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Once Bitten: The Haven Series (Novel of Haven) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 15, 2009
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There are a couple of things that I really liked about Once Bitten, although they weren't enough to fully hold my interest. First, I thought it was interesting that shifters don't live in the human world. They're from a place called Firth. I wanted to know more about this place! There's plenty of talk about "gates" opening at the full moon, but that's about it. Do other supernaturals live there, too? I don't know. The second thing was that it has a short time frame. These are my favorite! I love races against the clock and just seeing how much stuff can happen to one person in just a day or two! And Kita certainly goes through a lot!
Unfortunately, Once Bitten ultimately didn't do it for me. I felt like I had read this basic premise before (which isn't surprising), but it didn't do anything new. In fact, the whole set up reminded me a lot of the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent. In both, the main characters are shifters who left their kind, can do partial shifts and accidentally infected humans without knowing it, and then get in trouble it for it while being dragged kicking and screaming back to their homes. But Shifters did it a lot better, even though Kita got the added conflict of also being a newly turned vampire.
Once Bitten was just an okay read for me. I wasn't really bored with it, but I also just didn't care that much about Kita or her problems. I think if there had been more about where she came from and her history there, I could have become more invested. But as it is, it opens up with her running from hunters, immediately becoming a vampire, and no time to get to know her as a shifter before all of these other problems piled up.
What followed was a dreary plot where the main character refused to do basic things the reader knew she had to do. The heroine is neither heroic, nor a character from our world we can identify with. The vampire lead turned her into a vampire against her will making him a trifle unsympathetic to me...even though he was the most interesting character. The other love interest is married with kids, and really shouldn't be on this mission anywway. The main character seems to create chaos, and I was struck by how everyone would have been better off if she stayed home. The world seemed a little...unreal, not fleshed out.
The book wasn't all bad. The concept of how weres worked was cool. I liked how the vampire lead recognized the heroine's flaws and wisely refrained from seeking a sexual relationship.
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