Death Wish (The Ceruleans: Book 1), Megan Tayte

Death Wish (The Ceruleans: Book 1), Megan Tayte
Genre: YA, Fantasy/paranormal romance.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’ve mentioned before how I enjoy YA novels that are at the upper end of the genre, that are really just a good read and suitable for all ages, and this book is on of those. Kept me enthralled, and then when I got to the end it was – What?? No….. I need more now damn it.
So there’s Scarlett, tracing her sister’s footsteps to see if she can understand why she killed herself. She starts by learning to surf – well actually she starts by almost killing herself trying, then gets rescued by hot local, Luke, who steers her towards lessons, given by him! As the lessons progress she meets more people, and her inquiries just really turn up more questions. She was puzzled at first by the whole surfing thing – their mum has always steered them away from the sea. We learn more and more about Scarlett and her family, and can see that for a long while her parents have had a fractured, brittle relationship – their mum is more dependent than supportive, and sometimes Scarlett seems the parent instead.
Its always a shock when I recall she’s only 17 (almost 18) and that Sienna was only 18, as she seems so mature and certainly has an amount of freedom most kids of that age don’t get. Staying at her grandparents house alone for the summer? How many could do that, especially after her sister did the same and then killed herself…Still, it makes for a cracking story and one I want to read more of. You just have to let issues of practically and reality like that go and enjoy the story instead. Sometimes I can’t do it – here though the story is so rich that I can.

There are some great characters, and little clues unfold all the while. I loved Luke right from the start, Cara was a gem, despite her problems – or maybe in-spite of them- sunny, cheerful and always so full of enthusiasm for life. Scarlett’s busy dog walking each day, surfing with Luke, and spending time with Cara when she’s free, and soon she seems to have become part of the community. There are oddities though – strange things happen to her, someone keeps turning up at odd moments and then disappearing and its all very mysterious feeling, and yet its nothing you can pinpoint, put together its one of those scenes where there could always be another explanation. And aren’t those the most frustrating? The ones where you doubt yourself? And that’s how it seems to Scarlett – did that really happen or has she imagined it, was it just something slightly different?
To be honest I got so focussed on her quest and the developing relationship with Luke, I kept forgetting there is a paranormal angle to the story, until small, peculiar happenings occurred that brought my mind back. Then that ending – gah! I hate that sort, Cliff-hangers are a real bane to my reading. I find when I pick up the next book the momentum has gone, and as I read so much very often I need to refresh my memory of the whole story. Still, once all parts are out and the story can be read back to back from start to finish it makes for a dramatic and exciting series. Just got to wait for more books Sad smile I really like series best where there are just hints to next novel and Not A Cliff-hanger, where the story from that episode is wrapped up. Its tough though in a read like this, being the first book and needing to deliver so much, so this time I’ll get over it and not drop rating.
Stars: five, a great story full of intriguing mystery, developing romance, and suitable for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy read. .
ARC provided by author


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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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