Celebrity werewolf and late-night radio host Kitty Norville prefers to be heard and not seen. So when she’s invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, and her face gets plastered on national TV, she inherits a new set of friends, and enemies, including the vampire mistress of the city; an über-hot Brazilian were-jaguar; and a Bible-thumping senator who wants to expose Kitty as a monster. Kitty quickly learns that in this city of dirty politicians and backstabbing pundits, everyone’s itching for a fight. – IndieBound
Before I start, I want to inform everyone that my 2014 reading challenge involves adult urban fantasy, some YA sequels, a few new YA novels from authors I love, and A LOT of classic literature and non-fiction. No ARCs for me this year (there might be a few exceptions). Everything has to come from the library or from my own shelves. Expect some middle-grade too. I might also be moving soon (cross your fingers!), so reviews might stay at this little trickle for awhile.
I should have reviewed the first Kitty Norville novel, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, first, because it was better than this one. I just want to be honest right off the bat. Admittedly, I was in the middle of a reading slump, but it took me SIX WEEKS to read this. Let that sink in. This one struggles with Second Book Syndrome, in a way, and we spend a lot of time with Kitty in a congressional chamber or an office, with much less action or shapeshifting than the first one. HOWEVER, that does not mean this one was bad, as it was kind of fascinating to read about the far-right senator’s reaction to the emergence of supes, PLUS I like politics so that also helped. Kitty has definitely grown a spine and come into her own, which is an accomplishment in the extreme considering her rape and subsequent poor treatment by her old pack. She’s still not very strong as a wolf, but as a woman, she’s done quite well.
Another thing I like about these is the sort of hands-off approach to romance. There were steamy sex scenes in the first novel that became less steamy as we realized what kind of man Carl was. Cormac is this skulking, mysterious assassin, Ben is a smart-mouthed lawyer. And, oh yeah, Kitty has a few pretty hot encounters with a werewolf whose name I can no longer remember. (I have a note that says “He drives a MIATA? :(“) The best supporting character was Roger, a reporter from an Enquirer-like magazine. He’s super enthusiastic and he really believes. I hope there’s more of him as the series continues. Because, despite the low rating, I will be continuing. I love urban fantasy, and Vaughn writes a smart character and interesting conflicts, this one was just too slow and boring for me.
Next up is Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, so make sure to check back for what I’m sure will be a tear-soaked review!