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Fire Baptized (A Dark Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance Series) (Santeria Habitat Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kenya Wright
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hidden Gem Award 2012
Badass Book Reviews.

"Genre-bending awesomeness for paranormal AND mystery lovers!" 4 stars. Susan Gottfried, Trevor's Song.

“A novel with many layers that go far beyond a simple urban fantasy story. On one level, it is a crime story that also has the obligatory love triangle that seems to go with Paranormal Romances. On the other level when looking deeper, it is also a story commenting on oppression and segregation.” 5 stars. Ken.

“A fresh new outlook on the supernatural.” 5 stars. Kami Bravo.

“It has great character development, a fantastic plot, and steamy love interests. It's unpredictable; it has great pacing; and it clearly had a proficient editor. I thought it was fantastic and I can't wait to read the next installment.” 4 1/2 stars. Jen.

“A mystery, supernatural, and romance novel all mixed up into one deliciously decadent treat!” K. Nicole.

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?

Editorial Reviews


“Here we have characters who are strong and vulnerable, smart and emotional . . . This is the next best thing.”  —Pavarti K. Tyler, author, Two Moons of Sera

“Genre-bending awesomeness for paranormal and mystery lovers.”  —Susan Gottfried, author, Trevor's Song

About the Author

Kenya Wright is the author of Burning Bush and Incubus Hunter. She lives in Cutler Bay, Florida.

Product Details

  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985023074
  • Publisher: Dragonfairy Press; 1 edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YHTT9G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Ever since I read the description of this book I was really excited to start reading. Was I disappointed? Not really. Was I surprised? A little.

This book is fast-paced and never lacks action. It starts when Lanore, half demon and half fairie, runs from the police straight into a ceremonial murder. She isn't hurt, but now the murderer knows who she is and soon she begins to receive messages via dead bodies. Not fun for her. Now she's taken it upon herself to find the serial killer, along with the help of her ex-boyfriend were-cheetah, MeShack, and rebel leader Zulu.

Ms. Wright has created a fantastic world. It takes place in a slum habitat for supernaturals, placed in Miami and surrounded by a military base. Within the habitat, classes have formed. Pure bred supernaturals are the high society and mixed breeds, or mixies, are shunned as the scum of the supernatural world. There are fairies, were-animals, demons, and pretty much any other mythical creature you can think of. She does it in a very unique way...even though fairies and werewolves aren't exactly new, Ms. Wright makes them completely her own.

The thing that surprised me was the language and graphic sex. Now, I'm not very touchy about such things, and while I found it often unnecessary, it didn't offend me; but if you're someone who is bothered by foul language or graphic won't like this book, because it is everywhere.

The book did wrap up rather fast. Most of the book is spent hunting down this supernatural serial killer, and then at the end the final fight between Lanore and the killer only lasts a few pages.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Baptized is a WINNER! January 19, 2012
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Fire Baptized (Habitat)

Fire Baptized is a mystery, supernatural, and romance novel all mixed up into one deliciously decadent treat!

Fire Baptized follows Lanore a "Mixbreed" who lives in the habitat, which is a caged city where humans have exiled supernaturals. Lanore as a Mixbreed was born of two different supernatural species and they are further ostracized by the Supes (purebred supernaturals). Lanore witnesses a murder and suddenly is smack dead in the center of a supernatural serial killer sacrificing Supes to the Voudoun deities. Along for the ride are two men dueling for her affections.

Not just an empty calorie treat, Fire Baptized tackles racism/species-ism (?) in an engaging way & the storyline echoes the treatment of minorities in the not too distant past. I cannot wait to read the follow-up to Fire Baptized and follow the entire series. I was hooked from page 1!Fire Baptized Kenya Wright has given us a wonderful debut novel!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action packed January 20, 2012
By Legacy
Format:Kindle Edition
Right from the start, author Kenya Wright dives right into the action in Miami, but not the city we know, instead filled with vampires, trolls, shapeshifters and ungodly creatures. Mixbreeds are looked down upon. The action doesn't stop, and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat until the climatic ending. A very good read indeed.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark Urban-Fantasy March 13, 2012
By Celine
You know the feeling when every single person you know loved a book, but you don't? And you wonder why people don't see it? That is how I feel about Fire Baptized.

Supernaturals are being forced to live in cages the size of small cities. Here they live in poverty and suppression. But things are even worse if you are a Mixbreed. They are second-class citizens, even in the Habitat. When she witnesses a gruesome murder on the way home, Lanore is determined to find the killer. But then he starts targeting people around her, and the killings get more personal.

The best way to describe Fire Baptized is an Anita Blake novel merged with a dystopian with social suppression themes. Think pre-orgy Anita Blake here. It's graphic urban-fantasy. There is a high level of gore and sex scenes that leave very little to imagination. I wouldn't recommend this for the sensitive reader. But for those of you who like it gritty - you might like this.

I admire the idea behind the story. It's different from what we're used to. There are Shifters, Vampires, Fairies, Pixies, Half-Demons and Witches; about every supernatural creature you can think of. They live in a caged city, cut off from the world. It's a highly original concept, and I just wish the execution was better.

The thing is, when you make this fantastic world with countless creatures that inhabit it and even make a whole religion for them, I want details. I want to know who built the cage. How does it look. What kinds of supernaturals are there, and what are their powers. When did supernaturals come out of the closet, so to speak? My main problem with Fire Baptized is that these details aren't there. There are pixies flying around, but I don't even know what they look like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better April 11, 2013
By Eliza V
Format:Kindle Edition
So, I received a free copy for review...

I really wanted to like this book. As a matter of fact, I believe it deserves a 2.5 rating versus just a 2 because it was a decent read.

I'm a fan of urban fantasy. The world Wright creates is intriguing, and I see the parallels to our history's past. The problem is that it's not enough. The book glosses over this world giving little hints and pieces. Supernaturals are branded and relegated to habitats, but why this was done isn't explained. Mixed breeds are hated but again, there's no explanation as to why. I'm guessing this will be explained in the next books, but it comes off as lazy story-telling.

The book seems more focused on the romance, and it's horrible. We're supposed to feel perplexed over who Lanore should choose. Hulking and beautiful MeShack, or hulking and beautiful Zulu. Their skin-color is the only characteristic that really tells them apart, but even that changes. These men are alpha males, misogynistic, brutish, and boring, but the heroine soaks it all up. I hated them, and I could not stand Lanore. One second she's all tough and determined, and the next she's unrealistically skittish and cowardly. It's lazy writing meant to please the romance freaks. Sorry, I just don't do poorly written romance.

Like I said, it's a nifty world. Some of the plot points were intriguing, but at less than 300 pages long, it's not that great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was a good book, just not really my cup of tea.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing author
Kenya includes wonderful details to a unique and clever plot. The character come alive on the page. Totally team MeShack
Published 2 months ago by kimberly evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
Loved the dialogue, mystery, horror, and romance.

Kenya Wright created an unique world that echoes real life oppression. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RL Teach
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Interesting Elements
Fire Baptized has been on my TBR pile for a long while. To be honest, it was the cover that caught my eye and then to my delighted shock it has an AA female lead. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Danielle Book Boss
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great book!!!!
Wow! I did not know what to expect, but I was blown away by this book.Lenore rocks ! Love Zulu and MeShack! What a great beginning to a wonderful series. Buy this book !
Published 10 months ago by ilikereading
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent paranormal
Loved it, so different the characters, the world they live in and yet it all comes together to tee an amazing story. This is a must read especially if you like it and paranormal.
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A lot of the time I throw caution to the wind and download a book and end up hating it. If a book doesn't snare me five minutes in I delete them. Not this time! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Heather Gallimore
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing page turner
I loved this book. It is like a new age Octavia butler, Kim Harrison, and la banks rolled into one . She is very promising.

Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I really like this book and cannot wait to read more. It is a bit naughty but I love the world and wonder where the author will take us next.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Willing to read the rest
I took a couple chapters to sort out who was who and what the setting was but it picked up and I was eventually able to follow. The end did seem rushed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Kenya Wright has several novels in urban fantasy, interracial romance, and erotic romance.
She 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.

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