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Monday, February 8, 2021

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

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal)
Date Published: August 15, 2013
Publisher: Dial

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 is the first book in the Between series by April Genevieve Tucholke. This one is hard to review, because I really liked the premise and the over all storyline, but I didn't like a single character. Not one. Violet grew on me a little towards the end. And, I don't have enough information on another character that popped up towards the end to base a judgement on... but overall. No. They're pretty awful people. Yes, I get it. People have layers. Especially someone like River. But, good people know right from wrong. River's idea of right and wrong is a little skewed, which sometimes he takes further advantage of. The story and premise was great though! And those last 100 pages or so were very hard to put down. Was it enough to want to read the next book? Umm.. not at this time.

Check out my review of another book by this author.

April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, Wink Poppy Midnight, and The Boneless Mercies. Her books have been published in sixteen countries, and have received eight

starred reviews. They have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, Kids' Indie Next picks, and YALSA Teens Top Ten. When she's not writing, April likes walking in the woods, exploring abandoned houses, and drinking expensive coffee. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

To learn more about April Genevieve Tucholke and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on GoodreadsInstagram and Twitter.

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