Book Review: Death Wish by Megan Tayte

Death Wish
Ceruleans #1
Megan Tayte
Genre: YA Paranormal
IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE.

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. Butsuicide? 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.
Review copy provided by the author

Grief. I know it well. When my mother died, I’ve skipped the first stage and went on to anger, rage and resentment. I have had spots sadness and depression. Then, a quiet sort of acceptance in the sense that yes, she is gone. Yet, to tell the truth, I never have truly made peace with it. And five years after, I still have moments of anger and sadness whenever I think about her.

This is why I could relate to what Scarlett was feeling when she lost her sister. The difference is that while deep inside I knew that my mother going away was near, the loss of her sister was a shock to Scarlett. The nature of our Why questions was different. 

The pace was slow and I was waiting for something to happen. A little action, a little adventure. I knew it was going to be paranormal (I hardly read a book nowadays that is not paranormal), so I was expecting supernatural mumbo-jumbo to happen earlier. And because of the cover, I thought there was going to be mermaids. It did not – at least, not to my face. There were hints, there were blurry, glowing, bluish hands and was it really dying? rabbits and magpies but nothing really big.

This was a book about grief, dealing with grief, and finding answers to gain peace with yourself. The paranormal stuff, therefore, took a backseat and explored the ins and outs of the lives of Scarlett, Luke and Cara, finding out that they understood each other because of similar experiences. It wasn’t until the last few chapters that we get a bit of a glimpse into the paranormal which was also the answer to Scarlett’s sister’s… death.

It wasn’t enough to go on. A bit of a teaser, really. Perhaps, we’re going to find out more in the sequel (it’s a five-book series) which would, I guess, expound more on the paranormal of the story.

Ayanami Faerudo

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