Wednesday, October 24, 2012

VBT/Review: Wisteria by Bisi Leyton & Giveaway

I am thrilled to be a stop on Bisi Leyton's book tour for her debut novel Wisteria, Bisi is running a giveaway until November 30th for a Kindle Fire. When people sign up for her New Release Mailing list they get a change to win.
The list is not for a newsletter, but to going a mailing list where they'll be notified once a new book is released and that is it.
Bisi will also be awarding a $15 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Be sure to check out the other stops in the tour HERE.


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.


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 back.

The 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. “But I chose 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 die.” He paused. “You were right when you said there was something wrong with me.

My Review:

Wisteria is set in a dystopian world, in England,it is a great combination of a sci-fi and horror novel with enough romance to make it interesting. It's a coming of age story in a world gone mad. I don't read a lot of zombie books and if you are looking for something all about the zombie this isn't it.

What you will find is a charming love story of a girl who feels unlovable and an alien boy who when you first start reading you think is a major jerk.

Wisteria is a smart, strong heroine that has a huge heart and low self esteem.Wisteria trains to be a tracker to help her fight the constant fear she has of the biters, it helps her to feel like she is doing something about the problem.

Bach is an alien her on Earth to prove his manhood and to watch the end of the Terran's that he has hated since he was a small child. As you read the book he grows into a much better man than he even knew he was, but how can he protect Wisteria from not only the infected on Earth but also from his own people who have nothing but disdain for "Terran's"?

I enjoyed the interaction between the characters and found this to be a very character driven novel. There is a ton of world building in this book between Earth after the Nero Disease hits and the other dimension that Bach and the Family is from. I felt the back story was a little weak and a little like I was thrown into the story but you are quickly able to follow what's happening and enjoy the book.

I give Wisteria red roses!

The Giveaway:
The conditions are at her blog and the link to sign up is HERE.
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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.

Happy Reading, Carin


  1. Hi, thank you for taking the time to read and review my novel. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Replies
    1. It was outside of the "norm" of what I usually read but I enjoyed it.

    2. Patricia

      There's a spoken word excerpt on youtube at

  3. I loved the excerpt and then I read the review. I loved it too.

  4. Thank you for your review. I did enjoy the excerpt thank you.