Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: Devil and the Deep (Ceruleans #4) by Megan Tayte

Title: Devil and the Deep (Ceruleans #4)
Author: Megan Tayte 
Publisher: HeavenAfire 
Release Date: September 30th, 2015 
Purchase: Amazon 

From Goodreads:

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:

Blood.

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?

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This. Book. Was. Madness. And I mean that in the absolute best way possible because while it was madness, it was also incredible and beautiful and had me even more intrigued and on the edge of my seat than the previous book, Wild Blue Yonder, which I didn't think was possible. 

We picked up where Wild Blue Yonder left off, which I can't technically talk about so I'm going to try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but I will say it was amazing to be back in a familiar setting with familiar people. So amazing it nearly brought me to tears to see Scarlett and my favorite supporting characters so happy again. What took place following the opening chapters was nothing short of a roller coaster. I thought Wild Blue Yonder had my emotions all over the place, but Devil and the Deep pulled me in a million different directions. I'd think I had one aspect of the story figured out, only to have it turn out another way and completely bungle all the other theories I'd had conjured up. This book kept me on my toes, to say the least, but I enjoyed every beautifully tortuous minute of it. 

And now my aforementioned beloved characters. Jude and Michael. Two of my absolute favorite parts of this whole story and the primary sources of humor and happiness in the midst of all the chaos that ensued in Devil and the Deep. I have too many words and not enough room. So I won't keep you here all day while I profess my undying love for them. But I will provide you with the GIF equivalent. 

 


Now Scarlett. I love Scarlett to bits. But this book made me want to shake her. A few times. There were certain things she wasn't telling people, and she actually never got around to telling certain people the certain things and it's driving me crazy to not know what's going to happen. But that being said, she had a lot on her plate in this book, and I understand she couldn’t get everything taken care of right then. Scarlett truly is one of my favorite heroines. I was so proud of the progress she made. She’s incredibly strong and I have so much respect for her and the lengths she will go to for the people she cares about. And I adore her relationship with Luke; theirs is one of my favorite love stories. I admire their strength and their refusal to let their problems get in the way of their love for each other. 

"'Being with you isn't impossible, Scarlett. It's essential.'" 

And of course, the characters I always enjoy and am happy to see: Luke, Cara, Si, Chester, Estelle, Grannie Cavendish, and Cara's mother. However, along with my usual favorites, there was a surprising addition. I really enjoyed getting to know that particular character better and seeing a different side of her. I'm excited to see more of her in Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully. And although I'm not able to name names, I also have to mention the two characters I'm not entirely sure of. Especially one of them, who I was really excited to meet at first in hopes he would become a part of our gang. But sadly, that didn't quite work out the way I'd thought it would and the hope I had/have for him is teetering on the edge at the moment. I'm still very conflicted on what I think about how those two characters have been spending their time, but I'm incredibly eager to get to the final installment to see how everything and everyone come together in the end. (Vague much? I know  bear with me.) 

There were so so many new things that happened in this book that I have so so many questions about, things I can't talk about considering the events of this book have lots to do with those of Wild Blue Yonder. But the things that remained the same were the amazing lovable characters, the stunning writing and imagery, and the incredible and heart-breaking world I've come to love so much. I absolutely adore this series and its amazing author, and I can't wait to dive into Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully right now; who needs school? as soon as I possibly can. 

"...we kissed until everything fell away from us  the folly, the park, the rain, the tears, the fears, 
what he was, what I was, what the future would hold. There was only now, and it was ours." 


A huge thank-you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Death Wish (Ceruleans, #1)Forget Me Not (Ceruleans, #2)Wild Blue Yonder (Ceruleans #3)Devil and the Deep (Ceruleans, #4)

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18 comments:

  1. I love how much you love these books! They do sound really good and you have me so curious. Great review Mckenzie!

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    1. I really, really do, and I think you would, too! Thank you so much, Teresa! <3

      ~Mckenzie

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  2. I just love how you started out your review! When a review starts with that, I know that book just had to be good! It also sounds like I really need to meet Jude and Michael! I love when you just can't love characters enough. The book sounds like it was a great addition to this series. Emotional, a whirlwind of all things awesome, and addicting. Hopefully you get the next book soon!

    Amazing review, Mckenzie!

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    1. I love you, Magen! You are the sweetest. You really do! I think you would love this story and both Michael and Jude. Thank you so much <3 *big hugs*

      ~Mckenzie

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  3. Your love for these characters and the book shines through in your review. I haven't seen this series, but now with your glowing recommendation, I am going to go investigate. You rocked this review, girl.

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    1. Aw, Ms. Heidi! This comment was so sweet it made me tear up! Thank you so much <3 I could see you buddy-reading this with your kids when they get a bit older :-)

      ~Mckenzie

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  4. Jude and Michael sound wonderful McKenzie. I have not tried this series or author but I love how caught up you are in the storyline and characters :)

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    1. They really are, Ms. Kimba! All the characters are. I think you would really enjoy this series -- it's addictive. Lol :-)

      ~Mckenzie

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  5. I have the first one on my Kindle just waiting to be read! Glad you love it so much!

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad! I hope you love it as much as I do :-)

      ~Mckenzie

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  6. Sometimes a gif is worth a thousand words. I say ditching school to read a good book is definitely worth it. Don't tell your mom I said that.

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    1. I could not agree more -- and don't worry, she never needs to know. Lol ;-)

      ~Mckenzie

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  7. Wow! This review blew me away. Adding the books to my TBR mountain right now! Because if Mckenzie says "read this", I do!

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    1. Ms. Darby, this comment made me tear up. You are the absolute sweetest! I really think you would love this series :-) Thank you so much <3 *big hugs*

      ~Mckenzie

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  8. Oh, this is such an AMAZING review, Mckenzie! I greatly enjoyed reading it! Your love for these books has made me wonder why I haven't read them yet. The characters are just wonderful! When a writer is able to make readers care so much abot their imaginary peeps, you KNOW that's a GREAT writer. I really need to get a hold of these books!

    Thanks for sharing your well-written thoughts with so much enthusiasm!! HUGS GALORE!!! <3 ;)

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much, Maria!! The characters really are incredible, and she is an amazing writer! I think you would absolutely love this series! :-)

      You are so sweet <3 *HUGE HUGS* <3<3<3

      ~Mckenzie

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  9. I have not read any of the books in this series- but this cover is stunning. Your review makes me want to jump in and get started reading from book one. Thanks for sharing your awesome review!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Jess! I hope you get to read these soon -- I think you'd really love them :-)

      ~Mckenzie

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