She has also created a shifter society, in the world of Torin, which brings a freshness to that lore as well.
And, I am very interested in the mages and how they fit into the overall supernatural structure. In a genre overflowing with same-old tales of vampires and shifters, I think this series will be a real gem. I give this book five out of five fangs. From start to finish, I can't find anything that I didn't like about this book.
The plot is well put together and flows very quickly - the entire book happens over a span of a few days. But, just because the book is fast paced doesn't mean the author skimps on the details. Price fills in all the blanks without weighing the book down with unneeded imagry or filler scenes. Her prose is well structured and allows the reader to very easily see the world Price has created. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already started on the next, "Twice Dead," so stay tuned for my review.
Oct 17, Dorri rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kita Nekai is the heir-apparent to her the shifter Clan her father rules. She is, literally, a house cat among lions, tigers and wolves. Because of this Kita thinks that her father made the wrong choice in successor, so she fled from her Clan to the human world and has been running ever since. Constantly hiding from the Clan Hunters sent to find her she is just scraping by, surviving hand to mouth, day to day, sometimes being taken in by a human family as a pet just to eat.
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She is n Kita Nekai is the heir-apparent to her the shifter Clan her father rules. She is not really living and not exactly hoping or looking for more from her life. Kita is the little lost kitten in a terribly big world. It doesn't help that some people in the world like to drug and attack lost kittens. In this state of distress she is 'saved' by a vampire called the Hermit. It doesn't help when he thinks she is dying and turns her into a vampire.
Now she's not only on the run from a Hunter who thinks she's creating rogue shifters, but she finds herself locked into her human self and needing to drink blood to survive. Which totally grosses her out. Eat an animal, sure. Drink human blood, absolutely not. Again, not helping Kita to survive. Another complication arrises when a magical judge stumbles upon Hermit aka Nathaniel and Kita, then sentences her to death for the rogue they think she's created. In a moment of inspiration Kita makes a deal, 48 hours to live or find and stop the rogue. This deal earns her Gil, a magical student who is to observe Kita for her final project.
Kita, not sure if she wants another person in her life, reluctantly agrees. There is so much more to this story that I just can't add it all. Needless to say, I devoured this book like the last bite of a chocolate bar. Jan 12, Manda rated it it was amazing. When I first started reading this book, I was expecting another vampire flick that would leave me cringing.
It turned out to be a nicely written novel about more than just that. I could understand Kita's character, unlike some other reviewer who said they couldn't relate to or understand how she always seems to scorn help or assistance. Said reviewer must have never owned a cat. By nature they are independent and stubborn. Price captured those qualities in Kita perfectly. It was a tad annoying, When I first started reading this book, I was expecting another vampire flick that would leave me cringing. It was a tad annoying, but it was supposed to be.
The novel left a lot of questions about the shifters unanswered, and the ending left me hanging. I could live with that, because there was a reason Price left out a lengthy background lecture on the laws of shifters, etc. It wasn't the focus of the book, and I honestly cared more about the plot than learning about the Nekai clan more than the snippets she provided. I give it only 4 stars because I guessed the ending about halfway through and it was a little weaker toward the end. Oh, and I caught a few mistakes that should have been fixed during the editing process.
It was a little slow in places, and Kita was a little frustrating, but overall, I highly enjoyed it. I liked the way it was written and loved that her character changed, but only slightly and it didn't end with her personality doing a sappy Part of me hopes Price furthers the story with a sequel, but I would be perfectly content if she didn't because I think it's complete in its own way.
I recommend this to people who enjoy science fiction with a little vampire action. Dec 21, Kathy rated it it was amazing. Since there are already many in-depth reviews about this book, my review will be brief. I bought this book because it was a free download from Kindle. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this book immensely, considering I had never heard of this author prior to my download.
The author has a crafty and clever way to immersing the reader right into the story from the beginning and forgoes the overblown back story. This book was well written. The characters and world building were dev Since there are already many in-depth reviews about this book, my review will be brief.
The characters and world building were developed just teasingly enough so that I felt a connection to the heroine and understood context but not too much which kept my curiosities wet. This book delivers an exciting twist and formidable and powerful competition to the vampire and shifter arena.
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May 24, Brielle rated it it was amazing. Once Bitten by Kalayna Price. Bell Bridge Books January 9, On the run from the hunters of her father's world which lies beyond the portal, Kita almost losses her life in the town of Haven. When she regains consciousness she realize that she can no longer summon the power that allows her to shift into her other form - that of a kitten. It seems the vampire Nathanial had found her in trouble and saved her. However, in order to do that, he had to give her some of his own blood. So now she has Once Bitten by Kalayna Price. So now she has joined the ranks of the undead which has, at least temporarily, affected her shifter abilities.
Jul 15, Stacey Conrad rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kita has been on the run for five years, running away from home, from leadership responsibilities, from fear, and finally from herself. One night while trying to stay warm she encounters a fight that changes her from a shape shifting kitten to a vampire with very few abilities. I got this for free from Amazon on kindle. Loved it — bought the second one for full price. May 05, Clay Rylee rated it it was amazing.
I really enjoyed the first book in the Haven series. It was a fun and easy read with well thought out characters as well as world building that is incorporated seemlessly into the story. I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of urban fantasy. Feb 14, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this novel. I am a sucker for supernatural romance so the plot appealed to me right away. I was surprised at the amount of action and running around but it lead up to and even better sequel.
Jan 08, Heather rated it it was amazing. I know it's another vampire book, but I absolutely loved this one. I can't wait for the sequel.
There are some "skanky" parts, but they are relatively minimal. May 24, Coyora Dokusho rated it it was amazing. I'm not sure why I liked this so much, but I really, really liked it. Little busy but sooooo good!!! Apr 06, Alicia rated it it was amazing. Aug 31, Sunderbug rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 28, Georgina rated it it was amazing. Great book at a great price free kindle edition. Jun 28, Yvonne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 17, Irene Hollimon rated it it was amazing. There were some shaky parts. Mostly what I didn't like was that she was casual about being turned vampire.
She kind of took that in stride. Feb 20, Eric rated it it was amazing. Jan 16, Maria rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Loved the whole vampire-shape shifter twist. Wanna read a Who-Done-It with a twist? This is your book!!!! Dec 05, Kat Morton rated it it was amazing Shelves: Really liked this book was hooked right up to the end and now need more of this awesome series!
Jun 23, Heather rated it it was amazing. Jun 04, Wendy Darling rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't know why. Maybe it's the whole intelligent mind inside dumb animal thing, maybe it's the freedom of moving around in slinky ways. I downloaded the sample chapters of this book and was pretty excited by the beginning: She then cleverly hides inside a shopping bag that is carried out of a woman's restroom. Unfortunately, while there were a few other moments that I did like in this book, there were none that really lived up to that particular one.
I had a hard time connecting with Kita, as I just didn't understand her motivation Yep, he turns her into a vampire. So we now have a shape-shifting kitty who is also a vampire who is being chased all over town. There was a lot going on, and frankly, I spent most of the book pretty confused. As much as people like to complain about info-dumps that provide explanations and back story, the alternative of too-little information that's illogically inserted is actually a lot worse. The world-building definitely needed more attention here, and it was a little frustrating that Kita didn't really use her powers all that much.
She's stripped of her shape-shifting abilities after she's turned into a vampire, see, so that really upsets the whole I-like-manimals thing for me. There's never any real reason given as to why she keeps pushing Nathaniel away or enough history given for the situation between her and Bobby, and most importantly, not enough information on this supposedly exalted position she holds in the animal kingdom.
I also got really tired of everyone addressing her as "Kitten" when she keeps saying she doesn't like it. The girl has a name. View all 20 comments. Oct 11, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok Shelves: Once Bitten is painstakingly obvious, full of tropes, predictable and unmemorable.
In all fairness though, the author has a real talent for crafting characters, and with a different plot I think her writing has a lot of great potential. Jan 16, Penny rated it it was ok Shelves: It is an ok book. Nothing special but entertaining enough. I was disappointed there was no romance at all. Twice Dead Haven 2. Sep 16, Bell Curran rated it it was ok Shelves: I came to read this after getting into Price's Grave Witch series which is quite good and does interesting things with Fae mythology and necromancy. Once Bitten has an equally original fantasy world, but somehow it never came across as very believable.
The heroine, Kita Nekai, is a shifter on the run from some place called "Firth. Who the heck knows? A "portal" opens to it once a month.
Kita has run away from Firth and is being pursued by Firth hunters. Sounds like a lazy plot device for giving us a heroine on the run. The ostensible reason she's running is because she doesn't think she's strong enough to inherit her father's place as leader of their clan, even though all the other guys think she is capable, even though she just turns into a calico cat and the other shifters turn into lions and tigers.
But also we're told that women are never allowed to leave Firth. So it sounds like a land of patriarchal oppression, but then all the guys -- her father, her ex-, etc -- believe she can rule but she doesn't? We aren't told that much about shifter society, but I'm with Kita here: And if they never let women out, then how come women can rule?
It just doesn't add up. Running away from patriarchy and the way they all try to control her life for example, by refusing to let her be with the man she loves and pressuring him to take another mate would make for a better reason to be on the run, homeless and constantly being hunted, than thinking she can't live up to Daddy's expectations. Also, the ex- who is pursuing her is an unpleasant mix of creepy and pathetic. He acts all protective and jealous, but meanwhile his mate is back home expecting kittens or cubs, or whatever.
Why Kita lets him hang around instead of ditching him when she has the chance completely escapes me. Other weird details keep popping up that don't so much add to our understanding of the world she's from as they do perplex -- like the necklace of her own finger bones, five of a kitten and five of a little girl, that she wears which give her some special powers or something I guess she regenerated those fingers after someone cut them off?
Then there's the apprentice mage who pops out of mid-air to "study" Kita for her thesis project. She's not a very well-realized character, and the logic of what she's doing there and more to the point, why Kita puts up with this clumsy buffoon of a woman following her around never made much sense to me. It would have been funny if it were a parody of a cultural anthropologist, but I don't think it is. And then there's the uber-mage who convicts Kita to die for creating a killer rogue shifter and gives her a 2-night reprieve to find the rogue.
The evidence on which he's built his case is ridiculously slim, and no one ever explains why he has the authority to sentence her to death. Kita doesn't even seem to know about the existence of mages until this one shows up and declares himself Super Judge. Why does Kita run to do his bidding instead of plotting to off him when he returns to kill her after 2 days? The mage business is an even worse plot device than the whole Firth thing. In short, the world-building isn't very convincing. What the book does do well is the relationship between Kita and the vampire who turns her.
Nathaniel is called "The Hermit" by other vampires because he eschews their company. He saves her from an attack outside a nightclub and then takes too much blood and nearly kills her so he turns her into a vampire to save her. Or something like that. It's not terribly clear and he does a lord almighty shitty job of explaining to her that she's a vampire -- after he turns her, he leaves her naked and chained to the floor on a bare mattress in a basement, being cared for by some crazy old vampire lady who tries to make her drink cat blood, which Kita feels is cannibalistic.
But that failing aside, Nathaniel is an intriguing and appealing character, and Price writes him hinting at interesting emotional depths. This was apparently Price's first book and it looks like it was published with a small press and unfortunately that shows in the number of typos -- apparently the press is too small to afford careful copy editing. Pity, as it distracts from the storytelling, especially when the number of guys who had attacked her a few months back this is an important plot point keeps changing from 3 to 5 and back to 3 again.
Feb 17, Angela rated it really liked it. Kalayna Price's debut novel, Once Bitten, brings a new twist to urban fantasy. Kita Nekai is a shapeshifter, heir to her clan, and on the run. Initially, her only problem is evading the Hunters that her father has sent to bring her back home. However, things just get worse as she is accidentally turned into a vampire and finds out she may be responsible for creating a rogue shifter who is murdering women.
She is given two days to bring the rogue to justice or her life is forfeit. Price combines v Kalayna Price's debut novel, Once Bitten, brings a new twist to urban fantasy. Price combines vampires and shapeshifters in a way that I've never read before and she does it with nonstop action. Kita is full of nervous energy, anger, and fear as her situation ventures into uncharted territory.
Nathanial, the vampire, also displays a wide range of emotions, though his are often hidden behind a stoic mask. Together they must attempt to understand how becoming a vampire will affect Kita's natural form as a shapeshifter. Will her ability to shift return as she adapts to her new life? I would highly recommend Once Bitten to urban fantasy readers. I am looking forward to finding out what happens with Kita and Nathanial in future books in the series.
Well, if your Kaylana Price, you call her Kita, or as the men in her life call her, Kitten. Kita is a Shifter who can turn into a cat. Thinking herself and her alter ego calico too weak to take over for her father as the leader of the other Shifters of Firth, Kita escapes to the human world city of Haven and goes on the run from Hunters who would return her Review Courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy. Thinking herself and her alter ego calico too weak to take over for her father as the leader of the other Shifters of Firth, Kita escapes to the human world city of Haven and goes on the run from Hunters who would return her home.
Is Firth a magically hidden world? Is it an alternate dimension? Is that a city on Earth or some other planet? Then there are the vampire, demon, and mages. Do they all come from the same world? What are their rules? Kita herself is an interesting character and the conflict she felt over the romantic feelings she still harbored for her mated married ex along with the burgeoning feelings she was developing for Nathaniel were realistically portrayed and easily the most compelling aspects of Once Bitten.
But the handful of other characters were fairly one dimensional. Gil, for example, was supposed to be the eager, goofy sidekick who I constantly forgot about the moment she left the page. Normally it can be a good thing when a book leaves you asking questions because then you are motivated to pick up the next book. I stopped being curious about this Kitten long before I reached the end of Once Bitten.
I still have a lot of questions, but I have very little motivation to seek out the answers in future Haven novels. References to a rapist. Jul 20, AH rated it liked it Shelves: I received this book as a Kobo free download last summer and waited to fit it into the right challenge. Once Bitten is the story of Kita Nekai. Kita is the daughter of a Torin or clan leader. Kita is being hunted by shifters who want to take her back to Firth. While running away from a wolf hunter, she runs into Bobby, a childhood friend and bobcat shifter.
Kita wants nothing to do with this and runs away.
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She ends up at a rave where her drink is spiked. When she wakes up, her world has changed. To further complicate matters, Kita is accused of biting a human and causing that human to become a rogue shifter. This accusation carries a death sentence in this world especially since this rogue is a sick serial killer, leaving a trail of murdered and beaten women. It took me a little while to warm up to this book. Kita is bound to Nathanial as he is her maker, but I could see her getting to know him better. Nathanial was nicely understated. A vampire that likes to stay under the radar, Nathanial was known as The Hermit.
He is a powerful vampire and has many interesting abilities. I liked Kita and found her character interesting. I liked her logical approach to finding the rogue. She lacked a little maturity and experience but I can see her character develop and grow as the series progresses. You could tell that he still loved Kita, even though he was mated to another shifter.
I never really knew what to make of her.
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All in all, a solid start to the series. View all 4 comments. Mar 29, Beanbag Love rated it really liked it. This is definitely a 3. It took me forever to finish this book! A Kindle freebie, I couldn't figure out why I had a problem getting into it, but here's what I came up with: The heroine is a selfish, spoiled, childish, hothead whose problems are all her own fault, and she spends much of the time snapping at everyone else. She remains ignorant of the details of her own situation simply because she refuses -- in her anger -- to listen to the o This is definitely a 3.
She remains ignorant of the details of her own situation simply because she refuses -- in her anger -- to listen to the one person who can explain things to her. There was too little development of the three main characters, so they remained mostly vague through the majority of the book. Okay, that's about it. I really started to enjoy it. Although the heroine was still a pain in the butt, her stupid refusal to listen finally got her in the trouble of which she'd been warned and she learned a valuable lesson.
Hopefully it will not be forgotten in the next book. I really liked Price's writing style and the "voice" of the heroine would have been very enjoyable very Mac-like for Fever fans if her personality had been better. I hate when someone is nothing more than a pill and still ends up with a posse of guys obsessed with her. Even as bitchy women get great guys in real life, I know there's something more than what I'm seeing that attracts those guys and I did not see it here.
Unless it's only physical and how freaking unsatisfying is that? I give it four stars instead of three because I think Price has real talent and, if she can get a handle on developing characters her readers want to invest in, she can be an urban fantasy success. Nathaniel and Kita are an interesting team. It appears Bobby might not be going anywhere for a while and that really bugs me because he's got obligations elsewhere and I personally take those obligations as sacred.
So, yeah, he's not winning any popularity contests with me. But I do like the leads when, finally, Kita settles down and I'm hoping for interesting things to come. In short, I think this book is evidence of very good potential and the possibility of an auto-buy series. View all 3 comments. Dec 28, Sarah A. For the life of me I couldn't understand what this book wanted to tell me! It kept unrelenting pace with events that I didn't care much about. The characters weren't properly intoduced in order for me to like them or at least understand them and have some sort of familiarity with them therefor I coudln't care less what happened to them!
Another thing irked me in this book was the times repeated gestures, it seems the heroine "Kita" is a magnet for the touch! I'm sure other poeple will read this review and say "whaaa? I gave it 2 stars for the fact that it wasn't SO awful, and had I had more patience I might've kept reading more than half of it which is almost where I had stopped and raised the white flag! I wanted to like this book so much, I even got the sequel: Fantastic book, loved the world, the characters, the mystery, and of course, the writing! Awesome book and I can't wait to read more about Kita and the rest!
This book was freaking awesome. I have now grown very fond of all books by Kalayna Price. I wish there were so many more to read. Til then, here is my review: This particular novel is about a shifter turned vampire. Kita coolest name by the way , had grown up as a calico cat shifter. I was cracking up at that one, nothing like being a six pound kitty to really make you feel as uncomfortable as po This book was freaking awesome.
I was cracking up at that one, nothing like being a six pound kitty to really make you feel as uncomfortable as possible in a world of Lions, Tigers and Bears oh my! But, that doesn't stop Kita from pushing for survival and running from the life she'd always known. I don't blame her, to be so confined to a way of life is way too oppressing.
Anyhoo, as you can imagine, Kita is pretty pissed by the whole thing and I can't really blame her. I think it's why I love her so much as a character. She is super stubborn and there is no insta-feelings, she doesn't let go of all the pain in her life all of the sudden and embrace a life of vampirism. I think it makes the whole thing a bit more realistic. The character development invested in Kita by Price is amazing to me.
Kita though, she is so stubborn and even though sometimes I want to slap her upside the head, I can't blame her, I can only move through the story with her feeling her pain. She pushes and pushes because she doesn't want to be hurt and I get that, no matter how sad that is that I get it, I just do.
But, I also love that she isn't prone to complaining about it. She life sucks, but what can yah do?! Just try to make it out alive if you're Kita. I've always been into the scholarly type. Anyone who can keep up with me, that's my thinking. Now, he kind of falls into The Bad Boy Complex in the way that he kills bad guys by sucking the life out of them and he is seductive when he wants to be.
Even if he may hide a lot of that behind him, he is definitely appealing. I really enjoyed his character and his ability to let Kita be who she is instead of the whole vampire mine bit. Albeit, there are sometimes when I enjoy the mine theme, sometimes I think authors take it beyond what they should, Price does not. And Nathanial is definitely sexy and alluring in most senses of the words. So, I guess what I'm saying is, Price has created another delectable piece of fiction with Once Bitten. She has thrown me into this crazy world of Haven where vampires are sadistic and fun to read as well as shifters who change into bobcats and still have the ability to take out homicidal vamps.
I highly recommend you give this book a read because Kalayna Price has created a brilliant novel with Once Bitten, the first in the Haven series! Jun 28, Amy rated it did not like it Shelves: About the time I find that the main male-lead, who I think is a horrid asshole that should get his ass kicked repeatedly, is supposed to be the misunderstood love interest, I realize that I've accidentally read a psuedo-romanace novel.
I kept reading and waiting the entire book for him to get his come-uppance and instead of realizing what a vile son of a bitch he was and over-coming his whole vampire allure mesmerizing thing, they start getting all fuzzy toward him, which is what I call st About the time I find that the main male-lead, who I think is a horrid asshole that should get his ass kicked repeatedly, is supposed to be the misunderstood love interest, I realize that I've accidentally read a psuedo-romanace novel.
I kept reading and waiting the entire book for him to get his come-uppance and instead of realizing what a vile son of a bitch he was and over-coming his whole vampire allure mesmerizing thing, they start getting all fuzzy toward him, which is what I call stupid. The only reason I didn't mind in the beginning was because she hated him. And the attraction didn't bother me, because I knew she'd still kick his ass eventually and he had the whole mesmerizing thing.
But as it kept going on, instead of getting better, it got worse! I kept expecting her to come out of it and him to be yet another villain of the piece, a long term one that she could vow a long and bloody contest of wills against and instead it's aww doesn't he have a soft heart center. As is, this is positively, stomach churningly horrid. Jan 16, Amber rated it it was ok.
I got this book free off my Kindle and since I'm broke I'm trying to balance my reading of free classics with some fantasy, mystery, basically whatever they will let me download for free. I was sceptical about the book in the beginning. I didn't feel properly introduced to the characters or the fantasy land the author created. I enjoy true fantasy, where lands are created and such, but felt like the author assumed I knew more than I did. The plot felt jumpy. It also took me a long time to connec I got this book free off my Kindle and since I'm broke I'm trying to balance my reading of free classics with some fantasy, mystery, basically whatever they will let me download for free.
It also took me a long time to connect to any of the characters, finding their relationships strained. By the end though, I was reading the book to see what happened next and not just because I don't have tv. However, it is unusual that I don't become addicted to the series and order the next book, therefore buying something from Kindle and falling into their trap, but this time I won. Jul 13, Cindyg rated it really liked it Shelves: This is definitely a winning book and hopefully a winning series.
I already have book two I thoroughly enjoyed the world Kalayna has created. I found her characters engaging and likeable. Kita handles becoming a vamp and losing her ability to shift as well as one would expect her to. She spends a lot of time being mad at Nathaniel for turning her but at this point in the series, you find yourself understanding why he did it. I really like Bobby too; he really cares about Kita I think he love This is definitely a winning book and hopefully a winning series.
I think he loves her but can't have her because she is like royality where they come from.