Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wisteria by Bisi Leyton - review and giveaway!

This review is done in conjunction with the author's tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $15 Amazon GC to one lucky commenter on her tour, so leave your thoughts here and you're entered!
Wisteria by Bisi Leyton
Paranormal, Dystopian YA
278 pages
Rated: 3.5 Stars

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.

My review:  Wisteria has a neat twist on zombies and their creation in this novel of a futuristic earth.  But it's more than a zombie book and has plenty of other twists involved.

Wisteria is pretty much a typical teen:  impulsive, crushing on the cute guy, and frequently overly-dramatic.  But she's got a good heart, and a good mind and uses both (occasionally to her detriment ... like when she tried to save her "friend" from biters).

I liked Wisteria.  Bach?  Not so much, at least not through the first half or so of the book--which was intentional on the author's part I think.  Bach was arrogant, prideful, and sometimes just downright nasty.  Don't worry, he grows up and learns how to be a better man eventually.  But, there were sure times I wanted to smack him upside the head!

The book isn't just about the action, though there is plenty of that, but about the mystery behind the biters and even the Isle of Smythe.  The author has certainly thought through things and created a very complex world.

Still, I think the book dragged occasionally.  I admit I skipped ahead a few times to get back to the action and that's the only thing that brought the rating down on this book.  Many things were wrapped up at the end, but it's clear there will be a sequel, and I'm looking forward to it.

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.
Twitter: @bisileyton
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  1. I'm actually wondering how many books will be in this series? I've heard sequel mentioned a few times during the tour.


  2. This book sounds really good,and I think it would make a great series. I know a YA that will love reading about Wisteria.