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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
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bookshelves: horror, young-adult, thriller, series-read-thru
Read in December, 2011

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 mysterious stranger that Violet lets board at her family's crumbling estate? He is deliciously mysterious and dark and up to no good. I love him even when I know I shouldn't.

Characters aside, though, this novel is haunting. The setting is rich and the writing is gorgeous. The happenings in Violet's town are disturbing, and in many cases, downright creepy. Look-over-your-shoulder creepy. Read-with-the-lights-on creepy. Jump-at-odd-noises creepy.

This book is so unique. I'd say more, but it's far too early and I don't want to spoil things. I highly recommend picking up a copy come 2013. (And keeping the light on while you read.)

Note: I read an early version of this manuscript, hence the review long before publication.
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Anni how did you already get this book?


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Erin Bowman Anni wrote: "how did you already get this book?"

The author and I are critique partners! I probably should have specified this in my review, huh? ;)


Anni Cool! :P


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Would you say this is a horror novel?


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Erin Bowman Rachel wrote: "Would you say this is a horror novel?"

Yes, but to be upfront, I don't read a ton of horror. That being said, I do know the book was pitched as Stephen King meets IMAGINARY GIRLS, so hopefully that helps answer your question a bit, too :)


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Thanks, Erin. It does! :-) I don't read a lot of horror either. It spooks me too much ;)


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Erin Bowman Rachel wrote: "Thanks, Erin. It does! :-) I don't read a lot of horror either. It spooks me too much ;)"

Same here. I'm a big wimp. ;)


John Hansen Read the query on YA Highway. This one looks interesting!


♡Tinja♡ how's the romance in it?:)


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