Monday, 21 January 2013

Wisteria by Bisi Leyton Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Wisteria (Wisteria #1) by Bisi Leyton

Title: Wisteria

Series: Wisteria #1

Author: Bisi Leyton

 15th August 2012

 Source: Copy from the author for an honest review


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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My Review

Ooh.. I loved this book! [insert happy face here] I wasn't really sure what this was about, preferring not to finding out much in case I ruined the story, so the fleshers were a surprise! I've never been a big fan of zombie books but they may just be because I didn't enjoy my first zombie book and judged the rest by it. Since then, all the zombie books I've read have been really good, so I think my zombie-hating days are over.

Mixing zombies, secret organisations and sexy immortals may seem like an odd mix, but it works so well. I like books that incorporate different/new words such as 'Terran', it gives the book a more magical tone though too many new words can get a little hectic. 

People are often portrayed as lord over all, so I quite enjoyed having that reversed. The Family became the kings, watching the humans flail about as their world died. With all those years of prejudice, and his opinion on human worth, it was no wonder Bach was an ass most of the time. He wasn't cruel or evil, he didn't even come off as all that spiteful, but he most certainly was an ass which I found quite entertaining.

I was annoyed at Bach for a while because he wouldn't admit his feelings (though when I found out why I forgave him) and Wisteria's reluctance to believe in love (for herself) was also a tad annoying, though not at all unrealistic. I really liked their relationship, I just wish I'd seen more!

In the last few chapters, because several new characters were introduced, I got a bit confused about who was who. I knew most of them but some of the soldiers names got mucked about in my head. I did figure it out eventually but it was something that pulled me away from the story slightly.

All the different twists and turns were great! I loved the Red Phoenix element and I especially loved the ending! I am really looking forward to reading more of this series and seeing how it all plays out.

4/5 Whales


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-Ends 31st Jan 2013

One winner will receive a $25 Amazon Giftcard or Paypal Cash.

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  1. Awesome review!!!
    its wierd that they introduced new characters at the very end of the book... but it still sounds good

    1. Thank you!

      They had been somewhat introduced earlier on, but I didn't know their names and I was a little confused as to which person was which. But yes, the book was great!