"This book gets straight into things and doesn't mess around"

For five years Kita Nekai has hidden in the human world. In the city of Haven a rogue shifter is leaving bodies all over the place. When the Hunters finally find Kita in Haven, her illegal status means she is high on the suspect list. Confronted by the Hunters she doesn't see a way out until the mysterious Nathanial Deaton comes to her rescue.

Kita thought being rescued meant you came out of something alive. However her rescuer has left her undead. With only two nights to prove she is not the rogue shifter responsible for the spate of killings, she teams up with the only help she has. Stuck with her rescuer and someone from her past who would prefer to take her home, they go against the clock and some baddies to put things right.

No explanations, no easing the reader into things and certainly no introduction. This book gets straight into things and doesn't mess around. With action from the very first page this book is a non-stop paranormal mystery ride. Different from the genre norm in some aspects it also has some familiar elements as not to confuse the reader.

A strong, stubborn and feisty female main character and some gutsy helpers dominate this debut book. However I think Kita has more secrets to tell and I am definitely willing to read more about her and to find out what else this new paranormal series has to offer.

Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted April 18, 2009


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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