Series: (YA) Between #1
Published by Dial on August 15, 2013
Genres: Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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.