Oct 29, 2012

Wisteria by Bisi Leyton Book Review Tour and Giveaway

Today, I'm hosting the Virtual Book Review Tour of Wisteria by Bisi Leyton.


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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.


Thirteen months after the first official case of Nero Disease

“Wisteria, run!” Rebecca O’Leary screamed over the radio.

Wisteria Kuti whipped around and came face-to-face with the blood-red eyes of a hungry flesh-eating biter. The biter was a man, infected by Nero Disease, who had long lost his mind. He looked more animal than human and he wanted one thing—to feed on the flesh of uninfected people. The biter growled and staggered toward Wisteria.

She fled down the deserted road to the nearest house. The front door was locked. She kicked at the door, but it didn’t open. Taking out her handgun, she smashed through the window of the door.

“Ugh,” more biters growled behind her.

She spun around, fired once, and hit one in the head. She unlocked the door by reaching in and turning the lock. Once inside, she chained and bolted the door.

Crash—a biter smashed through another window into the house.

Wisteria’s heart jumped and she darted up the stairs as fast as she could.

“Get out of the house, Wisteria!” Rebecca radioed.

I’m trying.

A biter grabbed her ankle as she ran. Falling hard on the steps, she wailed in pain. “Ah.” No time to cry, Wisteria. She fired at the biter holding her. One bullet left.

Three more biters appeared below and started coming up the stairs. Leaping up, she sprinted to the top floor and dashed into the first open doorway that led to the master bedroom. Locking the door, she headed straight for the window.

The infected clawed at the door, tearing it apart and snarling as they entered.

My Review:

Leyton creates a world destroyed by Nero Disease, which turns individuals into flesh eaters (more commonly known in the world of fiction as a zombie).  The world she creates shows most humans as only caring about their own safety and survival. Of course, Wisteria is different than most individuals.  She is a caring teenager who risks her life multiple times throughout the story to save others from flesh eaters.  Wisteria, her mother and brother live on the Smythe Island, a small community of survivors.  The leader of the community is Major Coles. He has created an orderly community in which all residents must pull their weight or be exiled beyond the walls of the island.   Throughout the book, Wisteria, is exposed to cannibalism, human trafficking, and bullying.  Yes…teenagers will be teenagers no matter the circumstances surrounding them.  In times of survival, humans will do unspeakable things to ensure their own safety.   I must say, Wisteria is a very resilient young woman. 
Wisteria is herself saved by a mysterious teenager, Bach.  He takes her back to his apartment where he and two friends live. He is not human and not from this realm.  He and his people view Terrans (humans) as animals.  Bach is only here to witness the death of Terra (earth). Soon, Bach realizes Wisteria is a girl from his past. However, she doesn’t remember him.  This is where the book starts to really become interesting.  How does he know Wisteria? Why doesn’t she remember him? Why are they drawn to each other?  Then, they are attacked by a group known as Red Phoenix.  Who is Red Phoenix?  After the attack, Wisteria returns to Smythe Island with Bach.  Finally, both of them realize they love each other. However, Bach knows they cannot be together as it is forbidden for his people to be with a Terran.  If they continue their relationship, he is placing Wisteria in grave harm. The ending climax reveals so much.  Bach learns of a heartbreaking betrayal and Wisteria begins to learn a lot about her parent’s involvement with Red Phoenix.  Is Red Phoenix responsible for the Nero outbreak? How is Bach’s people involved with the outbreak?  I’ve a ton of questions I’m sure will be answered in the next book or books.  I must say this is a great start to a new series.  My only constructive criticism of the book is the need for more editing.  I rated the Wisteria 3 STARS!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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. This sounds great can't wait to read it.

  2. Can't wait to read this one. :)

    1. Leah, thanks. I hope you do read it. Thanks for being part of the tour.

  3. Thanks for having me on your blog. The review was great and will take you point about the editing on board. :)

    1. Thanks for allowing me to read Wisteria. I really enjoyed it!

  4. Amazing giveaway! Added this to my wishlist. Sounds amazing and I love the blog. So beautiful. Thank you so much for the awesome post. Glad I stumbled on this :D

  5. Thanks Diana! I'm glad you stopped by.