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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Review and Giveaway: Kitty Goes To Washington by Carrie Vaughn

Title: Kitty Goes to Washington (Kitty Norville, Book 2)
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Pages: 360
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 1, 2006)
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Vampire / Werewolf
Edition: Paperback - many thanks to the publisher (Hachette Book Group) for sending me a copy to review

Perfect for : Personal reading, anyone who likes vampire or werewolf stories

In a nutshell: In Kitty Goes to Washington, Carrie Vaughn has continued adding dimensions to Kitty's life as new characters and places are introduced to the series (there are currently six books available). Book two finds Kitty wandering the United States as she broadcasts her show from different radio stations each week as a result of leaving Carl's pack. She is also called to a hearing in the Senate that is looking into recent research regarding supernatural beings. Her life is abruptly changed as she goes from behind the mike to being in front of cameras. She becomes a recognizable figure, which brings with it supporters as well as those who don't like her. While staying in Washington D.C., she is invited to stay with the area's vampire mistress, and she meets a group of lycanthropes (were-animals) without a pack or pack alpha. With a little help, Kitty also finds out the truth about Elijah Smith and his followers.

Extended Review: Kitty Norville continues to host The Midnight Hour remotely, even going as far as televising a show from a silver-lined cell while she is held against her will during a full moon.

Without a pack of her own, Kitty must carefully choose her friends and allies as she explores Washington D.C. and waits to testify in front of the Senate.

Characters: Old favorites return in the form of Kitty, Cormac and Ben. We are also introduced to Alette, the vampire mistress of the city and her companion Leo, as well as Luis, a were-jaguar. At the forefront of the Senate hearings is Senator Duke and Dr. Flemming.

Story-Line: This is another well-developed and fast-paced book that is sure to keep the readers interest.

Readability: A fun and easy read.

Overall: A great sequel to Kitty and The Midnight Hour! Fans of the first book are sure to love this one while continuing to learn more about were-animals and vampires.

From Amazon:
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 ├╝ber-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.

First Paragraph:
We have Beth from Tampa on the line. Hello.

About the Author: (from the publisher's site)
Carrie Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Maryland, and Colorado. She holds a Masters in English Literature and collects hobbies-fencing and sewing are currently high on the list. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Giveaway Details: (for more detail, visit here)
Comment on this review and you will be entered to win a copy of the book - you CAN leave a comment on all six reviews (one posted each day through March 30th) to earn an entry for each of the books. Please make sure I have a way to contact you in the event that you win!! The GRAND PRIZE winner will be drawn from among the entries on all six reviews!! This giveaway is part of a Hachette Book Group (thank you Hachette!!), and to participate, you must be a resident of the United States or Canada, no PO Boxes.


Anonymous said...

No need to enter me in the contest, I just wanted to comment! I thought that the broadcast from a cell was one of the more disturbing scenes in the entire series. Poor Kitty.

bermudaonion said...

I am really surprised at how much everyone has been enjoying these books. I think I need to try some urban fantasy.

clynsg said...

Will have to work on this series apparently, since I do enjoy vampire stories, especially the more light-hearted ones that have been coming out.

clynsg at yahoo.com

ibeeeg said...

I am not sure if I have read Urban Fantasy...not sure what it really is.

Elizabeth said...

I've been reading great things about this series and I can't wait to start them.

Unknown said...

I want to read this series sooo bad!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me for this one as well. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Excellent! This sounds like a good read,


LuAnn said...

Add my name to the hat!


A Reader said...

Sounds like agreat read.
Thanks for the giveaway!

CherylS22 said...

Seems like a great series - please count me in!


Anonymous said...

I'd like to be entered in this contest because I love supernatural fiction books and heroines of an unusual character.

ParkingGoddessFTW at gmail dot com

malleycc said...

WOW these sound like great books. I would love to win. Thanks.

Nicole said...

I used to live in D.C. so this would be interesting to read.

graywolf2037 said...

Please enter me.


Anonymous said...

I would love to have a chance to read this series!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

whitten100@yahoo dot com

Debs Desk said...

This series sounds like such fun. Please include me in your giveaway.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

Thank you for the review and giveaway!

JD said...

never read anything from this author so I would love to win this...

jdmimi at gmail dot com

kalea_kane said...

This sounds awesome. I have to admit I am totally intrigued, and this has made its way to my wish list which is getting mighty long!



Literary Feline said...

I really liked this one. I was kind of hoping some of the characters would return in later books, but they haven't yet made an appearance--at least not more than a quick mention. There's still hope though--maybe in books not yet published.

Tempest52 said...

As I read the reviews for each book, I'm more intrigued by the vampire/werewolf/witch paranormal scenario. Fantasy with a real world twist. I'd love to win.

dlcwin AT gmail DOT com

Darlene said...

I had never heard of this series before. Thanks for introducing me to them. Would love to win.

Yvonne said...

I'd love to be entered.


Becca said...

Please enter me! I would love to read this series. Thanks

LissaL said...

It's interesting what happens when one leaves home and gets in the spotlight. Still can't wait to meet Kitty and see what she will do.
As always great review:)

demmi said...

this sounds like a interesting series con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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