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Fire Baptized (Santeria Habitat #1)

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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 M
Paperback, 1st Edition, 276 pages
Published January 28th 2012 by Dragonfairy Press
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Kat Kennedy
This is not a book I’m happy about review­ing, because I really wanted to like it and its rat­ing doesn’t truly reflect its quality.
You know how you love some­thing like ice cream (note: I don’t like ice cream) and so you eat lots and lots of it. Then one day you pick up your favourite ice cream and it looks extra sump­tu­ous. Even though there is noth­ing wrong with that ice cream, and even though it’s just like every other ice cream you’ve bought, you just sud­denly can’t stom­achit.
That was m
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
A Badass Hidden Gem...

My first "official" review for Bad Ass Book Reviews. I hope you enjoy it.

Or you can read it below..

Let me tell you what I loved about this book…

The characters are so different.

From our human perspective, Lanore, the main character is dark, with dreadlocks. But that is not what I mean by different. I’m talking about different in how they transform into their supernatural self. You have Lanore, who is a mixed breed (she’s part Fairy and
Kenya Wright
This is one of those books that made me feel like the author was in my mind and writing down everything that I ever wanted to read.... oh wait... I'm the author of this book! Well I still loved it!
Check out this review and others like it at BadAssBookReviews

4.5 stars. Fanfreakingtastic!

Why did I wait so long to read this book? Perhaps, because I expected it to fizzle out for me. I thought it might catch my attention at the beginning but then ultimately get boring. This was my expectation because with very few exceptions most urban fantasy books have been causing this reaction in me for the past 12-18 months. Fire Baptized is different than most urban fantasy books I have read and as a re
Jen (Red Hot Books)
**4.5 Stars**
Before I get into the specifics, I have to say that books like these are the reason I keep my door open to indie authors. Fire Baptized flies in the face of self-published stereotypes. It's fresh and unique. 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.

Our heroine is Lanore, a mixed breed supernatural, who lives in the caged ghettos where humans relegate the preternat
Wright got it right! What an impressive debut effort!

Kenya Wright's Fire Baptized pleasantly surprised me! Just when I start to wonder if I'm just reading too much Urban Fantasy, I run into a fantastic story like this one.

There are no secret supernaturals here. Since the '70s humans have isolated these species to live in restricted areas. Think District 9 with a little less some parts of town. They identify all of the different species with brands on their foreheads. Of course there i
Fire Baptized is an action-packed, sexy, murder mystery. There wasn't a moment in the book when I wasn't completely engaged. Lanore commanded my attention.

The habitat is is a caged space where humans force supernaturals to live. Lanore is a Mixbreed, born of two different supernatural species. Like other Mixbreeds, she is an outcast among supernaturals, even within a city full of supernaturals cast out of the human world. As you can see from the cover art, Lanore's power is pyrokinesis. She crea
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
I’ll start off by saying this very much exceeded my expectations. Lanore is a mixbreed with the power to control fire, a pyromancer. When she unknowingly stumbles upon a murder in progress, Lanore being the only witness to the murder and the killer seeing who she is, it puts her in real danger. Not only does Lanore have her own safety to worry about but she is also caught in the middle of two men, each wanting her for themselves, one who she had been with in the past and one who is new on the sc ...more
K. Williams
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 t
Mistik | I ♥ Monster Fkery |
I picked up this book for free on
Amazon and the first few pages were just fine. As I kept reading I realized I was half way done and could not stop. I gulped it up in one day. It was frkin' AMAZING!!!
What a great world KW has build! I can't wrap my mind around the fact I was never lost in this new concept. The writing is clear but deep, exhilarating and thoughtfully whole.
The heroine is tough but has natural fears of big n bad. Read: not head over heals rushing into stupid but brave and intelli
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 08, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy fans who play with fire
This book was on FIRE!!


No, not like that!

Ok... kinda like that....


Because the main girly of the story can do exactly that. She can make -FIRE!!

fire! fire! fire! huh huh huh hmmmmm......

Lanore is a Mixie (mixed supernatural) who lives with her ex- werecheetah -boyfriend, MeShack.

I know... doesn't sound like a good idea. Right?

Did I mention that he's ripped and is in a band... and is a cheetah?

Ladies.... do I have your attention?

Anyways, Lanore is out roaming around one day when s
Susan Gottfried
I was one of the lucky people who got a look at Kenya Wright’s Fire Baptized before it was published. On the surface, it may seem distasteful: the Supernaturals have been exiled to a ghetto built out of a literal cage near Miami, Florida. This ghetto, though, is reminiscent of a shetl of Eastern European past: some districts are quite lush and lavish, while others live up to the ghetto name. It’s its own contained community, and it lives and breathes in ways some real cities never do in fiction. ...more
I found this book by accident during one of those “lost” nights on Any goodreader will know exactly what I am talking about. Those nights when hours are lost and unknown books are found. I never would have found this book if I didn’t belong to a site like goodreads, and finding books like Fire Baptized makes this site a gem (so long story short, go join! and for those who are reading this on goodreads, good for you. You have done the right thing.).

Fire Baptized was a
I really enjoyed this book.

I wasnt sure what to expect when I decided to buy this. The author was on my friends list, we have similar taste in books, so I gave it a go.
I am not dissappointed. A great break out book.

With a fresh new outlook on the supernatural, this book is sure to impress. I loved the little love triangle. Both the men made me want to choose them. The dialogue was great. I tend to get really bored with books when they spend too much time explaining non essential things, and spen
Jacqualine Walker
Let me first say that I am a HUGE fan of paranormal romances. This book had it all. Romance, humor, mystery, a little danger and of course the paranormal! I loved the heroine. Not only was she kick-ass she was funny, sarcastic and real. (Now that I mention it, all of the characters were tempered with a "real-ness". Something that I related to.) She refused to be pushed to the back and let the menfolk take charge for her. I want to see more from this author. If you are in the market for a page-tu ...more
Alexis Villery
While running from the the local police (known in the habitat as habbies), Lenore stumbles upon a murder. Feeling guilty for not trying to help save the woman, she finds herself trying to probe into her death. While she hoped to discover the identity of the killer, she draws the attention of the killer. She starts to receive gruesome gifts and Lenore knows that she must discover the identity of the killer before the people that she loves becomes victims. Through all the adventure, Lenore finds h ...more
After reading this I think I may have just become Paranormal Fiction Baptized and all the authors who write in this genre have Kenya Wright to thank for my baptism and conversion. So I know what you're thinking i.e. "girl, where have you been all this time??" To be honest, I don't have much of an answer for you. Actually I do, but it's kind of a long story. You see I was always hesitant to start reading the genre. I didn't quite know if I was ready to handle supernatural beings interacting with ...more
4.5 Stars

When warnings and body parts from the killer starts showing up at La La and MeShack apartment the esoteric Zulu moves in to make himself a bigger part of La La's life.

Mixbreeds or Mixies are treated worse than second class citizens so when the murders start to happen, no one really cares except La La and the MFE, headed by Zulu. Wright does a good job on a sensitive topic in this case speciesism. Here race doesn't matter but if you are a mixie, no matter the combination, you are nothing
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 targ
Nicki Markus
I was asked by the author to review this book and, since it sounded like a fun read, I accepted.

On the whole I wasn't disappointed as Fire Baptized offers a sassy heroine and plenty of action set in a world of supernatural creatures.

Lanore's character is full of fight and makes a wonderful urban fantasy/paranormal heroine. At times I found her blind independence a little too much, but I admired other aspects of her character that kept me hooked on the story.

The story itself is an interesting con
Kashif Ross
I hate giving this book 3 stars. I wanted to be addicted like everyone else and throw down five. I really loved the concept and writing. The culture and history in the book were also great. Even the characters had traits that I completely loved. But the inconsistencies had a snowball effect.

By inconsistencies, I mean the character traits changed too much. One minute, Lanore is crying and fragile, the next she's strong and dominant. She'll rush into something without thinking, but tell Zulu that
I've loved it.
I started reading and couldn't let go. So I've finished the book and I still want more.

I loved the world Ms. Wright has created with so many different species. Some species I've heard of them before, but the author has just gave them a little personal touch. I really enjoyed the characters, sometimes I rooted for one, others for another.

I am interested and I want to read more!

If you like PNR romances, you should go for it! *Warning - It's addictive"

Paula Ratcliffe
This book was sent to me via the author for a honest and fair review.

The time is 1970's and the world is seperated into Humans and Paranormal. The paranormal live as second class citizens. All sorts of paranormal live in a community. They have various symbols to represent their race wings for fairies, full moon for vampires. Our main character is Lanore Vesta who is a mixed breed marked with a silver X on her forehead. She struggles to finish college and be the first supernatural being to do tha
I got to read Fire baptized in return for an honest review, in a nutshell .. this book is so different from the norm, Kenya Wright has created an entirely different world full of all sorts of paranormal creatures - Were/Witch/Fae and Monster. The main character is a supernatural of mixed blood where she lives in a world seperated from humans but shunned by pure blooded supernaturals all of which are treated horrfically by humans.

I really liked the fairy element of the book I haven't read too m
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on October 19, 2012

First things first, this book is full of action. Right from the very first line you are sucked in and captivated. I immediately wanted to know more and kept swiping forward on my Kindle to find out what would happen next.

One of the best things about this book is the way that the magical and real life elements are combined. There's a lot of heavy issues in the book like drug use, prostitution and racial and class i
The Chain Will Not be Broken

In a world where humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities, branded on their forehead to reveal what form of supernaturals they are. In the world of supernaturals it is even worse to wear an X, the mark of a mixed breed. No one knows this more than Lanore who wears the mark of the X. A quite reserved young college student, struggling and living with her ex-boyfriend, Meshack, a were-cheetah, Lanore’s life is forever changed the day she decides to steal
I am so glad I accepted this review copy. The branding of supes and caged cities was enough to show me that this is a unique urban fantasy series, but I wasn’t aware that it’s also a heavily African-American culture influenced series, and that just makes it even more unique and fun.

It’s not new to parallel supe civil rights issues with those of minorities, but they often flounder. Wright’s book depicts the complexities eloquently. Making a group within the supes that the supes hate makes it more
Jennifer Bielman (Bad Bird Reads)
Originally from my blog: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy....

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 character
Realistically, this book was a 4.5 for me.

I loved the world, I loved the premise of the story and I loved the characters (love triangle and all, which is usually a tall order). There was enough going on with the characters and the story to keep me flicking through the pages.

I thought the author built her world and characters in a really enjoyable way, it didn't really have that 'first bookitis' where you get a huge information dump and you're not quite sure what to do with all the information y
Maegan Morin
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book. I was kind of thinking it was going to be just another YA paranormal novel. Boy was I wrong! This book was excellent and in my opinion definitely not for teens. Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright is the story of Sentaria a habitat on the out skirts of Miami made exclusively for Supernaturals to live. Lorana has lived in Sentaria her whole life, a kleptomaniac pyromancer she has known nothing but struggle and is far from perfect. One night s ...more
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“How do I know you’re not the killer?” MeShack asked.
A smirk plastered on Zulu’s face. “Because you would’ve been the first victim.”
“Dante and this Palero were definitely playing some sort of game, and I didn’t know the rules, which was fine with me. Whenever a game became too complicated, I just set the board on fire.” 12 likes
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