3 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase:
Once Bitten Twice Shy is a standard format butt-kicking, waif-fu practicing, supernatural hunter woman urban fantasy novel. Given the strengths and weaknesses of this sub-genre as a whole, I think that this is probably one of the better examples of it. This is the first in a series, so I can’t comment on the quality (or lack of thereof) of the sequels, but I found this book to have a fairly well developed protagonist who was somewhat of a departure from the tired standard, a setting that was more imaginative than average, and a plot that was fairly coherent and didn’t suffer from a lot of progression through characters acting on willful stupidity. I wouldn’t say that this is the most inspired book I have ever read or anything, but for the genre it was fairly strong and a decent pick if you are in the mood for an uncomplicated urban fantasy.