Death Wish by Megan Tayte- Review, Interview and Giveaway

Title: Death Wish
Author: Megan Tayte
Publication Date: February 7th 2015
Part of A Series?: Part 1 of 5 of the Ceruleans Series
I Got A Copy Through: The Author:)

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. 

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We Would Love To Know More About You:

1. The strangest thing that has ever happened to you:
I was in Nice, in the French Riviera, with my husband, having a lazy day on the beach. I went in for a paddle, but went under. It was probably only a minute or so that I fought to get upright again, but it felt like an eternity. When I did finally get on my feet, I realised I was only a few metres from the shore, and all around me people were playing quite happily in the water. Children, even. My husband, nearby, was totally bemused as to why I was in a state. ‘Look at the depth here,’ he said. ‘You could have just stood up.’ But the weird thing was, I couldn’t – I really couldn’t, and for a short while I knew the fear of drowning. I used that strange and unsettling experience in the first chapter of Death Wish, when Scarlett ought to be able to swim in the ocean, but somehow can’t.

2. The cheesiest line someone has ever fed you:

‘Do you like raisins? How do you feel about a date?’ Answer to the literal question: Yes, and yeurk. Answer to the figurative question: Yes, and yeurk.

3. This or That:

--Dresses or Pants
I’d love to say dresses. I have a mental image of myself always wearing bright, colourful, flowing dresses with funky, chunky jewellery. But the honest answer is pants, every time. Jeans, usually. (Incidentally, had I interpreted your question strictly in British English, my answer would have had to be dress. I try to avoid going out and about just in my underpants…) 

-- British Accents or American Accents
I’d have to say British – Scottish – out of loyalty to my husband, who hails from a town outside Glasgow. I’ve always loved his Ewan McGregor-esque accent, and along the way I’ve picked up some of his turns of phrase – I say ‘wee’ and ‘aye’ a fair bit. Still, I don’t always understand his lingo. When we first met he took to calling me tumshee which, I assumed, was a term of endearment. Later, I discovered its Scots for turnip.

-- Horror or Chick Flicks
Chick. Definitely. I learnt in my mid-teens I can’t take any level of horror. I watched The Shining on a sleepover and was a wreck afterwards. I’ve still never got to the end of Jaws, or – ah-hem – Gremlins… But chick flicks are as comforting as cocoa and fluffy pjs. The more romantic, the better, although I love funny ones too. Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids makes me belly laugh.

And now, onto your masterpiece:

4. Tell us a little about your books, and your characters:
The Ceruleans series explores one big question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint? The Ceruleans are regular people with an amazing power: to preserve life, or to take it, with a single touch. With such power comes a whole host of potential, but also, as the characters discover, responsibility and limitation.
It’s a story of light and darkness, heaven and hell, life and death; and at its heart is a girl, Scarlett, coming of age. Falling in love. Fighting for love. Fighting for truth. Believing in herself, and those she loves. Believing in the impossible.

5. What was your inspiration to start writing them:
The Ceruleans series began life as four discrete ideas that I planned to make into four discrete books. Then one day as I was walking (something I do when I’m looking for inspiration) the ideas knitted together, and from there the overall story arc of the series took form.
There are many inspirations for the book. The story is quite personal to me, based on a mix of experience and fiction woven from my imaginings and ponderings. The setting – in a part of coastal Devon where I spent every summer as a child – was a key inspiration. But the story is based on my own efforts to make sense of a world in which people close to you can die; in which being true to yourself can be incredibly difficult; and in which love – for people, for places, for a way of being, for a passion and an ethos – is the only reason to hold on.

6. Describe Death Wish (one adjective for per letter)
Dark. Enigmatic, Agonising Twisting, Hopeful
Wistful, Intimate, Soulful. Heartfelt

Without her, I was simply a shadow no one could really see, let alone love.”

Scarlett Blake was the quiet one. The one in the shadows, covering from her sisters too bright light. Sienna was the star. The social one. The one with a whole posse of boys. The one with the confidence, the friends, the attitude. She has everything.

Well, had. Because Sienna Blake, on one fine day, walked into the ocean, and never walked out.

Death is nothing at all… I have only slipped away into the next room… I am I, and you are you… Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.”

But suicide? For a girl so full of life, and joy for the living? For a girl who saw everything as an opportunity; an adventure; A girl happy to play life's games? How could she? Why did she? And so, Scarlett Blake is in the town that she died in. To find answers. To learn the truth.

To find Sienna. 

But along the way, in this beautifully told book, she finds herself- With friends who would take a bullet for her, the ocean and all the peace a tiny town can bring her, and two very special boys. 

And though my feet were planted firmly on stone that had stood solidly for centuries, in that moment I fell. I fell for him, I fell in love. I fell, and I didn’t want to be saved.”

But what does a living person do, in the search of death?

“Blackness. It’s consuming, and I do fight it, sis, you know I’m a fighter, but I can’t hope to win. Such a rush! Such power! All these years of prison, now I’m free – now I’m something. The end is coming; no escape. But I mustn’t fear it, we mustn’t fear it”

Death Wish is a brilliant, first book in a planned series of five. This one is kore contemporary than paranormal, with a cliff hanger ending, leaving you pining for the next- and wanting it RIGHT AWAY! The characters were brilliant, relate-able, and SO swoon worthy! I couldn't give it a higher recommendation!


  1. That's an amazing review! I'm REALLY looking forward to reading this book :) Thanks for notifying me about this giveaway and I'm now a follower of you blog as well!

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  2. I am keen to read this book! Thanks for sharing!