Review: Death Wish (Ceruleans #1)

Title: Death Wish
24873066Author: Megan Tayte
305 pages, published February 2015
Genre: YA Paranormal

Note: I received this book from the author to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

I absolutely loved this book! The more I read, the harder it was to put down.  The more Scarlett learned about the town and about Sienna through their eyes, the more  I wanted to know. I read the last half of the book in a 24 hour period because I was so engrossed in the story. I didn't know what to expect from this book--I don't read a lot of YA Paranormal  because usually it's just a little too weird for me--but this one was perfect! I absolutely loved the author's effortless, easy to read writing style.

There was a perfect balance of romance, paranormal, character development, mystery, and suspense.  The paranormal aspect wasn't too overly weird for me to take away from the beautiful story--the devotion of Scarlett to find out what happened to her sister, Luke's devotion to Scarlett, and Cara's unending friendship. Just enough paranormal events happened to keep you guessing (why is this series called Ceruleans?? Who is Jude??) but not enough to overpower all the other elements of the book.

I loved the characters, especially Luke and Scarlett.  I found myself wishing I could hang out with them at the beach! They were easy to relate to, honest, and real.  Scarlett reminds me a lot of myself in some aspects.  And Luke--the guy can surf AND is a great cook? Swoon!

The author's note at the end says this is a planned five book series--I am SO excited I get to devour four more of these books!! This book was fantastic, and is one I highly recommend. I have a good feeling about the rest of this series and this great author!! Can't wait to get my hands on Book 2--Forget Me Not!

Overall rating for "Death Wish" : A

About the Author: Megan Tayte

Megan Tayte
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Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. 'Write, Megan,' her grandmother advised. So that's what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan writes the kinds of books she loves to read: young-adult paranormal romance fiction. Young adult, because it's the time of life that most embodies freedom and discovery and first love. Paranormal, because she's always believed that there are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy. And romance, because she's a misty-eyed dreamer who lives for those 'life is so breathtakingly beautiful' moments.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in Robin Hood's county, Nottingham. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a paleontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.

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Happy Reading!