Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Norville is the midnight-shift DJ for a Denver-based radio station. She is also a werewolf, the omega wolf of her pack and when Kitty and the Midnight Hour opens, the heroine is still trying to keep these two worlds separate. Until one night when, sick of the same old lame song requests, Kitty turns her show into a call-in advice program for the supernatural beings in the world. It starts out as a joke, but soon the local vampires are putting pressure on Kitty and her pack, and go so far as to hire an assassin to take her out. Meanwhile, murders have been occurring around town and when Kitty is called in as a specialist, thanks to her show, all clues lead to a fellow werewolf.
Now, Kitty and the Midnight Hour is a short book, but it is also a very entertaining read. Kitty has a sarcastic, sometimes self-deprecating wit that keeps the story light while readers are brought into darker and darker territory. You find yourself feeling for Kitty in her plight because she seems so helpless against those stronger than her; the local vamps, her assassin, and even her own werewolf pack. In fact, that is the one intolerable part of Kitty's personality and it bugged me throughout most of the story. Because she is the omega werewolf, the weakest in the pack, she takes abuse from everyone else. Kitty isn't your typical, ass-kicking supernatural heroine. She gets pushed around...a lot! Readers who are used to Anita, Sookie, Rachel Morgan, and others, will find themselves screaming for Kitty to stand up for herself. It got extremely frustrating, but the book does redeem itself. Kitty is not just another story about a tough, take-no-crap, supernaturally enhanced babe-with-brains-and-supernatural-firepower. This is a story a new werewolf finding her teeth, learning how strong she really is, and becoming so much more in the process. The action in Kitty and the Midnight Hour is equalled by it's character development, and luckily this is the first in a series, which means we get to continue watching Kitty grow as she has more adventures in the world of werewolves, vampires, witches, and radio call-in shows.