Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

Title: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 
Series: (Between, #1)
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy 
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.


My Thoughts 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was a dark, eerie, and enchanting read. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what I was going into when I picked up this one. All I knew was I wanted to read it. And, well, it really didn’t disappoint me.

This book had a great eerie, gothic feel to it, which really called out to my inner Poe. I love a good romance that has this dramatic darkness to it. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea really brought that.  But not only that, this book had a good twist, mystery, and a very unlikely male protagonist.
My heart started beating, faster, faster than it did when River kissed me. Nightmare fast. Running for your life fast. 
What I really want to talk about is the writing. Tucholke really has a unique way with words. She writes in almost a hypnotic way. The words flowed eerily and surreal. I think that is what really drew me into this book. The description she brings forth jumped into my mind in a gloomy, vivid way. Again, my inner Poe just loved that. And her description of the world she created was very intriguing.

Now, in all honest, I couldn’t really get a good grip on the characters. I did get a basic feel of them, more so about in the middle of the book, but I really felt there was so much more to them than Tucholke was writing. With that being said, I did enjoy the characters Tucholke created. Violet, though not the typical badass, kicks-your-ass-now, ask-questions-later heroine that I typically love, she was still an enjoyable character. She’s smart, and different. Very different from what I’m used to in female characters.

River West. I really did enjoy this character! He is definitely unique in his own way. I guess you can say he is also different than the fictional guys I tend of crush on. What I mean is that he isn’t good, but he isn’t bad either. He’s a definite mix of both. He had this edge that really made me see his character, and fall for him. Simply put, he is a seductive character.

The side characters also play their roles nicely throughout the book. Each one felt in place and like they belonged there. They were all pretty well-rounded. The romance between Violet and River, though at first felt rushed, didn’t really affect the story. It still felt natural, and was fun to read about. The buildup was also very nice.The ending, did felt a bit rushed. I hated that, but it did leave me curious and wanting more.
"If I ever disappear, please tell people that I ran after the Devil, trying to get my soul back.” 
The play of supernatural was very interesting. I loved Tucholke’s take on it. She made her supernatural element in her story believable and fun. Yet also unique and creepy.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was intriguing, held depth, mystery, twists I didn’t see coming, and a story that was dark, eerie and hauntingly captivating. I really did enjoy it, and I cannot wait for the next book.  I definitely recommend this one to those who enjoy a good dark, unique, and romantic read.  


  1. This review has me so excited. I have been looking forward to this book for a while and it is sitting on my shelf waiting for me. That title just drags you in. I love that is is dark and creepy because I love stuff like that. Great review Magen! *muggle huggles*

  2. The eeriness and suspense sounds good, I need to give a try soon

  3. Yay, I'm so glad you reviewed this, it is a title I am definitely very excited for it. I like books that can keep you guessing, predictable plots are the worst. Characters sound great too!

  4. Awesome review!

    I completely agree with you.

    I felt the same way.

    I loved this book so much.

    It's now one of my favorites.

    Will review it in a few days:)


  5. I've had my eye on this book, and now I know I have to take the plunge (pun intended)! I love the dark and creepy factor; and even though you felt as though you didn't get a grip on the characters, you definitely have me interested in them! Awesome review!


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