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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  8,811 ratings  ·  1,681 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Dial
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Mitch


As a huge fan of Gothic horror, it pains me to say this, but that rant? All true.

The Writing

You know how April Genevieve Tucholke's writing has been called haunting and atmospheric? Well, it only is because either she borrows gothic horror tropes that have nothing to do with the actual story, like the whole deal with a crossroads demon or the entire discussion of music and art, or she comes up with these fake outs, like the stuff with the creepy kids waving stakes around, that end up being not
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
“His name is River West,” Sunshine slipped in. “And Violet’s decided she’s going to be mad as a hatter in love with him.”
...Sunshine was dead right, and we both knew it.
River West. Sunshine Black. Rose Redding. True White. Violet White. Blue Hoffman.

Did you pick up a copy of US Weekly by mistake? Oh, these silly celebrities and their strange baby names! Oh, wait, no. These are some of the names of the characters within this book. I should have known something was wrong when our big man, River
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars If the idea of Tennessee Williams writing a supernatural gothic novel interests you, you will not want to miss this.

Shrieking, wild-eyed, descent-into-madness horror. I LOVED IT.

Review to come.
Giselle
Jul 31, 2013 Giselle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, own
"Their faces were white. And grim. They glared at me, streaks of pale moonlight sweeping across their cheeks. They looked somber and gruesome and not like kids at all."

Highly atmospheric, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a haunting tale of evil and family secrets for every Gothic horror fan!

Although most Gothics are set in the past, this one is not, but it takes place in an old and tired estate which gives this book the perfect ancient feel. It's not long before strange things start
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jul 07, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Ashleigh Paige
Sometimes I'm that guy. You know, the one who reads a book that trusted friends, ones I usually agree with, were super impressed by and ends up unenthused. The blurb for Devil (since I can't be bothered to type all of that out over and over) did give me pause, what with the focus on River coming to town. The whole thing suggests instalove, but early reviews were promising and an ARC arrived, so damn the blurb and full speed ahead! Well, turns out I should have listened to my first instincts, bec ...more
Katy
This book promised to be a gorgeously terrifying gothic horror, but for me, it ended up being a cheesy bad ghost - or devil, I should say - story. To call it a nightmare would imply that I was emotionally moved - intrigued, nervous, scared - and the only feeling I had for it was disappointment that it was so silly. I really tried to like the book, but I just felt Tucholke missed so many opportunities with this one because it had potential to be so great.

ELEMENTS OF STYLE & WORLD BUILDING

Fi
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Krysten
Edit: THE COVERRRRRRR, LORD HAVE MERCY.


I need this book in my life RIGHT. NOW.
I seriously cannot wait for it to come out.
SO EXCITED.

Saniya
Oct 15, 2012 Saniya marked it as to-read
I am having different feelings towards the cover:
REACTION(1)- I love the background, but the title name has just ruined the cover.
REACTION(2)- They could have done better, it seems. Hmmph. Or maybe I was expecting alot more.
REACTION(3)- Please UK version, have a new awesome cover now! Come-on, give me the reason to own the book with a pretty cover.
REACTION(4)- Now that I am staring at the cover, I am loving it.

O.O I can't even decide if I like the cover or not... Okay, whatever. I am gonna read
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Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Violet White and her brother Luke have lived in Echo all their life. Their parents travel around the works leaving the twins to themselves in the small town. When a mysterious and gorgeous boy named River rents the little room in their mansion, Violet realizes he's not just any normal boy..

The love story was a big confusing, and I wasn't a big fan of the romance. It's hard to incorporate romance in a horror novel but this one seemed a little forced or strained. The characters themselves are all
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Erin Bowman
I love this book. Love, love, love. I've been fortunate enough to read it several times over and I somehow manage to fall a bit further in love with each read.

Violet is such a captivating protagonist, and the cast of characters that populate this novel are just as charming. I fell in love with each of them and saying goodbye to them at the close of the story hurt. Violet is a bookworm, and spunky, and says it like it is. Her brother is bit of a jerk, but I love him anyway. And River, the mysteri
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Riley
JAUNARY 2015
So I reread this book a while ago because when I read it initially I couldn't put my finger on why I didn't like it. After rereading it I realized what I didn't like. I felt like it was somewhat sexist. And I couldn't get behind the romance because of the way that River uses his power/ability to "force" Violet to do things, sometimes physical. It was just not okay with me. It seemed like the author was aiming for a sort of angsty romance but it was more disturbing then anything else.
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A.G. Howard
Can't wait to read this! Love the sound of the premise. Almost has a Heathers feel to it, for those of us who remember the 80's flick. YUM. I do love me a bad boy. :)

***Update***

WHY ISN'T THERE A TEN STAR OPTION???

This book is amazing. Gothic atmosphere, check. Creepy bloody horror scenes, check. Hot guys, check, check. Unpredictable outcome, check again.

I'm officially a fan of Ms. Tucholke.

When is the next one coming out???
Suzanne
Oopsies. I seem to be in the minority here. Oh, well! I DID finish it, mostly out of morbid curiosity to see where in the world it could be going, but I found its whole nature to be difficult to digest and its world unpleasant to visit. Some of my qualms might stem from my age being so beyond the teen target; however, many of the references and atmosphere of this book seem oddly pitched to a much more mature reader than those with a one for the first digit of their age: old movies, men wearing l ...more
Nafiza
Two days have passed since I read this book. Two days between me finishing the book and me attempting to write a somewhat coherent review. I will confess to you, though; I am utterly uncertain about how I feel for this book. Did I love it or did I hate it? I really don’t know. One thing I am certain of, however, and that is the fact that I am not indifferent to it.

The prose is gorgeous. It is beautiful in just the right amount in just the right places. There is no purple prose spoiling the narra
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Cas

”He kissed me. My lips met his and I just. Stopped. Thinking. I didn’t think about the fact that River was still a stranger. I didn’t think about the tunnel, or Jack, or the Devil, or anything. My lips melted into my heart, which melted into my legs, which melted into the earth beneath me.”


I just love the fact that all this happened in less than a day, and she later decided to spend the night/sleep in bed with him cause why not? I mean, you’ve known him for a few hours, don’t know his real n
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Keertana
Rating: 2.5 Stars

...that's it? Are we all sure I received the right book in the mail, because I'm just a little bit confused. Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea became a blogging sensation when it first released a few months back and, ever since, I've been curious to try it out for myself. When my copy first arrived, I got through about half the book before turning to other pressing ARCs. Now, having finally found the time to settle back into this story, I've wound up disappointing. For s
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Aditi
I weep for the trees killed to make this book.

If I was writing in a vein similar to that used in the book, my review would go like this :

This book was bad. Bad bad bad. There was a gaping hole right where a plot or storyline should have been, a yawning black like the night sky gaping hole. I tried to close the book, to not turn the pages, to stop reading and stick it back in the bookshelf. I wanted to, I did. But I couldn't. I was being a masochist, why, just like the MC. So I soldiered on with
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Estelle
(This review also appeared on Book Brobe)

Quite frankly, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke gave me ALL the feels. There’s no other way to describe its highly addictive quality that makes me want to drop everything I’m doing and submerse myself into this breathtaking world. With an alluring blend of horror and romance, this is a perfect book to read while curled on a comfy couch on a rainy, Australian winter night. Personally I always had a soft spot for all thing
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Kassidy
I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

The best part about it is the setting. The atmosphere is sooo creepy. It's set in this little quaint town, but you soon realize there are a lot of secrets. At first everything seems so normal, but there's always this feeling that something is wrong.

I really loved the main character Violet, she's such an old soul and very unique.
The plot is a little slow at first, but you can tell it's building up to something. Be prepared because it gets really weird and twisted..
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Delaney
Oh...my. That was so messed up. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea has the most complex plot that made me even feel wrapped.

The book starts off with Violet and her twin brother, Luke, needing money to keep living in their little masion called the Citizen Kane. So they put up papers for rent their abandoned guesthouse. That's when River West accepts and wants to live in the guesthouse.

Alright you know the drill strange things start to hapen and seriously it was strange things.

I wasnt exactl
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Danielle.
Nov 21, 2012 Danielle. marked it as need-to-read-next
Shelves: on-hold
Hmmm... A story about a girl falling in love with the Devil? Scary. I'm absolutely flabbergasted with the YA novels nowadays about demons falling in love with humans and whatnot. Aren't these supposed to be unholy beings with no type of love in their hearts and they take pleasure in hurting humans? I cannot believe they're taking demons and making them into those boys we supposedly need in our lives/want to fall in love with.

Huh. Interesting. Very, very interesting.
Lainey
I'll definitely be picking up the second book in the duology. I was torn on the romance, whether I felt it was too insta-lovey or not, but I know 80% of that was influence, which I'm unsure how I felt about how River manipulated Violet so much. Which was why I knocked it down a star.

What I LOVED about this was the tone and the setting. It was creepy, and aspect I was definitely expecting based on what I've heard people say about this book. But you know what it reminded me of? It reminded me of T
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Katherine
description
"And I reached, I reached,
Through the rain to the Devil's feet."- The Devil's Feet


Setting:Echo, Maine; 2013

Coverly Love?:Yes!! This cover is insanely gorgeous. Unfortunately, it's the only good thing going for this book.

Plot:Violet White and her twin brother Luke are living all alone in their family mansion nicknamed "Citizen Kane". With their rich, bohemian artist parents always gone and their grandmother Freddie recently deceased, they are running short on cash to live off of. So Violet pos
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Gamze
kitaba o kadar özen göstermişler ciltli basmislar gönül ister daha fazla puan verebileyim. Hikayenin ana fikri güzeldi de aslında ama ben sanırım işlenmesini pek sevemedim. Bir de Violet'in Freddie takıntısına deli oldum. Esas adamımız River'a gelince onun hakkında ne düşünüyorum hala emin değilim. Karakteri sevdim mi sevmedim mi bilmiyorum. Ha yayinevi 2. Kitabı çıkarsa meraktan alır miyim? Evet. Ama size şiddetle tavsiye eder miyim? Sanmıyorum.
Louisa
Detestable characters. INSTA-LOVE. PANTHER HIPS (no, seriously). Boys being complete wankers. Slut-shaming. A villain that could not be more of an archetypical villain if he wore a cape and cackled a lot. Not much of a plot? The Gothic small town setting and writing earn plus points, but other than that I'm not impressed at all. What a damn shame... just look at that cover. *drools, then sighs*
Richard Denney
Oct 15, 2012 Richard Denney marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
That cover is beautiful as fuck.

Jamie
Not what I was expecting. And sadly, not as good as I was hoping. Three stars is even stretching it but the writing helped save this book from some of the most frustrating characters.

Let's start with Violet. Our "heroine" and narrator for the story. She has an obsession with her dead grandmother through the entire book. Wears her clothes, sleeps in her room and is continuously going through her grandmother's belongings looking for the elusive "something" for the past 5 years! Enough is enough an
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Alex
Ebbene ci sono cascata in pieno, fregata da una sinossi e da un prologo molto promettenti.
Ho chiuso l'ultima pagina di questo libro ieri notte, e ancora adesso non riesco a capacitarmi, dell'enorme fregatura che ho preso.
Andiamo per ordine:
1)La trama: atmosfere cupe, inquietanti, misteriose ed enigmatiche... ( ho pensato perfetto alla "Mara Dyer"). Ma quando mai!!!!
Sin dalle prime pagine ho capito, che questo libro non sarebbe stato nulla di tutto questo.
L'autrice presenta una serie di avvenimen
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Whitley Birks
See more reviews at my blog.

I loved this book. Loved it. Loved the setting. Loved the creepy atmosphere. Loved beautiful writing. Loved the fucked-up “romance.” Loved the twisted powers. Loved it. …until the last 60-ish pages came in, pulled a total cop-out, and changed the entire book into something I no longer loved. It was on track to be this glorious novel of grey shades and sticky relationships and fucked up people, and then at the very end, “Nope, here’s a totally random evil dude to wipe
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April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and its sequel, Between the Spark and the Burn. She loves classic horror movies and coffee. She has lived in many places, including Scotland, and currently resides in Oregon with her husband Nate Pedersen.
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