Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

by April Genevieve Tucholke
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke Book One of the Between duology Publisher: Dial Publication Date: August 15, 2013 Rating: 5 stars Source: ARC borrowed from a friend Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I'm always terrified of writing a review for a book that I absolutely love and that is a new favorite because I know for a fact that I will not do this book justice. And I know that I will probably ramble a lot and say a lot of things and possibly too many things. And run the risk of spoiling things. But, here I go! You all know that this book is my most anticipated debut of 2013, right? Heck, it's my most anticipated novel of 2013 in general (debut or not)! I've been dying to read this one since October 14, 2012, when YABC revealed the cover. I wasn't a blogger back then, but I was in AGONY, because I wanted to get an ARC. But as a reader and only a reader, I knew I would have to wait the almost-a-year wait for this book. Well, I've been a blogger for seven months and I quickly realized that I still wasn't going to get any ARCs from Penguin for a while. And that's okay. But one lovely and amazing blogger (I won't name her, but she knows who she is) who has an amazing and very popular blog, took pity on me and mailed me her ARC.  What do I say about a book that I've been dying to read, and that I love so much? This book has met my very high expectations and standards, and then some. I almost cried when I finished this book, because I wanted so badly to love this book - and I did. The story, the characters, the feel of the book, the romance, the writing style.. everything was so, so perfect. The story of this book isn't easy to describe, because there is more than one thing happening at once, making the plot complex yet very intriguing. Everything starts with River coming to live in Violet's guesthouse. Violet and her twin brother Luke live alone in the house, because their grandmother died, and their parents are still touring Europe. So, Violet decides to rent the guesthouse, and River appears and accepts the offer.  Strange things start to happen after River arrives. Little kids run around, talking about hunting the Devil. A man kills himself unknowingly. A girl disappears in a large, old, abandoned house. Things just don't make sense. And Violet feels herself drawn to River. She is unable to stay away from him and his hypnotizing touch. Little does she know that her touch fuels him. This story is so much more complex than it seems! There is something else going on - Violet keeps looking for Freddie's (her grandmother) letters from when Freddie was younger. When she finds them, there is information there that Violet never knew. Something that ties Violet and Luke to a little boy, and a now-dead man.  The characters were so well-described and developed. Violet is the female protagonist, and the story is told from her perspective in first person. Violet is strange, but not in a weird way, if that makes sense. She cares a lot about her best friends, Sunshine, who only seems to care about Violet's brother, Luke. Violet loves Luke, though he acts like a rude, sexist, pain in the butt jerk of a brother. She cares about Jack, a boy that comes to live with her and Luke. But most of all, she truly cares about River, the boy that lies to her almost every time he opens his mouth. I love how Ms. Tucholke portrays River. River is definitely my favorite character of the book, and not because he is the love interest. He is a complex and strange character himself. He lies about everything - to Violet, to Luke, to anyone. He doesn't tell Violet about who he really is. He doesn't tell Violet about his difficult past. When he does tell her about his ability, he tells her that hurting people doesn't really matter to him, and Violet thinks he is damaged. River is not what I was expecting. In fact, none of the characters are what I was expecting. All of them have a small-town, old-time feel to them - as does the entire story. This book is written in a contemporary world, but the way the story is set up, it feels like the story is in a different, older time. Maybe it's just the small-town feel, or the spooky old house feel, or the Gothic feel. Whatever it is, I love it. The romance is not what one would usually expect in Young Adult books. It's not a romance in which the love interests have to fight to be with one another. It's not a forbidden romance (not really). There is no love triangle. But, it's probably the most beautiful romance I've read in a while, and I'm sure why I think that! It doesn't FEEL like there is chemistry, even though readers know it's there between Violet and River. River almost never stops touching Violet, but readers are more intent on figuring out why, and what he is, and why he is touching her, versus thinking about the romantic side of him touching her. The romance sort of slips in quietly, and by the end of the book, it's obvious that River truly cares about Violet, and Violet truly cares about River, physical attraction aside.  The writing style - oh, the writing style. Possibly one of my favorites aspects of this book is the way Ms. Tucholke writes it. Her style is so beautiful and dream-like and unreal - I don't know how to describe it! It totally adds to the small-town, old-time, Gothic feel of the book. Ms. Tucholke's writing style is half of the reason why I love this book, because she twists the story together so beautifully. I was seriously so impressed by how well this debut author wrote - not that I expected her writing to be terrible or anything. I knew that when the synopsis and the early readers said something about gorgeous writing style, it would be amazing, but people. Ms. Tucholke's writing is... beyond words.  The climax is something that I did NOT see coming. Ms. Tucholke is kind of like a spider - she weaves a web around us and lulls us to sleep... and then BAM! She throws in the climax and a crazy character and things that we as readers do not see coming. I'm usually pretty astute with plots and characters and endings, but I didn't see any of that coming! All this time, everyone blamed River for everything, because what other reason could there be? Find out when you read this book... Because I didn't see the climax coming, I guess I didn't really see the ending coming. Before I saw the climax coming, I honestly had no idea how Ms. Tucholke would insert a climax and ending into this book, but everything was just flowing along magically. But I understand why this book ended the way it did. It is a bit of a sad ending, BUT, I can say that while it seems sad, Ms. Tucholke has a way of writing the ending so that you don't think it's sad, necessarily. I know that makes no sense, but I feel like with any other book and any other writing style, I would have been ridiculously heartbroken, because of the ending. Instead, I'm all like, bring on the next book! And there IS one more book to this duology, so yay for that! I'm so happy that this book is part of a duology and not a trilogy, because it would be really sad to see this book end like that (if it were a standalone), and I'm kind of tired of trilogies right now. So, I can't wait to read Between the Spark and Burn! What I Did Not Like: The fact that this book ended, and that I will have to wait a year to read the next one are two things that I dislike. Sigh! Would I Recommend It: YESYESYESYESYESYESYES!  My most anticipated novel of 2013 didn't disappoint - in fact, it was even better than I imagined! Rating: 5 stars, and believe me when I say that I would give it more than 5 stars, if possible!
TheReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
This book was like Alisa Bait. Pretty cover? Check. Interesting premise? Check. So much hype? Check.  Good quotes? Check. Rejection from Netgalley so I had to wait until the release date, heightening anticipation? Check. Too bad it completely screwed up. I was wary of reading this book after Khanh's review. She had good taste; I shouldn't touch that book. She didn't like the Fever series; never mind. And then I decided to be an idiot and pick the book up. But how can you blame me? Look at that cover! There is a good thing about this book, though. The writing is beautiful. It doesn't actually do anything, but it well crafted. The old house seems to be a living part of the story, but other than that, there was nothing. There was so much potential in this novel. I mean, it'd easily be gothic, mysterious, haunting, beautiful, and terrifying. If it didn't take over half the book to get to the plot. I'm fine with slow paced books- sometimes they end up amazing- but the plot was just so unimaginative and forgetful. I said that the house was creatively imagined. But that was the only thing in this world that was well-described. Other than that, the town and the people were described minimally.. The worst part about Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea were the characters. River's clearly a psychopath; he gets off on people's fear, Violet's just idiotic, and her brother is a sexist pig. It'd be alright if there was this magical thing called character development, but no. The characters just stay the exact same throughout the entire book. This was used twice, but it really got me annoyed. River's hips are described as "panther hips". First, no one notices hips. Second, say you have some hip fetish, why would you describe them as some animal? And the insta- love! It's like, you have a glimpse of a guy and all of a sudden, you and him are insanely and unoriginally in love. And you ignore the fact that he's clearly a psychopath! There are no parents here. But at least there's a sort of legit reason for them being gone. But how are their children supposed to pay for everything? Slut Shaming is everywhere here. Violet's friend constantly is spoken about like the only thing that makes her who she is, is only her breasts. There were so many opportunities for this book to be spectacular, but it failed at almost every turn. I will read the next book though, because I want to see if it'll get better. It probably won't, but one can hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really thought it was a really good book. I didnt think I would like it but I did. I think Brodie is a dick though.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' is a young adult gothic/paranormal novel that follows our main character, Violet White, as she prepares for another boring summer in her small town alongside her brother and best friend. All of her plans change when a mysterious and gorgeous guy from out of town, River, rents Violet's guest house - and strange and unexplainable things start to happen. Violet's grown up listening to the old stories and adages about the Devil - but she never put much belief in them. Could River be more than just a regular guy? Before Violet has a chance to even question herself, she finds that she's already head over heels for River. Things get even stranger and questions begin to pile up - who or what - exactly is River? This was a beautifully told modern day Gothic novel blended with mystery and romance. Gothic fiction is one of my favorite genres, so I immediately took to the book and the story it told. The novel took a while to get going - the beginning part being kind of slow with not much happening except introducing the author to the characters, setting, and history - but once River enters the picture, all of that changes. The twists and turns begin along with the strange happenings all over town and the unanswered questions had me eagerly reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next and to attempt to get some answers. The setting was perfect for a Gothic novel - a small coastal town with the huge crumbling estate of Violet's family overlooking the ocean. The characters were very well written - especially the main characters of Violet and River. Violet makes a great leading lady - she's smart, interesting, kind, and down to earth. River is the enigmatic gorgeous guy who suddenly appears and makes everyone - including the reader - ask more questions than they get answers. He was definitely a mystery to attempt to figure out. His character was witty, cunning, mysterious, romantic yet dangerous at the same time. I loved learning the history of Violet's family along with their estate and the town it overlooks, and I definitely loved learning what I could about River, his back story and the little we get to know about him in the book. I'm hoping that we get to see much more behind his character and his history in the next book, along with (hopefully) getting more answers to the ones left open in this one. The writing was beautifully done with vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that had me easily immersing myself into the setting and story alongside Violet. Like I mentioned, the beginning of the book was rather slow to start and there wasn't much going on. Some readers might find this a bad quality, but I liked learning about the characters, the setting, and the back story before all the action started. I'll definitely be eagerly waiting for the next book to come out! Recommended for fans of Gothic novels and paranormal romance fiction. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the plot was a great concept..I think the atmosphere was described nicely.. I also think the writing was good.. I think the book could of touched more on the romance that you could feel bubbling under the surface.. The overall book kept me interested to see how the end goes.. I would be willing to read book 2 just to see where the story line continues..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like i said i love this book . It gets you hooked just like a catfish ;) I dont know know how to excplane it any way else , this book is just amazing !!!!!!!!
Death187Angel More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Just got the second one, Between the spark and the burn. The story is very different from anything I have ever read. Can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Panther-hipped boy...?
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
To make money over the summer, 17 year old Violet rents out the guest house to River. River says he's also 17, yet he's mysterious and strange happenings begin occurring in the town of Echo after his arrival. A colorful cast of characters grace the pages of this vivid narrative. Authentic and character developing dialogue flow well alongside the plot. As the mysteries unfold and the characters learn about themselves, life, and their ultimate journeys, it is fascinating to watch how everything has been intertwined. Overall, a fun read!
sarah_says More than 1 year ago
I don't know what it is about the fall season, but it makes me crave a creepy read-maybe it has to do with Halloween being just around the corner. Whatever that reason may be, I found my perfectly disturbing read in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. This book was fantastic, creepy, realistic, detached, and mysterious. I know a lot of people like their scary stories really gruesome with a lot of blood and gory, but I like mine to be a bit supernatural with a mystery plot twist, and that is exactly what this book gave me. Set in this small, quaint seaside town, the author takes us by the hand and introduces us to Violet, her twin brother Luke, her friend Sunshine, and then throws us into the story without a single look back. Reading this book, that is exact how I felt-scared, helpless, and spooked out-all the time. There is this strong supernatural aspect to the story, that really creeped me out-it's one thing to have people protect you against other people, but how can ordinary humans protect one another from a being that isn't living? It really felt as if these characters were stuck in this town, where strange and horrific occurrences take place left and right, and there's isn't anything they can do about it, there isn't anyone there who can save them. There is a bit of romance to this book, but don't let the cover synopsis fool you-this is not a melt-your-heart-puppy-love romance, it is dark-which is probably why it is considered a Gothic romance tale. I love all the characters in this book, especially Violet, who despite being a teenager, has such an old soul. She loves to read, paint, drink coffee, explore her old house for clues, and enjoys wearing her dead grandmother's clothes in order to feel close to her. She was a fantastic narrator, and I love how brave and smart she is-reading the story from her point of view, definitely made me less afraid. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series, and if you are someone who loves a good mystery, then I definitely recommend this book. Pick this book up, ASAP. I promise, you won't want to miss out on this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story. Beautiful and moving and it really makes you think. Loved it.
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sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
Heartpounding fun!
tpolen More than 1 year ago
In looking over the other reviews for this book, readers seem to really love it or strongly dislike it, with very few reviews falling in the middle. Well - I'm one of those readers in the middle. The Southern gothic feel of this book is very enjoyable and the author did an excellent job of making me feel like I was actually a part of the setting. The writing itself is exceptional and Violet's description of life with her grandmother drew me into the story from the first page. The odd and creepy occurrences around town and Vi's neglected house on the cliff that holds some family secrets set the tone early in this story. The author has created an interesting cast of eccentric, dangerous, loathsome, charismatic, maddening, and unusual characters, with equally unusual and amusing names. Violet and her brother have been left in a somewhat unbelievable situation and if you can suspend disbelief and overlook some other questionable circumstances, it will aid you in enjoying the book a little more. While some of these characters had their good points, they felt somewhat shallow to me and I questioned the 'insta-love' between Vi and River but, without giving anything away, certain details revealed later in the story might explain how that relationship progressed so quickly. The biggest focus of the story was on the romance, and I was hoping more time would have been spent on the paranormal/horror aspects. This was an enjoyable read that certainly held my attention and I plan on adding the second book in this series to my TBR pile.
NookBookMommy More than 1 year ago
(Not something I would hand a 14-year-old due to violence) This book definitely portrays a neat idea, not one I have read before. So, I liked the concept. The characters are believable (except for the parents). I liked the building of historical story lines and connections between the past and present. However, there was a lot of murder and blood. I didn't mind until the climax. Too much for me and a bit too graphic. If you don't mind that, the rest of the book is not bad. It's not a light read so be prepared mentally.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"You stop fearing the Devil when you're holding his hand." Violet's grandmother, Freddie, told her to be careful of the Devil countless times. But with Freddie dead and her parents indefinitely traveling through Europe, it's hard enough just to survive without thinking about the Devil. There are bills to pay, a twin brother to fight with and a neighbor to try and avoid. In need of money, Violet takes a gamble and tries to rent out her family's guesthouse. She doesn't expect anyone to come. No one in the small town of Echo thinks much of Violet and her formerly-rich family. Then River West drives into town all sly smiles and lazy grace to rent the guesthouse and turn the whole town upside down. The closer Violet gets to River the more she finds herself drawn to him. But as she learns more about River and her own family's past the more obvious it becomes that Freddie was right all along. It's easy to lose sight of the Devil when he's the one giving you a crooked smile like no one else in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2013) by April Genevieve Tucholke. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is Tucholke's first novel. It is also the first of a duet. (The second volume Between the Spark and the Burn will be published in 2014.) Violet is a great narrator with a cadence reminiscent of lazy days telling stories in a summer haze. Low level swear words (there are a lot of things that Violet has damn strong feelings about) and references to classic movies and books (like Casablanca and Hawthorne's short stories) are woven seamlessly into the story to give the whole novel an otherworldly air. This story is also strangely devoid of theology or other non-secular discussions for a book that focuses so heavily on Devil mythology and the idea of evil. In some ways that is a good thing as it makes the book approachable for a wider audience. On the other hand, even for someone who is not religious, it felt strange to see so much concern for the Devil but no mention of God except to say that there must be some kind of god if there is, in fact, some kind of devil. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is an enjoyable book for readers who don't mind skipping over small details that don't quite make sense. Because it is often the little things that make this story frustrating. Where, exactly, is the town of Echo located? Why does Violet not question her strange and instant attraction to the stranger in her guest house? How many times can two teenagers realistically sleep in the same bed (naked) with nothing happening? And, of course, the biggest question: How many chances for forgiveness does a sociopath really deserve? Which leads to the biggest problem in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Almost none of the characters are likable. While Violet is a sympathetic (if naive) narrator, none of the secondary characters are likable. Violet's twin brother is a brute, her neighbor friend is vapid to the point of meanness. River, the supposed male lead, is a villain in every sense of the word: he kills people, hurts people and creates mayhem everywhere he goes not because he has no choice but because he can. Because he enjoys it. While there is always room for anti-heroes in literature--especially ones that readers will want to root for--it is impossible to find any redeeming qualities in River. He is a sociopath. The only times he is angry or shows regret about his actions is when he is caught in the act. Otherwise it's all in good fun. River is meant to be sympathetic but in the face of so many wrongs, that sympathy was never warranted. More to the point, River being so awful also drags down the other characters. Instead of seeing Violet and others who try to help River as steadfast or strong they only come off as enablers who are painfully, dangerously ignorant of the devil who has just come to town. This blend of gothic horror and devilish anti-heroes will appeal to fans of Hush, Hush and Beautiful Creatures. Readers looking for a book with characters who are actually likable instead of just characters who say they are likable will be better served elsewhere. Possible Pairings: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Beautiful Creature by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel, Swoon by Nina Malkin, Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore, The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
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Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Left alone while their artistic parents blow the last of their monies in Europe, twins Violet and Luke are running out of finances themselves to handle the expenses of living in Citizen Kane. This old and once beautiful, towering residence is being overcome with weeds, dust and peeling paint and Vi takes it upon herself to rent out the guesthouse to River. Sight unseen, River also 17, is without his parents and he would rather stay there then with relatives who live in town. River fits right in with the twins and with Sunshine who is a neighbor that Luke seems to fancy. It doesn’t take long before bizarre events start to occur and the tempo of the book increases. Children playing at the cemetery claim to have seen the devil snatch their friend away and they’re running through the graveyard hunting the red-eyed demon with stakes. The intensity of the hunt and the homemade wooden stakes placed into the hands of children, create an intense moment. Luke and Sunshine find an Ouija Board in the attic. Armed with questions, River and Vi also place their hands on the wooden pointer as it slides over the board. Asking who is speaking to them, the pointer slides over the letters, chilling both the teens and I with the answer. Vi was one smart girl as she starts to put together the pieces of what is happening as her brother is more focused on scoring with his girls. There is something about River that has won Vi over as she just melts when she is around him but she knows he is hiding something. Vi finally confronts River and he’s honest with her which confuses her more but that doesn’t change the way she feels about him. He’s deceptive, corrupt and I just can’t get enough of what happening. He is so cunning and she is so open, I don’t know if what she is feeling is real. He explains his glow and how he uses it. He manipulates his thinking, as if he’s a God and we should all be thanking him for what he does. He’s almost got me convinced, had he not been so dangerous. It’s like a runaway train- what transpires in the second half of this book. It was intense and twisted and I loved it. I am reading the second
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A shadow crept past them and twoard Angel...they did not see his face...but he was smiling...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a rustling noise coming from deep in the cargo hold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes mepons
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Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
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.