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Between the Spark and the Burn

(Between #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,615 ratings  ·  533 reviews
The conclusion to Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, this gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier is a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures and Anna Dressed in Blood.

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Dial Books
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Mara YA Mood Reader
”River’s brother kissed me in the darkest hour of the night at the darkest time of the year, but what I felt when his lips touched mine wasn’t darkness.”

September 19, 2020 (reread #1): Still 5 Stars!! Yet again I slammed through this in just a couple days!!

May 4, 2018:
This easily could’ve been a trilogy and I’m sooooooo hungover on this book that I’ve done nothing alllllll night after finishing it and alllllll day but think
And think and think about it!!

Blimey this was just. So. Assfkfjdjsisnfg
Erin Bowman
Guys, I love this book. I loved it more than the first. I probably shouldn’t even be reviewing it as it will undergo rounds of revisions before publication, but what I read still knocked my socks off.

All the characters I loved are back and things are as creepy as ever. I truly cannot say much without spoiling both this book or its predecessor, so I’ll say just this: You want to read this two-book series. April’s prose is haunting and gorgeous and visceral and it gives me extreme writer’s envy. E
Steysha Kravits
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
"And then I noticed the birds.Black-feathered corpses. Everywhere. Piled up on steps, kicked into snow piles, dangling by their necks from lampposts and signs. There were eight nailed to the door of the dark, abandoned-looking Youngman’s Inn, and five hanging by their feet from the iron church gate.
The four of us walked down the center of the road. Still and silent. I saw lights in windows, but there was no one in the street. Not a soul."

You know how you sometimes stamble on a book that is j
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved everything about it EXCEPT the ending. But honestly the writing makes up for it.

After thinking about it I think I'm going to give this book 3.5 stars rather than the full 4. I have a few reasons for this...

This book is the sequel to the amazing and glorious Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. I read that book last summer and I FELL IN LOVE. I loved everything about it, the writing, the characters, and just the magical feeling you get while reading it. Now I waited a year to read th
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
°☆.。.:*・Actual Rating: 2.7 stars °☆.。.:*・
(Or more commonly known as the Jess is indecisive but it's not yet a three)

I got conned into a story promoting illogical ideas and themes by lyrical, purple prose.

Granted, Young Adult fiction pulls these stunts on me quite a lot but last night it cost me sleep. And brain cells because out of sheer frustration I dropped the book onto my face. Several times.

After the haunting cliffhanger that was Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, we find ou
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this sequel/conclusion to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. I'm not going to get into a summary because I don't want to spoil the first book.

My favorite aspect of these books is the atmosphere they create. The writing is quite beautiful and poetic, and it is great with describing sensory detail. Because of that, the scenes and settings feel very real.

These books are often labeled as "scary" or "horror", and I would argue against that. They aren't the happiest of
You can also find my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

I have been putting off reading this for months. Not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't want the story to be over. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was one of my few five star reads of 2018. As much as I wanted to read the sequel,  I didn't want the story to end. This book is something I wanted to cherish and read when I was prepared for an incredible book. After a couple of mediocre reads, I knew it was
Taylor Knight
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea last year and I loved it so much. I was really excited for Between the Spark and the Burn but for some reason, even though I bought it on the release day, it sat on my shelf for a really long time. I had no doubt that when I finally picked this book up, I would love it.

The writing style is out of this world. It has a really interesting, classic vibe to it and it's something I don't see in YA novels a lot. The writing reminds me a little of The Rave
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
It's strange how I love the idea of this book. Just not the book itself. Same thing happened with the first one. I think I wanted it to be amazing so in a way, it was, even though I was aware of all the things I usually don't like in other books. I just didn't care because I was finally reading a strange gothic story. It was as if I was under a spell. ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Between the Spark and Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
Book Two of the Between series
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the author (thank you, April!)

Summary (from Goodreads):

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.

The problem with River West Redding was that h
3.5 stars

If Alice smoked opium in Wonderland and wrote a book, this would be it.
Must read book one to know what is going on and not care if a story has an open ending.
I really hope there is another book to this series.
I woke up and dove into this one after finishing the first book last night.
I really am enjoying this series VERY MUCH!!
Colleen Houck
The setting was a whole character in this book. It was so well described. I felt the sand on my skin and the snow melting into my hair. Amazing! Such rich metaphor. Did not see the end coming at all. Just as stirring as the first book.
Whitney Atkinson
if you look up "plot hole" in the dictionary, a picture of this book would be listed as the definition

“He was warm as summer rain. Smooth as the sea, and twice as deep.”


I'm soo freaking mad with this book because it ended with so many things unanswered!!
Between the spark and the burn was a little bit more mysterious than Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea although both books were a little bit nonsense I still enjoyed them, mostly because of the scenarios like the creepy abandoned city, then that tiny island that in my head was exactly like that one in the Netflix adaptation of A S
Renee (The B-Roll)
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
For all of my ideas/thoughts/issues with this book, visit my full review at:
I have a lot more to say about this book there.

Sometimes a story is decent enough that I actually want to continue on in the duology or series just to see how things turn out and what happens to characters that I liked in the beginning.  Sometimes, that isn't the case.  A week or two ago, I read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and enjoyed it.  It wasn't too juvenile, the p
May 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
A disappointing sequel to one of my favorite books. Left with more questions than answers, and the author seems to have no plans for a third book. Ugh.

*EDIT* Because I properly collected my thoughts.

I think I was more disappointed with this sequel because of Violet. In the first book, she had come across as a very strong, take charge kind of woman and in the second book, her character was very clingy and jealous... she didn't want any of the men around her to be focused on any girl but her. (ex
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads, ya, arc, 2014
I loved BETWEEN THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA, but if it's possible, I loved this second book even MORE. I love the choices Violet makes - not always right, but always relatable. I love how the settings all function as characters, from Violet's crumbling Maine mansion by the sea, the Citizen Kane, to a frightening town where the citizens are all glowed up and murderous, to the small island where they go hunting for a sea king, to a former bordello in the Colorado mountains. I love Neely, River's ...more
Melissa Chung
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
"Freddie used to say that life could be safe, or it could be interesting, but it couldn't be both."

I love the way April Genevieve Tucholke writes. It's beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. With that said this book was a sad sequel to an amazing beginning. Everything that was good about the first book didn't show itself in this one. It was safe and definitely not interesting.

This end to the duology took me forever to finish and read. I just didn't want to read it. Every time I put it down it was for
Beth  (YA Books Central)
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Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why, why, why is there no third book?!
Phoebe Jeziel
-Rated a 4.5-


I'm not really sure where my feelings lie with this book... I remember thinking that Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea didn't really need a sequel and that I wasn't sure on how I would feel about a sequel.

Still not sure.

We're back with Vi wanting to go looking for River or Brodie- wanting to find one or both in order to finish this thing. This makes the gang go on a road trip (once Neeley gets back from doing his own searching) and we meet several new character
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This book is the final book in the Between duology. It was a beautifully written book that is written in such a unique style. I really enjoyed it.

Violet is determined to find River despite to turmoil he caused in the last book. Her search leads her through sleepy towns, searching out clues on River’s whereabouts by listening to a late night occult radio show. Some of the towns they journey through are enslaved by Brodie's spark. One of them is rumored to harbor a God of the Sea. The hunt for Riv
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
“People like you don’t go mad, Vi. They’re quiet on the outside and loud on the inside and sane as the day is long”

It's been several months since Brodie and River left Citizen Kane. It's Christmas time and Violet is enjoying the time she has with her unconventional family but she can't help but miss her devil boy. After hearing a piece of gossip on a radio station called Stranger Than Fiction Violet convinces her brother and friends that it's a sign that Brodie or River is up to no good and
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope
That would be a No.

While I could cope with the writing, because it suits the story in a strange way, I could not cope with the rest.
While I could find some positive aspects in the 1st installment, I couldn´t find any aspects in the 2nd one at all.

Seriously, what was that?
The Gothic del Toro atmosphere just poofed out of one of Citizen Kane´s windows and left a lot of snow and nothing.
A road trip, a collection of weird kids (WTF is it with all those kids??), a twist so spectacularly stupid I
♠ TABI⁷₈⁷ ♠
I liked this book better than the first. It had a lazy, sleep feel to it interspersed with gothic mystery, and I loved it oh-so-much. Rich with dark "magic" (that title only made sense to me after I finished reading the first book), creepy towns, a radio show that comes on at 3am, Captain Nemo fish shack, more of the ocean, and an ending that left me all warm and fuzzy-happy inside.

This duology is the perfect blend of magic and mystery, myths and horror, darkness and beauty, and so well written.
Jul 22, 2013 marked it as lost-interest-mid-series
Shelves: love-triangle
Well I just read a review that says this book definitely has a River - Violet - Neely love triangle. As I'm avoiding those indefinitely, I'm not sure I'll be reading this after all. I'm majorly bummed. But I'll wait and see what some other reviewers have to say. ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Not quite the ending I had envisioned, but oh, was it still glorious.

An ARC was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

FULL REVIEW follows Review in a GIFfy below.

Review in a GIFfy -- This can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I was dying to get my hands on this sequel, so when the author offered to send me an ARC, there may or may not have been some flailing. (There totally was.)

And then I h
"I've done it, I saved him, it will be like before, like last summer, and we'll find Brodie, and fight him, and we'll win this time..."

Last summer, Violet White fell in love with a boy who glowed up the world. But when River's psychotic brother, Brodie, descended on them in a murderous rage, they chased him off and River left to track him down. Six months later, nobody has heard from River and there's been no sign of Brodie. Violet decides it's time to take things into her own hands, enlisti

“People like you don’t go mad, Vi. They’re quiet on the outside and loud on the inside and sane as the day is long”

I have a love/hate relationship with this duology. While on one hand it is nowhere near to be perfect, it is the definition of a guilty pleasure.

I think part of this guilty pleasure is due to the writing style. Tucholke's writing is simplistic, clean and not too flowerly at the same time, which helps create the atmosphere of the book. This duology is one of the easiest writin
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April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, Wink Poppy Midnight, The Boneless Mercies, and Seven Endless Forests. She also curated the horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Her books have been published in sixteen countries, and have received ten starred reviews. They have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, Ki ...more

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