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November 24, 2015

THE 52ND by Dela


THE 52nd
The 52nd Saga
Book One


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing (October 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940014387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940014388

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.

DelaDela is the debut author of THE 52ND saga. Before tracing the minds of Aztec gods with her writing, Dela worked as a paralegal and could be found snowboarding at Brianhead, Utah. She currently lives in Las Vegas with  her husband, three kids, and two exceptionally fat Chihuahuas. 

This book is different from others, which makes it quite unique in itself.  It definitely is a book to be read and re-read. The story is centered around the ancient Mexicans and rituals from the Aztecs and Mayans. It was a magical  read.  The author took ancient cultures and put them into today's world along with the magic of the Castillo family along with enemies they seek to destroy.
Trying to find her little niche in the world, Zara was a college student who is drawn into this tradition.   She soon discovers that she is far more than just a sacrifice  as she tries to erase   the tradition forever.  The book was written so that you could relate in a way to Zaras and her family. 
The author gave such reality to the scenes in Mexico along with a lot of action packed pages.
One thing that rather slowed me down with the book was so much information, so many characters. A lot to take in. Keeping everything straight was rather difficult. 
 Zara seemed as though she didn't have a mind of her own.  She went along with anything, never asking questions. She let others lead her instead of standing  on her own.
I liked the addition of the love between Zara and Lucas.  The book is a good read, even though drawn out some. 
I received a complimentary copy of THE 52nd from the author Dela for my unbiased view.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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