Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review: Fire Baptized (Santeria Habitat #1) by Kenya Wright

Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright 

Book: Fire Baptized (Santeria Habitat #1)
Author: Kenya Wright
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary 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?

My Review:
Fire Baptized is a unique book that has such a good story line and plot. I was hooked from the start.

Lanore is a mixed breed or as they are know in the habitat a Mixie. She can create fire which comes in handy for her. Some in an emergency and some funny moments. She lives in a caged city where everyone has a mark on their forehead that identifies their species. Mixies are second class citizens to the Supernaturals, aka Supes. Lanore lives with her ex-boyfriend MeShack who is also a shifter, a were-cheetah. They have somewhat of a different relationship, sometimes friends, sometimes more. But there is another guy that Lanore is interested in, Zulu. He is a white guy that shifts into a big black guy with wings.

One night on here way home, Lanore stumbles upon a murder in progress. While she cannot make out what the killer looks like the killer knows who she is. When a note from the killer is left at her apartment, Lanore enlists the help of MeShack and Zulu to help her figure out who the killer is before she becomes the next victim. It's not long before bodies start piling up and the investigation becomes more intense. It seems that the killer is sacrificing each victim to a certain African-American God. Will Lanore and her friends become the next victims or will they find the killer in time?

I really enjoyed the author's style of writing. She combined supernaturals, African-American religion, all with a murder mystery twist. Then add the romance, which at times is somewhat erotica in my opinion and you end up with a great story. While the romance is steamy at times it doesn't take over the story. The murder mystery is the main story line in this book. I liked all of the characters with their own unique personality and brand. I would like to continue with this series and see how everything plays out. There is more that happened that I hope we see in the rest of the series. Overall a great book that would appeal to urban fantasy, murder mystery, and supernatural fans. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review: Prototype D by Jason D. Morrow

Prototype D 

Book: Prototype D
Author: Jason D. Morrow
Publisher: Jason D. Morrow
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
A hundred years after the world is decimated by nuclear wars, humanity has been reduced to a surviving city of people called Mainlanders. They have food, water, and a wall that separates them from their enemies—the Outlanders.

Branded as savages, the Outlanders have grown in number and their attacks against the city have become more brutal. Increasingly, they threaten to overtake the city, bringing with them the doom and destruction that has plagued mankind for over a century. What the Mainlanders need is a weapon.

Des is the first robot created with a full range of human emotions. His reasoning skills and thought processes will make it so no human will ever have to step foot on the battlefield again. But when Des realizes his true purpose—to help destroy the Outlanders—he suspects that the real enemies might not be the people he was built to destroy, but those who created him.

My Review:
Prototype D had me hooked from the very beginning. This is the first book with robots that I can remember reading. I didn't want to put my kindle down. I am happy to see that there is a second book so I get to see what happens next.

The story takes place a hundred years after a nuclear war decimated the world. Hazel grew up in Mainland where she lives a pretty normal life despite everything that has happened. She has always been taught to hate the Outlanders, as they are known to be savages who want to overtake Mainland. She has good reason too, some of them killed her mother and sister and left her father blind.

Now years later Hazel is a programmer for the Mainland Military. She has been given her latest assignment to program a robot to help in the war against the Outlanders. The robot is known as Prototype D or as Hazel calls him Des. He is programmed to be human like with thoughts and emotions. When he fails a simulation test because of fear, Bracken, the Military Commander wants him shut down. He orders Hazel to get rid of that robot and program another more advanced robot with no fear. This produces robot Prototype E, aka Esroy. He is like an ultimate solider with super cool gadgets and of course no fear. Hazel has a soft spot for Des and convinces her co-worker Roger to let her keep Des.

Commander Bracken does not find out about Des not being shut down until he saves Hazel from fugitive Nolan Ragsdale. It's after being held captive that Hazel learns the truth about what is really going on with the Mainland government and military. This is when she makes a decision that will change her life.

I really enjoyed reading this story. The world and the characters are really well written. I kept forgetting that the robots were not human and were actually robots. The author did an awesome job of making them seem human. The story is full of action, suspense and has many surprises throughout. This is the second book of this author's that I have read and it won't be my last. If you enjoy dystopian, post-apocalyptic or sci-fi you should check this book and others from this author! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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