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Death Wish

(Ceruleans #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  118 reviews
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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
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published February 7th 2015 by Heaven Afire
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Sarah Elizabeth
(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 de
Scarlett discovers her older sister has committed suicide by drowning in the ocean at her grandmother’s beach cottage and she has an overwhelming need to know why. So, Scarlett returns to the beach home hoping to find something that would help clue her in on her loss.

Scarlett soon finds an uncontrollable pull toward the ocean and surfing, where she rescued by a tan Adonis. Still wanting to learn to surf, Scarlett enlists Luke, the Adonis, to teach her but while Scarlett is hitting the waves with
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Megan Tayte for giving me this book to review.

17 year old Scarlett Blake is haunted by the death of her party girl sister, Sienna. Determined to discover why she committed suicide, she stays in the isolated English cove of Twycombe, where she meets 2 men who want to help her Luke and Jude but she is unsure why. As she discovers more about her sister’s death she notices strange things start happening around her. With summer drawing to a close will Scarlett discover the truth?

Death Wish
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My teenage daughter and I buddy-read this book for review, and we really enjoyed it! The author's writing is lyrical and beautiful; and while the book drew me in, I was most pleased by how absorbed my teen became with the characters and the story. I very much appreciate the author writing a story that is age-appropriate and encourages young readers to pick up a book. Here is what my kiddo had to say about Death Wish:

Scarlett Blake always loved visiting her grandparents in Twycombe. The little o
When Scarlett learned her older sister, Sienna had committed suicide at their grandparents’ beach house, like anyone left behind, she needed to know WHY. Yes, Sienna had grown away from the family, but she was always the number one party girl, the pretty one who drew others to her like a magnet. She decided to start at the source and went to the beach house to stay, dig up answers, and find people who knew the sister she had lost. Is it possible the answers are hidden in the old and beloved home ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 favourit
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I received a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by this. I usually don't like paranormal romance, but this was quite good.

Let's talk about the characters first. Scarlett was a delightful heroine, she was quirky and unique. Awesome! It was refreshing to read about someone who's not your typical heroine. I also really like Cara, her friendship with Scarlett was nice. The only slightly irritating character was Jude, a
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
The characters in this were okay, but they did annoy me at points.

This wasn't a bad read, but I found most of it to be rather dull unfortunately. There wasn't much going on in the first half, and while the second half was a bit better, it still wasn't brilliant.

Overall, An okay read.
Andrea Murray
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
I didn’t read this novel; I devoured it! The first thing I do when I receive a novel to review is check out the length, and when I saw the length of this one, I cringed. This new genre, new-adult, is a bridge for those YA readers wanting something more mature, and three hundred pages is a commitment many YA readers don’t want to make in this ultra-busy life where their attention is so divided. But this is one I would definitely rec
Rachel Gunter
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Death Wish for me was an good read, I enjoyed it well enough but I didn't love it. It was quite a slow paced book, which was fine, but it seemed like a lot of the time not much was going on. To be honest at first I hadn't realised it was a paranormal book. 90% of this book feels like a contemporary novel about love, friendship, and grief, and that was good. But then at the end the paranormal stuff came into it and it just didn't flow right for me. It just seemed like it was added on rather than ...more
Alina Syed
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free eBook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I give this book 5 stars. It’s a paranormal romance and the first one in the ‘Ceruleans’ series. I really liked this one.

‘Death Wish’ is about seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake who wants to unravel the truth about her sister Sienna’s suicide. When she moves to the cove of Twycombe, Devon, she meets Luke who teaches her how to surf and Jude who always turns up when she’s got problems.

The writing is beautiful but what I
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-received
Rating 4.5 stars

Death Wish was a very enjoyable paranormal book. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.

I felt like it took me a few chapters to really get into the story. I was a bit worried that I might not fall into that easy reading where I can't get enough and don't want to put the book down. I was worried for nothing, though. Once I found my groove, I was hooked and then proceeded to devour the rest of the book with ease.

Death Wish is a great start to a series. It gives
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP/Lovers of Paranormal).

First off, I want to say that I didn't think I would enjoy this novel as much as I did; the synopsis was enough to draw me in into reading this book, but I wasn't expecting a lot. I really liked Death Wish, however, and am still processing what I just read.

Death Wish follows Scarlett Blake, as she spends the summer after finishing senior year at high school in Twycombe, Devon. More specifically at the old cottage sh
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Heather
Book provided by the author

It took a while to get interested in Death Wish by Megan Tayte. Although it ended up being a decent book, it started off very slowly. After getting through the first half of the book, the storyline seems like it was pieced together without much thought.

Scarlett Blake is the main character. After her sister’s death, Scarlett feels the need to go to their grandparent’s cabin in Twycombe and find out if Sienna truly committed suicide or if there is
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Son won in the Goodreads Giveaways - not read, passed on to another reader.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would like to start this review by telling everybody how much I enjoyed this book! I was kind of hesitant to read this because of the title which suggests that the novel will likely be about death and wanting to die, and I don’t know if my mind can take reading about another suicide book, without permanent damage. But, I’m quite happy I ignored my apprehension, and went on ahead and read it. And actually, instead of focusing on death, the book showed the opposite side of the coin, which is lif ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5

I received a copy in exchange for honest review, this does not affect my review in any shape or form.

Death Wish had a little bit of everything mixed into it, a little magic, a little romance, a little about grieving and a little about finding oneself. Death Wish took me a while to read not because it was bad book not at all, it mostly had to do with me.

Our Story
Sienna and Scarlett are sisters and were born 10 months apart. Sienna runs away from boarding school and moves to a
You know, I was really pleasantly surprised by this. I've been dreading reading it for months, because I have a rule about not accepting books for review directly from the author (and these days I just don't review) - because WHAT WOULD I DO IF I DIDN'T LIKE IT??

Luckily I did! The beginning has a rocky start, but all the things that had me giving it a suspicious side-eye ended up not being concerns at all. Sort of spoilers but not really? (view spoiler)
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing first book!

WOW where do I start! This book was a crazy ride, when I read the you think you know what you're in for and really, you don't! It was a story about overcoming loss, and learning the truth, and the love of a sister looking for anwsers.

Scarlett Blake, what is there to say about her, she was so strong, in the events that took place in death with she handled her self amazingly. She lost her sister, something no one should have to deal with. Her parents were at a loss all on their
kenzie ♫
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"'When the time comes, you will choose to come with me.
You will choose death, Scarlett Blake. You will choose me.'"

Scarlett Blake always loved visiting her grandparents in Twycombe. The little oceanside town has always felt more like home than the grandiose house and city she grew up in. But now the happy memories of her childhood have been replaced with darkness since her sister committed suicide in the very ocean they played in as children. And Scarlett's determined to find out why.

When t
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, for-review
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

Actual rating: 3.5/5

Note to self: When starting a book on a train journey, make sure there is enough time to finish the book, or agonising hours of endless wondering will follow until you are actually able to sit down again and FINISH THE BOOK. In case you're wondering (which of course you are), this is exactly what happened to me when reading Death Wish. I was s
N.N. Light
Favorite Character:

Hands down, Scarlett. I instantly connected with her and her search to find out the truth about her sister. I love how at the start of the book she was a shy girl living in the shadow of her sister. As the book progressed, she grew into a beautiful confident woman. No matter what was going on, her sister was never far from her mind.

Favorite Line:

“Holy shamoly! Do you see that! What is that? What are you doing?”

My Review:

Have you even had a death wish? Did you have a brush with
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In ‘Death Wish’ we meet Scarlett Blake, a seventeen year old on a guest to learn the truth about her sister’s death. Scarlett is staying the summer in her grandparents old house in the isolated cove of Twycombe. She’s not there to enjoy a summer on the beach but to find out what went through her sisters head before she died.
Scarlett’s sister Siena committed suicide, at least that is what everybody is telling Scarlett. But Scarlett has trouble believing her sisters fate, so this summer she is se
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
First thought was my lord that is a beautiful cover. Riveting actually. Then when I started reading this book I was enthralled the entire time. Was it Luke or was it Jude? What was the mystery behind both or either? What actually happened to her sister? So many questions and the hints and answers were granted brilliantly.

I think the aspect of the book I enjoyed the most were the variety of characters and how well developed they all were. In fact my favorite characters are tied between Scarlett a
Elizabeth Emily Browne
I couldn't save her. But I will save you.

I found that I really enjoyed this book and I got through the whole thing in just one sitting. This was quite a fast paced book but could however be slow at times. I found Scarlett to be a good main character however she was a bit of a mess as we went along which was understandable as she was grieving. I will be reading the next book as I am intrigued not just by Scarlett and Luke and their relationship but also by Jude. Out of all the characters I foun
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
An interesting tale that takes us on an unforgettable journey to discover the question all of us ask, why.
Scarlett wanted to discover why her sister would assumably commit suicide. What she discovers is far more then she expected and now she's left with a terrible decision ahead of her.
The story started slow for me. It was a little hard for me to get into and I couldn't connect for the first half. When it picked up more I was drawn into the mystery and wanted to discover more. Just when things
Ruby McDemon
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I loved reading this book. I love how life and death isn't sugar coated and it just states the facts about it all. The story is really intriguing too with a younger sister searching for answers as to what really happened to her sister in her final days. I love the mystery and just the way that the story is written. I'm not sure what part really speaks to me, but this story really captivated me and made me want to keep reading and to continue on with the series especially because of the last few ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sad and ominous story with a sweet romance and a beautiful coastal English setting.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot wait to see where this story goes!!!!!!!!!
Before I begin with the Death Wish review, I will admit that I was given this book for free for an honest review. As such, this review will be done a little different. I will do the pros and cons for the book, but I will also be looking at other features of the book that I felt did not belong in one category, however, they did affect the rating.

Death Wish by Megan Tayte is about a young woman, Scarlet, who is shocked over the death of her sister and is trying to find out why and get some answer
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Ceruleans (5 books)
  • Forget Me Not (Ceruleans #2)
  • Wild Blue Yonder (Ceruleans #3)
  • Devil and the Deep (Ceruleans #4)
  • Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully (Ceruleans #5)

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