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Your teenage reader into #zombies? ‘MYOPIA’ by Bisi Leyton

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Books, Reviews, Zombies | 5 comments

A Review of a Cabin Goddess Approved Young Adult (teens) Book

Reality bites when you are a teenager! Bisi Leyton makes it easier to read about when it is dressed up with zombies, a bit of romance, interdimensional hotties and a samurai sword! A book for you and your teen to read together!

Last October I reviewed the first in this series, Wisteria, and I fell for the writing and the authors style. As a proponent for young adult books which are truly written with a young adult in mind, I am always on the look out for good for ones that fit the bill. Bisi managed to nail it again with the second Wisteria book, Myopia! 

As I was preparing to review Myopia, I read my review of the first book and I discovered a few tidbits I ended the review with which I have decided to begin with here. Below are the meanings of the two leading characters names. What makes it interesting is while the first book had a hint of this, the second book brought each aspect to the forefront. Both Wisteria, a human from the United Kingdom on Earth and Bach of the Third Pillar of a race called The Family, grew into their names:

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Wisteria
  • Honor
  • Patience
  • Endurance
  • The duality of love
  • Victory over hardship..

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zombiesWisteria, our leading lady has all these characteristics and more. This story is wrapped up tight with these formulas in her character build as well as the story development surrounding her. Poor Wisteria not only is a rock star with these qualities but she also is a victim.

Honor, the two-edged blade, as much as it is a great quality, it is also one that can single one out at her age. Most children are not very honorable, they are selfish and self-centered, as her brother David proves time and time again. Her patience is  over and over and though she is not a saint in this area, who could be if they were forced as she has been, to grow up in a world which is dying and full of the undead. Anyone would struggle with patience. Endurance; she puts up and endures abuse, bullying, extreme sexual harassment on a daily basis. This and dealing with her family life; a mother that lies, her self-centered brother and a step-father who seems to be a sociopathic maniac. The duality of love is an easy one, her family and her love for Bach. This new kid in town, who is more than just a little different, (another good young adult situation to have in a book, though this kid is from a completely different reality and dimension  not just from some hippy state like Oregon). Victory of Hardship, well that is a given isn’t it ? She is alive where many of her friends have died and will die because of the infection. (I do love the consequences for being selfish, you end up being ate *snickering*). She could throw a party each and every day she survives. This will come into question and presented as a challenge by the end of the book … but that would be spoilers, Sweetie!

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Bach
  • Dark
  • Shady
  • Little stream…………….

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zombies-001Then we have Bach, who is from a different dimension and race, struggling with who he was raised to be and who he has become after living on earth and falling in love with Wisteria. This is where Bisi shines with painting the characters with a story when underneath Bach is part of a culture who not only abhors the dirty Terrans (humans) but whose race and family kidnaps and enslaves them in order to abuse, rape, beat and do whatever they feel like on a whim. Sound like anything familiar?  Bach planned his coming of age time away from his family to observe the death of all on earth from the virus. He did not intend to fall in love and become attached not only emotionally but on a physical level with Wisteria.

The stars really did align with these two and because of it we are struck with the meaning of his name. Will he over come these things and embrace himself and his own destiny instead of following a path someone else has set for him? He is dark, because his family and race are still a mystery, he lives and shares what he must with folks, but much of who he is and what he is about is mysteries  He is shady because he is living a lie to the majority of Smythe, only a small handful of people know who he is. Now here is where I may be reaching but when I read the second book it just fits.

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This is not a story about zombies, they happen to be more akin to part of the world build, the landscape if you will. Sure they are a driving force for the direction the story goes and it is important having this moving sea of dead as a type of stage but it is not about zombies. This is a YA story about racism, bullying, sexual harassment, living life and not giving up, persevering and coming out on top. It is about going against all odds and and not only beating them but changing them for the better. It is about young love, about hope, dreams and the realities surrounding these things. Oh and it has zombies, dimensional beings, magic and best of all, a samurai sword, (hey I like sharp pointing things)! All of these things are part of the ingredients for making a great teen/young adult book! Teens won’t listen to you when you talk straight to them, but candy coat it, or in this case coat it in infected oozing dead bodies, and  they will pay attention. Misdirection *winking* THIS IS WHY it is a Family read! Zombies, a love story, a girl who wields a samurai sword who is not cheerleader material, mean girls, jocks and the new kid in school who is totally different from the rest, everything any teenager experiences, things we as adults have lived through and if your kids can handle some serious subjects, especially if you are reading with them, GO pick this story up.

Oh there is a lot more to the second book, we have the family of Bach to contend with and boy I want to bitch slap the lot of them. We have those who have infiltrated earth; spies! There are ninja like moments, and action up to your green gills. Just pick it up, you do not have to have a teen to get it, and you do not have to be a teenager to read it. It is a family read which means it is like Harry Potter, everyone can enjoy them as it has a bit of everything for each person.

Are there triggers for kids who have been bullied and harassed?  Yes there are some possible triggers  which is why if you have one of those kids in your household I suggest you read it first and see if it will be OK for them and than if so, read with them. Seriously the violence is not bad, but it is there, it is not  gratuitous but it all depends on your reader.

As a child I was a horror lover. I read Lovecraft, Shelly, Stoker and a variety of horror classics starting at an early age (8-9). I had stacks upon stacks of “Tales from the Crypts” comic books. If it creeped, oozed, crawled and ripped chunks out of you I loved it! But my parents always checked first (especially after my mom accidentally bought me an anthology of classic vampire tales and it had two homosexual stories . he he he my first experience reading M/M erotica… at age 11).

Overall I am rating this with a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is much tighter than the first story and I went out and bought the third the day it came out! Thanks again for a great tale, I cannot wait to see what happens with Wisteria now that she has…. oooooh wait, that would be SPOILERS… AGAIN! shame on me!

This is a Goddess Fish Promotions Tour review, though I already owned the book and was already a fan of the series. If you are interested in reading more folks reviews and finding excerpts please go to the TOUR PAGE and follow along as Wisteria trips about the information highway!

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Sixteen-year-old Wisteria has embraced her deep bond with eighteen-year-old Bach, a member of a supernatural race called the Family, despite the risk of his family finding out. Should Bach’s people discover his bond with a human, Wisteria will be guaranteed a painful and bloody death—but somehow, being together is more important.

Their bond is tested when empirics, an elite group of Family investigators, are sent to the Isle of Smythe under the orders of Bach’s father to find artifacts stolen by the humans. They’re to find the artifacts at any cost. Among the empirics is Bach’s old friend, the stunning Alba, who has learned about Bach and Wisteria’s secret relationship, and surprisingly accepts this. With no one else in the Family to turn to, she becomes Bach’s ally and confidant, but possibly more.

As the empirics start to take over the town, Wisteria is torn between trusting Bach and the safety of the humans on Smythe. She soon realizes that she and Bach are on opposite sides of the war between the Family and Humans, and there is no middle ground. One of them must choose a side

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About the Author – Bisi Leyton

Bisi Leyton

Bisi 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.

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**NOTE from the GODDESS – This year I have decided to not let minor editing and formatting issues affect my review. Yes I will mention if it is glaring and will state how much it took me out of the story, but for minor editing, be it copy or content, I am giving indie authors a Hail Mary Pass. I know how much good editing costs, and though NO editing or doing it yourself is just bunk in my book, it is obvious when there has been editing done and someone has just missed things, etc. No one is perfect and I would rather talk and review the story instead of being a hyper critical douche bag and nit picking everything. 

 

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Day 9 “Journey” (#BlogFlash2012 Haiku No.7)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Alaska Living, Photos, Poetry and Pros, Writing | 9 comments

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Day 9: Journey (Alaskan Gold Dredge Towns... history to be discovered)

 

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History in Alaska at the click of a camera….

 

I am also a photographer and one thing I have learned to love photographing, especially living where I live, is Industrial Decay. It’s a window to the past. A former teacher and friend finally talked me out of my portrait shell and had me go on a historical adventure with him, complete with bears and wolves but that is in another post. Jason showed me the beauty of the decay, and the history that is found and captured with something like the above diner ticket.  Notice the date of February 4th, 1942? This pad is still there, at Cleary Hill Mine in the same spot waiting for someone to pay their balance for the week (I wonder how much it would be with interest after 70 years!). I believe many of us have photographed it “as is” without disturbing it  for at least the last 6 years. It still lays in the same spot through winters and summers, out of the sun so it is not fading, in the diner of this mining town. The mine is still active but the town is long since been abandoned. History is a journey that one should never take for granted.

Are there hidden historical finds where you live?

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Day 8 “Relaxing” (#BlogFlash2012)

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Alaska Living, Poetry and Pros, Writing | 4 comments

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their bellies full of good food

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 #BlogFlash2012 day 8: Relaxing

 

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Relaxing at our house means….

No computers, no phones.. nothing but one activity we all choose. This was taken a few years back, the twins are now 12 and 13 (Irish Twins whom we all still call the babies since they are the youngest of my five kids). No video games nothing. We had just finished playing cards and instead of plugging in the kids voted to watch a movie together. SCORE one for family time! It is so hard to relax these days, to stop checking your phone, texting, emailing… we all have to constantly be plugged-in!

What do you do to Relax? What is your idea of relaxing?

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Can Max and his Sailboat get me to Quiddity? ‘The Great and Secret Show’ by Clive Barker

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Authors, Books, Cabin Commentary, Hero Worship, Musing Mondays, Reviews | 11 comments

Musing Mondays {March 26}

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be ReadingEach week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This week’s musing asks…

Have you ever found a book out of the blue, read it, and then had it be surprisingly good — one that stuck with you for years? If so, what book was it?

This was a difficult one. I have been reading on my own since I was 3-years old. I have memories of my mother reading me to sleep with Where the Wild Things Are. I remember the day I read on my own for the first time, with the help I probably knew most of it by heart. The hours and days spent dreaming about reigning over my own tribe of monsters at my beck and call. (This probably is the source of my imaginary friend my own personal George my Mutant Polar Bear).  I think Wild Things planted the seed of my love for horror and fantasy.

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Rachel and her Guardian Angel to the Rescue with Chicken ‘n Dumplings (interview & recipe)

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Authors, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Poultry | 6 comments

Recently I was able to ‘sit down’ and chat with our heroine, Rachel from Sandy Wolter’s new mystery Justice for Emily. Sandy is participating in this month’s Win With eBooks event! (I loved this book and will be writing a review later so watch for it!) 

Kriss - Rachel how do you view food it fits into your life. You have a great, ferocious and delightful appetite and you appreciate what comfort food means!

Rachael - Kriss, it’s so nice to meet someone that loves food as much as I do!  I’m blessed with a good metabolism, thank goodness, but I can’t imagine denying myself food of any kind. 

When I was a child, my mother cooked with love.  It was always a heartwarming experience to sit down at the dinner table and eat her beautiful meals.   It didn’t matter where we were, my mom loved to cook with flair. 

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