“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by April Genevive Tucholke

Quick Statistics

  • “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by April Genevive Tucholke
  • Young Adult Paranormal Romance
  • Read as a hard copy
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished August 30, 2014

Official Synopsis

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/Summary


So I did like this book. But I was expecting more. I was expecting really creepy, can’t put it down until you know what the hell is going on, almost akin to Julie Berry’s “All The Truth That’s In Me”, or Kate Karyus Quinn’s “Another Little Piece”, the latter of those I haven’t been able to finish yet because it is seriously that creepy.

But that’s not what I got. I got some kind of weird, semi Twilighty romance stuff. I didn’t hate Violet like I hated Bella Swan, but she was…kind of dumb like girls in these books tend to be. Maybe it’s just maybe it’s just me that I wouldn’t want to date a guy who has supernatural stuff going on or whatever, but I will never understand why people think it’s sweet to have a girl just say “It’s totally okay that you’re doing really weird shit to my town! Like telling kids there’s the Devil in the graveyard” etc etc etc.

If it was me I would have just been like, “Peace out, it’s a shame too cause you’re hot.” But no. Violet didn’t do that. Instead she mooned over him the whole book while I attempted to tell her through the pages VIOLET SWEETHEART YOU DON’T NEED NO MAN.

This was another one of the books I marathoned through on Labor Day Weekend. It did get creepy towards the end, but when someone tells me that it’s a Gothic novel, I guess I just expected a little more? I feel like my standards are getting really high and I don’t know how to feel about this…

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