The Burning Bush

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Overview

Set in a caged habitat, where supernatural beings have been trapped by humans, the dark fantasy Habitat series follows Lanore as she solves mysteries while struggling for equality in the face of prejudice among supernaturals.

After Dante Bottelli’s slaughter of Vamp-owned Mixbreeds, Lanore and Zulu execute a well-planned attack that hits Dante where it hurts the most—his pockets. But their attack triggers a chain of unfortunate events and allows Detective Rivera to blackmail ...

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Overview

Set in a caged habitat, where supernatural beings have been trapped by humans, the dark fantasy Habitat series follows Lanore as she solves mysteries while struggling for equality in the face of prejudice among supernaturals.

After Dante Bottelli’s slaughter of Vamp-owned Mixbreeds, Lanore and Zulu execute a well-planned attack that hits Dante where it hurts the most—his pockets. But their attack triggers a chain of unfortunate events and allows Detective Rivera to blackmail Lanore, forcing her to investigate his case: the Burning Bush Murders. Someone has been tying girls to bushes and setting them on fire. Lanore must find the killer or Rivera goes public with his information—while Dante won’t take his defeat without a fight. He counterattacks and the Santeria habitat, as well as Lanore’s and Zulu’s lives, will be changed forever.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I love how Ms. Wright has expertly crafted a new world with a new set of rules.”  —Reflections of a Bookaholic

“I was wrapped up in the murder mystery. And the politics. And the horrible racist (species-ist?) atmosphere in which the story is set. I can see Lenore becoming something so much more than what her society relegates her to.”  —Red Hot Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985023041
  • Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2012
  • Series: Habitat series , #2
  • Pages: 427
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenya Wright is the author of Fire Baptized and Incubus Hunter. She lives in Cutler Bay, Florida.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    A Must Read Sequel!

    After finishing Fire Baptized, which I really enjoyed (definitely read it first if you are interested in the series), I had certain expectations for what needed to be covered in a sequel in order to keep me happy with the Habitat series. I really had wanted more backstory while reading Fire Baptized; the world Kenya Wright has created is richly unique and I couldn't wait to learn more about it. I was also anxious to learn more about the characters' pasts that had been touched upon but without much detail. The Burning Bush did not disappoint; I felt I learned more about the Habitat history than I had expected and was satisfied with everything I learned about Lanore, Meshack and Zulu.

    While the plot is carefully crafted and keeps my attention from beginning to end, I think what makes this series, and particularly The Burning Bush, such a great read is the characters. Kenya does a spectacular job creating complex characters that come across as very real and relatable even though they're supernatural. Lanore isn't one of these very typical UF/PNR heroines that are professional investigators with extensive weapon training and a super power to boot, what makes her special is that in spite of being supernatural, she is just a struggling college student who is fighting against prejudice in a messed up world and trying to make the best of her complicated personal life. She somehow manages to get herself involved in crime investigations in both Fire Baptized and The Burning Bush, but solving those crimes isn't what makes her who she is. It's refreshing to encounter a different kind of protagonist in a genre that tends to produce, for the most part, a single type. Lanore is kick-ass without following the UF/PNR heroine formula.

    Only adding to the realness of these characters is the fact that they are all far from perfect. Lanore, Meshack and Zulu all have plenty of good qualities, but they have just as many that are less than admirable. I'm actually surprised at how much I can still love Meshack even though he's a cheating man-whore! I find his regret over his cheating on Lanore very sincere and can sympathize with his position. At the same time, I want to smack him over the head and tell him being a shifter in his "season" is no excuse! Zulu rips out people's hearts when they threaten his cause or those he cares about, and as disgusted as I am by his behavior at times, I can't help but love how protective he is of those he loves and how dedicated he is to making a better life for "mixies". Kenya does an amazing job and making these imperfect characters believable and completely lovable.

    Finally, Kenya has such a talent for doing what I consider the impossible in her books. In Fire Baptized she introduced perhaps the only love triangle I have ever read that I wasn't annoyed by and I feel just as mixed up as Lanore does about who "the right guy" is for her. In The Burning Bush I still don't have the answer to who is the better choice and that I continue to enjoy the complexity of their relationship. The Burning Bush ends with a HUGE cliff hanger which, to me, is usually a big no-no. Sure, end the book with some things left unresolved, but ending a story in the middle of chaos usually just frustrates the reader and works against the writer. I don't know how Kenya manages to make the cliff hanger at the end of The Burning Bush work, but she does it! I can't imagine a better ending, even though I'm biting my nai

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

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    Author: Kenya Wright Published by: DragonFairy Press Age Recom

    Author: Kenya Wright
    Published by: DragonFairy Press
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Rating: 4

    Review:

    "The Burning Bush" by Kenya Wright was second installment of this authors 'The Habitat' series. This novel was about 'Lanore' who was the daughter of the demented Demon. You may need to read the first book by this author..'Fire Baptized,' to really understand parts of this second novel In the "The Burning Bush" that Lanore who had been involved with some 'blowing up of some of Dante Bottelli 's companies' and it seems that Detective Rivera finds out of Lanore's involvement and then he then blackmails her into helping him solve another crime which involved two women that had been murdered clinging to a burning bush. You will find that the plot is very intriguing keeping you totally involved in this emotional roller coaster ride. I found all of the characters so well developed and so captivating read having
    paranormal/fantasy/shapeshifter/vampire/magic/witches/romance and yes, even some mystery in this read. You will find "The Burning Bush's" author is not "afraid of the grit or horror of discrimination and injustice." She will create a story that is both 'horrible and even mesmerzing' just leaving me to say: Wow! And at the end...a be ready for a 'cliffhanger.


    If you are looking for a very engaging book that will keep you turning the pages... you have come to the right place...for "The Burning Bush" would be recommended to you.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    The Burning Bush picks up where Firebaptized left off.  angry at

    The Burning Bush picks up where Firebaptized left off.  angry at Dante for his horrible and malicious behavior toward the Mixies in his care, Lanore and Zulu manage to strike back with great force and precision . But they don't on the ripple effect of the consequences.  It seems that compromise will be necessary but Lanore and Zulu no longer know who their enemies are.  Things aren't as they seem.  Rivera blackmails Lanore into helping him solve another murder mystery.




    I truly enjoyed this book.  I love how the world has continued to develop.  Learning more about the history, class dynamics, and problems drew me into the novel and made me excited to learn more in the books to come.  I love how Ms. Wright has expertly crafted a new world with a new set of rules.  I'm able to completely disappear the world of the Habitat.  Some of my favorite characters returned and there are new interesting ones.  There is still a hint of a love triangle.  Though many will disagree with me, I prefer Meshack (I know what you are thinking).  I know why Lanore isn't with him and he can be kind of gross, but if I have to pick one, I pick him.  I can't stand violent, possessive men in the real world or in a book world.  It drives me crazy because this is not love!  In my world, women in these types of relationships often end up dead...but I digress.




    There is much sadness in this installment which surprised me.  Oh...and there's a cliffhanger.  Pause.  Yes.  A cliffhanger.  Everyone knows how I feel about cliffhangers.  It almost diminished my enjoyment quite a bit.  I had originally picked a different rating on that alone, but time away and reflection has allowed me to look at the bigger picture.  One of the reasons I fell in love with this series is the fact that it stands on good writing and powerful creativity and imagination.  If it starts to use some of the gimmicks of typical YA, I think it might start to lose some of its magic.  That said, this isn't YA.  The romance is hot, hot, HOT!  The characters can be described as college age.  Though the characters are a little older, it can read like YA sometimes.  I really like that.  We need more with older young characters.




    This review is long for my standards but I still have so much to say!  Overall, I loved this book.  I didn't want it to end and I'm so excited for the future.  I recommend this one to any one who enjoys hot romances, paranormal fun, adventure, and amazing writing.  Is that everyone?  Okay, I recommend this to everyone.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

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    Book #2 in the Habitat Series. I received this book from the

    Book #2 in the Habitat Series.



    I received this book from the author, Kenya Wright.

    The Burning Bush picks up the story of Lanore Vesta about a month after the end of her first adventure in Fire Baptized. It starts with a bang – literally – when Lanore and Zulu bomb Dante Botelli’s business. Unfortunately, this provides Detective Rivera with the last bit of leverage he needs to blackmail Lanore into solving another of his cases – the murders of two young women. To complicate matters she also has to contend with her love triangle with Zulu and Meshack, the escalating war of revenge-for-revenge with Dante, a possible conspiracy involving the Rebels, keeping the vessel – Angel – safe while she tries to determine the Palero’s true motives for wanting her, and dealing with Zulu’s little sister, Cassie, who has become Lanore’s self-appointed assistant. Solving the Burning Bush Murders for Rivera turns out to be the easy part. Dealing with her friends and loved ones is the daunting part. When Dante retaliates – with tragic results for Lanore – she takes a closer look at what she’s doing with her life and who she’s doing it for.

    First, a couple of things I didn’t like. The first book in the Habitat Series – Fire Baptized – was an urban fantasy with some strong romance undercurrents. The Burning Bush seems to have transformed the series into a romance in an urban fantasy setting. I’m also not a fan of cliff-hanger endings in book series.

    Wright continues to develop her world of supernaturals forced to live separately from humans. She provides history of the rift between the two and Lanore’s own backstory seamlessly throughout the story. She balances the various parts of the story, keeping the reader uncertain as to which are related and what is truly coincidence or conspiracy. As in Fire Baptized, her characters are the heart of the story. She’s created individuals you can see yourself spending time with – or avoiding at all costs. I especially like Zulu’s Prime. His attitude and personality remind me of some of Christopher Moore’s monsters.

    In all, this is a good second “episode” for the Habitat Series, but be prepared for a change in approach to the story from the first “episode.”

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

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    Even better than Fire Baptized

    At almost twice the length of the first book in this series (Fire Baptized), this book has a more complex mystery, more excitement, and more tragedy. The Burning Bush delves deeper. For me, one of the best things about this book is learning more about the world. I'm excited for the next book!

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