I originally agreed to review this book back in August and expected to get to it on my TBR list last month. Had I known how much I would of liked it, I would have read it the instant the author sent it to me. I suppose that one good thing about waiting is that the sequel The Burning Bush released September 28th, so I don’t have to wait long before finding out what happens next with Lenore. You can check out more information on Burning Bush (Habitat #2) on Goodreads. I haven’t had much luck with Urban Fantasy books, but Fire Baptized changed my mind about removing that genre from the list of books I review. Check out my review below and then make sure you pick up your own copy.
And dare I say this….I’ve had amazing luck with books this week. I think I’ve loved every single one of them!
Fire Baptized (Habitat #1) by Kenya Wright
Publisher: Dragonfairy Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Overview: I was seriously done with urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I’ve began to feel like it’s the same old characters with the same old problems and they all end the same. Urban fantasy in particular has disappointed me lately and I admit that it took me much longer than it should have to finally read this book. After reading the first chapter of Fire Baptized, I KNEW that this was special and different. First off, this main character is not a detective or in law enforcement. Secondly, Lenore is not your average female. Thirdly, this book is much darker and more disturbing than most urban fantasies. This book never scared me but there were several disturbing and gory scenes that gave it a horror feel at times. Fourthly (is that a word?), Lenore is part of the underclass and the segregation and class differences/lack of rights is really compelling.
Characters: There is a love triangle, but this is no love triangle you’ve ever read before. Lanore has two male companions who both want to be with her. She refuses to be exclusive and instead chapter by chapter she alternates between the two men becoming more and more involved with each one. This drives MeShack and Zulu crazy with jealousy, but they only pursue her further. In other words, Lanore is a playa. This role, usually reserved for males, makes for a very entertaining read. I couldn’t guess which one she wanted and I’m guessing that she would have been happy with both – had the guys agreed. There are some awesome lines in this book:
“I don’t need your protection.” I extended my hand to the side, pushed a large fireball out of my palm, and said, “Wow, look at that. Isn’t that amazing? I did it all by myself. I can dress myself and wipe my own ass, too.” – Lenore to Zulu.
Plot: The book begins with Lanore witnessing a murder and the murderer knows. Lanore notifies the police but she’s unsatisfied with being idle and searching for the identity of the murderer on her own. Be careful which characters you get attached to in Fire Baptized, but the murderer is not satisfied with killing only one person.I appreciated the details the author made to make this fantasy world seem authentic. There were several references to historical events that she put an urban fantasy spin. Like, the black panthers were actually black panther shapeshifters.
Ending: The mystery of who the killer is (and who Lenore will be with) is solved, but Lenore (and the reader) gets a glimpse of something at the end, which will change everything she thought she knew. It’s a decent end to this part of her life, but I’m so thrilled that the next book is already released so that I don’t have to wait too long before finding out what happens in her life next.
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?
An urban fantasy containing a love triangle with almost too much love.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sung 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.