Author: Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #1
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Length: Novel (259 pages/7 hours)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Of all the series I’ve started lately, this is the one I most want to continue with. And the thing is, I gnashed my teeth so much while listening to it. There were many things that frustrated me yet I want more. Maybe I’m a masochist. Yeah, I probably am.
Kitty, let’s talk about her first. She starts off as the werewolf pack’s runt. Her Alpha has specifically marginalized her because…well, Carl is a complete asshole and gets off on power. He sexually manipulates her despite having a mate. And Kitty loves him for it! What kind of insanity is that? I’d have given this book a low rating if it weren’t for the fact that Kitty comes into herself, gains the confidence she’d lost, and turns into one ass-kicking werewolf by the time to book finishes. However she does several irritating things throughout the book before she gains her feet, most include letting Carl do shit to her that she ought to have smacked him for. But it’s werewolf culture, whatever.
Next we have the best friend T.J. Without T.J. Kitty would have been in serious trouble. Wait a second, she was in serious trouble anyway. T.J. is the pack gamma, hot, and gay. But he is the bomb. Until the end. Sigh. No spoilers but it doesn’t go well. I have to admit I was shocked at what happened. *waves her hands* oOoOhhh aren’t you ticked at me for teasing you with not enough information? :D
Then we have Carl’s mate Meg. I think it was Meg. Let’s just call her Alpha bitch, because that was a totally apt name. If I were dumb enough to be mated to a douche like Carl I might be an Alpha bitch too. There’s also a helpful vampire I’d really like to see more of. And a werewolf hunter I can already guess will be a reoccurring series character.
Add all of this up, plus several side plots, and you’ve got a book that can keep your attention despite the sexual assault and manipulation that seems to be rampant in the story.
So how about the narration? I enjoyed it. Marguerite Gavin's pitch is in the alto range, which took some getting used to but ended up being awesome. And she did all the voices ;)
Grab this if you like flawed supernatural heroines coming into their own.