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.
When Bach's father, the powerful Sen of The Third Pillar, hears rumors that his son has been willingly communing with free humans, the Sen decrees that Bach is to name a girl from the Family as his intended and pledge his life to her—something Bach as no intention of doing.
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Bisi Leyton.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Wisteria’ series, and picks up a couple of months after the end of book 1 – ‘Wisteria’.
After the events in book 1, Wisteria is now secretly dating Bach – the alien that she has bonded with, and continuing with her life on the island of Smythe.
Wisteria has new problems though; the other teens on the island have been sneaking across to the mainland to throw wild parties where they get drunk and dance. Wisteria can’t believe how stupid they are being – light and noise attracts biters, and the old town where the kids are partying isn’t safe.
The other kids think that Wisteria is just being a buzz kill, but when the biters actually turn up, all hell breaks loose, and unknowingly the kids have started something that will put their home and way of life at risk.
What will become of the partying teens? What is next for Wisteria and Bach and their illicit relationship? And will life on the isle of Smythe ever be the same again?
This was an interesting second instalment, but as with the first, I did get quite confused towards the end of the book.
Wisteria was exactly the same as she was in book 1, fierce and confident with a sword in her hand, and downtrodden among her peers. I liked the way that she continued to fight for what she thought was right though, and that nothing could make her abandon those that she loved.
I got a bit lost with Bach in this one, at the beginning he was obviously in love with Wisteria, and did everything that he could to keep her safe and happy, but then towards the end this seemed to change, and I couldn’t quite work out which side he was one, and whether he still felt the way he had about Wisteria which was a bit annoying.
There wasn’t much romance in this one, again Wisteria and Bach’s relationship was more ‘we’re bonded and that is the way it is’, rather than what you would class as a normal loving relationship, although maybe that’s just because he was an alien? The rest of a book was that same mix of genres though – sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal/dystopian/horror/romance.
I liked the storyline in the beginning with the kids partying, and managed to keep up with what was going on until pretty late on in the book, it was somewhere around the 70% mark that I started to lose track! The big finale to the book consisted of quite a few of the aliens and someone who had been hiding on the island in plain sight. I got very confused as to what was really happening with all that, and struggled then to get through the rest of the book.
Thankfully there was a fairly happy ending though.
Overall; okay second book, still a bit confusing though.
6.5 out of 10.