Friday, September 28, 2012

Review: The Burning Bush

The Burning Bush by Kenya Wright
Series: Habitat #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 427 (eReader)
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After Dante Bottelli’s slaughter of Vamp-owned Mixbreeds, Lanore and Zulu execute a well-planned attack that hits Dante where it hurts the most—his pockets. But their attack triggers a chain of unfortunate events, and allows Detective Rivera to blackmail Lanore.

Rivera forces Lanore to investigate his case, the Burning Bush Murders. Someone's been tying girls to bushes and setting them on fire. Lanore must find the killer, or Rivera goes public with his information.

Meanwhile, Dante won't take his defeat without a fight. He counterattacks and the Santeria habitat, as well as Lanore’s and Zulu’s lives, are changed forever.
My Rating:

My Review:
The Burning Bush picks up where Firebaptized left off.  angry at Dante for his horrible and malicious behavior toward the Mixies in his care, Lanore and Zulu manage to strike back with great force and precision . But they don't on the ripple effect of the consequences.  It seems that compromise will be necessary but Lanore and Zulu no longer know who their enemies are.  Things aren't as they seem.  Rivera blackmails Lanore into helping him solve another murder mystery.

I truly enjoyed this book.  I love how the world has continued to develop.  Learning more about the history, class dynamics, and problems drew me into the novel and made me excited to learn more in the books to come.  I love how Ms. Wright has expertly crafted a new world with a new set of rules.  I'm able to completely disappear the world of the Habitat.  Some of my favorite characters returned and there are new interesting ones.  There is still a hint of a love triangle.  Though many will disagree with me, I prefer Meshack (I know what you are thinking).  I know why Lanore isn't with him and he can be kind of gross, but if I have to pick one, I pick him.  I can't stand violent, possessive men in the real world or in a book world.  It drives me crazy because this is not love!  In my world, women in these types of relationships often end up dead...but I digress.

There is much sadness in this installment which surprised me.  Oh...and there's a cliffhanger.  Pause.  Yes.  A cliffhanger.  Everyone knows how I feel about cliffhangers.  It almost diminished my enjoyment quite a bit.  I had originally picked a different rating on that alone, but time away and reflection has allowed me to look at the bigger picture.  One of the reasons I fell in love with this series is the fact that it stands on good writing and powerful creativity and imagination.  If it starts to use some of the gimmicks of typical YA, I think it might start to lose some of its magic.  That said, this isn't YA.  The romance is hot, hot, HOT!  The characters can be described as college age.  Though the characters are a little older, it can read like YA sometimes.  I really like that.  We need more with older young characters.

This review is long for my standards but I still have so much to say!  Overall, I loved this book.  I didn't want it to end and I'm so excited for the future.  I recommend this one to any one who enjoys hot romances, paranormal fun, adventure, and amazing writing.  Is that everyone?  Okay, I recommend this to everyone.

Have you read this book?  Started the series?  What do you think?  Does this sound like something you would read?

 P.S.  I love the diverse character.  I had to squeeze that in.
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  1. I love this cover. I have Firebaptized and I am really looking forward to getting into it!

  2. Awesome review. The cover is so freaky. It looks like a very interesting read. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Glad you enjoyed the world building and the story overall. I haven't heard of this series until now.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  4. Never heard of this series but it sounds really good! You know I love diverse characters too!

  5. I've been meaning to give these books a go. I hear great things about Fire Baptized and it seems the sequel lives up to the great comments of the first book. And that cover is gorgeous!

    1. And I really want to know what you think about it. You should get to it soon!

  6. Love the cover!! Sounds like this one would fit into the new category that has been emerging in the past few months: "new adult"

    1. Yes, it fits that category though I don't like that name for it.

  7. New Adult - I like that. This book looks fab! Thanks for the review. I miss seeing you around!

    1. I know! I'm trying to get it together so that I'm more consistent.

  8. It sounds pretty good but I kind of tune out when Vampires in any form are mentioned.
    Still maybe when I'm less paranormal-ed out I'll try this series.

    1. This one is very different. There isn't an emphasis on vampires. They are simply part of the world-building.


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