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 a sinner or a 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.
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 so taken by the story and the characters, that I was actually in pain at having to leave it to get off at my stop, because I NEEDED ALL THE ANSWERS.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get all the answers I wanted at the end, and will have to read the next book in the series ASAP to know everything. Cliffhangers are EVIL!
Anyway, moving on from my pain… I was immediately drawn into the story, and I found it very easy to connect with Scarlett. She is definitely the centre of the book, and I found her a very intriguing character. I loved seeing how she struggled with coping with her sister’s death while at the same time trying to become her own person. I felt like there was a lot going on with her, and I liked seeing her grow and change throughout the book, and I have very high hopes for her as a character in the rest of the series.
I also really liked the way her relationships with all the other characters were explored in depth, from her distant parents to her exploding friendship with the awesome Cara, without missing the inevitable romance. Actually, this time, I was quite sold on the romance. I thought Scarlett and Luke made a really cute couple, and the way their relationship developed was incredibly sweet. I’m especially glad that the author avoided putting a love triangle in! And we did get to see very little of the mysterious Jude, but I have a feeling he will be much more present in the sequels so I won’t really complain too much about this…
The only negative, for me, is that there actually is very little paranormal stuff going on. Of course, this is only the first book in the series, so I’m pretty confident things will change in the sequels and the whole paranormal aspect will be developed further, but I was still fairly disappointed to get so little supernatural activity in this episode.
This was definitely an interesting read, though it felt way more like a contemporary. The author did a great job of exploring grief and Scarlett’s difficulties in rebuilding a life for herself in the aftermath of this family tragedy. I feel like this set the scene nicely for the following books, and it got me interested in finding out more about the Ceruleans. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series!