October 31, 2012

Review: Wisteria

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Wisteria by Bisi Leyton
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Horror
Release Date: August 15, 2012
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Book Description:

Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.

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Like most books, I was drawn to Wisteria, because of the cover. There was something hauntingly beautiful about it that drew me in and created this picture in my head of a world at war type atmosphere. The color of her bright red dress against the background also caught my eye. Combine that with the summary and the mention of zombies, despite my irrational fear of them, and I’m hooked.

Sixteen year old Wisteria lives on the Isle of Smythe with her Mother and brother and it seems from the very beginning that she’s sort of an outcast from the rest of the teenagers on the Isle. She works with her Mother as a tracker, a group of Isle citizens who track and store data about the biters in Norton and other places on the mainland.

The kids on the Isle are terrible to her and the way they treated her made me angry for her. The whole Isle were run by these army guys who rationed food and kept the biters off the Isle, or so we thought. Bisi Leyton, author of Wisteria, did a great job of creating a post apocalyptic world and I have to say I liked Leyton’s zombies a lot better than the ones from Ashes. Wisteria’s story was compelling and when she got left out on the mainland and almost killed by biters I was on the edge of my seat.

This book is full of action and there is new information being thrown at you at every turn. Oh, and Bach! I loved Bach. I’m still a little confused about what Bach is and what The Family is, that part of the story wasn’t as detailed as I would have liked, but I’m hoping that since it’s a series we’ll learn more about Bach and his people in the next book.

I did not like Wisteria’s Mom. That woman drove me crazy. I think she and Steven were my least favorite characters, but it takes a good writer to make me dislike a character so that’s something. The great thing about Wisteria is it has a little bit of everything. There’s a lot of action and a bit of gore. There are some moments that just make you want to hug Wisteria and other moments that make you want to poke her and be like ‘what the hell was that?’

I think at the heart of this story though, it shows us the connection between people and how far some connections go despite how much people try to ruin or stop them. There was a huge twist towards the end of this book that I totally should have seen coming, but I didn’t and when I finally realized what was going on I was stunned.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes Dystopia, paranormal romance type novels.

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Bisi Leyton
Author Bio:

Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.

She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels, and cracked.com.

You can email Bisi on bisileyton@gmail.com as she would love to hear from you.

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