Number of pages: 275
Word Count: 90,000
Cover Artist: Olivia Smith
SynopsisSixteen 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.
Wisteria by Bisi Leyton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Background: Wisteria is living on a island with her mom, brother, and a community of scientists and soldiers, attempting to survive the Nero disease. The Nero disease hit and made everyone biters, flesh eaters, and Wisteria is just a teenage girl trying to live a semi-normal life. One day she is attacked by too many biters while out of the compound, and she awakens in a strange home with very beautiful teenage boys taking care of her. These are a strange group and she only wants to get home, but there is something about these different people that intrigues her.
Review: I have been on a zombie book kick apparently... which works well because it is October and Halloween is right around the corner. Wisteria was a great read, it had some of the things that I love about zombie books and movies, but also had some good twists. So my likes-- Wisteria is a strong female who can use a weapon and hold her own, but she is also the outcast and she is bullied non-stop throughout the book, and I think that made me relate to her more than just having a strong girl lead. The Nero premise was very cool and creepy, the community if afraid of being attacked and torn apart by flesh eaters, but it also had a very Resident Evil feel, always someone fighting their way through. There were some wonderfully written creepy survivor parts. Then there was the main story- line of Wisteria and Bach (one of the strange boys), this was by far the most interesting part, Bach and his companions are nor from Terra (Earth) they are just here to watch it die, and Wisteria and he have met before but neither of them can figure out when or where. This is what kept me reading,I needed to find out.
Some dislikes- very typical zombie, dystopia-- ahh there are zombies, we have to survive! I get it, there are flesh eaters and you are striving to live...sadly this has been done...a lot. So if it had not been for the weird alien boys I would not have read to the end.
So if you have a thing for zombie books, you should obviously go get this one same if you like green-eyed boys that aren't from Earth.
E-book provided by the author and Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
As she walked back to the ridge of the roof, Bach’s heart went with her. Someone had tried to hurt her. Tried to damage what belonged to him, and who he belonged to.He started to feel dizzy from the volumes of strangle weed planted in the front of her house.“Thank you so much for coming and for the guitar. It’s perfect.” She gave it back to him.“No, it is yours, Wisteria.” He refused to take it. “Do you not like it?”“No, I love it. It’s so beautiful.”“Then keep it.” He kissed her neck. Knowing—hoping—his touch would soothe her pain, but he hadn’t come here to comfort her.“Bach.” She used her instrument as a shield as she moved away from him. “It’s a bad idea. You won’t understand.”“You are right. I do not get why you would refuse something you apparently love,” he whispered while rubbing her forearms and taking in her scent.“If I accept your kindness, then I’ll have to face the consequences. I don’t know if I can face those.”“You cannot face accepting my kindness, or is it accepting me that you cannot face?”“Um…?”“Tell me that you do not feel the same,” he whispered. “That the moment you first saw me that I did not get inside your head. Tell me that you do not think about me all of the time when we are not together?”The dark-eyed girl did not answer.Wishing he could will her to speak, he pressed her against his chest. Briefly, he noticed a black spot at the base of her neck, where he had kissed her, and then it was gone. “Okay, Wisteria. Then tell me that you want me to leave, and that you do not care if you never ever see me again.” He felt like someone else was speaking for him, once again. The questions became pointless as he found himself still planting kisses along her neck and the sides of her face.“I can’t tell you that, Bach,” she replied softly, her voice breaking. “Because it’s not true.” She wrapped her arms around him and held him tightly.Desperately wanting to kiss her luscious-looking lips, he leaned into her.Wisteria reached up to him, tugging his head down as she stood on the very tips of her toes, seemingly just as eager to taste his lips.“Wisteria, I cannot.” He broke away before it happened. “I do not want this.”* * * * *Wrapping her arms around herself, she moved away from him. Once again, humiliated and feeling foolish. “Goodnight, Bach!” She strode angrily to the side of the roof in order to climb down.He grabbed her and held her backThe guy came here just to tease her, yet again! Didn’t he know he was hurting her? Didn’t he care? “I’m tired of all this nonsense. I’m actually tired and need some sleep. I’m done with this. All of this!” She should’ve left the roof when she saw him appear. “Let go, so I can go.”“Wisteria, it is not that.” Exhaling heavily, he released her. “My people could kill you if they knew I wanted you.”This wasn’t at all what she’d expected him to say. “What?”“I am in love with you. I do not know why, but I am. And it is selfish, because I just want you for myself.” Sadness filled his eyes as he spoke.“Why would they do that to me?”“Because you are human and because we see humans as Terran, or dirt people.”“And you believe that too? So why are you here, living among us, if we’re so disgusting?”“You are not disgusting. You are beautiful.” Rubbing his temples, he seemed troubled and bewildered. “I came to Terra as a rite of passage. To be considered a man, to take a journey and experience the wild.”“The wild?”“I chose Terra, or Earth, because I came here as a child. Your people treated me so badly in the past. When I learned about the Nero disease, I wanted to see your world.” He paused. “You were right when you said there was something wrong with me.”“Bach, it cannot be that bad.” Stepping up to him, she stroked her fingers along his biceps.The sweet motion made him smile at her, but he still looked distressed.“Like about Garfield, you let him live with you. And now you’re here with me.”“You are not like the rest.”“Neither are you. You’re not so cold and cruel like Enric or patronizing like Felip. They think they’re better than us. You just hate people because you’re a jerk, Bach.”“Ha.” Bach laughed. “A jerk?”“You’re a big jerk.” As the final word rolled from her lips, he kissed her.She was stunned for a second. His lips tasted like a strange, tantalizing spice.He squeezed her against his larger frame and rested his right hand on the small of her back.She fidgeted, unsure about what to do with her hands. She tried to kiss him back, but she struggled because she was so short.
About the Author
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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