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Wisteria (Wisteria #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  156 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
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 horde ...more
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published August 15th 2012
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Nickle Love (Night Owl Reads)
Originally posted in Night Owl Reads

This is the first zombie-themed novel I've read and I'm proud to say that it didn't disappoint. It was full of action and suspense, and an even greater mystery that was barely answered when the story reached its end. I am left wondering what the big secret is, and how it will be resolved. I must learn more about this world.

I love the cover, I even made it my Facebook profile photo. It's pretty creepy and I'm inexplicably drawn to it. I'm not a big fan of scary
Anatea Oroz
May 05, 2016 Anatea Oroz rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

Wow! Let's talk about surprises! I thought this would be a great book, but it was even better. It has aliens, it has zombies and it has romance. What else could we possibly wish for?

Most of the humans are infected by Nero disease which turns them into biters. Wisteria is living on the Isle of Smythe with her mother and her brother and she is a tracker. Her job is to kill all the biters that threaten the Isle of Smythe, one of the last k
Mary Loesch
Nov 24, 2012 Mary Loesch rated it liked it
I felt like this author had a marvelous idea that was exciting and fun to read. She had some character development going with Wisteria who comes off as being a nice mixture of strength under pressure and vulnerability when it comes to the heart. I also really liked the idea of the alien race looking down on us as our planet is being destroyed by zombies due to the Nero virus. The end of the book hints at all sorts of possibilities as to the origin of the virus and the possible implications of it ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Corina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Dystopia or paranormal romance novels

Like most books, I was drawn to Wisteria, because of the cover. There was something hauntingly beautiful about it that drew me in and created this picture in my head of a world at war type atmosphere. The color of her bright red dress against the background also caught my eye. Combine that with the summary and the mention of zombies, despite my irrational fear of them, and I’m hooked.

Sixteen year old Wisteria lives on the Isle of Smythe with her Mother and brother and it seems from the
Rute Canhoto
Sep 18, 2012 Rute Canhoto rated it really liked it
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Nov 25, 2012 Mallory Heart Recommends rated it it was amazing
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5 stars

A complexity of world-building structures the foundation of this novel, first in a series. First of all, this “post-apocalyptic,” very Dystopian, society exists in the midst of (or around the edges of) “The Infected,” sick individuals who suffer from a type of virus that renders them zombie-like, determined to consume human flesh-live human flesh. Often called “Fleshers
Aug 16, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I love this story!! Wisteria was a surprise hit for me and i recommend it to anyone that enjoys paranormal reading.Wisteria is about a young woman caught up in the aftermath of a zombie apcolypse.She is in charge of helping hunt the zombies and monitor there whereabouts.She meets Bach,who is not fond of humans.He is a supernatural being with super speed and strength.The two of them form a bond that is unacceptable by both their families.A must read for all.
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
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 ...more
Stephanie Ward
Jan 16, 2013 Stephanie Ward rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

'Wisteria' is the first book in a new YA paranormal/horror series. It follows the main character, Wisteria Kuti as she struggles to adjust to her new life after Nero disease changed the world as she new it. Wisteria must either fight the ones infected around the safe haven of the Isle of Smythe or risk her life by going outside it's borders and into a land full of flesh eating biters. Enter Bach, a mysterious stranger from a race known as The Family - one of the few who can live among t
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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3.5 stars.

At A Glance
Wisteria was a zombie, alien, post-apocalyptic mind explosion. However, the writing wasn't great.

The Good
The concept of Wisteria is what drew me to this book. Aliens and zombies? I am so there. But I never expected the lengths this book went. I was sickened, excited, and terrified with every word, every page. I never knew what to expect next. I love a book that can keep me guessing.

The world Wisteria lives in is horrifying. The
Sep 18, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it
What a great start to the Wisteria series!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! Bisi Leyton has written a fabulous novel, showing us what life would be like if a plague hit the earth and if you were bitten you turned into a flesh eating biter. There are Supernatural people who can cross into our world and the disease has no effect on them. Those of the unaffected people who remain are all in colonies so that the ‘biters’ can’t get in. If you have seen the movie ‘I Am Legend,’ this could be the sequ ...more
Kristy Centeno
Oct 21, 2012 Kristy Centeno rated it really liked it
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 thoug
Maghon Thomas
Dec 24, 2012 Maghon Thomas rated it it was amazing
I’m enamored! I love this book. It was something that was so different so I’m sure that’s why!! First it’s like aliens meets zombies meets slayers, except it’s a little more complicated than that, but how cool is that concept!! Lets just say it’s a thrill ride!!

Wisteria is a girl who lives on an island that is trying to survive from a zombie out break. She wants to be a tracker, to help keep the “biters” away and their town safe. Except things go a little amiss when she gets separated and almost
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16-year-old Wisteria lives in a dystopian world inhabited by Zombies. Her home on the Isle of Smythe is zombie free though, and she lives there with a couple of hundred other people.

Wisteria wants to be a tracker, and spends her work time off of the Isle, watching out for the zombies (or fleshers), and ‘curing’ them – killing them with poisoned arrows or a bullet to the head.

With only 2 sightings in the last 6 months, the people of the island decid
Loves To Dive
Sep 09, 2012 Loves To Dive rated it liked it
In a world taken over by a deadly virus known as Nero Disease which turns people into flesh eaters, there are pockets of uninfected people living in isolated areas. One such group lives on the Isle of Smythe in England. Smythe is not a democracy; there is a council to make the laws and the military to enforce them. Everyone is expected to pull their own weight, man, woman or child; it makes no difference. Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti is a tracker, along with her mother Lara and her partner, Lt ...more
Books Mom
I wasn't entirely certain what to expect with this book. It sounded as if it was full of twists and turns and secrets and, as it turns out, it was!

Wisteria is an impetuous teenager, full of all the angst most have, especially as she's not part of the "in" crowd, but has a crush on one of them (which is well known and mocked). Her family is splintered, father presumed dead, and they survive in a safe haven called Symthe. Outside of Smythe are the infected. Zombies.

Wisteria is a tracker, like her
Monique Morgan
Sep 03, 2012 Monique Morgan rated it it was amazing
The first thing that struck me as I read this book was that the main character was unlike the majority of female characters, she was not the prettiest, the skinniest, the deadliest, etc. She is what I would like to call an average, all around girl. This was refreshing to read about a character like this.

I enjoyed the dystopian setting of the book, as well as the communities that Wisteria comes in contact with along the way. I wont go into too much details, as I hate spoilers, but the synopsis wi
Jul 20, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it
"Wisteria" by Lisi Letyon follows human Wisteria and other-worldly being Bach following Neuro virus hitting Earth and it slowly being overtaken by zombies. Bach is on Earth for his "Great Walk" and is no lover of humans or "Terrans" as they are called and has actually only chosen Earth because he wants to see all humans die. That is until he meets Wisteria. I rate this book a 3.5 fangs. I did not feel that my interest grew in the story until the second half of the book. I felt that the first hal ...more
Books Hall
Jun 13, 2014 Books Hall rated it liked it
Wisteria has a neat twist on zombies and their creation in this novel of a futuristic earth. But it's more than a zombie book and has plenty of other twists involved.

Wisteria is pretty much a typical teen: impulsive, crushing on the cute guy, and frequently overly-dramatic. But she's got a good heart, and a good mind and uses both (occasionally to her detriment ... like when she tried to save her "friend" from biters).

I liked Wisteria. Bach? Not so much, at least not through the first half or
Jan 15, 2013 Lori rated it liked it
I need to start by saying that this was one of the craziest books I've read in a long time. There is lots of action, plenty of gore, secrets, aliens, zombies, people out for revenge, and groups just in search of violence. I didn't love everything about the book but it was certainly an entertaining ride! At under 300 pages, the story never slows down and packs as much action into those pages as it can. I was able to read the book in a day because it moves so quickly and just begs you to keep read ...more
Ryan Snyder
Dec 08, 2012 Ryan Snyder rated it liked it
Shelves: hmaybe, z
A 3.5, really

While I have only read a handful of real zombie books, I can immediately tell you that this is in a class all it's own. I have never heard of a story quite like this. It is amazing imagination on the author's part.
I actually enjoyed Wisteria as a character. You know how some characters in YA stories are typical and whiny like- well- teenagers. (: She was actually quite a pleasure to read about. I mean she was so likeable. May have had something to do with the fact that the THE POOR
Nov 24, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mel by: I.O. Book Tours
This book is classified as Young Adult Paranormal Romance, and although it fits the bill, the story itself pulls from a wider set of norms. In fact, the novel has many elements of the horror and the sci-fi genre. To begin with, the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a scientifically created virus has turned most of humanity into flesh –and brain– eating zombies. Sprinkle the mix with a healthy dose of mostly older sexy teenage aliens and inter-dimensional traveling and you have ...more
Ali *The Black Heart*
First, let me say that it was the cover that initially attracted me to this book. It is haunting in its simplicity and the stark, frayed red dress is a dark touch of femininity in a battered world. I really love it.

When I read the blurb, I was caught by the mention of infested and flesh eaters. I, like so many others, am strangely attracted to all things zombie. I can't seem to get enough of them, whether it be books, movies or television. Needless to say, I was eager to read Wisteria.

Wisteria i
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
the infected
As soon as I heard the synopsis for this book, I was instantly intrigued. I haven’t read many zombie stories and just as few sci-fi books and so I was curious as to whether this book would be of my liking. I did enjoy the concept of this book and found the story to be entertaining, but for me it simply didn’t quite hit the spark as many other books have. But, it is still a book I would highly recommend and one that I am glad to have given a chance to read. Bisi Leyton is an author wh
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Dec 27, 2012 Michelle Cornwell-Jordan rated it it was amazing

Wisteria is the tale of a sixteen year old girl called Wisteria, who lived in a dystopian society. The Governments failed after the Nero disease came amongst humans and infected 80 percent of the population. The infected was basically the walking dead, who eats the flesh of healthy, uninfected humans. These “biters” have overrun society, causing many pods of communities such as the Isle Of Smythe, where those not affected, gathered together behind fence, with armed guards to live.

Oct 19, 2012 Ariella rated it liked it
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Wisteria takes place in a world taken over by the Nero disease. The Nero disease creates biters, which seem like zombies to me. They bite and infect more people. The world is almost completely infected by it and there are a few small pockets of the world left that are save havens. But no place is ever completely s
Myra (Pieces of Whimsy)
Jan 22, 2013 Myra (Pieces of Whimsy) rated it really liked it
Review first published on my blog, Pieces of Whimsy

Ooh.. I loved this book! [insert happy face here] I wasn't really sure what this was about, preferring not to finding out much in case I ruined the story, so the fleshers were a surprise! I've never been a big fan of zombie books but they may just be because I didn't enjoy my first zombie book and judged the rest by it. Since then, all the zombie books I've read have been really good, so I think my zombie-hating days are over.

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This novel was an action packed thrill ride with tons of suspense and romance along with lots of twists and turns. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and eagerly flipping my kindle pages.

I will be honest; I am not a zombie type person. I never read anything in the horror genre, but this one sounded like it was more. And it is, its like a mix of action, mystery, adventure, thriller, rom
Judy Thomas
Oct 18, 2012 Judy Thomas rated it really liked it
This is a debut novel and the first book of a series--a dark dystopian novel. The storyline is good--the world has been decimated by a virus that creates zombies (known in the book as Biters). There is a safe haven on an island--trackers attempt to keep it safe by scouting around and "curing" any Biters they find--with a bullet or arrow to the head.

We're also introduced to Bach, a member of an off-world race known simply as The Family, along with his best friend and his steward, a half human/hal
Jan 24, 2013 Tammy rated it really liked it
Wisteria is the first book in this exciting new series. Our main character Wisteria Kuti is adjusting to life on the Isle of Smythe. Surrounded by water this is the safest place for her and her family to protect themselves from the biters, the zombie people who have been infected by the Nero virus. Her and her mother work together as trackers (zombie hunters). During a blotched mission, Wisteria is attacked by biters and saved by the handsome and mysterious Bach, who takes her back to his home. ...more
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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, and

You can email Bisi on as she wo
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