Death Wish by Megan Tayte #Review

Title: Death Wish
Author: Megan Tayte

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: The Ceruleans Book 1
Format: eBook, 305 pages

Publisher: Heaven Afire
Publication Date: February 7th 2015

** I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest 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 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. 

Death Wish is a wonderful book. I didn’t want to put it down. Scarlett was so focused on finding out what happened to her sister that there were several times where she was a tad too reckless and would have been in serious trouble if someone hadn’t been there to save her. I was scared for her in the beginning of the book when she almost drowned while trying to surf. It took some guts for her to go out there and try when she didn’t know what she was doing and without a proper board. It was also slightly stupid. However, she was grieving and grief will make you do stupid things so I forgave her. 

I was so happy when Scarlett first became friends with Cara. Cara had so much energy and didn’t let the fact that she limped get to her and that was really inspiring. I still can’t decide if I like Luke or Jude better. Luckily, there are four more books to help me decide. 😉

The only thing I didn’t like was that the paranormal aspect didn’t really come into play until the end of the book. There were a few snippets here and there but the main paranormal stuff was way too late. If this was a standalone then I would be more disappointed, but since this is a series I will give Book 2 a chance before I pass a judgement that is too harsh. I would still highly recommend Death Wish but just know that once you start the series, you are going to want to continue! 

Rating: 4 stars