Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright

Habitat, Book 1

Lanore Vesta is a college aged fire mixie (mixed breed supernatural) who stumbles upon a murder. She then becomes overcome with curiosity and begins to investigate on her own.

I've been holding onto this review since I finished the book. But today, I started reading it for a second time and realized I couldn't hold it to myself anymore. The author, Kenya Wright gave me an ARC and I finished it in a day. It was a page turner, the characters are great. Gosh I really don't have a whole lot to say other than it was great and I can't wait for the rest of the series to be written!

1. MeShack is probably my favorite character over all. He's an African/Iranian mix were-cheetah. Lord is he fine. His anger issues are actually dead sexy to me too, lol. 2. Zulu is not to be overlooked either. It seems as though he could be your standard blonde/blue white guy, except he has long blonde dreadlocks and ... well ... his name is Zulu. Plus, the fact that he's crazy fine doesn't hurt either. 3. In the next book, I'm sure we'll see more of Dante, a 250 year old vampire who had mixie 'slaves' working for him that Zulu got released. Sort of. 4. OMG what happened to the merfolk? I wanted to cry. 5. Kenya, could we get some merfolk in the next book please? :-) 6. THe living situation at the end of the book actually tickles me and I can't wait to see how this will work out. 7. I believe theirs a reason why Ray calls Lenora 'Princess' but that's total speculation on my part. 8. I'm really hoping Lanore's powers grow so she can become a total bad ass. Being able to control fire is one of my favorite supernatural abilities. 9. "I turn into a big black guy." HA! I totally laughed. 10. I happen to think those pixies always playing around MeShack are so dang cute. 11. Theirs a piece of me that feels like MeShack got the short end of the stick. Well not necessarily that, but he should have gotten what he wanted.

Overall. I loved it. The men make me happy, Lanore didn't annoy me, but the segregation is unsettling. It's absolutely necessary for the book and won't at all deter you from reading it, but it's so easy to compare it to things in history along with immigration and things of that nature. Nonetheless, I'm really excited for this series. I want to see it all the way through to the end.

4 Stars
IR: Lanore (AA) Zulu (W) MeShack (African/Iranian) Ben (Asian?)
Casting: Zulu - Kellan Lutz (I can completely see him with no shirt and some dreads. Lord ...) Lanore - Tiffany Hines (she's on Nikita) MeShack - Sendhil Ramamurthy (if he were darker, he'd be perfect)

Chosen by Denise Grover Swank

The Chosen Series, Book 1

This is probably one of the best .99c buys like EVER. Anyway ... In Chosen, as soon as you begin reading, you're on the run. Emma and her son Jake are hightailing it out of a diner that Emma works at because some Bad Men are coming. A little after that, she meets Will, who Jake deems as safe. Jake apparently has some kind of telepathy and a lot more that is revealed later in the book. It takes about half way through before you get any kind of information on what's going on but oddly, even though I complained to myself about it, I didn't mind. Jake is apparently a wanted child by some unknown people and we can only get that he's wanted because he's special, but later, the script is flipped and you find Emma is who they're after. But then again ... Their are 2 groups. One is after Emma and one is after Jake. That's where things get hairy. You don't know who works for who, you just know that someone is wanted and they're running like hell to keep from getting caught. As far as Will goes, he's into some 'stuff' but ultimately has a change of heart when he realizes that he's falling for Emma and decides (around the time Jake throws something in his face) that he can't (no, really, he can't) go without her.

1.) Now you guys know how much I hate having to read about sex (unless it's an LA Banks book). Swank apparently knew I was coming for this because the sex in the book was more of a 'hand on breast, pants gone, a joining' and then I'm happy because the D and P words are not thrown around willy nilly. 2.) I really liked the connection Jake had with Will until ...... 3.) It was a non-stop rollercoaster ride. Really, it was. You never stop moving. And just as you get comfortable, you're on the run again! Non-stop action, blood and death via bullet (I'm more of a rip the neck out kind of girl but this will do). 4.) It wasn't paranormal enough for me (along the lines of Tornado Siren and Disillusionist Trilogy). If I'm reading something that's out there, I want it to be really far out. 5.) Oh, thank goodness. No this isn't IR or AA but our heroine wasn't a blonde either. Thank goodness!

Overall, their isn't much to say about this book other than the fact that it's good. Their aren't many bad points at all. I will definitely recommend this and am thinking of purchasing book 2 but I'm not quite sure if I'm up for another book of chase. It took me about a week to get through this one simply because I was tired, lol.

3 1/2 Stars

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fire Baptized GIVEAWAY!


A new book hit the market by Kenya Wright entitled Fire Baptized. I was given an advanced reading copy and will be posting my review up after the giveaway has ended.

Contest Rules!

1. Follow this blog.
2. Reply to his post with ...a.) Your name: b.) Goodreads Profile link or Email address:
3. Also in your reply tell me if you are a member of the group African American and Interracial Paranormal?
4. Answer the question 'will you be joining in the reading challenge at AA & IR PN?'
5. Check back for a new blog posting featuring an interview by the author, Kenya Wright, and leave your comments or questions for her.
6. 1 entry per person. Worldwide winners! 5 people will win an e-book!
7. Contest ends February 28, 2011.
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