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

August 13, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 35 ★★★★★

Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: (YA) Between #1
Published by Dial on August 15, 2013
Genres: Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
My Reviews in this series: Between the Spark and the Burn

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.

​For anyone who has ever loved someone against their better judgement…

At the end of a long day, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is exactly the kind of book that I would want to curl up with. Violet and her twin brother Luke come from old family money, but the money’s gone, so too are their parents – having left them to travel abroad. All they have right now is each other and their big decaying mansion on a cliff overlooking the sea. Violet is a character that I instantly loved, and could fully imagine her telling me this story. Her voice was unique and comfortable yet full of sass.

“Lots of people have bad stories, and if they wail and sob and tell their story to anyone who’ll listen, it’s crap. Or half crap, at least. The stuff that really hurts people, the stuff that almost breaks them…That they won’t talk about. Ever.” – pg 4

The day Violet meets River all sorts of strange things start to happen. He’s a trouble maker but one that you still want to be around and can’t help smiling at. She takes the old ‘falling for the bad boy’ to new heights. And what a bad boy River is! There is something very different about him, and when Violet finally figures out what that is – her life will never be the same.

“He shrugged. “Then I must have lied. But the problem is, which time?” – pg 59

I could not get enough of River, Violet and the playful yet poetic writing style of Tucholke. The scenes with food made me want to cook, the walks through the woods made we want to roll in the grass, while the fashion show made me want to gather all my friends together and find the nearest vintage shop to put on a show of our own. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was an amazing read full of mystery, a touch of thrills and first loves. But above all that I believe it’s a novel about waiting. Waiting for things to happen, for something to start, or perhaps waiting to be found, but ultimately waiting on people you love and for them to return. It is in equal parts melancholy and magnificent. I definitely recommend this one to gothic mystery lovers and anyone who has ever loved someone against their better judgement.

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35 Responses to “Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke”

  1. Richelle Nicole

    I NEED to read this book! I could use a book that makes me want to cook, roll in the grass and put on fashion shows! I’ll have to pick it up.

    Thanks for another fantastic literary suggestion! You rock, Pabkins!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It definitely is worth the purchase! I can’t wait to hear what you think. I didn’t even go into anything really because frankly – it’s best if people find out on their own!

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    I have this book..yep sitting in my tbr pile *turns to watch the towering piles of books sway* I love how descriptive this is! When an author makes you want to cook and walk in the woods…I chase and crave that kind of book high. Digging this one out…lovely review Pabkins!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks Kimba! That is awesome you were lucky enough to score an ARC! A friend I made at BEA sent me this copy. And oh was I ever so grateful because I loved it. I’ll definitely be buying a copy of my own!

  3. Anita Powers

    Wow you made this book sound way better then I thought it might be. It sounds like you had a great time reading the book and because of the way the author wrote it your imagination was sparked. Who doesn’t love a bad boy and River sounds like just that. Great review.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks! Yes – I definitely loved it. I didn’t even write out all my thoughts because I didn’t want to spoil anything for other readers! Ultimately I think its Violet and her writing style that I fell in love with. Plus I knew a boy like River once – the kind you want to kiss just as much as you don’t want to.

  4. simonet

    I HAVE to read this book. This is like the 7th time seeing and hearing about it. Its fate!!!

  5. Diana Dimovska

    This sounds just like my kind of read! Hope I’ll get a chance to read it soon, the cover looks really great too.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I hope you get to read it too. I really loved it – it was so lush and delicious! I seriously wanted to make something tasty to eat. After you read it you’ll know what I mean. =)

  6. Fatma Shahin

    Really looking forward to reading this one. It’s definitely one of the popular august releases 😀

  7. sarah c.

    this book sounds so good!! I cant wait to read it. great review!!!

  8. Sophia Rose

    This is a new to me book. Based on your review thoughts about the characters and their interaction along with the tone of the book, I want to give it a shot.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Fatma Shahin

    ive heard such interesting things about this august release! it’s been everywhere on booktube and bookblogs 😮 I hope it deserves all the attention (:

  10. Jaime Lester

    All that I can honestly say is that you just made me so very happy with this review. IT made me want to roll around in the grass and go shopping for vintage and cook…. Although everything makes me want to cook, I have to admit. Anyway, this is one of those books that I have been drooling over for months. Yours is the first review that I have read for it, and it will be the last. I don’t want any negative ones bringing me down!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! Exactly! Don’t let the negative nancies steal your fervor!!

      Oh and by the way you can cook for me because I’m too freaking lazy to do my own cooking. I wish I could live on takeout…but all the takeout places suck.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh thanks Ana that is so sweet of you! If it’s not in print in Brazil yet, will you be able to get a hold of an e-copy? I hope you can. I enjoyed the reading experience of this one so much. She really was great at giving me all the sensory feelings. I mean come on – I HATE to cook and she made me want to. Just from some scene with River cooking something up for Violet.