February 7, 2015
by Megan Tayte
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.
"Beautiful Journey" By Michelle Pennington 2 years ago
From the first page, I was enraptured by this story. As we meet the main character, Scarlett Blake, she is battling against the depth and power of grief and loss, so well symbolized by her determination to conquer the surging, crashing waves of the ocean. She's a girl on a mission, and as the cute surfer on the beach learns, she's incredibly courageous. With beautiful writing, perfect in pacing and restraint, and real, well-developed characters, the story sweeps you along effortlessly. I fell in love with so many characters in this story - except one. More on that later though.
I love romance, and this book had a scene that was easily one of the most moving scenes I've read in a long time. I will leave it for you to discover, but trust me that it was truly beautiful. Scarlett and Logan's relationship grew at a slower pace which frustrated me a bit a reader, but only because I was impatient. Logan was so patient and strong, the perfect person to help Scarlett on her journey of suffering, discovery, and eventual acceptance. The further the story went, however, the more there seemed to be hidden in the narrative, looming on a dark horizon.
Now, there is only one reason I took off half a star. For me, on a very personal level that may not apply to anyone else, I could have done without the whole paranormal aspect to this book. This is only because everything that I loved most about this story is likely not going to be the same in the next book. And this is where I mention Jude. I never liked him, and I don't know if I was supposed to or not. I do know that I don't like what he means for the rest of the series. But for those who love a long, challenging series, I'm sure this will be all you could ever desire.Regardless, read Death Wish for the masterful writing the incredible experience.