Book Review: Death Wish by: Megan Tayte

Publisher: Heaven Afire

Publication Date: February 7, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review


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 the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, 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.

Review: DEATH WISH is the story of Scarlett Blake. She’s mourning the loss of her sister and determined to find out why she supposedly took her own life. Scarlet goes to Twycombe, Devon, which is the last place her sister was before her death to find the truth. I thought DEATH WISH would have the Ceruleans taking a bigger role throughout the story, but the paranormal aspects were very subtly laced throughout the story until the end. DEATH WISH seemed to be more of the story of a girl dealing with the loss of her sister than a paranormal fantasy novel on the outside. I liked Scarlet and the descriptions of the scenery and surfing made the story come to life. While I enjoyed DEATH WISH, I hope readers get to learn more definitive information about the Ceruleans in future installments of the series. 

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