Review: Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright

Posted April 16th, 2012 in book review / 10 comments

Fire Baptized

Book #1 of the Habitat Series

by Kenya Wright

Publisher: Dragonfairy Press (January 2012) (Self-Published)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 276 (paperback)
Source: Review Request by Author
Purchase: Amazon / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

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?

The Good
I was swallowed into the world Wright created from the get-go and then spit out at the very end, left wide eyed and out of breath. Fire Baptized is jam-packed with action, sex, and violence. The perfect cocktail for a great read. This is one of the better urban fantasy books I have read this year. I only wish I had book 2 of the series on hand because I am itching to see what Wright has in store for her characters.

Whom the Angel’s Named Lanore…
The summary above does an excellent job of summing up what to expect from this book, so I wont rehash. Let’s get right down to Lanore. Even though she is no saint, I admired her. She was strong, intelligent, independent but also vulnerable and sensitive which made her relatable. She was a perfect balance of what I look for in a well-rounded protagonist. She also has an almost unhealthy sense of justice because she never once relents in chasing down this supernatural serial killer. The cops are pretty much useless in the caged city that supernaturals are forced to live in. And when the killer starts leaving presents of the bloody kind for Lanore, she can’t help but try to solve these gruesome murders before she is the next victim. And sure, Lanore has the fiercesome ability to create fire and use it as a weapon but she still can’t do this on her own.

Shack Up with MeShack…
Enter MeShack and Zulu. MeShack is Lanore’s childhood friend and ex-lover. They know everything about each other and have gone through the worst times of their lives side by side. MeShack fascinated me the most. He was so raw and animalistic that I couldn’t wait until he appeared on scene. His attitude was both frustrating and endearing. He does not like when he doesn’t get his way and makes sure everyone is aware of it. But he would tear down heaven and Earth to keep Lanore safe. His magnetism rivals that of the male leads I have come to love in other urban fantasy novels. So it’s easy to see why Lanore finds it so hard to resist him.

Then we have Zulu. I little more calm and collected than MeShack. But he has his own inner animal to contend with. He is the leader of the Mixbreeds for Equality group that is trying to stop the discrimination and brutality most supernaturals bring down on mixbreeds. But his position can also bring about a lot of problems for Lanore, so is it really worth it for her to get involved with him? He may have strong feelings for Lanore, and vice versa, but he also has some secrets that need to be brought to light before Lanore can even consider being with him.

Hot, Hot, HOT!
The plot was very well done. I never knew what was coming next, which made it impossible to put the book down. The pace was fast and exciting, and the characters were well developed. I felt a sense of danger and mystery the whole time and could only hope Lanore, Zulu, and MeShack would find the murderer before it was too late. This book was also pretty gruesome which I thought was perfect considering the gritty feel of the book. Fire Baptized is simply HOT in every aspect. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

The Bad
I guess, if I want to be picky, I could say there was some inconsistencies in action or object/body placement that caught my eye but it didn’t take away from the story.

The Snuggly
This book is smoking. It has some sex which is red hot but not overdone. And we also get this love triangle. But the biggest problem is that I wanted Lanore to end up with both MeShack and Zulu. Or at least throw the one she doesn’t choose my way because there is no reason to waste such fine…specimens.

But don’t expect romance per say, it’s more like reading about raw need and sexual charisma that will make your skin tingle.

I love this book in every way. The action, the sexual tension, and the violent topic that came alive on paper. The supernatural world was intriguing and original. The characters were realistic and fun to read about. The ending made it obvious that this series has a lot of adventures to come and I for one will be there to read every one. Highly recommended.

“You have one minute to see who it is or I’m taking you on the kitchen floor,” MeShack said.

“That’s so romantic. You should write poetry.” I turned around and spotted him, standing in my bedroom doorway.

He closed the distance between us and clasped his huge hands around my waist. His wings rapidly flapped back and forth. “Hold on and close your eyes. If you vomit on me, I’ll drop you.”

“What?” I gasped.

We soared.

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10 Responses to “Review: Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright”

  1. Sarah (saz101)

    Uh, wow. Just wow. Seriously, you don’t often see self-pubbed books that are this good, and I KNOW it’s good if you say so–I know you don’t bullshit in your reviews :O

    WOWOWOWOWOWOW… hehe, I was giggling over your snuggly bits: “But the biggest problem is that I wanted Lanore to end up with both MeShack and Zulu.” Maybe we need some Laurell K. Hamilton crossover type thing? 😛

    • Jennifer L. Bielman

      I almost didn’t put self-pub only because the author only owns 1/3 of the Pub Press, but to me that means self-published because she kind of had an in, lol. But when reading this book I never once thought of it was self-pub. It was extremely professional. I could not put this one down.

      LOL, Hamilton. You crack me up. I almost wish that would happen cuz both of those men a FINE!!!!

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