Monday, November 23, 2015

The 52nd

Book Review

The 52nd
Title: The 52nd
Author: Dela
Date Published: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal/ Fantasy
Page Count: 461
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Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived--until now.

On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.

Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.

As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn't so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.

My Thoughts:

The author was kind enough to send me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

This novel blew me away, I can’t believe it's a debut novel it so well written and I loved every second of it. Lucas and his family have been chosen by higher gods to be the watchers that will make sure that the abductions of fifty-two sacrifices that are chosen every fifty-two years for the underworld god goes smoothly, but this year is different because Lucas has been waiting for this particular fifty-second sacrifice for five hundred years. So, when Zara is about to get abducted he decides to interfere and safe her. This interference makes the Gods angry and puts Lucas family and his life in danger, but the Castillo’s are ready to put an end to the bloody sacrifices and have finally found someone that can help them. 

This book was amazing! Dela hit it out of the park with this one. I loved every second of this novel; it's hard to believe it's a debut novel the writing just flows so easily and sucks you in to the point you don't want to put it down. I really enjoyed the Aztec and Mayan history throughout the book and I'm completely obsessed with it now. If you have been following me for a while then you know that I love mythology and Gods so, the fact this book had gods in it made it five hundred times better I also loved learning and reading about them. The romance in this book was very well written it wasn't insta-love it's something that grows between Lucas and Zara as the book progresses. I fell in love with all the characters in this book even the villains! Lucas has been added to my ever-growing list of book boyfriends that prince had me swooning all over the place especially when he would speak Spanish; he might come across as a little over protective, but it comes from a good place. Zara was such a strong character I don't think I would have handled being a sacrifice as well as she did, I loved that she didn't take any crap from anyone and when she wanted be heard she made people listen. I'm not sure if this book is a standalone, but I'm really hoping for a sequel because I couldn't get enough of all the characters and the world Dela created and I'm hoping to read more about them. If you're looking for a something different and fresh to read this is definitely it, it has everything you would look for in a book action, romance, paranormal, gods, royals and diversity. So, what are you waiting for?! You must buy this book!


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