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Once Bitten: Volume 1 (The Haven Series)

Once Bitten: Volume 1 (The Haven Series) [Kindle Edition]

Kalayna Price
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0980245397
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (15 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072NM3PI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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USA Today Bestselling author Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft Novels, a new dark urban fantasy series from Roc, and the Novels of Haven from Bell Bridge Books. Her works have been translated into several languages and are available (or have been contracted for release) in more than a dozen countries. Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her obsession with classic folklore. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy, but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery. Kalayna is a member of SFWA and RWA, and an avid hula-hoop dancer who has been known light her hoop on fire. To find out more, please visit her at

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4.0 out of 5 stars Once Bitten - Kalayna Price 30 April 2010
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Kita Nekai is already on the run. She fled her homeworld of Firth to escape her destiny as leader of her clan of shapeshifters. With her other form a calico cat, Kita knows she could never hold power. She's living hand-to-mouth in the city of Haven, staying one step ahead of hunters determined to bring her home when suddenly everything gets much, much worse. Now Kita's got two nights to find a murderous rogue shapeshifter and escape a death sentence. Not that she's exactly alive anymore, thanks to an encounter with vampire Nathanial...

Once Bitten is a fast-paced, fun read with a new take on shapeshifters and vampires. Although the worldbuilding is a little flawed in places (I assumed Haven was part of "our" Earth, and the other realms mentioned were parallel dimensions rather than other planets, say, but it's never explicitly stated), Price drip feeds the reader enough information to keep them satisfied, without info-dumping. I would like to see more development of the worldbuilding in the sequel, Twice Dead, though, as it seems Price has something quite unusual in mind that didn't entirely make it to the pages here.

The characterisation is strong, with Kita herself making for an intriguing heroine. There are elements of the usual urban fantasy chick - prickly, loner, mouthy - but Kita is also vulnerable and full of heart. Supporting characters are well-fleshed out - I particularly liked Gil, the student mage who wants to study Kita for her thesis.

Whilst the main mystery is neatly solved, there are plenty of plot threads left for the sequel. Kita doesn't know if she can still shapeshift now she's a vampire, and her struggles to adjust to her vampiric state will make for compelling reading in the future, I'm sure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed book. 14 Nov 2010
By Rebecca
I found the 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 loves her but can't have her because she is like royality where they come from. Highly recommend it
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By sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Kita is on the run, she is a calico cat were, there's no way her cat is strong enough to rule her clan, no matter what her father says, but being hunted for the past five years has taken it's toll. Kita is tired, but there is no end in sight.
Kita is drugged, attacked, turned into a vampire, albeitly by accident and her inner cat is like cold stone, she can no longer change. The 'hermit'(Nathanial) insists on staying with her, Bobby her childhood friend just wants to protect her & Gil studies her every move for her thesis, Gil is a witch, with magic that can prove unpredictable.

K.P takes the story down to the wire, intelligently written, layered characters & intiguing protagonists this fantasy has it all, it's a true urban dark fantasy, with a subtle thread of mixed feelings & romance.
An author to watch I think, the next book in the series is Twice Dead.

Definately worth a go......Reminds me a little of Karen Chance, Anthony Francis, Jennifer Armintrout & Stacia Kane (Unholy Series).

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, book two is much better 9 July 2012
By The Demon Librarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This was a pretty good start to an urban fantasy series. I admit to being slightly put off by the covers; they're not the greatest, especially when compared to those of Kalayna's other series, The Alex Craft series. But you know what they say about judging books by their covers..

I just wanted to highlight a couple of things about the series that I found quite unique. Firstly, the history of Kita's shapeshifter race. They are not from this (the human) world. They each have an animal spirit and they are split into clans by type, i.e. canids (including the wolves, jackals, hyenas, coyotes, foxes, and domestic dogs.) and felines (cats, lions, leopards, and cheetahs etc.) but there's no saying what type of animal you will become. Kita, for example, is a domestic calico cat.

Her teeny tiny stature compared to that of some of the lion shifters in her clan is the reason she feels she is unsuitable for her role as the next leader of the Nekai clan once her father passes, and why she has been in the human world hiding/running away for the last five years at the beginning of the book.

Now I liked this aspect but it wasn't explained nearly enough. There was very little exposition given on the different worlds, different clans and different branches of supernaturals (of which there are shifters, vamps and mages so far), so although I'm picking it out as a highlight, I feel it was poorly explained. However, I've now read book two and know that book three takes us to the other world as its primary setting so we will get a much better insight then, but that doesn't help us during the reading of this book.

Another highlight is the non-typical male characters. There are two, one a vamp, one a fellow shifter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, fun to read, 25 July 2011
By Nicola
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Once Bitten was fun, entertaining, and different enough from other parnormal books to provide interest. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next in Kalayna's series.
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