Title: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Dial (Penguin Teen)
Publication Date: August 15th 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
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.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was one of those books where I really FELT the atmosphere of the book. I could smell the briney salt filled sea air, feel the weight of the humidity on my body, and the stares from the townfolk. I was brought into the book, almost as if I were living the story as opposed to reading it.
The characters were nicely developed. Violet was definitely a unique girl, and I really enjoyed her quirky personality. She lives in a crumbly old mansion with her brother Luke, who is an immature jerk. Violet is always reminiscing things her Nana said/did when she was alive, and I really enjoyed that. River is the bad boy who breezes into town, rents out Violet's guest house, and begins to steal her heart. Now, he does some pretty rotten things, and I know some readers will wonder why she is falling for him so fast or at all. I understood this because of a few things. One, Violet lives in a small town, where there really are no guys her age who will give her the time of day because the entire town looks at her family as "snobs"(even though the family money has long since dried up). Two: Violet it a little strange herself, and is willing to let some of River's not-so-normal qualities slide, though even she begins to question things later on in the story. Three: He is sexy, smooth, and has that total bad boy charm that would make any girl swoon, let alone a girl who is living in a sleepy town with only her brother and best friend for company.
The pacing was a little slow for me at first, but quickly picked up, and the I was FLYING through the pages. There are soo many suprising twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I was breathless by the time I turned the last page! This is a great story filled with love, Devils, magic, and suprises! It was creepy, eerie, romantic, suspenseful, and sometimes downright scary!
I really loved everything about this book, and I hope you guys will grab yourselves a copy, and not let the idea of "insta-love" turn you off from this one. Once you read it, I feel like you will understand Violet enough to see how she could fall for a boy so quickly. Most of the time I don't like books where there is any kind of insta-love, but sometimes it works like it did here.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a beautiful debut from a talented author. I'm looking forward to reading more of April Genevieve Tucholke's work in the future!
4/5 stars = I loved it!
Disclaimer: I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated or influenced in any way.