Sunday, March 22, 2009

Review: Kitty Goes to Washington

Summary: 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. -- Grand Central

KITTY GOES TO WASHINGTON by Carrie Vaughn is the second book in the Kitty Norville werewolf series, and I think I enjoyed this one as much as KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (my review.) This series is very readable, the characters are very interesting, and the storylines definitely hook me in. I am a little surprised with how much I am liking these books.

Once again, I found myself liking Kitty and her antics; however, I did find myself getting frustrated at times with her promiscuity. I don't want to come across that there were a lot of sexual scenes in this book because there really weren't many details. In fact, I am actually kind of pleased with how Ms. Vaughn handles the sex that takes place in the first two books -- she could have been so much more graphic. I am thankful that it's not a major focus of these books, but I was still disappointed that Kitty chose to go home with someone she met at a bar.

I also enjoyed that the majority of the book took place in Washington, DC -- a town that I lived in for over ten years. I thought it was interesting to have Kitty visit the normal "touristy" spots, and I really appreciated how she got emotional when talking about Arlington Cemetery. Even though Kitty is a werewolf (and by the way, how funny is it that "Kitty" is a "werewolf?"), she still comes across in these books as very human. I found in interesting in this book that Kitty existed in her human state for the vast majority of this book rather than her werewolf state. Maybe that's one of the reasons that I liked this book so much -- more people and less animals!

I felt that the author did a better job with building suspense in this book that the first one. There were quite a few odd characters that Kitty met, and there were also a handful of mysteries that Kitty was trying to figure out. By now, I've pretty much realized that if trouble doesn't follow Kitty, she'll manage to find it herself. I also thoroughly enjoyed the vampire aspects of this story, and I love the complex relationships between the werewolves and the vampires.

Make sure you stop by tomorrow because I will be reviewing book three in the series -- KITTY TAKES A HOLIDAY.


Beth F said...

I'm skimming the reviews because I don't want to know too much about what happens. But I am definitely getting the idea that I must read this series!

bermudaonion said...

I love books that are set in areas that are familiar to me too. I'm glad you enjoyed this series.

Cheryl said...

Nice review. I have only read book one so far but agree that I think that I am going to like this series.

Amy said...

Maybe lycanthropes don't have to worry about STDs? ;) At least it was better than her alpha wolf basically raping her!