Saturday, March 22, 2008

Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ at a Denver radio station who also happens to be a werewolf. One night, she accidentally starts “The Midnight Hour”, a late-night advice show for the supernaturally challenged. When desperate vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural denizens begin calling in, the show becomes a raging success. However, this also puts her in the crosshairs of powerful local members who would rather keep things secret. Not only that, a rogue werewolf is out there killing people bringing Kitty to the attention of the police. Kitty quickly gets in over her head.
In my experience, urban fantasy tends to be hit-and-miss, however Vaughn scores with this book on werewolves. I was a little disappointed that she took the easy way out by having a supernatural explanation rather than biological, but I do like how she transferred pack socialization and mentality to human beings. There is no stark split between human and wolf. Instead they are a combination of the instincts and consciousness of both. The characters often struggle to balance the two with understandably mixed results.
The exposure of the supernatural world through the radio show brought it into collision with the real world quite quickly. As you might expect, the stark differences between the two means that law enforcement and the political establishment do not have the capacity to deal with it as it stands now. I thought the conflicts between Kitty and the police were a little forced, but fairly realistic given the stark differences. The novel certainly raised interesting questions as to how the real world would handle things if the supernatural were suddenly revealed to be true.
Kitty and the Midnight Hour is a solid start to a promising series that would appeal to anyone looking for a light, entertaining read. Recommended.
Rating: 7.5/10.

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