Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright
Book 1 in the Habitat series
Purchased from Amazon
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?.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker’s Review – 4 stars – B+
Let me tell you what I loved about this book…
The characters are so different.
From our human perspective, Lanore, the main character is dark, with dreadlocks. But that is not what I mean by different. I’m talking about different in how they transform into their supernatural self. You have Lanore, who is a mixed breed (she’s part Fairy and part Demon) who has the ability to wield fire, MeShack, who is a full blooded shifter but he also has some fire elements, Zulu who is also a mixed breed and I won’t ruin what he is since his human self is so different from his supernatural self. All the characters, even in their human shell, have characteristics that remind the reader of what they are. MeShack, as a shifter, can use his smell to decipher who has been where, and in the case of Lanore, who’s she been with. Zulu, even as a human, can use some of his supernatural skills to offset other supernaturals.
The author took great care to make all the characters seem like they really could exist in a secret caged city. Part way through the book, as a reader, I could tell what type of creature the next character was just based on that character’s personality, movements, and reactions.
The plot was well written and interesting
This was a mystery that stumped me. I’m pretty observant and can figure out mysteries pretty easily. However, I was stumped. I like that.
The book is dark, and filled with horror elements but not unnecessary horror.
Let me explain (or try to at least). In this book, you have supernatural creatures. Not shifters, vampires, witches or other creatures trying to mix in with humans, but supernatural creatures stuck together under one caged city. It literally is a dog-eat-dog world. Because the characters in this book are inhuman, they don’t possess many of our human qualities. For example, they might rip you apart and then ask questions later. Or they might just kill you if they think you’ve wronged them, and then simply say “oops” if they find out you are innocent. Because of this mentality, you have lots of violence. As a result of the violence, you have lots of body parts and blood. However, the author does not at anytime use the gore for shock value or to disgust the reader, it is just part of this world.
Seriously. I hate love triangles. I believe in just taking both men in bed at the same time…hehe…just kidding…maybe.
So, MeShack, and Zulu are the men in this triangle and Lanore is the woman. The characters are so well-written and there is a lot of history to explain how this triangle occurred. At no time did I want to scream or plan my team MeShack or team Zulu. It just didn’t work that way in this book. I’m not sure how the author did it but she made a love triangle work.
Here is a supernatural character that is sassy, strong, take no BS, but also possesses the most humanlike characteristics of the supernatural’s. She feels guilty, compassion and sadness. She also is super loyal to both men (if you can imagine that) and to her friends.
A great book. It’s amazing that this was a self published book and I enjoyed it immensely. It had small issues but nothing that affected the overall book (and nothing that was specific to this book being self published).
I can’t wait to read book 2!
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