Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

12930909Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Publisher: Dial

Series: Between #1

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Gothic, Paranormal

Release Date: August 15, 2013

Format: Hardback from Library

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. {}

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My Review:

This was a very interesting read [read passive aggressive sarcasm], and I would like to say I have not read anything similar, except that I have. Twilight. This seems to be just a creepy gothic-ish retelling of Twilight.

At first, I was really in to this story. I thought it was amazing how Violet just took everything in stride. She recognized that weird things were going on but was completely ok with them. Almost like, “well we’re old money (at least used to be) and things like that just happen.” What the heck?

She was completely ok with how River was treating her. He was ABUSIVE and she not only recognized it, but was resigned to accept it. So not a good character model for young women. Yes, I understand that his attraction/lure and abuse was because of the glow, but I was still disappointed in Violet’s acceptance of it all.

Overall, I do not make any connection with the novel. Yes, it was gothic and creepy, but crossed the line with the emotional abuse, as did Twilight. I might read the second one as soon as I get a feel for how it is received amongst the reading community. Hopefully, this book is purposefully this way to set up a great series!



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