Title: Fire Baptized (Habitat #1)
Author: Kenya Wright
Published: January 28, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads
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?
This book was on FIRE!!
No, not like that!
Ok... kinda like that....
Because the main girly of the story can do exactly that. She can make -FIRE!!
fire! fire! fire! huh huh huh hmmmmm......
Lanore is a Mixie (mixed supernatural) who lives with her ex- werecheetah -boyfriend, MeShack.
I know... doesn't sound like a good idea. Right?
Did I mention that he's ripped and is in a band... and is a cheetah?
Ladies.... do I have your attention?
Anyways, Lanore is out roaming around one day when she sees a murder.
Yeah, dude! She sees this chick like totally begging for her life and trying to guilt her murderer that she has a kid and the murderer is like "SO" and BAM.... the chick gets hacked to bitty bit bits! And Lanore like totally hi-tails it back home and is like "DUDE! I just saw a murder!"
Ok... I'm exaggerating a bit.... but you get the jest.
Then this dude named Zulu comes into the picture. He's this other really hot mixie who's past is a secret. What is here? Where did he come from? And why is he eyeing Lanore like that?
Does it matter? He's loaded and is super duper ripped!!
Ladies! Do I have your attention? lolz!
Zulu runs an organization for Mixie Rights. Mixies are being oppressed and he's like "I'm sooo gonna protect you Lanore!"
But why? Oh yeah, after the murderer hacked that chick to bits the murderer was like "OH SNAP! I think that girl saw! I better write her a threatening letter and tell her that I know she knows and I'm soo gonna kill her next."
Or something like that ;)
This was a really fun story. If you like Urban Fantasy but without all the ninja kung fu skills then this book is for you!! I'm not a big fan of Urban Fantasy but I really enjoyed this. I think it's because there weren't any swords and chicks working on their cars and you know... guns and stuff. It was all magic and fire and stuff. I liked that.
I really loved how vivid the characters were. The author did a very good job at giving each character their own personality. You definitively can distinguish between them and pick a favorite. Mine was MeShack.
I also enjoyed how much detail the author put into the species. It was very interesting hearing about pixies, water witches, vampires, were-rats, and more.
This is a great start to what should be a very interesting series. I look forward to reading more!
If you like a good urban fantasy mystery with just a bit of spice (and abs) then go pick up this book. I guarantee that you get caught up in the inferno that is ZULU (oh yeah... and Lanore).
**Paranormal Wastelands would like to thank Kenya Wright for choosing us a chance to review her book.