Saturday, 30 May 2015

Death Wish (Ceruleans, #1) by Megan Tayte

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Megan Tayte.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
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. 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.

Death Wish by Megan Tayte

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Death Wish (Ceruleans, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Megan Tayte.)

“The end is coming; no escape.”

This was an okay story, but I have to say that I am very disappointed with that ending.

Scarlett was a bit of a mess as characters go. She was out there trying to find out what happened to her sister, and at the same time making some very irresponsible decisions such as trying to surf when she had no idea what she was doing, and didn’t even have a decent surf-board. I know that she was grieving, but boy was she a mess.

“you got a death wish or something?”

The storyline in this had a little touch of mystery, and a little touch of romance, but was mostly just Scarlett being messed up over her sister’s death, and finding out very little. The pace in this book was just so slow, and I didn’t feel like we really found out anything significant until quite late on in the story, and certainly the paranormal aspect of the story (and the whole point of the series title) didn’t emerge until the 95% mark, which for me was way too late. I felt like I’d read 94% of a contemporary romance/mystery story, to then have a paranormal aspect dropped on me, seemingly out of nowhere, and then the book ended! Argh! What a place for the book to end?! Just as we were finally about to learn something!
6 out of 10.

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