Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea [Review]

Posted June 11, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea [Review]Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Between #1
Published by Dial on August 15th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Gothic, Horror, Mystery
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: four-stars
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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 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.

Sunshine, if I ever disappear, please tell people that I ran after the Devil, trying to get my soul back.

Hence? My habit of reading more than I socialized made me use odd, awkward words without thinking.

Freddie once told me that I was the worst kind of stubborn-because I wasn’t stubborn at all. I was patient. Patient, but determined. A stubborn person could be distracted, or tricked. But not me. I just held on and on and on, never giving up until I got my way, long after everyone else stopped caring

“Please tell me you don’t go around saying crap like that to everyone. No wonder no one in town ever talks to us. Wealthy families always have a crazy person or two. Is that really the role you want to play, Vi?”
“We’re not wealthy anymore. Remember? So if I’m crazy, no one will care.”

River’s kiss tasted like coffee and storms and secrets.

This was a breathtakingly beautiful Gothic story. The setting of a mansion on a cliff by the sea, is just as ghastly as it is beautiful. April Genevieve Tucholke’s debut novel is simply to die for. It’s not for everyone, but if you are able to appreciate horrifyingly beautiful places, some mystery, unique characters, and a bit of holding the devil’s hand, then you should definitely give this one a shot.

When I say unique characters, I mean completely unique and different. Violet is this loner like homebody who loves to read on her porch, drink ginger lemonade (which sounds fantastic by the way!), listen to old music, watch classic movies, and wears her Grandmother’s clothes from the twenties. River West is a quirky, smoldering, mysterious, scary individual himself. Luke is Violet’s twin brother and he’s a special character as well. Sunshine, well she’s Sunshine and she is a whole ‘nother story! But April did a great job at creating these creative and colorful individuals! I really got a sense of them and wanted to keep reading because of them!

The story that April wrote is just so mysterious and dark and consuming that you don’t want to put this book down! I truly loved every page of this book. I just want more and I can tell you that I will surely be purchasing the second one and reading it soon!

If you want a book that will give you that chilling, fog-like feeling with quite the cast of characters and a beautiful Gothic setting, then you need to pick up this book! Go do it!

Let’s talk about it. 
Did you read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Or any other books in the horror/gothic genres? What did you think of it/them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

One response to “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea [Review]

  1. Alecia

    JUst going by the blurb it’s not something I would usually pick up to read but your review has made me interested in giving it a go. I love the uniqueness of the whole story from the plot to the characters which by the way sound super intriguing and the setting sounds creepy yet interesting. Glad you enjoyed and great review!

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