Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: Death Wish


The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to an isolated English cove with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.

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. Warmth. 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.

Rating: 4 Stars

Book Title: Death Wish (Ceruleans #1)

Author: Megan Tayte

Release Date: February 7th 2015

Pages: 305

Publisher: Heaven Afire


            In a genre full of sadistic vampires, furry beasts, and supernatural powers gone astray, Death Wish  (Ceruleans: Book 1) by Megan Tayte emerges triumphant.  Paranormal romance fans rejoice! Finally, something new and exceptional in what has quickly become a washed-out genre.  Personal opinion folks, don’t berate me just yet! You all know I love me a good vampire love story or anything that is reminiscent of paranormal romance.  It’s just that my overexposure to this genre has left me feeling a bit disappointed in recent releases over the past year or so and it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a book from this category.  Understandably so, since I find most of the books predictable and therefore uninteresting, but I was still holding out hope for a book that would impress me and entertain me. 

            What really held my interest initially was the setting. After leaving home for a summer vacation on the English cove, Scarlett arrives at her grandparents’ home ready to find some answers.  Answers that may be hard to face, but that she feels she needs to find nevertheless.  Her only sibling, Sienna, died just months prior to Scarlett’s arrival at the house and Scarlett wants to know why.  How does someone who loves life itself, decide to just give up on it?  Her sister wasn’t your ordinary sister and Scarlett knows there’s more to the story than what her parents and the authorities have told her. 

o   The Surfing: This time last year, I was on a beach in Mexico quite similar to the one Scarlett is on, learning how to surf for the first time.  It’s almost ironic the timing of this book because I was just reminiscing on last year’s adventures.  Surfing has always been on my bucket list, so when I took a trip to Mexico I asked around for lessons. I LOVED the beginning of Death Wish because Scarlett spends a lot of time in the water learning how to surf. Sienna died in a surfing incident on this same beach, and I think it’s incredibly brave of Scarlett to even attempt going out to learn for herself.  Some of the surfing scenes were my favorite and I got a good laugh out of Scarlett’s first surf board, a children’s sized board that is way too small for her.  Don’t worry though, her new friend Luke fills her in on her purchase mistake, which brings me to my next favorite bit.
o   Luke: From the moment he first saves her, I fell in love. Typical run-of-the-mill swooning here, but he is SO DREAMY.  Even that temper of his at the beginning of the book when he first meets Scarlett.  He admonishes her for putting herself at risk and even goes so far as to chide her for her mistake.  I couldn’t help but laugh, comparing Luke to an angry duck mom that you see quacking at her ducklings to move faster when they’re crossing a road.  Luke is independent and overly protective of those in his life, which I think made him that much more adorable in my eyes.  I loved his character in the book and how he looks out for the people he loves.
o   The British Slang: Family and friends, if I call you a spanner anytime soon, just know I mean it out of love. And good fun! Because I’ve learned a whole spew of new and hilarious British slang words! I thought they were charming and adorable, although admittedly sometimes confusing!  Google was my best friend during these moments!  Now I know what it’s like for my French friends to come to America who always tell me they don’t understand my American slang and phrases!

o   The Big Reveal: I want to preface with: THIS IS ONLY BOOK 1 of 5, so I am not overly annoyed by this aspect of the book alone because I know more will be revealed in the books to come.  That being said, I feel it necessary to mention the slow pace of the paranormal aspect of the book.  AKA the powers/the big reveal as I like to call it.  If you read the book description above, it should come as no surprise (and therefore is NOT a spoiler) that one of the main characters has some element of supernatural powers. Death Wish is slow to reveal its secrets though, and impatient readers might find themselves frustrated with this aspect of the book.  Although I had my guesses as I was reading the book as to the nature of the powers that Scarlett had, it wasn’t until the very end of the book that my guesses were confirmed.

            As far as the beginning of series go though, I think Death Wish by Megan Tayte is a promise for more great things to come.  After finishing the ending of book 1 in this series, I am SO relieved to have the 2nd book already on my kindle and ready to go (thanks to Megan I might add) because THAT ENDING left me dying to know more! Talk about cliffhangers!  I think it was especially good because we finally find out what is going on with Scarlett and why she has been experiencing everything she has throughout the book and during her stay at her grandparents’ place.  In Death Wish things are just starting to heat up and I think Forget Me Not (Ceruleans: Book 2) is going to prove even more exciting!


  1. Thank you, Emily, for taking the time to read and review. I'm similarly besotted with Luke, even at his grumpiest. :)

    1. No thank you! I loved reading it and am currently enjoying the next one in the series! and Luke is a dream! *insert heart eye emoji :)

  2. Sounds interesting and I am glad you want to continue the series, that is always a knowing sign on whether or not to read a post
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
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    1. thanks Missie! I think you would really enjoy this one! and yes, I agree! the first book always gives me a good indication whether I'm going to like the series overall! thanks for checking out my review!

  3. Fantastic review, Emily! Reading the synopsis had me hooked and reading your review has me full-on grabby hands. The story sounds fascinating... and I totally want to meet Luke. :)

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. Hi Tanya! OOOH if you read this PLEASE keep me updated! i LOVE Luke and i think you would too!
      Thanks for checking out my review! hope you're having a great weekend!


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