Friday, July 10, 2015

Tori Review: "Death Wish" by Megan Tayte


Title: Death Wish

Author: Megan Tayte

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publication: February 7, 2015

Pages: 305


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.

Very Enjoyable Read! 

I have to say, I was certainly intrigued by the synopsis of this book. Just by the hook line, “mere mortals infused with power over life and death,” I knew that Scarlett Blake was going to have to be something quite special. So I decided to dip my toes in particularly slowly with this read and get to know her a little before I allowed my tendency to devour all things magical to take over. 

Upon finishing this book, I will tell you that if you are looking for a series that is heavy on the paranormal then I don’t believe that Death Wish is for you. Now, don’t misunderstand me…I quite enjoyed this book. I just think that this was far more YA with maybe a few sprinkles of mystical goodness thrown in than an actual YA Paranormal. 

With that being said, Scarlett was the first main character that I have not felt wholly connected to in quite some time. I just seemed to hover around her movements rather than actually mind melding with her character. She was, however, refreshingly messy. I was intrigued by the fact that although she did have gorgeous surfer types saving her throughout the book…it was her own strength that I felt brought her out of the darkness that clouded her mind. 

I did find myself relating to the dynamic that she had once shared with her sister, Sienna. Scarlett was the quiet one, letting her sister be the one to always shine. Sienna did seem to thrive on being the center of attention and Scarlett allowed it to happen. It took losing her for Scarlett to figure out that she could sparkle in her own way. I also completely adored the character of Cara, who was full of enough energy for a few characters and then some. 

The romance between Luke and Scarlett blossomed quite slowly and I was happy to see that the addition of another male character didn’t immediately lead us into the love triangle equation that you often find in YA. However, it did leave me itching to find out more about the elusive Jude and I am hoping that more…much more will be explained later. This book was a bit of a slow read for me but the plot developed quite well and I was happy when the mystery started to unravel into the mystical that I was expecting from the beginning.

3.5 quills to Death Wish. Megan Tayte delivered a book that sparked my interest and I am hopeful that Forget Me Not, the second installment in the Ceruleans series, will set that spark ablaze.

Happy Reading Lovelies!
  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.

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