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"Some days it doesn't pay to purr."

Kita is a regal shape shifter from an affluent clan. She left the clan and escaped into the human world where she's lived in obscurity off the kindness of strangers. When hunters began searching for her she tries to hide, but finds herself in a deadly situation. She's saved by a vampire named Nathanial, who turns her into one of his own kind to keep her from dying.

To make her day worse, she's sentenced to death by a councilman, led around by Gil who wants to study her, Nathanial who she doesn't trust, and Bobby who wants to take her home. She has just days to find the creature responsible for human deaths that she may, or may not, have inadvertently created.

What an intriguing tale. Kalayna Price introduced a myriad of characters without leaving the reader overwhelmed or confused. I couldn't put the tale down once I started reading it. A shape shifter that turns into a five pound tabby cat just amused me to no end. I loved the scenes Kita experienced as a cat as well as her human self. The twist with the vampire council only made me want to know more. I look forward to future tales from Ms. Price.

For every bit of danger there is a balance of humor. Kita is a character that will go on living in the memory of the readers. She's not your every day house cat! This was just a perfect adventure to escape the confines of reality for a little while.

Reviewed by Kristy Bock
Posted April 18, 2009

SUMMARY

Her nine lives just got longer.

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.

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Magic, Vampire

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Once Bitten
(Haven: Book 1)
by Kalayna Price

Bell Bridge Books
January 1, 2009
Available: January 9, 2009
ISBN #0980245397
EAN #9780980245394
272 pages
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