Book Review: Devil and the Deep
Author: Megan Tayte
Published by: Heaven Afire
Publication Date: 30 September 2015
Page Count: 314
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Source: e-book provided by author
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal
Devil and the Deep finds us back in Twycombe with Scarlett and Luke and all their friends, soon after Scarlett leaves Cerulea to live her life the way she chooses to, not the way Evangeline would have her do.
Scarlett has gone back to live a normal life with Luke, but it's not as easy as she thought it would be. Because of what Scarlett is, a Cerulean, she can't be around humans as long as she would like. They drain her life-force, so to speak, and if too much is drained she could die. So they can spend only a few hours together a day and they make the most of what they do have. Scarlett also wants to use her new-found abilities of healing, so Jude takes her out to show her how to heal, but not to do too much. She finds a routine, being with her friends when she can, healing those who need healing, helping with Luke's new cafe, but things start to change. She discovers her mother has been keeping secrets from her and Sienna their entire lives, life-changing secrets. And it also appears that her leaving Cerulea has sparked changes in the residents there as well, some become bolder, wanting to travel and get off the island. Evangeline even seems more accepting. Scarlett finds it hard sometimes to deal with all the secrets and changes, and when horror strikes she once again has to decide how far she will go to keep things in her life stable.
Once again, Megan Tayte makes you fall in love with the people and the places of this story. I want to visit Twycombe, walk along the beach, watch the surfers, find the little cottage on the hill, and even order delicious food from the cafe Luke opens. It seems such a picturesque village. The imagery is fabulous.
As you read, you find yourself wanting to get to know this group of friends. Every character is unique and fun and deep, each in their own way. They are so well thought out and written, coming alive on the pages. I love meeting the new characters, adding even more depth to the story, and getting to know the other characters even better.
Megan Tayte has a way of raking your emotions through a bed of hot coals, in a good way. There's the laughter and love, but also the heartache and pain, each emotion fresh as if it's happening to you. I love books where the author can elicit those feelings so easily.
I loved this book. It was wonderful to read as more and more of the puzzle pieces fell into place. This story along with the previous three and no doubt the next are so well thought out. The author knew where the story was going as she wrote it and it's easily realized, even if you don't know as the reader. She keeps you guessing and gasping in surprise with each twist.
I am looking forward to reading the conclusion to The Ceruleans in the fifth and final book, Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully. I have grown to love Scarlett and Luke and Jude and all their friends, and it will be sad to finally say goodbye to them.
Favorite Thing About This Book: I love how the series continues on and reveals more secrets with each installment, but they also leave you with more questions, making you eager to pick up the next one, wanting - needing - to find the answers.
First Sentence: It began with screaming.
Favorite Character: All of the characters at this point have found their way into my heart: Scarlett, Luke, Cara, Si, Estelle, Jude, Michael, Scarlett's mom.
Least Favorite Character: I have no least favorite character in the fourth book.
STORM CLOUDS ARE GATHERING, AND THEY WILL RAIN BLOOD.
Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.
For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.
Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey.
But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:
When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?