Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review of Fire Baptized (Book One of the Habitat series) by Kenya Wright

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?

Recommended: Yes.

                  About Fire Baptized
Available as: NEW Paperback $12.50 from ,  E-book $0.99 from Kindle's Edition
                                                        Recommended Ages: 17 and Up
Paperback: 276 pgs.
Published: January 28th 2012 by Dragonfairy Press (first published January 16th 2012)

For This Review: *Book Copy Provided by the Author For Review Purposes*

Lanore comes on a serial killer killing a in an alley after she herself was assaulted minutes ago after she had been stealing a case of university textbooks out of necessity. Fire Baptized really begins with an attention-grabbing start along with introducing the current life of. She lives with her ex-boyfriend , Meshack, at his apartment she happens to share with him. It's also quickly obvious that he still wants her but she pushes him away since in the past he cheated on her. Just as Lanore starts to wind down from her frightening encounter in the alley, she receives an ominous message from the killer she couldn't quite see in the alleyway amidst raining downpour and cloudiness. She saw a murder being committed but didn't get a good view of the actual killer! This serves unfortunate to put her on the killer's target list.
Well at least Zulu the face of MFE (Mixbreeds for Equality) is willing to use all his resources to help her. Of course, Meshack ,  isn't sitting out of protecting her either. Zulu and Meshack isn't a good combination and the added mystery of the unknown killer does make the situation incredibly deadly. 

This was a book that started out really great and waned but finally reached a good point again in terms of the plot. Its very plot-driven and actually so-so in character development. The favorites being Lanore, Zulu, Meshack, and the mysterious "The Palero". Lanore is very much a strong female that express her mind such as not letting the guys push her, Zulu the calm but commanding guy, and Meshack the jealous ex-boyfriend who seems to still miss Lanore. Readers now will have to decide between Zulu and Meshack. Zulu is someone admirable for his confident self as well as allowing Lanore to make her own decisions. Meshack has his good attributes but comes out immature and pushy. The Palero is a character that from what got from Fire Baptized was this almost overwhelming powerful supernatural. Hopefully in the novels to come we can discover what The Palero is and his connection to Lanore. Readers should keep an eye out for the romance though. The romance besides being emotional can be sensous. In this particular scene, we get Kenya Wright's sense for the seducing scenes she can create. There's humor too in a moment in the novel when Lanore sets out to find clues to who the killer is and she happens to have to go to a stripper club. Very hilarious! Kept thinking. wow, didn't see that coming.

Kenya Wright's Fire Baptized has to be something rather interesting in paranormal mystery. She handled the mystery quite nicely. While the paranormal was new territory in terms of how Kenya creates it. The Mixbreeds (Supernaturals with two or more different genetic connections to people who are paranormal beings are labeled so) are treated disliked by Purebloods ( paranormal beings without any mix besides their original inheritance in the paranormal- vampires, fairy only, and or werewolves). It makes sense that supernaturals that have pure supernatural traits would dislike hybrids or Mixbreeds because they don't have the strong originals' inheritance, so therefore are below them. So, indeed new take for a paranormal-mystery novel with Fire Baptized. Very recommended!
Overall: Touching read
Genre: Paranormal, Romance- Erotic Romance, Shapeshifters, Supernatural, Mystery/Suspense

                             About the Author 

Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university. 

However, writing has been the only constant love in her life. 

So here we are Kenya is publishing her first book, Fire Baptized, the urban fantasy novel she always wanted to read. This novel is the first book in a series. 

Will she succeed? Of course. 
For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song. 

Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.  


Alicia W.B. said...

Great review!

I just wanted to point out that the ebook is actually $0.99, but I understand that it may go back up to $2.99 at some point.

Cassandra (The Book and Movie Dimension blogger) said...

Hey Alicia,

Thanks just realized it myself and changed it. Sometimes make errors when typing quickly.

Good notice. And thanks to for the review compliment!

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