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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...more
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Published January 9th 2009 by Bell Bridge Books
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Wendy Darling
2.5 stars I really like it when humans turn into animals. I don't know why. But I do. 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: our heroine is being hunted by someone late at night, and she shifts into a small cat in order to evade her captors. She then cleverly hides inside a shopping bag that is carried out of a woman's restroom. A...more
Bell Curran
2-1/2 stars. 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." We're never really told what Firth is. Another world? Dimension? Who the heck knows? A "portal" opens to it once a month. Kita has run away from Firth an...more
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...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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A Dhampir is a half vampire/half human, but what do you call a half vampire/half were? 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...more
Beanbag Love
This is definitely a 3.5 but I couldn't decide whether to round up or down.

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:

1. 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.

2. She remains ignorant of the details of her own situation simply because she refuses -- in her anger -- to listen to the o...more
Kobo free download 7/20/11

3.5 stars -
Once again, why haven’t I read this series yet? I received this book as a Kobo free download last summer and waited to fit it into the right challenge. Thanks, SOS Bookshelf Bingo – Shifters shelf! Calico cat shifters!

Once Bitten is the story of Kita Nekai. Kita is the daughter of a Torin or clan leader. She’s left her home in Firth for Haven and is hiding in plain sight among the humans as a cute little calico cat. When in human form, Kita’s hair is beautif...more
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 100 times repeated gestures, it seems the heroine "Kita" is a magnet for the touch! EVERY guy wants to touch her some...more
Jul 06, 2012 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
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. Damn. 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...more
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...more
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...more
Mar 05, 2010 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
Once Bitten turns the shapeshifter genre into something brand new. The origins of shapeshifters are explained in a way that is surprising, yet somehow logical. The focus is on the spiritual, the soul, and gives the definition of shapeshifters being dual-natured a slightly different meaning than is normally seen.

There are many supernatural types featured in this book. Shapeshifters of all flavors, demons, magic-users, vampires are all strongly focused on with the possibility of others lurking in...more
I had mixed feelings about this book - before and after reading it.

Before: learning it was about a shape-shifter cat, my first thought was "cool - I like cats". My second thought was "but how can a person turn into a cat, when a cat is so much smaller than a person?". But my third thought was "how can a person turn into any animal? if I can enjoy a book about werewolves, is this really that more far-fetched?" So I gave it a try.

Here's what I liked about it: without giving any spoilers, this book...more
This book starts off on a very interesting note. And truthfully? I really liked it at first.

Within the first few chapters things go from being interesting, to downright bland, to deathly boring. There was just so much about it that seemed half assed to me. And I hate to say it, but it's true.

The characters were shallow at times, and seem impersonal to both the reader and to each other throughout most of the book. You also spend a lot of this novel asking questions about Kita's past; this is mo...more
Jen  (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)
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. *sigh* As there are currently only three, I'll be waiting on bended knee for the rest to be released.

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...more
OK Here is the blurb from GR.

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 senten...more
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

In most books with shifters, the beasts in question are usually large-breed (wolves, big cats, bears, etc.). Kalayna Price has created the unusual...a small-breed shifter. Kita shifts into a calico cat, which she uses her advantage by posing as a family pet while on the run from hunters from her home dimension of Firth. But the hunters are only the start of Kita's problems.

There's plenty of action in Once Bitten and it's a great start to the Haven Series. All the action takes...more
Aug 27, 2010 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: bookworm@pixiemouse.com
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Kathy Martin
Nice urban fantasy about a cat shifter who has run away from home. Kita is having a really bad day. She is attacked by a rogue shifter, turned into a vampire, sentenced to death by a demon judge, and has her sentence delayed to give her a little time to find the rogue shifter. She has to dodge Hunters who target rogue shifters. She has to get used to being a vampire. And she has to become a detective when she is mostly used to being a house cat. Lots of fun dialog and interesting situations in t...more
Jackie (Literary Escapism)
I have to say, I enjoyed this book. It’s not often I come across a newly turned vampire who tries to ignore her new dietary requirements. It made for some really interesting reading and I do admit, I had a hard time putting this book down. I haven’t heard that there is a sequel planned yet, but I’m really hoping there is. I want to see what happens between Bobby, Kita and Nathanial.

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Daniella Vargas
People have low standards if they think this is great fiction. The main character acts like an immature little girl that was written by an immature little girl trying to be grown up. The entire plot is one contrived, over-the-top thing after another and I don't think the writer really knew where she was going with the story so just kept trying to see how many different supernatural creatures she could throw into the plot. I'd rate this stale chocolate.
Kita, the main character so frustrating and I nearly turned the book off a number of times. If I was her vampire master, I would have probably offed the two of us to end the misery. She excels at ignoring everything told her or running away from any conversation that conveys information she doesn't want to hear. She makes bad decisions. She is upset about being a vampire, fairly I would say, but she needs to snap out of it! Seriously.

Keeping in mind all of the above, Nathaniel, her vampire mast...more
I own a pdf copy sent by publisher.

I tried but that is not the kind of book I like. Anyway I will read the sequel TWICE DEAD in order to see if something changes.
Really more of a 2.5 star book for me. Everything seemed a bit too rushed, too clichéd (if that can be possible given the genre), and just a bit off.
I had a little trouble getting into this story. At first it seemed just another shifter heir running away from her responsibilities. But as the story evolved, I began to grow interested, sort of.

The characters all seem childish and rushed. Both the vampire community and the shifters ‘world’ seem very odd and the details don’t quite sound right. But I love Mama Neda.

Kita is a very confused, flustered, immature, self-centered person. She doesn’t seem to appreciate what her friends are doing for...more
Feb 05, 2012 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult
After a week of reading so so books, I cannot tell you how happy I am to stumble on the first book written by Kalayna Price. I am a fan of her "Grave Witch" series and equally pleased to report that "Once Bitten" is just as good.

Kita Nekai has been on the run for five years from her father, Alpha of the Nekai pack. She is a shifter and is destined to become the heir to the throne. However, she does not want it. All she wanted was to mate with her childhood friend Bobby; but, was denied. Thus, Bo...more
Peace Love and Reviews
Kita is a Dyre of Firth (I think that means royal, or heir) Nekai clan, she was a shifter, the smallest of their clan. A Calico cat. She's been on the run for two years. But recently hunters have been following her. Her father sent them out to find her and drag her home. When she arrived at Haven she got herself face to face with Bobby, her ex-boyfriend and a hunter who volunteered to find her. She never want to go back so she tricked him and got away. That same night in an attempt to avoid othe...more
Once Bitten is the first book in the Haven series by Kalayna Price and a Dark Fantasy from Bell Bridge Books.

Book Blurb:

Dead cats don't cry. Kita Nekai finds that out the hard way.

For the past five years, Kita, a shapeshifter, has faded into the background of the human world, but when a rogue shifter begins littering the city of Haven with bodies, Kita becomes a suspect.

Hunters are after her. She barely avoids being plucked off the street, and owes the near miss to the fact her second form is a...more
Kita Nekai is the heir-apparent to her the shifter Clan her father rules. Her problem? 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. She is n...more
Wendy Hines
Kita Nekai has been lucky as she has ran for the past five years. Blending into the human world has come easier for her over time. She simply shifts into her small five pound cuddly kitten form and gets shelter and food from various cat-loving homeowners.

But in a new city, Kita's luck has run out. The hunters her father has sent, to retrieve Kita and bring her home, have been relentless. She uses every knack she has acquired over the past few years to allude them. When she leaves a party she has...more

I really like the books by the author Kalayna Price and “Once Bitten” proves me right. The first book in the Haven’s series is a very good book with well written characters. It is about shape-shifters, vampires and demons and the main leading character is Kita Nekai, a young woman who is on a run from her clan.
Kita had a not so good life, because she was the smallest shifter in her clan and as the daughter of the strongest was an embarrassment for her family. Besides this she realized that she c...more
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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 the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Poland, Russia, and Germany. Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her,...more
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