Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

My Review:

This book was a creepy Gothic novel about the devil, and a guy named River West.  As you read this book, it pulls you in and makes you intrigued about what is going on in this town, because some pretty weird stuff is happening.


Violet is an interesting main character.  She is different from most other people her age, and she doesn't really fit in with others at school.  She likes to read and pray to her grandma Freddie.  She wears her grandma's old clothes, something that her brother, Luke, thinks is weird.  The only people who she really talks to are Luke and a neighbor named Sunshine.  That is, until River West moves into her guesthouse.

River West is a fascinating character.  He says things that never really seem to be quite true.  He has a way of being charming and winning Violet over.  She starts falling for him, but she isn't sure he is a good guy.  Strange things start happening in town, and it seems like River may have something to do with them. Of course, she is right that he does have something to do with these things.  River is a morally ambiguous type of character.  He does some really bad things, but he doesn't seem to think that he is causing any harm.  He has the glow, which allows him to make other people see things, and he is basically addicted to using it.  

Some other interesting characters are Luke, Sunshine, and Jack.  Luke is Violet's twin brother, and he changes throughout the book.  Sometimes it seems like he cares about his sister, and other times he seems distant from her and mean.  Sunshine is friends with Violet, and she seems to like Luke.  Luke and Sunshine have an interesting relationship.  They flirt with each other all of the time, but it is difficult to tell how they actually feel about each other.  Jack is a young, serious boy who tells other children to watch for the devil.  The scenes when the children are in the graveyard with sticks, waiting to kill the devil, are quite eerie to read.

If you like YA Gothic paranormal, read this book.


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