Monday, 18 April 2016

Death Wish (Review)

Hi there!

Title: Death Wish (Ceruleans #1)

Author: Megan Tayte
Publisher: Heaven Afire
Published Date: 7th February 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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. 

Review: Death Wish was a book I had been seeing plenty of reviews going around for for a while. I had even been pretty interested in it, so when the author asked if I would like to review it, I jumped at the chance. I was intrigued by the premise and the positive things I had heard about it, and easily fell into reading the book. There was something about the writing style that drew me into the world. Yet, it took me longer than expected to read the book. I didn't want to rush it all. 

One of my favourite things about this book were the characters. They seemed so real to me. I really did like Scarlett, our main character, but I think I loved Cara most of all. She was in a car accident when her parents died, and it has mangled her legs so they are a difficulty for her. But she was also so outgoing and vibrant never let life get to her. Then there was also Luke who was always so caring and gracious.



But the biggest theme that reflected throughout this book is grief. Scarlett has recently lost her sister and is trying to come to terms with it. But she mostly wants to understand why her sister commit suicide. She's to live at the scene and wants to learn to surf seeing as that is what her sister did before she walked into the sea to give up her life. We definitely see all the shades of grief here, and as someone who has lost someone myself before, I could relate. Tayte managed to describe the emotions that someone could experience perfectly. And it's not only that. We get to see Cara who has lost people in the past, and how she has coped with it. There's also Scarlett's mother who has an entirely different way of dealing with this (drinking) than herself. It was interesting to really see all the different perspectives.

If you can believe it, aside from that very realistic and down to earth theme, this is still the first book in a paranormal kind of trilogy. So in this book we see some strange happenings that don't quite make sense, and as the book goes on Scarlett starts to discover more and more about what is happening. It's only the beginning of the trilogy so this isn't explored too much, but you can tell it is going to be a big contender in the next two books. Which I fully intend to read now as well. 


This book was funny at times. It was serious. It was interesting. It was the perfect balance of most things I need in a novel, and I am very much so looking forward to trying the sequel soon!

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia's Question: Was there ever a book you could closely relate to? Which one was it?

Olivia-Savannah x

25 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting one Liv! Not sure about all the surfing/water elements though - I have some issues with water and swimming and all that jazz. In that swimming and large bodies of water scare the sh** outta me! ;)

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    1. It kind of does to the main character at first as well! Which makes a lot of sense. I don't think I could ever surf myself...

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  2. [ Smiles ] Hmm. A book with a very captivating title!

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    1. I didn't realise how dark it was until someone pointed it out to me, actually!

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  3. The blurb sounds so good! An intriguing plot coupled with paranormal, it sounds like a great read. I'm glad you found a perfect balance of all things good in this book.
    And that book cover? I would want it in my shelf just for that cover XD

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    1. The cover is lovely! And yes, this book definitely knows the meaning of the word balance :)

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  4. Sometimes we tend to incorporate the feelings within a book we're reading; you'd said grief was reflected throughout. I guess that allows us to relate to Scarlett as she's dealing with the loss of her sister.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Yes I do think that happens quite often on the authors and sometimes readers side too.

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  5. Sounds like an interesting read. Was wondering if you had any recommendations for some light reading for a beach holiday? I'm going away soon and would love to take some books to read :)

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    1. On the beach it is great to read romance and light hearted funny books! I would recommend Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Rosie Project or something like All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

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    2. Thank you so much Olivia I'm off to check those books out and order one or two of them from Amazon :)

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  6. The theme of grief is def something that attracts me to this one

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    1. Yeah... I've noticed that in your read choices!

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  7. I have had this book since it was first released, but have yet to read it. I don't think I need to read any books that deal with grief right now.

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    1. This doesn't seem like the best time for you to start into this one, but perhaps later?

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  8. Why, I do believe I have this book in my Kindle. So glad downloading it was all for a good reason. :D

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it when you get to it!

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  9. Cara and Scarlett sound great and admirable, this book seems to have a lot of great characters! :D I'm surprised this is a paranormal book, since it's dealing with such serious topics. And I can't stop looking at that cover, it's so beautiful <3

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. They really are a wonderful friendship pairing. I think you'll really like this one, Carla!

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  10. This sounds like an all around great book. I like that the characters are so well done. :) Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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  11. I've seen this book a couple of times on other blogs as well and for the most part, I've seen some very good (and promising) things! It's always interesting when the author is able to blend real life scenarios with paranormal like themes and I think the subject of grief in particular is pretty easy for people our age to relate to. I'll definitely have to look into it!

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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    1. I know! I was so impressed with the way we got the paranormal element in there so well when it came to there being a realistic element that people can relate to as well. It was so good!

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