Review: Death Wish

Death Wish (Ceruleans, #1)
by Megan Tayte

thesynopsisSeventeen-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★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!

Okay, where do I begin?

It may seem odd that Scarlett still think that her sister Siena isn’t really dead but is just somewhere, out there, just waiting, lurking, beneath the dark and deep pools of the ocean. Like Scarlet, I was drawn into this book, felt the pull to linger on the pages and eventually indulge in a story about love, loyalty, sisters, connection, belief and unexpected twists.

Scarlett went to her grandparent’s house a few months after her sister died; the same house where Siena had spent her last few days before she disappeared in the treacherous waters. And she almost killed herself too when she unwittingly battled the waves and surfed even though she lacked experience. Luke, her rescuer, became her surfing instructor, and together they rode the waves to love and oblivion (sort of). She also made friends with Cara, a blunt but well-meaning kind of girl, all too happy to share what she knew about the village and the folks who lived there. And there’s those unexpected people that appear out of nowhere, Jude for example. Scarlett also discovered later on that she had an ability that was valuable to her and others, the kind of ability that could heal and relieve one’s pain. As if this wasn’t enough mystery, there was still that unspoken questions about her sister’s death that kept her moving on to her quest.

Without revealing too much, let me just reiterate that Death Wish is a real page-turner. Megan Tayte has a vivid and wild imagination that is immersive and stunning. Some parts of the book are surprising, and I liked reading how everything unfolded. I believe this is part of a series (trilogy?), but the first book wraps up just nice and intriguing, and sets up the notch for the next book.

Oh, who am I kidding? I couldn’t resist the call of the deep, I must read the next story Forget Me Not!

NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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.

Learn more about her on her author website at:

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