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, "accidentally" turned into a vampire, and sentenced to death for recklessly creating a rogue shifter who tortures its human prey. She's got 72 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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"Ill be watching for book two in this exciting new series." (Darque Reviews )
"Urban fantasy readers who enjoy the works of Kelly Armstrong and V.K. Forrest will have a great time reading this exhilarating story." (Harriet Klausner )
"This was a perfect adventure." (Paranormal Romance Reviews)
I just finished listing to Once Bitten and Twice Dead and enjoyed them both very much. It's a nice twist to the old vampire story. Lots of action and angry vamp politics and blood. Definately worth the listen. There will be a 3rd installment. :)
It took a little while to get into the Goodeve's voice, but after the first couple chapters it was hard to turn it off. The characters are well fleshed, the action relatively quick, and the storyline plausible. Kitta's character is a little illogical at times (always complaining, rarely willing to seek help even when she clearly needs it) but towards the middle of the book she gets a little more sense. The only character that really put me off was Bobby, since even though at the beginning of the story he mentions the fact that his mate is pregnant (and Kitta thinks about it once or twice), he never mentions it again. Nathanial is a good counterpoint to Kitta in his logical thoughts and patience to her lack of it. The back story doesn't always connect as well as it should to the current events but still, all in all, it was an engrossing listen and made a long plane ride go by much faster.
Never would have gotten this if I'd known it was so young adult! The heroine is too whinney and sullen the entire time. This is an interesting premise though. I can't take anymore whining.
Maybe,I will do more research before I waste more money on this author.
The narration is flat, bland, and conveys NONE of the stories strong emotions from Kita. Unless you need help sleeping, save your money and buy the paperback.
The story is good, but the narrator, while clear and capable, seems to be stuck on a one-emotion voice. The narrator reads the book as though all is doom and gloom, no joy, no humor, no fun. She isn't atonal, just few emotional variations, and from what I've read of Kalayna Price, her stories go the emotional gamut. So, while I like the book, I think I'll try reading it if my library gets it in.
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