Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lily's Review of Fire Baptized, by Kenya Wright

Fire Baptized (Habitat, #1)

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?

Kindle Edition286 pages
Published September 2012 by Dragonfairy Press (first published January 16th 2012) 

My Rating:

This is not my first novel by Kenya Wright. And it will not be my last by a long shot. 

(Sigh) Love triangles are always so intriguing. I never have a problem reading about them. But I usually don't know who to root for or feel sorry for when both males have such interesting, strong qualities (and *cough cough* - major sex appeal). In this case, ex-boyfriend MeShack is a strong male with all the sex appeal you can muster up visually, and he knows it. Though I found him to be arrogant in that department, I recognized that there were some deep rooted feelings for Lanore, and they had a long history together. And then you have Zulu, who is equally appealing, but with an intensity that is so hard to resist. And both bad asses want Lanore.

Though in some novels I am not sure why the female character gets so much damn attention, Lanore is all deserving. She is a strong female, for which I am glad. I generally enjoy strong females much more than the whinny, come-rescue-me types.

This is a great thriller in any setting, but I thoroughly enjoyed Wright's original and imaginative world, where humans have forced supernatural beings into this caged city. Though the supernatural range is vast, it was easy to follow, and the focus was maintained to the main characters of this plot so there was no suffering from information overload for me. My thanks. I have a short attention span.

Really excellent character development, and action packed from beginning to end. There was never a dull moment. Excellent debut!


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About the author:
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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. 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.


  1. I loved this book and totally agree, Kenya's debut is amazing. Wait until you read Burning Bush! Can't wait to hear what you think of it:)

    1. I started the Burning Bush and totally sucked into the mystery within the first few pages! I am really liking this series.

      - Lily


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