Summary (partly from here): Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species. 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.
The book has a fast pace, it begins with action, rather than an introduction to this new world we're in. The characters are strong and realistic, in that, in spite of the stereotypical traits, they do manage to surprise you. The book deals with race and gender and discrimination in a clear way, without overdoing any of it. I found the romance, sex and the love triangle a bit overdone, unnecessary and irritating, but that may just be because I don't like romance novels. I couldn't say the idea of this book is different or new, because I can't really confirm that, but it is genuine. It makes sense and it seems complete and well thought out. It also creates a perfect place to set a series in, with endless possibilities. I would love to find out what happens next!
Let me just say: this is not the kind of book that I usually read. I can think of many people who can overlook the problems I had with it and find it amazing. If you're a fan of paranormal romance, urban fantasy fiction, contemporary fiction, do make it a point to read this book - it's one of the better ones. For me, though, it's both good and bad at the same time. It's the first book in a series, and the one thing that makes me lean more towards calling it good, is the fact that I definitely want to read the sequel. And I hope you do too, because Book Two, titled The Burning Book is coming out in mid-September.