I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death Wish (Ceruleans, #1) by Megan Tayte
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on May 17th 2016
IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE.
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit: run away from school, join a surfing fraternity, drown in a tragic ‘accident’.
Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to an isolated English cove to uncover the truth. And, as it turns out, to fall in love with the place and its people, especially a certain blue-eyed surfer with a serious case of the heroics.
But as Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Power.
What transpires is a summer of discovery: of what it means to conquer fear, to fall in love, to choose life, to choose death.
To believe the impossible.
The Ceruleans: soulful, coming-of-age romance with a paranormal edge. Five books, one question – if the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?
(Previously published under the pen name Megan Tayte.)
Death Wish had a little bit of everything mixed into it, a little magic, a little romance, a little about grieving and a little about finding oneself. Death Wish took me a while to read not because it was bad book not at all, it mostly had to do with me.
Sienna and Scarlett are sisters and were born 10 months apart. Sienna runs away from boarding school and moves to an isolated cove and joins a surfing fraternity. She keeps in contact with Scarlett through emails only that they’re a bit cryptic and never really go into detail about what she’s up, what she’s thinking. One day, Scarlett is called into the Principal’s office where she finds out that Sienna has committed suicide.
It’s not like Sienna to want to take her life, she’s full of life. Scarlett just cannot understand what was going through her head so she sets off on mission. She decides to spend her summer at the isolated cove where she can uncover the truth about her sister’s demise.
When I first started reading Death Wish, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it had a little bit of romance, magic and death. I wasn’t entirely sure how the author was going to execute that into a wonderful story. I have to say she did a pretty good job. I don’t read much paranormal romance but after Death Wish I think I should. There was something in the story that drew me in and when I stopped reading I felt like a lost a bit of myself.
“You could say a lot of things about Scarlett Blake – she’s a loner, she’s a wallflower, she’s a menace in the kitchen but no way was ‘she’s a quitter’ on the list of character flaws.”
Scarlett sometimes gave me a headache and sometimes I wanted to hug her. Sometimes she could be mean other times she was such a mess that all I wanted to do was hug her. In the beginning you get the sense that she’s always lived in Sienna’s shadow and now that it’s just her she’s learning how to adjust and find herself. I loved the character development of Scarlett. She truly blossomed in my eyes.
He’s a wonderful guy. He’s taking care of his little sister, working a couple jobs to keep the house they live in putting off his dreams of becoming a chef. He’s also protective and always watching out for Scarlett. He’s also very sweet. I really liked him despite sometimes I wanted to yell at him and Scarlett to just shut up and kiss already. I hope to see more of him.
I didn’t quite understand Jude’s presence in the story until the end. He was a mystery throughout the whole story including to his friends. He just pops in and out of the story. It was kind of irritating because I wanted to know what his deal was but I’m assuming we find out in the next book of the series.
I really loved Cara. I think everyone needs a friend like her. She was able to help Scarlett break out of her shell a little at a time. I hope we get to see more of her in the series.
The Paranormal Aspect
I felt like the paranormal aspect of the story was only given to us in spurts. We’d randomly see things such as the blue light coming from hands but nothing much. It didn’t make its presence known throughout the story. It was just giving us hints. I’m hoping everything is explained in the second book or at least a better understanding of what was going on with Scarlett and especially Jude.
The end of the story I was left with a whole bunch of questions. Again, I’m hoping the rest of my questions will be answered in the next book.
Overall, I really did enjoy this story a lot more then I initially thought I would. I thought the story was well written and original. I loved how Megan was able to incorporate a little romance, mystery, paranormal and the topic of grieving into one story. I really didn’t think she would pull it off. But she did. I was impressed. The story is a bit slow but it does draw you in because you are wondering what’s going to happen.
The only problem I had with the story was the language. Some of the words and the manner in which they were used I often found trouble with. But other then that, I really didn’t have any major issues with it.
I will be checking out the rest of the series because I seriously need answers to my questions. Do I recommend? If you are looking for a lot of paranormal influences in the story then no, you won’t like this. But if you are okay with a little bit of paranormal influence then yes, go on and pick this up!