I loved to hate this book. The main character is utterly unredeemable – possessive, manipulative, selfish and...more**spoiler alert** Well, where do I begin?
I loved to hate this book. The main character is utterly unredeemable – possessive, manipulative, selfish and depraved. He's a weak person (giving into his perverse desires) and he's a predator. He talks about loving Lolita but he takes advantage of her at every turn. Despite this, I can't sympathise with Lolita either – obviously she's trapped when her mother dies but her own stupidity seems to be her undoing (both with Humbert and later with Quilty) and yet, when her life becomes difficult she reaches out for help from her abuser. I couldn't stand that about her!
I felt myself saying 'No! Urgh you idiot!' on more than one occasion. I was disturbed, I was outraged, I was disgusted. I was also glad to see everyone got their just desserts.
I didn't always enjoy the author's writing style. It's obvious he's an artist and that his command of language is exquisite – but sometimes it was too much to swallow. I couldn't see the forest for the trees – so to speak.
All in all, it was an interesting read. It was depressing and dark and I never really read books like that, so it was a good break from my usual fare. That said, I think there is a reason why I don't read books like this. At the end, I felt tired and deflated. I'd like to say I enjoyed it but I am not sure that's the right word – I think maybe I appreciated it more than I enjoyed it.(less)
You don't want to know what I think, Goodreads. You really, really don't. This book is the first entry onto my 'books that sucked wangs' shelf. Pretty...moreYou don't want to know what I think, Goodreads. You really, really don't. This book is the first entry onto my 'books that sucked wangs' shelf. Pretty much sums it up. This book had so much potential but it squandered it like a former beauty queen turned crack whore. BOOM!(less)
I loved the world, I loved the premise of the story and I loved the characters (love triangle and all, which...moreRealistically, 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 you've been bombarded with. There were a lot of real social issues touched upon in the book, particularly prejudice, the role of religion in society, class disparity and drug abuse which kept the content relevant and relatable. To top all that off, this book has really, really hot men in it! Yay! (:P)
The murder mystery at the core of this novel was also brilliant and well played, it was fast enough to keep driving the book forward and the characters on their toes.
Fire Baptized is a really refreshing addition to the urban fantasy genre - I feel like every book I've been reading lately is the same, but Kenya Wright has managed to think a little bit outside the box to create a really enjoyable book.
I really can't wait for the next instalment!(less)