Saturday, September 19, 2015

The 52nd by Dela (The 52nd Saga Book 1)

The 52nd
by Dela

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The 52nd Saga - Book 1
Publication Date: October 24, 2014
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
ISBN-13: 9781940014388
Genre: NA Saga | Fantasy
Print Length: 472 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 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.

 The 52nd by Dela

The 52ndThe Underworld must be fed to keep humanity safe. For centuries, one immortal family has borne the burden with grim resolve. Every fifty-two years, fifty-two human sacrifices must be made, but this time, something will change, one immortal will deny the gods when his dreams of “the girl” that will possess his heart come true. Time is running out to complete the ritual, but Lucas will do everything within his power to keep Zara alive, even if he cannot be with her, but the gods can be cruel and heartless and someone must pay.

How often do you read about Aztec and Mayan gods of the Underworld, or more precisely the immortal beings forced to do their bidding, knowing each soul they capture will die a painful death? Dela’s The 52nd goes where few paranormal romances go, from the halls of a normal high school to the jungles of Tulum in Mexico. Giving us what may seem to be anti-heroes in the Castillo family, Dela describes a close family with a job they took to save their people, not for the pleasure of pleasing the gods. With their immortality comes power, physical perfection and the need to never get close to anyone. Too bad love has a way of tearing down barriers and making the impossible seem real.

Dela has created a torturous romance, a teen girl, oblivious to the supernatural threats around her and an over 500 year old “teen boy”whose heart must be denied the one thing he needs. Can Zara learn to trust Lucas and his family? Will they stand by his decision to endanger them all for one girl whose life span is a blip on the line of time? Follow the dark times, the danger and the pain of a love that shouldn’t be as Dela unwinds her tale of the paranormal with her own mystical twist. Well written with great scenes filled with emotional turmoil, action and the wrath of the gods as the power they bestowed on humans is used against them in the name of love. Every scene is gripping; an emotional ripcord and the secrets that must be kept feel like raw wounds being torn open as this tale goes on. Highly recommended for those who are looking for something a little different in the paranormal world!

I received this copy from Dela in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Ow wow! This is going to be such a good read. I recently won this book and am waiting for it now. Thanks for your spectacular and exciting review!

  2. This sounds so intriguing. I've always been curious about the Aztecs and Mayans.