In this second volume of the Kitty Norville series, werewolf/disc jockey Kitty is requested to testify at a Senate hearing in Washington DC. Now that the existence werewolves, vampires, and other such supernatural creatures has become known to (if not entirely believed in by) regular humans, there is concern about how to deal with this new development. Should supernatural creatures enjoy the same rights as human citizens? Do they pose a danger to society?
Kitty has come a long way from the beginning of the first book, in which she was a submissive, unquestioning member of a pack headed by an ineffectual alpha. Through her radio show, she has been gaining self confidence - when she's on the air, she always seems to know just what to say. She can only hope the same thing will happen when it is her turn to testify. As day after day goes by without Kitty being called to the stand, she begins to suspect that someone (perhaps the senator who appears determined to expose Kitty as an evil. soul-less, slavering monster) is delaying her testimony so that she will be forced to take the stand on the day of the full moon, when her self-control is at its worst.
This is a very entertaining sequel to the first book, with Kitty changing and growing, coming into her own as events conspire to make her life increasingly difficult. New characters are introduced, familiar characters make appearances, and elements from the previous book are explored in greater depth. Of the new characters, I adored the vampire Alette. I hadn't realized until reading this book how often the matriarchal vampires are depicted as thoroughly despicable, vain and self-centered, with no remaining humanity whatsoever. Alette is a gracious vampire who appears to believe in noblesse oblige (or undeadness oblige, so to speak). This series is officially on my favorites list, for its engaging characters, intricate plot twists, and mix of humor, horror, adventure - with a dash of romance.
I would like to thank Joanne of The Book Zombie, who hosted a fantastic book giveaway that involved not one, not two, but the entire series of Kitty Norville books, and I won them! (Insert fluttering clouds of colorful confetti and party horn noises here.) I had just finished reading the first book at the time (from the library), so I was delighted to have the entire series in my hot little hands. So thank you again, Joanne! You are the best.
Books in the Kitty Norville series:
1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour
2. Kitty Goes to Washington
3. Kitty Takes a Holiday
4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet
5. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
6. Kitty Raises Hell
7. Kitty and the House of Horrors (forthcoming January 2010)
Kitty Goes to Washington (#2 in the Kitty Norville series) by Carrie Vaughn (Warner, 2006)
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The Movieholic and Bibliophile's Blog: "The first book didn't really have that subtle humor that I love but Washington did so in my mind it will always be one of the best books in the series."
Musings of a Bookish Kitty: "It was entertaining, at times funny, and suspenseful. Carrie Vaughn has created characters that I’m drawn to."
My Friend Amy: "I enjoyed this Kitty book as much as the first one and was enthralled by the latest addition to the vampire characters in these books."
Stop, Drop and Read: "Instead of a specific problem, Kitty Goes to Washington is a series of events that interact with each other leading up to the climax. I liked Kitty's strong personality and her attitude towards the situations she was in, making her a great female werewolf protagonist."