Monday, August 11, 2014

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

Title: Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
Source: Read via my local 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.

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, in my opinion, was fantastic. It's gothic and haunting mixed with love and friendship. A fabulous story of a girl who falls in love with a boy who isn't what he seems. Classic "never judge a book by it's cover" scenario.

Violet lives in a small little town by the sea. She spends her time with her best friend, Freddie and her brother. Her parents are always traveling and it seems that this last trip, they've forgotten they even have children back home. When money gets tight, Violet rents out their guest house to River. A stranger in town. And that's when stuff hits the fan.

“River had never lost his cool, not since I'd know him. That was the thing about River. He was calm. Calm as a summer's day. Calm as a gentle nap in the sun. Even when girls were fainting and men were slitting their throats in front of you.” 

River is dark and mysterious. A cool cat. (did i really just say that?) He's essentially a devil in disguise. He befriends Violet, Freddie and Violet's brother. I loved River. He was bad boy to the bone. Devil may care attitude. Everything that makes a girl's heart swoon. Violet adored him. Even after she became wary of what he may really be, she couldn't get enough.

April Genevieve Tucholke's writing style is hypnotic. She shares just enough creepy descriptions to really get your mind rolling. I loved the vintage feel that this story had. Like a quaint, little town that was lost in a time warp. Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will suck you in and spit you out before you know what hit you. It's disturbing, fascinating, upsetting and witty. I literally paused my life until I was done reading.

From the local legends of mysterious cave men and missing children, to the horrific scenes that play out before your eyes, BtDatDBS is full of everything you could want in a horror story. 

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

Hands down, one of my favorite reads so far this year. If you can stand a little grit, then I urge you to give Between The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea a read. I'm pretty sure it'll top your list too!

I give Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 5 Hearts!


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