“I really enjoyed this series. I wish Kita was not so distant. If she trusted Nathanial just a little It would help move the story along. I also wish Nathanial would be a little more forceful with her. She needs to know what she is getting into even if she does not want to know.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I really enjoyed this series. I wish Kita was not so distant. If she trusted Nathanial just a little It would help move the story along. I also wish Nathanial would be a little more forceful with her. She needs to know what she is getting into even if she does not want to know.”booksandmorebooks wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Price is fast becoming on of my go to urban fantasy authors. Knowing this was her first book - there were some flaws but the potential of the characters and development of place intrigues me and has me starting book 2 immediately. ”Linsey wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a pretty good start to an urban fantasy series. I admit to being slightly put off by the covers; they're not the greatest, especially when compared to those of Kalayna's other series, The Alex Craft series. But you know what they say about judging books by their covers..
I just wanted to highlight a couple of things about the series that I found quite unique. Firstly, the history of Kita's shapeshifter race. They are not from this (the human) world. They each have an animal spirit and they are split into clans by type, i.e. canids (including the wolves, jackals, hyenas, coyotes, foxes, and domestic dogs.) and felines (cats, lions, leopards, and cheetahs etc.) but there's no saying what type of animal you will become. Kita, for example, is a domestic calico cat.
Like so: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zvu2HchPFIk/T_sjloQCoOI/AAAAAAAABfM/iYRtwQOKipA/s1600/Calico-cats4.jpg
Her teeny tiny stature compared to that of some of the lion shifters in her clan is the reason she feels she is unsuitable for her role as the next leader of the Nekai clan once her father passes, and why she has been in the human world hiding/running away for the last five years at the beginning of the book.
Now I liked this aspect but it wasn't explained nearly enough. There was very little exposition given on the different worlds, different clans and different branches of supernaturals (of which there are shifters, vamps and mages so far), so although I'm picking it out as a highlight, I feel it was poorly explained. However, I've now read book two and know that book three takes us to the other world as its primary setting so we will get a much better insight then, but that doesn't help us during the reading of this book.
Another highlight is the non-typical male characters. There are two, one a vamp, one a fellow shifter. It's not a love triangle but it is very interesting because the shifter, Bobby, (a bob cat *snort*) has been her friend since childhood. They are/were extremely close and wanted to turn it into more by becoming mated/married, but her father wouldn't allow it. Bobby has since mated/married someone else back home, either during or just before her departure. I'm sure this also played a part in Kita's decision to stay away. It made for some very uncomfortable scenes between them upon their reunion in this book.
The other male character is a vamp as I mentioned and I really liked how he wasn't your typical suave, sophisticated, power-hungry master vampire. In fact he's been leading such a solitary life before Kita came along that the rest of the vamps call him "The Hermit". He has no interest in the games and power plays of the vampire court, even though he is powerful, so no matter how much they try to persuade him to join the council so they can utilise his skills, he refuses. I liked both him and the developing sexual tension between him and Kita very much. :)
My main problems, and the reason it's only getting a 3 star rating, is the lack of world-building mentioned above, and the lack of emotional connection from Kita. I liked Kita a lot as a main character, however, I don't feel she expressed enough feeling throughout. She goes through some major, MAJOR life changes in the first couple of chapters of the book and yet she displays almost no reaction, asks no questions, nothing. In the end someone has to say to her words to the effect of "So, do you want to know what happened to you, or what?" I mean, it's not like I want her to be moaning and whingeing throughout and being all woe is me, but after what happened I would gladly have forgiven her for flipping out, temporarily at least. I know I would have.
Another shame was the lack of characterization of Gil, the scholar mage who ends up tagging along. She sounds so quirky in her pink clothes and Wellington boots, but sadly she fell a little flat.
At the time of writing this I have already read book two and can happily confirm the emotional connection is not a problem in the next instalment, the tension and drama is amped up significantly and the developing relationship with a certain character is very compelling making it well worth the read. I would urge UF fans to take a chance on this series, and with book three coming out in a month's time, now would be as good a time as any!
3 Stars! ★★★”
“Kita was quite an interesting character, and I am intrigued by the shape-shifter-vampire angle. World-building could do with some fleshing out, but I will be reading book 2 and hopefully things will get a bit clearer.”Deyara wrote this review Saturday, June 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was a bit hesitant to start reading this book after reading the summary on the back. Though I liked some of the author's other books, this one sounded like a bit much (how much could happen to one person?). But I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I did. By the end of the book, I was very much enjoying the diversity of the characters and the storyline. Now, I'm looking forward to book #2. ”Corryn V wrote this review Sunday, January 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i liked it ”trish valle wrote this review Friday, September 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Truly amazing book this is what vampires are known for not the sparkling fags but the ones that feed only on blood can fly and cant go out in the sun due to death. The story had so many twists I got dizzy and couldn't put it down till I finished. ”Ryan M wrote this review Monday, January 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“for a new author, this was wonderful. i loved the world she created, and the characters had some depth. i've ordered the 2nd and anxiously awaiting it!”carol e wrote this review Wednesday, December 8, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this book, I got it free on my kindle from Amazon. I think this will be a new series that is good like the Sookie Stackhouse True Blood series. I have yet to read any of the other ones, only because I have so many books on my kindle now that I want to get through with those first.”Laura P wrote this review Wednesday, May 5, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No