Book Review, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

The 52nd by Dela: Book Review

I was a Watcher. We watched dead creatures abduct humans so they could be sacrificed in the Underworld by their God, no questions asked. – Lucas

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Commentary: I was beyond excited when I read the synopsis, it was unique, it had Hispanic protagonists and dealt the Aztecs and Mayans! The cover is absolutely gorgeous! The story is told in two perspectives, Lucas (Mulac) and Zara. Like I mentioned before, I was excited to read it, until I actually started reading it. I wasn’t a fan of Luca’s perspective, I found him to a be a tad too possessive over Zara. He reminded me of Edward Cullen. He’s immortal and about 500ish years old, and he has been waiting for Zara since the prophecy has been told. He and his family are watchers. Every 52 years, sacrifices are chosen, but once he meets Zara, he cannot let her die. Lucas vows to protect her despite going against the Gods. Honestly, I wanted to skip his parts, and move on, but I didn’t…ughs. On the other hand, Zara’s perspective was better than Lucas, but not by a lot.  I did feel that the book was dragged out a bit too much. I didn’t like the relationship between both protagonists either. Zara would get too angry at him and he would smirk a lot. Also, I didn’t like how Lucas kept calling Zara weak, and instead of Zara telling him otherwise, she also kept saying that she was weak herself. Luckily there was no love triangle in this book. I looked forward mostly to the actions scenes, but they were a tad too boring. I kept wanting to drop this book. I really thought it had an interesting concept, but it was too descriptive for me. Another problem that I had is that there will be more books in this series…it would have been better as a stand alone book rather than a series to be honest. I thought she was going to become an immortal like Lucas, but that didn’t happen. The ending was a disappointing. It ends with a kiss on a New Years party. In addition, the book really felt dragged out longer than it should have. Will I read the next book in the series when it comes out? No. Do I recommend this book? Not really.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (2.5)

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