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?
This is a hot, action filled story that is definitely written for adults. There is a love triangle with two good guys with some serious heat appearing in several sex scenes. Both MeShack and Zulu have strong alphs male characteristics, but Lanore is strong and independent in her own right.
I found the world building was simplistically done, with details scattered throughout the story. I’d love to know more about how the caged cities originated, and the origins of the brands. More information about the history of the cities and the obviously violent history between the humans and the supernaturals would help to strengthen the world building.
The action was very heavy through the story, with few breaks. It was exciting and fast-paced, and yet the final battle seemed a little disappointing. It was too simple and too quick with no complications. I’m happy Lanore prevailed, but it seemed a little too easy compared to the rest of the story.
Overall, this was a unique story that delivered. It was exciting and hot, and a good start to a new series.
Challenges read for:
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012
2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge