Review for Wisteria

Hello Readers : )

Today I have a book review, which can be taken as more of a book recommendation. That is, if you’re not afraid of navigating through a world of flesh-eating beings.

But first, a quick glimpse of the actual novel.


Book Blurb:


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.


Book Excerpt:

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:


A zombie novel unlike any I’ve read before.

I’m going to say that although I’m not a big fan of zombie novels, this one I really enjoyed. The opening scene, which happens to be the prologue, caught my attention right away. From then I just had to find out who Wisteria was and what her purpose entailed.

One of the things I loved the most about the story was the fact that Wisteria is a strong female character that can hold her own and kick some serious zombie butt. Her life is a little chaotic though, with her line of working and having to stand up to bullies, she’s pretty tied up. So meeting someone as mysterious as Bach is something new and maybe even a little exciting for her.

Another great addition to this plot is of course, the strange relationship between Back and Wisteria, which only adds to the story and makes it twice as interesting.

With nonstop action, which begins within the first two pages of the book and continues till the end, a sci-fi element that you won’t see coming, and a female lead that is stronger both physically and mentally I guarantee you’ll love this book as much as I did.

Though the zombie element has been done many times before and by itself doesn’t make this an interesting read, the twists and turns throughout the story make kicks it up several notches.





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.

Twitter:  @bisileyton·


9 thoughts on “Review for Wisteria

  1. Bisi…Does your “world view”–the fact that you have lived in so many different countries–influence your writing? Kristy…Thanks for sharing your review. Is this a suitable Halloween Zombie read (with a twist)?

    1. Most definitely. The reason why I enjoyed this read is because it has elements not normally found in a regular zombie book. Though there are some parts where it reads like a ‘resident evil’ type setting, the sci-fi that was so cleverly incorporated into the plot along with the romance between Back and Wisteria will keep you reading till the end.

    2. Catherine,

      I’d like to think my world view influences my writing, but you tell me.

      And I know I’m biased, but Wisteria would be the perfect read for halloween lol.

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