Format Read: Ebook
Number of Pages: 260 pages
Release Date: January 9, 2009
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Formats Available: Paperback, Ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Author website
Ebook received by Publisher for review.
Kita Nekai, on the run and the smallest of her shifter clan-a calico cat among lions and tigers-is being hunted. She was expected to accept her role as her father’s successor whether or not her cat was up to the task of leading the clan. She disagreed. Now she’s less than a step ahead of the hunters, bone-tired, cold, and living hand-to-mouth in the city of Haven. And that’s the high point of her day. She’s also drugged, “accidently” turned into a vampire, and sentenced to death for recklessly creating a rogue shifter who tortures its human prey. She’s got seventy-two hours to find the rogue, evade a city full of hunters, prove she’s not responsible for the rogue, and keep the vampire council from killing her. All while sorting out an apprentice mage, a married ex-boyfriend shifter-hunter, and the vampire who made her.
Okay. I have to say this… Once Bitten was definitely not what I expected. It was truly much better than I could ever anticipate. Once Bitten has such a wonderful and original storyline that I really could not step away from reading it to the very end… It also has a leading female character that has such an awesome balance of strength and vulnerability by the name of Kita Nekai. Kita reminds me another wonderful female characters by Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews.It is the first book in the Haven Novel series and I for am glad that there two more books in this series.
In Once Bitten we meet Kita Nekai, Shifter of Firth. Kita has run away from her home, duty and family for many years now and has had plenty of experience of staying ahead of hunters searching. Of course this would not be the amazing novel that it is if there was not any drama, action and suspense. Kita trying to escape from yet another ‘hunter’ she runs into her former love, Bobby. It brings back all kinds of emotions yet that does not stop her from running away from Bobby too. All the while running away from Bobby and other hunters, she meets The Hermit aka Nathanial Deaton. Nathanial helps Kita from out of another dangerous situation to one that changes her life forever.
As much as I enjoyed the ‘moments’ between Bobby and Kita… There just nothing that can substitute for the real thing called relationship that is slowing but surely developing between Kita and Nathanial. There’s a serial killer on the loose and Kita is tasked to find the killer or else lose her life and those closest to her. What’s a girl to do when it seems like everyone is out to get you and I do mean everyone. I most definitely consider Once Bitten as an exciting, intense filled drama that has me screaming more than once at these characters stubbornness. And definitely want to smack them more than once.
And now onto the other supporting characters of Once Bitten…
- Mama Neda… What can I say but wow! She definitely one of kind and I hope she is in the rest of the books in this series. I really loved her attitude and her manner of speaking.
- Tatius…. He who is an Ancient Vampire and current council member who is also ‘living’ his life as Goth punk with green hair. Can I say that is one character who you don’t know if you want to beat hell out of … or … Well, you have to read and come up with your own opinion on him. However, as for me I hope that there will be more of him in the upcoming books.
- Gil… Hmm… I think I shall keep my thoughts to myself for now about wonder girl, Gil.
Overall, I became thoroughly obsessed in reading about every character, word and all pages to the very end. I want to say that Kalayna Price’s Once Bitten is my top choice book of the week.
I give Once Bitten a rating of 5 out of 5 Bookies.
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