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


  • Title: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  • Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Pages: 218
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
  • Appreciation: ♥♥

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 review:

Violet White lives alone with her twin brother Luke in the big mansion Citizen Kane next to the sea. Her parents left them to go the Europe and their grandmother Freddie died. They have no one left.

Back in the days, the family White was a rich and wealthy family. They were part of the upper class. Now Violet needs to rent the guesthouse of Citizen Kane because they’re out of money. They can barely buy groceries let alone have a phone. So she hangs posters in town and hope that someone will respond.

So when the handsome River West is interested, Violet is happy and wants to know more about him. The boy is different just like she is. But with the arrival of River West, strange thing seems to happen. Little children see the devil, a kid got missing, her friend Sunshine sees monsters and the town drunk kills himself. What is going on and has River something to do with it? Who is he really?

It is wonderful how Tucholke drags you in to the world of Violet. You have the feeling like you experience things yourself. I really like the world she has created. The old mansion, the sea, the town they live in. She described it amazing.

Violet is not a normal girl, she is a bit strange but that’s what makes the character so appealing. Her brother Luke I didn’t like so much in the beginning but when to story continues he’s changing. You see the real boy within. With River on the other hand, you know immediately something’s not right.

But I need to say that I like River, despite he has done some really bad things in his life. He is not the typical bad boy, he is sweet and caring, but he is one. Just like he is a liar.



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