July 21, 2013

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

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)
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
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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!

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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.


  1. I LOVE this cover! sounds like a wonderful story as well. Thanks for sharing. I'm adding this one on my list. my tbr is busting at the seams, but I can't help myself. LOL

  2. This sounds awesome and I love how the title font takes up the whole cover! The summary and your review makes me wanna know what happens to Violet and River! Thanks!

  3. Great review! I really want to read this book, the story sounds amazing. I hope I'm going to like the romance, since instalove most of the time irritates me.

  4. I'm so glad this one was vivid and had developed characters! I've been looking forward to reading this for a while. Hopefully the insta-love isn't too bad. It's not a deal breaker for me, so I'll definitely be checking it out :)

  5. AnonymousJuly 21, 2013

    The first time I saw this book the title caught my attention and seeing how much you love it, I think I'm going to give this book a try! :)

  6. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this one from the lovely Jean Booknerd, and I cannot wait to read it. Yours is the first review that I have read from it, and I am even more excited about it than I was initially! Now I just have to hurry up and find the time to read it, already!

  7. Boo to the insta-love. I hope you're right that it's not as bad as it usually is. I have trouble getting into the romance when its instant like that. But, I still plan on reading this book! Glad you enjoyed it!

    --Sam @ SIK Book Reviews

  8. This book sounds amazing. Great review! I'm not a huge insta-love fan, but sometimes, if it's done right, I can manage. I'm glad the atmosphere is written so richly.

  9. This sounds great! Thanks for your review! I had no idea what it was about but it had me intrigued. I love stories that you feel like you are in them and it seems like this one is like that. Now I'm super excited to read this:)

  10. Great Review! I have been really wanting to read this book for a while and can't wait until it releases in a couple weeks! I'm glad you liked it! I've been hearing mixed reviews of this book, but your positive review is definitely making me more eager to read it, Thanks!


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