The 52nd by Dela
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Publication Date: October 24, 2014
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions here are my own.
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.
So, as always, backstory:
When the Mayan and Aztec empires were still alive, there were always sacrifices for the Underworld. When the empires fell, the Underworld still wanted sacrifices (because reasons). A deal was made, every 52 years, 52 (again, because reasons) people would be abducted by the Underworld and sacrificed. So these abductions would happen without any mortal to witness, the Castillo family (not really a family when mortals) were bestowed the task of making sure no one sees anything, and the ones that do can’t remember it.
Then Zara comes in, the 52nd cycle of sacrifices is (by a prophecy) supposed to be the last one, and Zara is the key so it never happens again. Lucas has to save her from the abducters (not their actual name) and train her, to be what she is meant to be…he has to convince her first of course.
That the gist of it, how Lucas persuades her to get close him and, you know, tell her “Hey, trust me, you are being hunted by the Underworld!” which, is not easy, her training and their relationship, which, may be a little Twilighish, but with Aztec and Mayan aspects which makes it AWESOME (mexican fan boy ova here) and not at all boring (like Twilight was)
The writing style is pretty good, it is a debut novel so I was expecting not so good writing, but it’s actually really good, easy to follow and fast paced. I wasn’t in love with the main characters, Lucas was a bit cliche (which he has to be in order to persuade her) and Zara was very impulsive and immature, I often found myself forgetting she was in College because she still acted like a highschooler. But the secondary (not sure of that’s how you call it) characters were SO GOOD! The Castillo family is super fun, kinda creepy in a good way, all of them with their own quirks and personalities.
I liked the balance of how Zara still worries about her normal life, sometimes in books their real life just poofs aways, but not in this books, she still has to deal with college, friends and REALLY annoying sorta exboyfriend.
Over all a super new and fresh book that you must read….
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