Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kitty Goes to Washington

Title: Kitty Goes to Washington
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville, book 2
Genre: Urban fantasy
Published: 2006

Recommendation: Read it if you liked the first book in the series.
Rating: 7/10

Summary: Kitty is traveling around, putting on her radio show at different stations around the country until she is summoned to Washington to testify at a Senate hearing dealing with the existence of supernatural creatures. Washington has its own scene: vampires, weres, journalists, and politicians. Everyone has their own agenda for Kitty.

Reactions: I am writing this review almost a month after finishing the book. Fortunately this will constitute a timely catch-up since I didn't finish a book since. Still I find that this installment was actually more interesting than the first book in the series.

There was an expanded set of characters in this book and it was more colorful. I didn't like Kitty's love interest, he was too perfect and boring at the same time. I didn't get a feel for any sort of personality. But to make up for it, there was Alette, a master vampire with her ironically maternal influence and Leo her cruel consort. We get a whole lot more insight into Elijah Smith and his cult. There's also Jeffrey Miles the psychic and Roger Stockton the sensationalist reporter. Altogether they make for a lively crew.

The plot moves well, and Kitty acts thoroughly within her character and capability. Some of the twists are a bit hard to believe. The "bad guys" seem a little too tractable and agreeable when it comes to doing their "evil deeds". However, altogether the book comes together well and it was definitely a fun read. Plenty of twists, some good humour and an interesting investigation.

Altogether it's a pretty standard urban fantasy, but with a fairly likable heroine and an enjoyable plot. A great read as long as you are looking for some escapist fun.

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