Thursday, December 12, 2013

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

"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."

I'm going to clear something up. There's no devil in this book. Or at least the bible devil. However, there is a person who is similar to the devil. Kind of the way you call a person or a problem 'my personal devil.'

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is kind of interesting. (This one of those books that involves memory manipulation, unfortunately). The book itself is actually quite good to some people, but not to others. What about me? (Oh, how much I love to talk about myself). Well, I'm actually pretty neutral on this book.

The plot nearly killed me. In a bad way. It's like this book has two plots in one. First, we deal with River going nuts. Doing this. Doing that. Then his brother comes. Second, we deal with the evil version of River. And that plot was pretty much thrown in. It makes the book seem totally random and dysfunctional (kind of like one of those families such as the Egyptian gods and the Greek gods and etc). 

The writing of April Genevieve Tucholke (what a huge mouthful that name is) is quite pleasant. It's not that boring to read (unlike the essays of students). It entertained me for about the first three quarters of the book and then...dropped (which is a nice way of saying it). 

What else?

The ending. Now that was a weird ending. I'm so sure that the villain... Obviously, I'm not going to tell you because that's a huge spoiler (and will ruin the entire reading experience for you). It's the part where I lose interest in the entire part. It's the part where I am severely disappointed (it had a really good start, but a disappointing ending). 

And Violet. I love her character. All her witty references to the devil and her grandmother were fun to see and endlessly delighted me. (But she's not the main detective in the book. [What? This is a mystery book? Yessir!]). 

Rating: Three out of Five

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