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.
About the author
Megan Tayte writes the kinds of books she loves to read: young-adult paranormal romances. Young adult, because it’s the time of life that most embodies freedom and discovery and first love. Paranormal, because she’s always believed that there are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy. And romance, because she’s a misty-eyed dreamer who lives for those ‘life is so breathtakingly beautiful’ moments. Megan lives in Nottingham with her husband and two children, and when not writing she’s to be found creating carnage in the kitchen in the pursuit of her impossible dream: of baking something edible.
Ever had one of those reads where there’s a perfect amount of everything? Perfect amount of romance, suspense and paranormal? Well, if you haven’t, here’s your chance and if you have had one of those reads, don’t you want to have one again?
Death Wish attracted me to it from inside out. From the cover to its content, it didn’t let me down. The plot was…. different but known. The main character goes on a journey to find some answers. This part is known, the new part is that she went there not just to find out answers about herself but her sister’s death and in the process she discovers something… more.
Right from chapter one I was a goner. There was so much detail in the book that you can’t help but feel that you’re a part of it, every step of the way. After reading this, my first thought was, ‘how in hell can this be someone’s debut novel?’
Another bonus point for me was the ending. You know how a book is really, really good and then the ending comes and just ruins the whole book? This book is not one of them. The ending was amazing. It ended with just enough mystery that it left you wanting more but not so much that you can’t go about your business. If there was one thing that I would like to change is that I would’ve liked a little more Jude in it. But, it doen’t matter because I know that there’s going to be a lot of him in the next book.
I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of a good paranormal romance. Yes, it was a young adult novel, but not like usual. It was more…. mature and that just amplified its greatness. So, my advice, buy it before the price goes up the roof ;).
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 recommend to my YA/NA readers. It is worth the time.
The story isn’t entirely a new one, but the twist is interesting. Scarlett is in search of answers about herself (That’s the well-worn story.) but also about her sister, who drowned in a cove near the cottage where her grandparents once lived. In her need to solve the mystery of whether or not her sister committed suicide, Scarlett discovers a much deeper mystery. At times, I felt I was reading two different stories until the two became woven into one unusual paranormal tale. The characters are endearing and well-defined, and the writing is lovely. The ending will leave you wanting more. You will be left with unanswered questions, but isn’t that the whole point of a series?
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 you just enough to get you hooked, but also leaves you with enough questions that you want the next book as soon as possible.
* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *
You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
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.