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FREE on Smashwords. Full ebook also available on GoodReads. Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities known as habitats. Each habitat is themed and organized by a particular religion. All supernaturals are tagged at birth with silver brands embedded in their foreheads identifying them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for S FREE on Smashwords. Full ebook also available on GoodReads. Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities known as habitats. Each habitat is themed and organized by a particular religion. All supernaturals are tagged at birth with silver brands embedded in their foreheads identifying them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, an X for Mixbreeds, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans. This short story collection is set in the Santeria habitat. The first three short stories are in the point-of-view of MeShack, Zulu, and Lanore, from the novel Fire Baptized, and serve as a prequel to that story. The last short story is from the point-of-view of Cameo, who lives in the Santeria habitat, and is from the upcoming YA novel Chameleon. Love lost, Love found (Point of View: MeShack) MeShack's mother has been missing for several weeks. Lanore and MeShack search the Santeria habitat for her, only to find something that changes his life forever. The Heart Ripper’s Song (Point of View: Zulu) All in Santeria speak of Zulu the Heart Ripper. Drug dealers fear him. Women swoon at his feet. Too bad the one woman he wants is not impressed at all by his heart-ripping antics. He’ll have to dig deeper to get her attention. The Vicious Circle (Point of View: Lanore) Lanore stumbles from one self-destructive choice to another as she struggles to align her mind’s decisions with her body’s wants. An excerpt from Chameleon (YA Paranormal Romance novel set in the Santeria habitat) Cameo lives in a caged supernatural city where all species are tagged at birth with silver brands embedded in their foreheads. Her X brand identifies her as a Mixbreed, but she’s so much more. Like a chameleon, she can shift from one person’s image to another. It’s a great way to make money for a habitat street kid, or Cage Punk as most people call them. Wiz, her street partner-in-crime, finds her jobs to use her abilities. Some jobs entail changing into people to take academic tests. Others require more skill and involve higher risk. So when Wiz asks Cameo to stand in for a Were-wolf teenager who doesn’t want to go to her debutant ball, it seems like just another job, until a corpse is discovered and Wiz is singled out as the killer. Now Cameo has to prove her innocence or lose the only person who’s ever shown her any love and respect.


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FREE on Smashwords. Full ebook also available on GoodReads. Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities known as habitats. Each habitat is themed and organized by a particular religion. All supernaturals are tagged at birth with silver brands embedded in their foreheads identifying them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for S FREE on Smashwords. Full ebook also available on GoodReads. Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities known as habitats. Each habitat is themed and organized by a particular religion. All supernaturals are tagged at birth with silver brands embedded in their foreheads identifying them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, an X for Mixbreeds, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans. This short story collection is set in the Santeria habitat. The first three short stories are in the point-of-view of MeShack, Zulu, and Lanore, from the novel Fire Baptized, and serve as a prequel to that story. The last short story is from the point-of-view of Cameo, who lives in the Santeria habitat, and is from the upcoming YA novel Chameleon. Love lost, Love found (Point of View: MeShack) MeShack's mother has been missing for several weeks. Lanore and MeShack search the Santeria habitat for her, only to find something that changes his life forever. The Heart Ripper’s Song (Point of View: Zulu) All in Santeria speak of Zulu the Heart Ripper. Drug dealers fear him. Women swoon at his feet. Too bad the one woman he wants is not impressed at all by his heart-ripping antics. He’ll have to dig deeper to get her attention. The Vicious Circle (Point of View: Lanore) Lanore stumbles from one self-destructive choice to another as she struggles to align her mind’s decisions with her body’s wants. An excerpt from Chameleon (YA Paranormal Romance novel set in the Santeria habitat) Cameo lives in a caged supernatural city where all species are tagged at birth with silver brands embedded in their foreheads. Her X brand identifies her as a Mixbreed, but she’s so much more. Like a chameleon, she can shift from one person’s image to another. It’s a great way to make money for a habitat street kid, or Cage Punk as most people call them. Wiz, her street partner-in-crime, finds her jobs to use her abilities. Some jobs entail changing into people to take academic tests. Others require more skill and involve higher risk. So when Wiz asks Cameo to stand in for a Were-wolf teenager who doesn’t want to go to her debutant ball, it seems like just another job, until a corpse is discovered and Wiz is singled out as the killer. Now Cameo has to prove her innocence or lose the only person who’s ever shown her any love and respect.

30 review for Caged View: A Collection of Urban Fantasy Short Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kenya Wright

    Well I wrote this book... but I am completly unbiased when I say this is the best thing ever! It's like a god came down on earth and grabbed a pen, wanting to bring beauty to the world. Dare I say.... this is going to cleanse your SOUL! LOL! Or at least make you laugh.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    I reached out to the author to ask if I should read this before or after Fire Baptized as this is the prequel and she suggested I read this after. I'm glad I followed this suggestion because the way the story is crafted in Fire Baptized it provides you with background knowledge that you can draw on as you're reading Caged View. This has three chapters from the point of view of MeShack, Zulu and Lanore respectively. MeShack's view is a little way back in time while Zulu and Lanore are somewhat clos I reached out to the author to ask if I should read this before or after Fire Baptized as this is the prequel and she suggested I read this after. I'm glad I followed this suggestion because the way the story is crafted in Fire Baptized it provides you with background knowledge that you can draw on as you're reading Caged View. This has three chapters from the point of view of MeShack, Zulu and Lanore respectively. MeShack's view is a little way back in time while Zulu and Lanore are somewhat closer to the events of Fire Baptized (at least in my estimation). MeShack is going through his Season as well as a difficult point in his life. We also get to see the affection between him and Lanore. Zulu for his part is desperately trying to win Lanore over while also establishing a reputation as a heart ripper and no I don't mean romantically. He is literally going around ripping hearts out of troublemakers. This side of him plus a little insight into his past (via Ray) were very intriguing to read about especially because in Fire Baptized he was always so in control and suave. Him watching Lanore outside her window was kinda stalkerish though…Lol. Lanore meanwhile is trying to cope with life in general, discovering who she is and fending off the attentions of Zulu. The only problem is, he's not listening and is relentless in his pursuit. Fun times no?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    4.5 stars I enjoyed this very much. But I should say: This is not a book of short stories. In my opinion, a short story has a beginning, a middle, and an end--with a resolution. These "stories" are more of characterizing scenes, mostly based on the characters in Kenya's Fire Baptized novel. We get to see MeShack's backstory, which was touched on a bit in Fire Baptized. We learn more about Zulu, where he chases down a drug dealer in his fight for Mixbreed equality. We get another taste of Lanore an 4.5 stars I enjoyed this very much. But I should say: This is not a book of short stories. In my opinion, a short story has a beginning, a middle, and an end--with a resolution. These "stories" are more of characterizing scenes, mostly based on the characters in Kenya's Fire Baptized novel. We get to see MeShack's backstory, which was touched on a bit in Fire Baptized. We learn more about Zulu, where he chases down a drug dealer in his fight for Mixbreed equality. We get another taste of Lanore and how she feels about the two guys in her life. It's a fun collection. For folks who haven't read Fire Baptized yet, I think it's a good introduction to the world and to the characters. For folks who have read Fire Baptized, this may tide you over for a bit until the sequel. The last section of Caged View is an excerpt from Chameleon, an upcoming young adult book set in the Fire Baptized world. For me, this was the best part of the book. I like the idea of a Mixbreed who can change her image to look like different people, and I look forward to seeing where that story will go.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Greta is Erikasbuddy

    An awesome collection that includes all my favorites from "Fire Baptized" - MeShack, Lanore, and Zulu. The other has really delved in and brought out the deepness of each character. While this acts as a pre-quel to "Fire Baptized" I believe it can be read either way. I for one read "Fire Baptized" first and really enjoyed knowing the personalities of the characters before reading "Caged View". The 'bonus' story in the collection is about a girl called Cameo. It's an introduction to a YA book that t An awesome collection that includes all my favorites from "Fire Baptized" - MeShack, Lanore, and Zulu. The other has really delved in and brought out the deepness of each character. While this acts as a pre-quel to "Fire Baptized" I believe it can be read either way. I for one read "Fire Baptized" first and really enjoyed knowing the personalities of the characters before reading "Caged View". The 'bonus' story in the collection is about a girl called Cameo. It's an introduction to a YA book that the author is writing due out later this year. It's a good start that will leave you wanting more. I totally am enjoying everything that I have read by Kenya Wright and highly recommend it to anyone out there looking for a good Urban Fantasy that doesn't just deal with knives and girls in leather pants. The characters of the 'habitat' are very well thought out and interesting. I also enjoy how she mixes the supes with each other. It brings a bit of uniqueness that I have never seen done before.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I really enjoyed these short stories from MeShack, Zulu and Lanore. It gave me a deeper understanding of the relationships between them all and some back story for MeShack that helped me understand him a bit more. I'm loving this series at the moment, I have a feeling it's going to get a spot in my top favorites. Can't wait for book 2.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer Emigrates To Pluto

    A short story collection set in the same “alternate reality” as the author’s “Fire Baptized,” “Caged View” contains four stories. Three include characters from “Fire Baptized,” and the fourth is from the point of view of Ms. Wright’s upcoming novel “Chameleon.” In this reality, humans have been aware of Supernaturals since the 1970’s, and oddly, it is the human race which is in control, branding any Supernatural newborns according to their individual species, and forcing the Supernaturals to liv A short story collection set in the same “alternate reality” as the author’s “Fire Baptized,” “Caged View” contains four stories. Three include characters from “Fire Baptized,” and the fourth is from the point of view of Ms. Wright’s upcoming novel “Chameleon.” In this reality, humans have been aware of Supernaturals since the 1970’s, and oddly, it is the human race which is in control, branding any Supernatural newborns according to their individual species, and forcing the Supernaturals to live in separate “habitats,” organized by a specific religion. These stories are set in the Santeria habitat. These are really fast-moving stories, heavy on the plot and characterisations, nicely done on the emotional level as well. It’s not easy to elicit a lot of empathy for characters in a short story format, but author Wright does so well. In the context of a short story, we come to know the characters well and to either like or dislike them, but we come from a place of understanding. I rate this story collection 18+ for graphic violence and profanity. Although linked to “Fire Baptized” and to “Chameleon,” the stories also function well as stand-alones and are a good introduction to the writings of Kenya Wright.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nereid

    A collection of short stories, I read this book after finishing "Fire Baptized" and it was a good way to get a better understanding of the characters. McShack gives his POV and the short story is about his mother going missing and Lanore helps him search for her. He discusses his feelings for her and what he is thinking about their complex relationship. No real updates with Lanore's tale as she is just as confused and mixed up about men. Zulu gives us a more in depth look about his past and why A collection of short stories, I read this book after finishing "Fire Baptized" and it was a good way to get a better understanding of the characters. McShack gives his POV and the short story is about his mother going missing and Lanore helps him search for her. He discusses his feelings for her and what he is thinking about their complex relationship. No real updates with Lanore's tale as she is just as confused and mixed up about men. Zulu gives us a more in depth look about his past and why he is feared on the streets of Santeria and it looks like both he and Lanore could do with a good anger management class or two. Chameleon was interesting and it could be a good book so I will keep an eye out for that one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angie ~aka Reading Machine~

    Caged View is set in the Santeria Habitat where Supernaturals or Supes live apart from evryone else. You meet Lanore, MeShack, and Zulu trying to get thru their lives in one piece without any trouble from the Habbies. MeShack is trying to find his mom who is a drug addict before something terrible happens to her. Zulu is trying to keep the streets of Santeria free of drugs and out of kid's hands. Lanore is trying to find forgiveness in herself and someone else but is not having any more luck tha Caged View is set in the Santeria Habitat where Supernaturals or Supes live apart from evryone else. You meet Lanore, MeShack, and Zulu trying to get thru their lives in one piece without any trouble from the Habbies. MeShack is trying to find his mom who is a drug addict before something terrible happens to her. Zulu is trying to keep the streets of Santeria free of drugs and out of kid's hands. Lanore is trying to find forgiveness in herself and someone else but is not having any more luck than she's had for past three years. Look into their stories and you can see a bit of yourself in them. Explore the Caged View.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deva

    Review at: http://urbanparanormal.blogspot.com Caged View serves as a prequel to Fire Baptized which is why it's labeled as the .5 Habitat Series book. It's free on multiple websites so you don't lose a thing by checking out this free quick read. We get into the minds eye of 4 people: Meshack, Zulu, Lanore and a new character from her upcoming YA book, Cameo, who is a mixbreed with a really cool 'talent.' With Meshack's story, your heart strings are pulled. In Zulu's story, The Heart Ripper is exp Review at: http://urbanparanormal.blogspot.com Caged View serves as a prequel to Fire Baptized which is why it's labeled as the .5 Habitat Series book. It's free on multiple websites so you don't lose a thing by checking out this free quick read. We get into the minds eye of 4 people: Meshack, Zulu, Lanore and a new character from her upcoming YA book, Cameo, who is a mixbreed with a really cool 'talent.' With Meshack's story, your heart strings are pulled. In Zulu's story, The Heart Ripper is explained in more detail. In Lanore's story, we see her trying to get herself together relationship-wise. And with Cameo, the introduction will wet your lips and have you ready to eat.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    I am a huge paranormal fan and when I saw this prequel, read the reviews and description, I was definitely impressed enough to read these short stories with the thought of going on to the entire series! I'm not sure where my enthusiasm derailed. I must say, the concept had real promise, but, the delivery didn't connect with me. I felt like I was reading about people living in a less than pleasant urban setting with paranormal attributes thrown in. Now that I have a "taste" of what the books are I am a huge paranormal fan and when I saw this prequel, read the reviews and description, I was definitely impressed enough to read these short stories with the thought of going on to the entire series! I'm not sure where my enthusiasm derailed. I must say, the concept had real promise, but, the delivery didn't connect with me. I felt like I was reading about people living in a less than pleasant urban setting with paranormal attributes thrown in. Now that I have a "taste" of what the books are about, I won't say I won't read them, but my enthusiasm is diminished.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    "Caged View" is a well written and entertaining collection of stories featuring the lives of Supernaturals in the Santeria Habitat. The Habitats are caged cities where these beings (Vampires, Witches, Lycanthropes and others) have been forced to live by humans. Now that I've become acquainted with some of the Habitat Supernaturals and after reading excerpts from "Fire Baptized" and "Chameleon" (included with the eBook), I will be reading the novels in the Habitat series by Ms Wright.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I loved this short stories! I hadn't read any of Kenya Wright's books before and the 3 shorts based on her central characters, and her excerpt of an upcoming book, made me want to go out and get her books. Caged View, and her other books, are based out of a new, exciting (to the reader) world where supernaturals are kept in a caged town and branded with a symbol that marks what type of supernatural they are (witch, shifter, mixbreed). I loved the whole idea behind it and can't wait for more!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle MBTL

    Why 5 stars... because it does what says at the beginning. The first three short stories introduce the main characters of Fire Baptized and give us a better understanding of each character. Then we have the first few chapters of two novels, just to entice and for you to few like reading them both. I've read one or her books and now I will read the YA book as well. I really like Kenya's imagination and the way she tell us her stories on her books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cristy

    SOLD!……So I'm completely hooked now on Mrs. Wright's freaky new breed of monsters (or supernaturals). I will definitely be checking out both her series, Habitat and Caged Punks. Loving all the bizarre creature's, their powers and extreme personalities and look forward to diving deeper into each character's backstory.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kenesha Williams

    I downloaded this to my Kindle last night and then sung a little song about how excited I was to read it. My husband says, "What are you talking about in there!" I told him how excited I was that you'd put out something new and that you are a WRITING MACHINE!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jadeopal

    It was interesting - easy to follow, even if you'd never read any of the other similar books before, but also good enough to make you want to read all the other books. I can't wait until Chameleon comes out - it's bound to be good, based on the summary and preview!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Llaph

    I really like the world she built and also like the diversity of the characters ... that said I enjoyed being able to see things from the other side so to speak with the two guys in her life. WTG @ messing up my initial pick for the love triangle.lol

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    A great introduction into the world of the Santeria Habitat and those that live, work, and do what they can to survivie and make their world better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Sessions

    Free read The stories listed as short stories and amended to prequel titled Love lost, love found/ the heart ripper's song/ the vicious circle. They were more expansions on stories in Fire Baptized. The stories were ok but missing closure. The excerpt from chameleon was very good and the 3 chapters from Fire Baptized gave it a better rating

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Sampler This was only samples of the books. Some of them seem very interesting. I only gave it the 3 stars because it's incomplete.

  21. 4 out of 5

    JB

    3.5 Stars, good to have some a little back story on some of the main characters, also this should be read after "Fire Baptized"

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diverse Pages

    Review of The Vicious Circle and Love Lost, Love Found The Vicious Circle By far, my favorite story from Caged View was The Vicious Circle, which featured Lanore. I absolutely adored this character and found her not only incredibly relatable, but an unapologetic bad-ass. To be fair, Lanore does have a conscience, but she's a badass nonetheless. Still, the way she expresses herself (through words and special abilities) makes her a real and likeable character. The Vicious Circle is a prequel to Fire B Review of The Vicious Circle and Love Lost, Love Found The Vicious Circle By far, my favorite story from Caged View was The Vicious Circle, which featured Lanore. I absolutely adored this character and found her not only incredibly relatable, but an unapologetic bad-ass. To be fair, Lanore does have a conscience, but she's a badass nonetheless. Still, the way she expresses herself (through words and special abilities) makes her a real and likeable character. The Vicious Circle is a prequel to Fire Baptized. In the story, Lanore laments on her past relationships and involvements with Mr. Wrong(s). From the classroom, to her therapist to the movies, she relays why the guys in her past have been so bad for her and how she's looking forward to new beginnings. Wright is an excellent short story writer, in my opinion. She does a flawless job of packing a whole lot of drama into such a small word count. At the same time she also manages to hint on themes of social justice. The entire time, I could see and feel all that was happening to Lanore. I was pissed when she recounted the incident that landed her in anger management classes and at the same time touched with how she handled the aftermath. I completely understood her decision to leave the past in the past and was just as iffy as she was about the idea of new beginnings. IMHO Lanore could and should do a lot better than Wallace (sweet as he may be). The opening paragraph is hilarious and The Vicious Circle leaves the reader at a bit of a cliffhanger. There are three guys in Lanore's life, but which one will she choose? Will she forgive and forget, giving in to her past? Try a tantalizing (yet familiar) alternative or continue to seek that new beginning? Who will she hurt in the process? Or worse, will she be hurt again? I haven't read Fire Baptized yet, so I don't know who Lanore ends up with but, as it stands, Kelbian is on Team Zulu. Love Lost, Love Found This story focuses on MeShack. **sigh** What can I say? This dude had me angry, misty-eyed then uttering "aws" all in just a few pages. MeShack is that guy. The one jilted women love to hate. At the same time, those who haven't learned their lesson yet ( or should I say haven't been made examples of) can't get enough of him. He's got to have his cake eat it too. But it's more like cupcakes. Lots of cupcakes**. In his defense, he's going through stuff. It's a Shapeshifter thing. But it doesn't make it any more tolerable. Okay. I know it sounds like I don't like this guy. But I kind of do. One thing I know for sure is that he feels. And he does that enough to make him human--er, human-like. He loves Lanore, he even has his own nickname for her which is cute. Seeing Lanore from MeShack's eyes is endearing. What he feels for her, despite his behavior, is genuine. There's no denying that. This line itself is proof: "Some of my sadness left, and for a few seconds everything was back to normal as she returned and faced me". But what redeemed MeShack completely, in my opinion, was his reaction (although violent) to an important event in this short story. And it was more than enough for me. Finally, I'm not much of a romance buff, but I LOVED the last scene. I'm still on Team Zulu though. Love Lost, Love Found is a short story with the heart of a full-length novel. Not to be missed, and definitely not forgotten. **To be fair, some of this review (the cupcake part) is influenced by The Vicious Circle, but these things are still evident in Love Lost, Love Found so I felt compelled to comment on it. Cover: I believe MeShack is the eye on the upper right hand corner of this cover. It seems relevant enough, though I'd love to see what he really looks like This review submitted by Kelbian Noel. Find more about our rating process here

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Caged View is a collection of short stories set before the events of Fire Baptized. I know this is a prequel but to fully appreciate these short stories, I highly recommend reading Fire Baptized first as these stories serve as explorations into the main characters' pasts. Just like Fire Baptized, the stories are well-written and extremely enjoyable. Love lost, Love found is told from the point of view of a young MeShack. The story deals with the time the Werecheetah lost his mother and how his be Caged View is a collection of short stories set before the events of Fire Baptized. I know this is a prequel but to fully appreciate these short stories, I highly recommend reading Fire Baptized first as these stories serve as explorations into the main characters' pasts. Just like Fire Baptized, the stories are well-written and extremely enjoyable. Love lost, Love found is told from the point of view of a young MeShack. The story deals with the time the Werecheetah lost his mother and how his beast took control in hunting down his mother's killer. In The Heart Ripper's Song, Zulu has a plan to stop the proliferation of drugs in the Mixbreeds neighbourhood which involves ripping out the hearts of drug dealers. Lanore correctly points out that this is not the most efficent way to do things and they should instead be going after the bigger fish, the cartels themselves. Now we switch to the female lead and Lanore has to make up her mind on the two guys in her life in The Vicious Circle. But which is the right decision? Last but not least is an excerpt from the upcoming YA novel, Chameleon. Cameo is a Mixbreed with an interesting ability to morph into another person. It already shows a promising start, can't wait to see how things will turn out for Cameo. (Repost from http://www.paperlessreading.com/2012/...)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Love lost, Love found Point of View: MeShack Prequel (Habitat #0.5): Fire Baptized MeShack's mother has been missing for several weeks. Lanore and MeShack search the Santeria habitat for her, only to find something that changes his life forever. The Heart Ripper’s Song Point of View: Zulu Prequel (Habitat #0.5): Fire Baptized All in Santeria speak of Zulu the Heart Ripper. Drug dealers fear him. Women swoon at his feet. Too bad the one woman he wants is not impressed at all by his heart-ripping antics. Love lost, Love found Point of View: MeShack Prequel (Habitat #0.5): Fire Baptized MeShack's mother has been missing for several weeks. Lanore and MeShack search the Santeria habitat for her, only to find something that changes his life forever. The Heart Ripper’s Song Point of View: Zulu Prequel (Habitat #0.5): Fire Baptized All in Santeria speak of Zulu the Heart Ripper. Drug dealers fear him. Women swoon at his feet. Too bad the one woman he wants is not impressed at all by his heart-ripping antics. He’ll have to dig deeper to get her attention. The Vicious Circle Point of View: Lanore Prequel (Habitat #0.5): Fire Baptized Lanore stumbles from one self-destructive choice to another as she struggles to align her mind’s decisions with her body’s wants. Chameleon Prequel Point of View: Cameo Prequel: Chameleon Cameo lives in the Santeria habitat

  25. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    Like Fire Baptized, the only other book I've read by Kenya Wright - and one set in the same World as this eBook - Caged View freaking rocks! It's definitely ... not PG13 as there are some steamy scenes, but let me tell you, Kenya Wright is a master at bringing forth a connection to her characters. I want more MeShack, Zulu, Lanore and Cameo. The short stories here are delightful teasers set in a beautifully imagined, but sometimes dark World, with characters that you'll love. The stories are rou Like Fire Baptized, the only other book I've read by Kenya Wright - and one set in the same World as this eBook - Caged View freaking rocks! It's definitely ... not PG13 as there are some steamy scenes, but let me tell you, Kenya Wright is a master at bringing forth a connection to her characters. I want more MeShack, Zulu, Lanore and Cameo. The short stories here are delightful teasers set in a beautifully imagined, but sometimes dark World, with characters that you'll love. The stories are rounded and stand on their own, but will bring on an thirst for more. Do yourself a favor, and grab this FREE eBook!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Jackson

    I'm sorry it's taken me so long to read this collection of short stories! They are very good! They are introductory stories to Ms. Wright's "Fire Baptized" - little snippets that let you get to know the world and the characters in the urban paranormal world. Purebloods, mixed breeds, the occult, and 3 interesting lead characters of MeShack, Lanore and Zulu.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Makita Wilcox

    I happened to stumble across this author after someone retweeted a tweet of hers onto my twitter timeline. I saw that she writes supernatural romance stories and immediately bought the book. From beginning to end, the story had me hooked. I'm usually not a fan of teenage stories, but this book was good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mstcat

    This is a worthwhile free read that gives the reader "glimpses" into the lives of the main Habitat characters. Don't expect full stories here, but you'll enjoy the glimpse that you are given into the lives of Lenore, MeShack, and Zulu. You really should read this book if you are going to read the series as events that happen here are mentioned in the other books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    J.W. Ellis

    Okay so three short stories, well no, more like a day in the life of... MeShack- Zulu - Lanore - MeShack and Lanore grew up, in highschool they strted dating, he cheated, she went beserzk, enter Zulu who is pursuing her now. I'll prolly continue just to see who she ends up with, cause both men want her. I personally like Zulu so far

  30. 4 out of 5

    Momreadstoomuch

    I know its early in our relationship...but I think I love you :) This series rocks. I hope to be reading Santeria #20 one day. Great characters and the world just seems to have tons of stories. Merged review: Great start to a wonderful series.

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