Review: Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn ★★★★

Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Kitty Norville #2
Publication Date: July 2006
ISBN: 978-0446616423
Page Count: 360
Rating:   ★★★★

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.

REVIEW


Another fun romp in the woods with Kitty. These books are so easy to read; like little delicious snack-sized morsels. I am totally lapping them up.

In this one there was a lot less of the squicky submissive nature of Kitty's wolf in evidence, thank Heavens. Don't get me wrong, it's not gone completely; four years of molding and shaping yourself one way can't be eradicated overnight, but we at least see her making a conscious effort not to back down at every threat. Even if she has to manually override her wolf's natural instinct sometimes. I really am enjoying watching this progress.

I feel like I got to know Kitty a lot more this time and I like her a lot as a protagonist. She is actually quite endearing in the way that she's not all bravado and snark. It's certainly a refreshing change for me. She hasn't had the ideal start at this new life as a supernatural being, and in this book, being subpoenaed to come to a hearing in Washington opens her eyes to a new possible way to live as a lone wolf as she stumbles across more of her kind and sees how different it could be. She's not really decided where she's going to settle yet after being forced to leave Denver, and is living a sort of nomadic lifestyle at the moment. It worried me at first that there would be none of the characters I'd recognize from book one in it with her being on her own in a new city, but I needn't have worried. The hearing soon requires her to once again employ the services of her lawyer, Ben. And we even get an appearance from a certain biker-boot wearing bounty hunter :)

“How can you stand it? The way they look at us?” He said, “I know that I could rip out their guts, and I choose not to.”

It's hard to explain exactly why these books are so engrossing to read because they aren't even all that action-packed or mystery-filled compared to others I've read. Kitty more or less falls into situations rather than goes looking for them like other heroines, but whatever it is, it works for me. I guess I just like Kitty...and that's all there is to it.

4 Stars! ★★★★

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