Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Review: Fire Baptized



Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright
Habitat Series #1
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Pages: 276 (paperback)
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Description:
Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans. Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment. Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention. While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

My Rating:

My Review:
While running from the the local police (known in the habitat as habbies), Lenore stumbles upon a murder.  Feeling guilty for not trying to help save the woman, she finds herself trying to probe into her death.  While she hoped to discover the identity of the killer, she draws the killer's attention of the killer.  She starts to receive gruesome gifts and Lenore knows that she must discover the identity of the killer before the people that loves becomes victims.  Through all the adventure, Lenore finds herself in between to hunky Mixies, Zulu and Meshack.  Meshack is her childhood friend and ex-boyfriend and Zulu is her good friend from the MFE movement.

I loved this book!!  It was so different that I couldn't help but disappear into this dark dingy world.  At first, I was concerned about the world building, but I really had nothing to worry about.  Ms. Wright slowly unveils a world of supernatural beings, racial tensions, and an imprisoned society.  I loved the murder mystery.  I figured out the murderer right before Lenore.  The big reveal wrapped up pretty quickly but I was pretty satisfied; it wasn't to quick.  There is a love triangle but unlike most series, Lenore makes her choice in the first book.  Somehow I don't think her choice will stick but that's just my opinion.  I thought it was interesting that both her boy choices were very similar in my mind.  One was the militant leader of a movement and the other was a lead singer in a band who drove females crazy.  But they seemed very similar.  It might have been the high levels of testosterone and clothes ripping.   

A little warning...this story can be a bit graphic in terms of violence and sex.  Though there aren't many sexual scenes, the descriptions of the make-out sessions are a bit higher on the graphic scale.  This is definitely an adult book.

I recommend this any adult reader who want to explore a refreshing read with wonderful world building and an exciting mystery and action.
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20 comments:

  1. I have this on my list of books to read and now I'm even more excited to read it. Plus I love the cover.

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    1. Oh I love the cover as well. Oh please let me know what you think.

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  2. got this one on my list too! I've been seeing some mixed reviews, but I'm still excited to get to it. Awesome review!

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    1. I haven't seen many reviews on it, but I will say that it is definitely an adult book.

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  3. Wow, it sounds very original and awesome. :) I like the idea of it all and the protagonist sounds awesome

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    1. It is very original. I love how there are diverse characters without there being a name to their ethnicity. It's multicultural in way that doesn't fit into any box that we have now.

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  4. I've been curious about this read for a while now. Glad to see a blogger I'm familiar with review it. I'll have to add it to the TBR pile soon. Lenore sounds like she's in a tough spot and I want to know how she resolves everything.

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    1. I think you'll like it. I definitely want to know what you think.

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  5. I have seen this book around here and there. I love the cover. Now that you loved it I have to add it to the TBR list.

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    1. Oh and there should be a chance to win it coming soon :)

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  6. Not afraid of graphic, I have read enough pnr to make me blush, lol. Violence, well that depends

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    1. You can find a preview of the author's first chapter here: http://kenyawright.com/Chapter_One_Sample.html. So you can decide for yourself.

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  7. Good to know that even if the story wrapped up quickly, it was still satisfying. I'd been curious about this one because of the cool cover, so thanks for the review.

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    1. Oh yeah the cover is pretty nifty. I can't wait for the next installment in this series.

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  8. This one does sound kinda unique! I love PNR books that can make it all seem fresh! Thank you for bringing this one to my attention, Alexis!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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    1. No problem. This book made me want to read more PNR but I can get carried away with that. Sometimes I get disappointed when I start thinking like that.

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  9. This book does sound good and thanks for the heads up on the content. I appreciate knowing stuff like that before I decide to read a book.
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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    1. It took me by surprise as well. Though I don't mind it at all, I like to know ahead of time to make sure that's what I really want.

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