Review of Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright

Description from Goodreads:

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?

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, there are Purebreds and there are Mixies. The Mixies, or mixed species, are considered second class citizens. To the point where it resembles the 1940’s & 1950’s where there was the huge race divide in the US, with separate areas for whites and “colors”. The Mixies are fighting for their rights, and Lenore is part of the MFE, a group run by Zulu to help establish equal rights.

The police inside the habitat are called Habbies, and they are sent into the habitat to “police” as punishment for their own crimes. So as a police force they are pretty useless. And corrupt.

The Relationships: Of course Zulu has a thing for Lanore. She isn’t sure how she feels toward him. And that is complicated by the fact that she lives with her childhood friend and ex-boyfriend MeShack. Who she still has feelings for, after she broke up with him for cheating on her. How she can still be friends with him, let alone live with him, is beyond me.

The Murders: Disgustingly graphic. I must say I was surprised at who the murderer was. I had guesses, but after they ended up being victims I knew I was obviously wrong and stopped trying to guess. They are pretty sick and twisted, and done for what the killer thinks is a bigger purpose.

After Lanore sees a murder being committed, and is unable to stop it, the killer focuses on her. She then takes it upon herself to investigate these crimes, and of course the two men in her life are unable to stop her, so they eventually join her. One more so than the other.

Things that I didn’t get/like: She goes to the victims house and discovers she has a son … so she decides to take him home … I was baffled by this. It didn’t seem to make sense to me, and of course he becomes a weakness that will be exploited by the killer later on. The kid isn’t mentioned often, but enough that she feels like he is hers I suppose.

Also, the final scene with the killer seemed somewhat anti-climactic. I won’t say much, because I don’t want to ruin it, but there was someone else there that just so happened to have the right power to make escape easily possible. Why this other person was there at all was never explained and made no sense to me. There was always only one victim, why this time there was to be two was never explained. It seemed just too random.

At one point Lanore’s arm is injured. She mentions it hurting so bad she screams and can’t move it, then a few pages later it no longer bothers her. Maybe it could have been mentioned in passing that what happened to her arm generally heals quickly or something, because I would imagine if it still hurt her that bad, it would have made a difference in what happened next. Possibly. Or adrenaline could have been used as an explanation too.

At the end, the eating scene I thought was unnecessary. When you read it, you’ll get it.

I wish there was more history explanation, but since it looks like there will be a book two, I am hopefully more will be revealed there.

And just about everyone had dreadlocks, which I find a little odd, but that is just a personal preference. 🙂

Things I loved: The characters. They are so well done, and you (eventually) understand their motivations and reasons for reacting to things the way they do. In the beginning it is a little confusing, but you get there. They are so very passionate. They believe and feel strongly, and you start to feel the same things.

“Touch her like that again,” Zulu growled. “And I’ll rip your fucking fangs out.”

Also, the freshness of the story. I have read nothing like this before. It is so very unique. The last 1/4 of the book I couldn’t put it down.

The world is so full of turmoil and is so different from anything I have ever read. I think I have said that several times. 🙂 Sorry.

The things I mentioned as dislikes are what  I would consider minor things. Please don’t skip this book because there were things I didn’t like. I just thought they should be mentioned.

This book gets a solid 4.5 stars from me. Read it, you won’t be disappointed. I will be eagerly awaiting book two. As always, the book picture is a link to the Amazon page for purchase. At the time of this post, it is only $1.99!

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. And then I bought a copy ;-). If that isn’t a good sign, I don’t know what is.

Feature and Follow Friday #94

Guess who is being featured??

Ok, you don’t have to guess, it’s me! This weeks Question:

Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then “broke up” with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

A:

Hmm, not usually. I like to follow most characters through all their ups and downs, plus I have this little problem leaving a book or a series incomplete.

There is one series that I read, and will continue to read, that the main character disappoints me more often than not. The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, by Laurell K. Hamilton. The series started off strong, and exactly what it sounds like, she is a vampire hunter.

Of course the main vamp ends up seducing her, but not for several books. The first few books are really really good. Predictable at times, but still super entertaining.

Then Anita has sex.

It is all downhill from there. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good smut book as much as the next girl, but only when it is supposed to be smut. It turns out Anita’s powers are connected, and fed by, sex, usually with multiple partners, and sometimes in different shifted forms. She is a “sexual vampire” and must have sex every so often otherwise she and those she is connected to, could die. Which means there were several books where there was crazy graphic sex for several chapters, then a chapter or two of story, then crazy graphic sex. And I have yet to read anyone who writes as graphic a sex scene as Mrs. Hamilton, which is a good thing in less frequent doses. A girl does get tired sometimes.

However I have hope! The last couple books have been significantly better. Back to the storyline, back to hunting bad vamps. I am eagerly anticipating the next book, Kiss the Dead which is due to be released June 5th, hoping it continues this trend. I am not holding my breath, but keeping my fingers crossed. I have invested too much time in this relationship to give up on it now.

I would like to thank Parajunkee and Alison Can Read for hosting this, and for featuring me this week! And of course I will follow you if you follow me, just leave a link to your blog in a comment!

Review of Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Description from Goodreads: All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party…and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead…or undead.

That doesn’t really tell you what the book is about. I guess they were trying to keep it vague. 🙂 You learn pretty quick that Rachel is miserable in her job. Haven’t we all been there?! While she is out on a job, she runs into an old partner, Ivy. I would hesitate to call her a friend, since it seems through most of the book Rachel is terrified of her. With good reason; Ivy is a living vampire. I am not going to take the time to explain the world, and the supernatural creatures in it, Harrison does a good job of that in the book. All you need to know is regular “humans” (what is regular or normal anyway …?) know about the other creatures they live along side, and most are not happy about it. Continue reading

Jumping on the Anti-Plagarism Bandwagon

Stop Blog Plagiarism

I was all set to avoid the issue, being a baby-blogger myself, but I find I cannot keep quiet.

It recently came out that a well-known blogger (the be honest, I had never heard of her, but that isn’t saying much) plagiarized several other blogs. I have looked through all the posted evidence, and made my own decision; she is not “accused” nor is it “alleged”, she did it. Of course, that is MY OPINION. It is not a final decision of anyone other than myself.

I am horrified. I never even thought about plagiarism in the blogging-verse. Apparently it is a bigger problem than I had realized, as many of my blogging friends have a story of “when I was plagiarized” and it makes me sick. The question I have seen thrown around is, why would you even have a blog if you were just going to copy someone’s opinions? Isn’t the point of having a blog to have a place where you can say whatever you want?

Parajunkee said it best about this particular case, in my opinion. Look over the facts, make your own decisions, and support who you think are the victims. I am of course paraphrasing, a lot, but you can read her post here.

Let me say here, if you ever feel I have copied your work without giving you due credit, please send me a message with why you think that and what you would like done to remedy the situation.

And if I find out I have been plagiarized … well let me just say even though I am new to this whole thing, I already have a wonderful group of friends, who will do everything they can to make things right. 🙂

The Dark Horde by Brewin

Description from Goodreads: 1989, rural Victoria, Australia. Something is preying upon the township of Howqua Hills. Brian Derwent, head of the local Police Station, must simultaneously grapple with the investigation, his disintegrating personal life and unseen forces that are not of this world.

Part thriller, part crime-fiction, all supernatural horror, The Dark Horde tells of the return of an ancient evil that is neither stoppable nor comprehensible…

The Dark Horde is very well written. The descriptions of scenery, and the killings, are all described in such vivid detail that you feel like you are the one standing bathed in blood. If you are into that sort of thing. It is definitely something you don’t want to read alone, at night, when it is storming. Of course, I did all of those things. Would you expect any less? Continue reading

Dirty Little Secret

This week’s question:

If you could visit any country with a fictional character as your guide, who would you pick and why?

My Answer:

I think I am going to have to go old-school on this and say Lestat from Anne Rice‘s The Vampire Chronicles Collection
books. And we could go to any country in the world, as I am pretty sure he has been to them all. I mean really, who doesn’t love an angsty vampire? Ok, maybe that is just me.

But he would be the best tour guide. He could tell you all about a location’s history and mythology, all while flying you around the world, wrapped in his hard cold embrace, with nothing between the two of you … ok sorry. I got a little off topic there. 🙂

Him being french would of course make visiting France a top priority. But he spent a lot of time in New Orleans, and I have only been there for a total of 3 days … I am sure I missed a ton. And the way he speaks, so eloquently, I would probably drool a little just listening to him. I wouldn’t even want to talk at all myself, which is saying a lot, because I am not a quiet person!

But who would YOU want to travel with?

Domers by David Couzins

From Goodreads: 2080 A.D., the United States is a “virtual” country where citizens live sealed inside millions of family-sized domes to protect themselves from the terrors of the Outside. A betrothed couple is kidnapped while moving to their new dome home and for the first time experiences Nature and Freedom while getting caught up in a multi-tribe American Indian army’s war with Mexico.

But that doesn’t really tell you what the book is about. You start off meeting nine year old Jonny Corant working on a school project. Which leads you to meeting the rest of the Corant family living inside the dome. Everyone, except grandpa, who had lived on The Outside for a while, seems happy with their setup. You know what they say, ignorance is bliss. Through the first several chapters you come to realize no one leaves their dome, unless they are getting married and moving into their own dome. Everyone works, sleeps, and plays through the Net, a highly regulated and monitored internet. Their little bubble is shattered when Tom & Jenny’s (his fiance) transport to their own dome gets attacked by a small Mexican force and they are kidnapped. They get rescued by a Native American  scout working for the U.S. military. And that is where I began to get really lost. Continue reading