I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Published by Dial on August 15, 2013
Genres: Gothic Horror, YA
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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 guesthouse 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.
I have to say I absolutely love April Tucholke’s writing. It’s very poetic, and flows beautifully! Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is definitely one of my favorite reads of the summer.
Violet is a character that lives in the clouds. She is naive, and entirely too trusting. She tries to see the best in things. She loves her grandma, and brother even though he gets on her damn nerves. I noticed that she likes to say “damn” a lot, but that was something that started with her grandmother Freddie. Her brother, Luke, drove me nuts. He’s very egotistical, and doesn’t see the need to show his sister that he cares about her. I do like that instead of calling Violet by her name, he called her “sister.” This definitely pulled on the heartstrings because it’s something that my brother calls me. Sunshine is vapid. She doesn’t seem to have any imagination, and I couldn’t connect with her at all. River is swoonworthy, but can come off as a jerk. He seems caring and careless all at the same time. He’s a complex guy.
It seems like the town gets turned upside down over night. There are some things that are downright creepy, and gave me the chills. So many things happen, and it’s insane how some things tie together. I don’t really want to get into the details because some events lead to others, and then make some sort of sense by the end. I will say that the town reminded be of the suburbs in Edward Scissorhands. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the way the whole town seems so docile until someone enters and shakes things up.
If you like whimsical writing like Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken, you’ll definitely like this. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea has enough whimsy, creepy, and intrigue to make you want more.