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The Guardian of Bastet

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Cat-shifter Trinity Morrigan-Caine has discovered a demon is killing supernaturals. Magically challenged, she has every intention of letting handsome Alpha werewolf Gordon Barnes handle it. But after a dying vampire gifts Trinity a mystical amulet, she is drawn into the fray as the legendary Guardian of Bastet, a warrior born when the need arises.

Though Trinity initially r
ebook, 197 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: galley, meh
This is the first time that I've read Jacqueline N. Battisti. She has some promise, I think. I do give her the dues that she deserves as this is a very competitive genre.

It took me a while to read; the world and character building showed promise, but was a little slow and somewhat shallow.

One thing that I did find awesome about this story is that there weren't any moments where I thought, "What happened?" I've read a few new authors and their stories may be okay but there would be gaps in the
Jacob Proffitt
This book ended up being a lot better than I expected after the first quarter. Trinity makes some dreadful mistakes early on, including one of my very least favorite pet peeves—when somebody you believe to be wise and to have your best interests at heart gives you something with the admonition to “wear this always” taking it off is just stupid. I'm not sure why authors do this because it means I immediately lose all respect for that character.

Fortunately, that moment represents the apex of Trini
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest view

Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club

Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

Welcome to Rochester, N.Y., the home of Trinity Morrigan-Caine: half witch, half shifter, local vet and, other than turning in to a house cat every so often, a normal twenty-something.

But when a demon starts killing supernaturals in her small community, Trinity finds herself at the center of the battle. When her vampire friend gives her
Scooper Speaks
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Favorite Lines: “Once again pondering the quirks of fate, I began thinking about not just being a witch, but being a shifter. I realized although it sometimes bothered me I didn’t turn into a full puma like my dad, I had to admit being a housecat didn’t totally suck and I should probably find some kind of appreciation for it. It was a mandatory transformation on a full moon, but I could also change at will.

Other than the whole litter box thing, it could actually be kind of cool at times. I c
Stephanie Collins
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have to agree with another reviewer that at first I did not like our heroine. Give her a chance she does grow on you as she becomes what others knew she could be.

Trinity comes from a powerful family of witches on her mom's side and a puma shifter family on her dad's. Unfortunately she didn't inherit either side's power and instead is a bit of a dud in spell-casting and her shifter form is that of a house-cat. She has dealt with this by being a bit of a whiny woe is me brat at the beginning of
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
***read this review on: ***

Trinity is a sassy, kick ass character.She is a shifter.Her mother is a powerful witch and her father is an alpha were puma. However trinity has neither a flair for witchcraft nor does she transform into any impressive animal.She is a simple cat shifter.
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She doesn't believe in her worth nor does her mother.However, an old vampire believes her to be a reincarnation of a warrior goddess
Karen Fowler
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witches
This book was so much fun to read. I'm a paranormal fan, and I'll admit that sometimes books tend to run together in my mind. But I don't have to worry about that with this new series.

The main character Trinity is a below average shape-shifter. Her dad morphs into big cat, while she spends her monthly transformation chasing mice along side her house cat. Her aloof and somewhat cold mother comes from a long line of powerful witches, yet Trinity can cast a decent spell to save her life. All that
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The first half was a bit slow but the end half made up for it. Great start to a new series, I look forward to book 2.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Egyptian Cats and Goddesses Rock Rochester! THE GUARDIAN OF BASTET

The Guardian of Bastet by Jacqueline M. Battisti

The Guardian of Bastet

By Jacqueline Battisti
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: 8/20/2012
Number of pages: 237
Word Count: 84,000

Cat-shifter Trinity Morrigan-Caine has discovered a demon is killing supernaturals. Magically challenged, she has every intention of letting handsome Alpha werewolf Gordon Barnes handle it. But after a dying vampire gifts Trinity a mystical
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

THE GUARDIAN OF BASTET was a fun, witty, new urban fantasy novel with a very sassy and unique cat-shifter heroine. I loved Trinity’s description of her time spent in her housecat form, hanging out with her pet cat, using the litter box, and catnip’s addictive quality. Trinity shifting into a housecat isn’t normal considering her father shifts into a panther. Also, she is half witch on her mother’s side, though unfortunately is magically challenged. This
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and intriguing urban fantasy with a sassy, cat-shiftin' main character who sometimes gets frisky with the wrong sort of guy. Trinity doesn't always make the best choices but she still manages to pull herself together and pull out the big magical guns when needed.

Things I liked: I'm oddly fascinated by Trinity's interlude with the very-wrong-for-her guy. It's just so... deliciously awful that her alley-cat ways took her where they took her. And then to have to explain how things ha
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I have read this book on the strength of a praise from ATUF. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything positive in it. There is next to nothing in world-building, the mythology is a mess of wiccan paganism and Egiptian religion, put together without logical ties.

Both writing and characters are shallow, almost childish. While reading I often had to stop as I noticed the way a sentence was written (and not in a positive way, it was flat, really flat, almost poorly written, clunky, and juvenile). We
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is about Trinity a half witch, half shifter who thinks she is pretty much the weakest link around is being told that she is some type of Guardian, and she's actually very powerful. She doesn't believe any of that but when her vampire friend is killed, she decides to have faith in him, and try to figure out how to kill the demon that killed him.

Along the way she realizes that the people she thought she could trust may not always be there, and she even finds a new man who wants to be ap
Jessie H.
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was interesting and written pretty well. I like the characters and how they all worked together. I also liked how Trinity learned about her new responsibilities and powers. What I didn't like was the romance. It wasn't developed at all and seemed like it was just thrown in. It wasn't logical for me to have them get together. Maybe it will be better in the next book. Overall, a nice urban fantasy novel.

There is some mature material in this book.
Monique Grasso
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW - I really, really liked this book. I hope there is a sequel!!!! Can't wait to see what other things happen in Trinity's life!!! The whole concept of the book was unique but had a little bit of everything in it, fantasy, excitement, mystery, and romance. I loved it!! ...more
Brittney Bower
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish it had a sequel to it.
Ryan Michelle Bailey
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finished it in less than a day. Just couldn't put it down! ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Jacqueline M. Battisti's new urban fantasy/paranormal debut, The Guardian of Bastet, had me from the very first word in the blurb. Her main character is a cat-shifter. Not a jaguar or a puma, oh no. At the full-moon, Trinity Morrigan-Caine shifts into a house-cat. The book might as well have jumped up and said "Here reader, reader, reader..."

The story made me purr with delight.

Trinity Morrigan-Caine is a half-breed. Her mother is a powerful witch of the Mor
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jacqueline M. Battisti delivers to you on a some finely printed paper (or screen resolution) a book with some pretty feisty characters and blends them into a world of mythical creatures. (Yes, some of those creatures scream "BITE ME" too.)

The Guardian of Bastet has all your raging supernaturals in one nicely lit up town. You've got your main heroine, Trinity, whom is a cat-shifter. MEEEEOOOWW. Who is the daughter of a powerful Witch and an Alpha Puma daddy. RAAAWR. So, you see where she gets her
Maghon Thomas
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent new book! It’s fun, mysterious, full of fun supernatural beings, as well as a totally crazy plot twist that I was totally NOT expecting. How damn if it’s not amazing! Plus, must I keep telling you about the HAWT werewolf, before you pick it up and read it yourself :)

Trinity is my total heroine. She’s a vet- hello she has my career and love of animals- except that she’s a kitty shifter- and I’m NOT! *sigh* LOL I think her description of her turning into a house cat monthly i
Kendell Jordan
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
See all of my book reviews at Kenn's Reviews .

This is a paranormal fantasy novel that combines all manner of supernatural beings from werewolves and vampires to witches and shape shifters. When we first join Trinity we discover she is a descendant of Morgaine (a powerful witch) and a shape shifter. She has little magical power; shape shifts into a house cat and can mentally speak with animals. None of which makes her a powerful part of the Genesee Valley Society of Others. All of that will ch
Clare dooley
Cat-shifter Trinity Morrigan-Caine has discovered a demon is killing supernaturals. Magically challenged, she has every intention of letting handsome Alpha werewolf Gordon Barnes handle it. But after a dying vampire gifts Trinity a mystical amulet, she is drawn into the fray as the legendary Guardian of Bastet, a warrior born when the need arises.

Though Trinity initially rejects the role, she warms to the idea when Gordon agrees to train her—and their passion for each other grows as he teaches h
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Guardian of Bastet was a ton of fun! Trinity is a really spunky, outspoken heroine whose flaws only make her more entertaining. I also really enjoyed the politics of the Genesee Valley Society of Others. The mix of witches, shifters, necromancers, sorcerers and even the neighbourhood vampire makes for some interesting interactions. I enjoyed the hints of elitism and racism that come through from some of the characters.

The story moves along fairly well, with things definitely picking up speed
Nicky Peacock
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
It was really refreshing to have a main character that wasn’t ubber powerful from the outset, yet gains some along the way. My only bug bear was that Trinity was really un-likeable! In fact, as it was first person, I almost gave up reading it. She was obnoxious, careless and above did not take her responsibilities seriously – which to me is an unforgivable character trait. However, she does change through the book – but having her like this to begin with (to this degree) was a gamble by the auth ...more
Maria Schneider
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book, but it had a lot of...buts. Somewhere between a 3 and 4 stars overall with some great 5 moments. The plot was very good, suspense and "ack!" moments were great. Character development was a bit weak in some crucial places. I also felt the heroine got some needless powers just for a "cool" factor rather than necessity to the plot...which made her a lot less likeable and more alien. Her initial character was kind of cool with some real handicaps for her world, but that made he ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story involved a lot of action along with some sex and romance. It definitely kept my attention throughout! It featured a variety of supernaturals and it was interesting seeing the special powers of each group. I didn't like the main character Trinity at first. It was hard to believe that she was a doctor when she seemed so juvenile and irresponsible. By the end of the book when she came into her own as the long prophesied warrior and grew up a little she was much easier to like. Trinity's ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
A strong 3.5

This was a good read with some interesting characters and unique plot it was just missing that spark to push it over the edge.

I don't know if it was because of the books description or if it was the story itself but it felt like it took a long time to get to the centre of the story plot. It was over 60% of the way through before we got to the what I thought was supposed to be the main focus of the story.

It was a good concept however and I think if it becomes a series it definitely
Zee Wyatt
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a good read that was well written. I just felt like I've read this same story too many times before.

The plot wasn't particularly original. I'm pretty sure I've read this same plot in other books. Heroine pretty much forced into the spotlight by a chain of events that she couldn't control, only to realize that she does have the super power to defeat the big bad, thus proving all her critics wrong. Yeah I read this one before. Although I will say this was better written then some ot
Aug 25, 2012 added it
Shelves: netgalley, meh
A mildly amusing romp that became mired under countless urban fiction tropes. There was potential here, but it's drowned by a tsunami of info dumping, pointless dialog, choppy scenes, a main character that sounds like she belongs in a YA, and ultimately, a lack of originality. I know that makes it sound like this story is horrible, it's not, but it feels so 10yrs ago. It's an easy read if you forgive the slow start and you're not familiar with the genre. ...more
Dec 04, 2012 added it
Shelves: pnr
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Jacqueline Battisti was raised in Little Falls, New York where she met and married her high school sweetheart. They have two children and live near Rochester, New York where she is a stay at home mom and writer of the paranormal and urban fantasy of her vivid imagination.

Her first novel, The Guardian of Bastet, is being published by Carina Press August 20, 2012. She is currently working on a seque

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