Jul 18 2006
Dear Ms. Vaughn:
I understand that this is the second in a series which started last year. I am happy to report that it stood alone without any need to read the first book (although I am sure that it adds something). Kitty Norville is a werewolf who has a radio show called The Midnight Hour. It’s a call in show wherein the paranormal folk (werefolk and vampires) and curious folk can call in and chat about topics related to being paranormal. Kitty used to be based in Denver, but her pack expelled her so she has been traveling all over the country, broadcasting her show and trying to rebuild her life.
Her lawyer, Ben, calls and tells her that she has been summoned to testify before a Senate hearing on paranormals, specifically about whether the Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology is entitled to more funding. Upon arriving in Washington, she is welcomed by Alette, the master of the city, and introduced to a group of werefolk. She quickly engages in a relationship with a hot Brazilian werejaguar but soon she is embroiled in vampire issues, a crazed evangelist intent on curing vampires and werefolk, and sinister goings on at the Center.
This book is very readable and Kitty is a nice narrator. I certainly can foresee myself reading more Kitty books in the future, BUT your plotting needs serious help. There was one thread in the story that could have been removed and done nothing to the overall plot. It was as if you stuck a short story in the middle of the book. I thought the thread had something to do with the Senate hearings and the Center, but it did not. When the thread was brought to a close in the middle of the book, I was left with a great big question mark in my head. Further, when you put Kitty in jeopardy, she is too easily extricated from trouble. I also found fault with the idea of Luis, the werejaguar. I am not sure of what his purpose was for the story other than perhaps you were told that you needed to give Kitty a love interest. Just providing your heroine with someone to sleep with doesn’t make the story have a romantic subplot.
Overall, I liked your book and your voice. I am going to continue to read your series, but it has some serious flaws. I hope you get the plotting issue worked out in the future. C+ for you.