characters are all a bit cardboard but they serve their purpose and I ended up reading the book in a single sitting which speaks to it's entertainment value if not to the pacing. Not a bad effort and you could certainly do worse when trying to get your latest neo-changeling, blood sucker fix.

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