Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright

Posted October 29, 2012 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

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?
I have to say that this book was very real written. It’s super refreshing when you open a book and it’s written really smartly. I enjoyed reading the book, and the descriptions were really spot on, I could paint a picture in my own head about what was going on. 
I have to say that Lanore is a pretty unique character, she’s definitely her own girl, and I think if you lined her up next too characters from other books she would definitely stand out in her own right. She doesn’t take crap from anyone, but she’s also a really good friend. She’s the kind of person you would want to have in your corner. Lanore has some really complex relationships throughout the book, especially with the men in her life. She has this whole triangle thing going on, and there is a lot of history to go behind it. I had a hard time trying to choose which guy I wanted her to end up with. I think that’s a pretty impressive feat by the author. In most love triangle situations, sometimes I like both guys (as was the case with this book), but oftentimes it’s super easy for me to choose the guy I want the girl to end up with, it’s visceral, my gut instinct telling me which one I like more. I didn’t have that with this book, I was genuinely torn. 
If I had to pick the one thing I didn’t enjoy as much as the other elements it would have to be the level of violence. For me it just wasn’t my thing. Now in no way did the book have violence just for violence sake, there was always a reason that the author painted, but for me I prefer books that are more character driven with a little less violence in them. I will say that I think the violence in the book helped keep the pacing level up higher, which I enjoyed. 
I think if you are looking for a unique take on the genre you should certainly give this book a try. There is a lot of action, some romance, and generally a little bit of everything, so I think just about anyone could find some elements within this book that they enjoy. 

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