Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wisteria Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on Bisi Leyton's Wisteria blog tour. This tour is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. This stop includes my review. There is also an awesome $25 Amazon Card or Paypal Cash giveaway at the bottom. Enjoy!

Wisteria by Bisi Leyton:

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:
The cover of Wisteria caught my interest and the synopsis did as well. It has been a while since I've read zombie books so I felt this would be perfect. Wisteria was an entertaining book filled with action scenes, suspenseful moments, and realistic views of humanity in a post-apocalyptic world. Not only was this book about zombies and survival, but it also had a twist of having other-world beings.

I greatly enjoyed the plot of the story. I wanted to know more about the cause of the Nero Disease and wanted to know how the different sectors of the human population, as well as The Family, played a role in the disease. I liked how the story followed Wisteria as she tried to survive in the infested world yet still be able to be a teenager. The story made me wonder how our world will be if something like this were to happen. Will we become violent and selfish? Will we resort to any means of survival even if it means cannibalism? This world and the questions that were brought up was what made me enjoyed the book the most.

The characters were also great. I liked the fact that Wisteria was your average girl. She was not the prettiest or skinniest and she was not a love-sick fool either. She had a strong head and was compassionate. Bach was a little irritating at first with his constant thoughts of being better than "Terrans." As the book developed though, he became more "human" and his good side came out. I also liked the other characters in the book. These characters showed the different ways that humans can turn into in a post-apocalyptic world.

As much as I liked the book, there were a couple of things that I disliked. One, the constant repetition that Terrans were nothing but dirt (this annoyed me a bit after reading it for the tenth time). Also, how quickly Bach became nice to Wisteria within seconds of being a jerk. This made me scratch my head the first time it happened. No worries, these things were minor and did not stop me from appreciating the rest of the book.

Overall, I liked the story line and the characters in Wisteria. I also enjoyed that there were other species in this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book. I give it:

Praise for Wisteria:

“I love the buildup of this story, getting to know the characters and watching their connection grow. I had no idea which way the story was headed and I was kept in suspense right up to the very end! It has plenty of action and a fascinating plot and I can’t wait to see what Bisi Leyton has for us next!!” 

“There are a lot of great things in this book, so much more than zombies and a struggle for survival. At it’s base core it is about star-crossed lovers, literally and the supporting characters roles… Ms. Leyton brings to Wisteria a mixture of science fiction, fantasy, dystopic world with a twist to the paranormal romance angle!”

“The book was full of nonstop action from the beginning until the end, and I did not put it down until I had finished it. I loved the book.” 


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Author Bisi Leyton:
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.


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  1. Thank for taking the time to read and review my book.

    I am please you enjoyed it.

    1. No, thank you for suppplying the review copies. I really do like Wisteria and do plan to read the sequel.