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Fire Baptized

(Santeria Habitat #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,019 ratings  ·  239 reviews
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
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 stom­ach it.
That wa
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!
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
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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
Jen Davis
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
**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 ther
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~`
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
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
Kenesha 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
Being a persnickety lover of quality Interracial Romance & Urban Fantasy books, all I can say is that I am truly enamored with this amazing book.

Why? Because basically, Kenya starts it off with a bang, and then grabs your attention for a 3 hour tour that blazes through a colorful alternate universe, that's full of fae, demons, vamps, shifters, even weirder demons, and witches.

After reading this amazing book, I truly believe that Kenya Wright is an author whose talent has been seriously under ra
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 d
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
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan Gottfried
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes fantasy or paranormal romance
Recommended to Jen by: My group for BOTM
This book was part of our Book of the Month in the group I am in...I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read this book! Kenya Wright will be on my auto buy list for sure and I can hardly wait for the second book in "the Habitat" series! Kenya's imagination is absolutely amazing and this world that she has created is full of all sorts of different paranormal characters. ( Shape-shifters, demons, pixies etc...)
This book is so much more than a "paranormal romance" and there is such a s
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Alexis Villery
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nicki Markus
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-paranormal
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
Lady Raven RAVE!
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this world, supernatural creatures have been exposed and the humans keep them in 'sanctuaries'. In the sanctuary located near Miami, there is a serial killer loose, enters heroine Lanore Vesta, a mixed breed. She witnesses the murder of a woman in an alley way by the killer. The murderer decides to involve Lanore in the macabre game. She decides to investigate and catch the killer. Helping her are Zulu and Meshack, both men want her but she shies away from both for different reas
Sarah's Reviews
The caged habitat may protect the humans from vampires, fairies, shifters, demons, and mixbreeds like Lanore, but it does nothing to protect supernaturals from each other. So when Lanore catches a murderer's eye, and the people around her start dying – there is no one but herself to save her skin.

Fire Baptized is an easy adult read set in a familiar yet very different world where the thugs can shape shift and the drug dealers are truly demons.
Readers should be aware that this book contains exten
Isabelle MBTL
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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"

Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
Not as excited as I hoped to be, but overall the writing was good and the story even if obvious was constructed well. My only problem was that I didn't connect with any of the characters, but that's just me. You might feel different about the whole thing. I liked the ritualistic nature of the murders and the symbolism in the staging.
Pavarti Tyler
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Disclaimer : This book magically appeared in my PO Box. I have no idea where it came from. I didn't buy it and the author didn't send it to me. It seems I was meant to read this book and I'm so glad I did.

Review : If you're anything like me you read the description of this book and rolled your eyes. It starts out strong and then you have a Were-Cheetah, guys named Zulu and the use of the word "raunchy". I knew this book was a risk when I started it. It was either going to be the best book
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
I love reading a book I know nothing about and finish it pleasantly surprised. Like the description says, all the supernatural creatures live in "habitats" (actually giant cages spanning an entire city). The story never goes into why or how that happened. It is an interesting shift from most other books, where either the supes are the most powerful and/or live under the radar. How the humans rounded up them all I have no idea. What matters is that they did.

The Politics: And within the habitat, t
Jennifer (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
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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When I read the synopsis to this book I thought it sounded good. I was wrong, this book isn't just good, it's great. Kenya Wright has created an incredible world. Added to a plot-line cram packed with action and suspense and you have the recipe for a damn good read.
The story is set in Miami but in this Miami there are Habitats where the supernatural creatures are penned in to keep them separate from the human race. Mixbreeds like Lanore
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