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 an isolated English cove 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.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Death Wish is an intriguing young adult book infused with secrecy, romance, and a dash of mystery that keeps the pages turning. In it, we follow Scarlett as she goes off on her own for the summer to try and understand the actions that her sister took. Along the way, she finds love, friendship, and most importantly, herself.
This book has beautiful, lyrical writing that you just can’t help but get lost in. There are multiple places within the novel where you will be sucked in by the flow of well crafted words and poetic musings, where you just can’t get enough. I was left wanting more of that lyrical flow, more of that deep musing and poetic wording. Those parts of the novel are my favourite. The author did a wonderful job with each scene, those especially. I felt a deep connection, like she knew just what to write to hit me where it would leave an impression.
“I would once again sit astride a surfboard on surging, rollicking, crashing waves. Not by choice -I was deeply frighted of the sea; always had been- but out of heart-crushing need. To answer the question that had echoed in every beat of my heart for the past two months-“ (3%).
The bonds Scarlett formed are absolutely lovely. You won’t be able to hat Cara. You’ll have no problem adoring her because she’s outgoing, generous, fun, optimistic, and even with her legs the way they are she’s a ray of sunshine no one can look away from. She’s hope, and she’s the thread that brings Scarlett back, that lets Scarlett find herself. Luke is a character you’re going to want to love because he’s caring, passionate, understanding, strong, and he lets Scarlett see her strengths instead of her flaws and how she isn’t her sister. Bert is a lovely old man who you will like very much despite not getting to know him well because he’s more of the comic relief, though I’m sure he made Scarlett value life just a bit more.
The romance is not instant (you don’t know how happy I am about this)! There wasn’t much build-up to it, it was more of a-month-went-by-and-my-feelings-bloomed-past-friendship thing, but even so I enjoyed it. I wanted them together. They made each other better. Reading about them as their relationship progressed was enjoyable, and after the way this book ended, I can’t wait to see how much farther they get.
The mystery. This whole story is about finding out why Scarlett’s sister killed herself. It’s a search for answers, figuring out the truth through all the lies and vague emails. It is intriguing, infused with this mystery of why why why. Unfortunately, with all the promise it had, it fell a little flat. Scarlett never really found out anything. She found out why -through a doctor and not even thinking about if it’s the real, true reason-, but not all the details, and she just let it go. It’s a bit predictable as well, though that isn’t always a bad thing.
“For the first time since that day I had been summoned to the headteacher’s office, I understood. The relief was overwhelming. The weight that had been pressing in on me for all these months, haunting me, was gone,” (53%)
The paranormal/magic intrigue in the synopsis? It’s underdeveloped, raw, and it makes a very late appearance. We get little hints of it, ones that I love because they seriously made Scarlett question herself among other things, but it’s never really explained or acknowledged until near the very end. It means that the next book holds a lot of promise for this paranormal aspect, but that this first book lacked just a bit to get it ready.
Overall, Death Wish is a wonderfully written book that kept me eagerly turning pages until the end.