Review: Death Wish by Megan Tayte

Death Wish by Megan Tayte
Series: Ceruleans (# 1)
Release Date:  February 7, 2015
Publisher: Heaven Afire
Pages: 312
Source: book provided by the author for review



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.


Review: It took a while to get interested in Death Wish by Megan Tayte. Although it ended up being a decent book, it started off very slowly. After getting through the first half of the book, the storyline seems like it was pieced together without much thought.

Scarlett Blake is the main character. After her sister’s death, Scarlett feels the need to go to their grandparent’s cabin in Twycombe and find out if Sienna truly committed suicide or if there is more to the story than what meets the eye. During her stay, Scarlett meets many characters. She begins taking surfing lessons with a local hottie named Luke. Scarlett also meets another local stud, Jude, while visiting her grandparents’ graves. These two become a big part of the story as it goes on. However, the sea plays a bigger part. Scarlett finds herself drawn to the sea and she is determined to find out why.

During the last half of the book, the storyline transforms completely from normal and somewhat boring to paranormal. I don’t want to give away too much here because this is actually the half that I found the most interesting.

I really want to read more books in the Ceruleans series. I am hoping that as the books go on, they get better. I only struggled with Death Wish because it was such a slow start before it got interesting.