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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,856 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carrie Vaughn Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kitty Norville Series Release Date:
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Kitty Goes to Washington is the second Kitty Norville book by Carrie Vaughn. In the first book, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty ends up "outing" supernatural creatures on her radio talk show, largely because all werewolves and vampires out there want someone to talk to—someone who can give them good advice. Kitty herself is a werewolf and when she gets behind the microphone, a new person emerges—someone, strong, confident and sexy, with great ideas, someone that the supernatural community can look up to.

In Kitty Goes to Washington, our heroine is asked to testify in front of Senate on behalf of all supernatural creatures out there. However, she suspects that the hearing is going to turn into a witch hunt because there are conservatives on the Senate floor who want nothing to do with vampires and werewolves. While fending off these narrow-minded politicians, Kitty also runs into vampire mistress Alette who wants to keep her finger in the Senate pie and is hoping that Kitty can be her eyes and ears. After all, Alette has her community of vamps to look out for.

Elijah, the preacher who has a following of vampires and werewolves, also shows up in Washington. He's a creepy fellow and his followers resemble a cult more than anything else. Kitty wants to liberate them and, with the help of a couple of friends she makes in the DC area, puts her plan into action with unexpected results.

This is an interesting paranormal series because the supernatural creatures are neither completely "out" of the closet, nor completely "in." They're in the process of coming out and Kitty is a part of that revolution. She's an eminently human character, responding in different ways at different times. Sometimes, she's coolheaded but, at other times, the rebel in her just takes over, making her more relatable to readers.

Carrie Vaughn is a self-declared "Air Force Brat" both of whose parents were interested in speculative fiction and influenced her at an early age. Her mother gave her a copy of Heinlein's Red Planet and her father sat her down to watch 2001; Vaughn has been a fan of speculative fiction ever since. She has written numerous short stories and the Kitty Norville novels, all of which have been on the New York Times Bestseller list. She graduated with a Bachelor's from Occidental College and a Master's in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The country’s only celebrity werewolf, late-night radio host Kitty Norville, prefers to be heard, not seen. But when she’s invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, her face gets plastered on national television.

Kitty has been in hot water before, but jumping into the DC underworld brings a new set of problems—and a new set of friends and enemies, including the vampire mistress of the city, a super-hot Brazilian were-jaguar, and a paranoid, 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shannon | 1/30/2014

    " I liked this one better than the first. For one thing, there was a more intricate plot and more substance. I got tired of the pack dynamic in the first book. I also liked that cormac is still around, and Ben the lawyer is pretty fun. Some interesting new characters, as well. Hopefully they will be back. I did realize who the bad vampire was early on, so that twist was not a shock at all. I like that the book is set when supernatural creatures are first coming out, so the reactions of the public and political and ethical questions can be explored in the books. Usually these books just skip over that part. This definitely isn't the strongest series in the world, but kitty is a fun enough character, and they're quick reads. 3.33 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/27/2014

    " Once again a fast read. Pretty good over all but nothing amazing. I like many of the characters but I don't like the werewolf mythology she has constructed. I'm sure I'll read more. Fun, fast reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stina | 1/27/2014

    " I read this during my trip to DC last weekend, which seems only fitting. I enjoyed this second installment in the adventures of Kitty the werewolf and it was interesting to have her perspective on the themes of discrimination and McCarthyism. These themes aren't new to speculative fiction by any means, but they worked very well in this particular instance. I also liked the quantum physics explanation of vampirism that was hinted at in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenna | 1/19/2014

    " I love this series and this edition did not disappoint. I hope to see more of Luis (werejaguar) in the future books...he sounds delicious. "

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About the Author
Author Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Maryland, and Colorado. She is the author of the popular Kitty Norville series, and her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Carrie holds a masters in English literature and collects hobbies—fencing and sewing are currently high on the list. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.