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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  55 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
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
Dec 30, 2012 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
Mary Loesch
Nov 24, 2012 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
Sep 21, 2012 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
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Review or Wisteria by Bisi Leyton
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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 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.
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
Loves To Dive
Sep 09, 2012 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
Sarah Elizabeth
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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
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
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
Sep 06, 2012 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
Stephanie Ward
Jan 16, 2013 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
Maghon Thomas
Dec 24, 2012 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
Kristy Centeno
Oct 21, 2012 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
Monique Morgan
Sep 03, 2012 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
Dec 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
The zombie apocalypse was good and the aliens were okay. But the racism, bullying, and sexism were over the top and seemed gratuitous in this already packed book. While I don't believe in the whole "humanity comes together against a common enemy" trope, you would think in a world where 80% of the human population was gone, these kinds of issues would be, maybe, idk, slightly less prevalent? But instead it all got heaped onto this book, particularly this one poor girl. Even the aliens found the M ...more
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

5 Stars

First I have to say this novel has left me speechless!

I have NEVER felt a thrill, like I did when reading this novel! This book had me on the edge of my seat with NON-STOP action, adventure, and drama, that I Craved for! Their was SO MANY twist and turns that I NEVER seen coming and was SO MANY parts that absolutely BLOW MY MIND!

I was turning the pages faster then I could read them because I wanted, NO I NEED MORE and I had to know what happened next!

I haven't found too many books that
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 17, 2012 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
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombie, tour-books
Wisteria is a story about the world ending, at least how the remaining survivors of a virus which has people rising from the dead and needing to feed on the flesh of live humans. Yes, sounds like another zombie book, but it is not, it is a story from the perspective of two young people from different worlds, literally, who are not only on their own journey to finding themselves, but also trying to live in a world where the rules just do not seem to fit them, no matter how hard they try.

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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,
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Wisteria's life has been anything but normal. For several years, she and her family have had to scavenge for whatever they need in hopes of surviving amongst the undead. Nero, a medicine that was meant to help people all over the world, has inadvertently turned everyone into flesh-eaters. Everywhere she looks, biters lie ready to pounce and feed on the unsuspecting.

Determined to not become one of them, Wisteria has decided to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a tracker. Their job is to
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I received a copy of Wisteria from the author via Innovative Online Book Tours.

Wisteria is a sixteen year old girl whose life has all but been taken away from her. Almost everyone she knows has succumbed to the "Nero" disease. The Nero disease is where humans are turned into "flesh eaters" also know as zombies. Wisteria, her mother Lara and brother David have made it the Isle of Smythe a safe place where every man, woman and child has to
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, zombies
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
Sep 27, 2012 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
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Dec 25, 2012 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 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover of Wisteria caught my interest and the synopsis did as well. It has been a while since I've read zombie books so I felt this would be perfect. Wisteria was an entertaining book filled with action scenes, suspenseful moments, and realistic views of humanity in a post-apocalyptic world. Not only was this book about zombies and survival, but it also had a twist of having other-world beings.

I greatly enjoyed the plot of the story. I wanted to know more about the cause of the Nero Disease
Nov 10, 2012 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
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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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