Thursday, September 5, 2013

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Goodreads Rating: 3.84
Pages: 360
Format: ARC from ALA13

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.

Holy Cow. This book was delightfully creepy and spectacular the way that we got pulled into this great small town of Echo, and we saw how terrible great power can be. I was at first a little skeptical of the book because I wasn't that in love with what was going on. You could obviously tell something was off with Riber just from the way that he acted and dressed like he'd walked out the past.

I really loved the characters although at some points I wanted to kill Violet for being so stupid and naive. However, I don't think I can hold that against the book because part of it was against who Violet was and the other part was because Violet was from a small sleepy town where she even admits to not locking any of her doors. (I have to admit, knowing that and then having a stranger roll up and want to rent your guest house and then be all vague about why he's in town would raise several alarms for me.

I adored Jack and how he sort of wandered into their lives because of River. I wanted to hug him and cuddle him as all these scary things happened around the book. And let me tell you it was scary. Devils coming out of nowhere and people being bludgeoned with bats and others being burned alive... It was completely creepy and completely wonderful.

I'm so glad that I got to read this, and better yet, that the story continues because it was spooky and creative and I'm just not ready to let everyone go. Be so to go grab a copy of this book for yourself.
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