Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Book Review: Fire Baptized - Kenya Wright

Synopsis - Since the 1970's 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 categorised by humans.

Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, a second class citizen shunned by society.  She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during the 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 Me-Shack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat's raunchy nightlife.  But their presence 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? (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - I loved this book, it kept me entertained and dying for Lanore to solve the crimes.  We have a classy heroine despite her status in this civilisation, fearless, determined and I guess what many young women would strive to be like (forgetting the Mixbreed, of course).  We have the hot heroes to help her and the right mix of seedy bad'uns as well as the downright nasty and evil in both sexes.  Along the course of the story, we meet a few killers or potential killers who could easily be the perpetrator, and as each victim keeps appearing we are left wondering  - which is exactly what a good crime story is all about - the is it/isn't it factor.  I can't wait to read more of this series. 4*

Kindle edition: ASIN: B006YHTT9G

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