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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 guesthouse 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.

A gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop — a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Anna Dressed in Blood.

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"Tucholke's gothic tone, plot, and setting, complete with a deteriorating estate full of dark family secrets, is reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier or YA fare such as Kami Garcia's and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures. Violet's narration is frank and perceptive, livened with humor and an almost poetically descriptive lilt....Give this one to fans of creepy mysteries." School Library Journal (starred review)

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"A rich blend of gothic horror and modern romance, studded with nods toward literary, cinematic and musical classics. A lush setting and provocative characters elevate this debut above others." Kirkus Reviews

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"Tucholke debuts with a thoroughly eerie novel...a chilling supernatural exploration of free will and reality's fluidity." Publishers Weekly

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"Lavishly rendered, darkly romantic, and beautifully unsettling — Tucholke's debut isn't a book you'll soon forget." Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series

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"Tucholke's story of devils, innocence, and family secrets is lush and rhythmic as a song. Seductive with a capital 'S.'" Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares

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"Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will slip under your skin and capture the darkest corners of your imagination. A hypnotic, terrifying debut." Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls

About the Author

April Genevieve Tucholke digs classic movies, redheaded villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She and her husband — a librarian, former rare-book dealer, and journalist — live in Oregon. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is her first novel.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
Now that I know this book is my spirit animal and may be the love of my literary life, I finally feel free to admit that I went into it utterly terrified that I wouldn’t love it. I’ve been looking forward to it since December, and was afraid that I had over-hyped it- that it couldn’t possibly live up to the expectations that I’ve built in my head. That fear only increased once I started talking to the author on Twitter, who is a fellow Oregonian and utterly delightful. There is nothing worse, in my opinion at least, than adoring an author as a person and then finally reading their book and discovering you hate it. I’ve had it happen a couple times and it makes me feel terrible. But thankfully this did not happen at all. From the moment I met Violet I was utterly entranced by this book-by the characters, the setting, the writing, everything.

As intriguing as it is, the plot synopsis really doesn’t do the book justice. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a spooky, gothic mystery/horror story, filled with monsters and murderers, small-town legends and family secrets and morally ambiguous characters who will worm their way into your hearts. It is dark and utterly terrifying, filled with deliciously surprising twists that you’ll never see coming. I am both in love with and terrified by Tucholke’s imagination. The last few chapters literally had me clutching the book to my chest, tearing at my hair and squeezing my eyes shut in terror. I wasn’t even this terrified when I went and saw The Conjuring a couple weeks ago. There were also tears involved. I don’t even know how I’m going to sleep tonight, honestly. I could go on and on about how enamored I am with the story she has created, but I won’t because I don’t want to spoil it for ya’ll. JUST DON’T READ THIS BEFORE BED. OR ANYWHERE EXCEPT A BRIGHT, SUNNY PLACE WHERE THERE ARE NO CHILDREN ANYWHERE AROUND.

April’s prose is gorgeous. It’s vividly descriptive, and while it is heavy on the adjective and metaphor use at times, it worked for me and the story. It’s as atmospheric and haunting as the house Violet and her brother live in, as sleepy and charming as the town of Echo and I wanted to wrap myself up in it. She has a talent with words that makes me deeply envious and just a little bit in love with her mind. I wish I had more coherent things to say about it, but some things simply just are, and cannot be expanded on without me repeating myself.

I loved the writing. I adore the plot. But I worship the characters and they are what made this book my new favorite of the year.

The cast of characters in this book. Guh. Violet was the only one I trusted at all while reading it. Everyone else was a suspect. And even her I didn’t entirely trust, because from the moment a certain thing is revealed, she becomes an unreliable narrator. I still adore her though. I couldn’t say that she’s a necessarily realistic character, but she is a likable one. She doesn’t talk or think like any teenager I’ve ever known..although she did remind myself of me a little bit. I could relate to her love of coffee and feelings of abandonment, and her use of strange words in conversation that nobody else uses, because she spends more time with books than people. Although it’s never outright stated, you get the sense that her grandmother was her best friend growing up, and it shows. She’s stubborn and brave and also incredibly naive and lonely. I admired her as much as I wanted to shake some sense into her, or give her a giant hug.

I’m as conflicted over River as Violet is. I went into this knowing that he’s not trustworthy and so I was determined not to fall for him. But he’s just so charming and seductive and seemingly vulnerable at times that I found myself falling in love with him a little bit, despite myself. On the other hand he’s also a sly, creepy little lying liar who lies and I hated him and spent a lot of the book wanting to stab him in the face. He blends the truth with the lies so well that I couldn’t tell up from down. He’s morally ambiguous in a way that I love and hate and he haunts me already.

I also loved that their relationship is never portrayed as some beautiful, epic, swoon-worthy, insta-love conquers all thing. It’s creepy and unhealthy and addictive-something that both characters readily admit. While I’m sold on their obsession with each other, this is one of those pairings that I’m not sure I necessarily want to get an HEA.

The other major players-Violet’s twin brother Luke and their neighbor Sunshine were also wonderfully fleshed out. My feelings for Luke are also conflicted. On one hand, I spend a lot of the book wanting to punch him in the face because he’s a sexist jerk wad, on the other I could see that he did love Violet in his own way and if there is any kind of relationship I understand, it’s brother/sister ones. I really hope to see their relationship get more development and focus in the next book. Sunshine is fascinating. She’s a vixen and a bit of a mess and not entirely likable. But she’s funny and sweet in her own way and added much needed humor to the story.

Even the minor characters, Jack and Neely are well-developed. I can’t say a lot about Jack without spoiling things-but I liked his spark and am glad my suspicions regarding him are correct. The jury is still out on Neely. He’s charming and I don’t entirely trust him and his intentions toward Violet, but I am looking forward to hopefully seeing him get more development in the sequel as well.

Basically, all of the characters are fascinating, a little bit mysterious, well-developed, morally ambiguous, and completely unique. I loved and hated things about all of them-much like I do with actual people, and I am sad that my time with them had to end.

This book is the total package. The writing is gorgeous, the story is phenomenal and the characters are refreshing unique. I would literally sell me soul to get my hands on the sequel, that’s how in love I am with this world. So GOOD JOB APRIL. GOOD JOB ON RUINING MY LIFE.
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Reader Eternal, March 25, 2014 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This lushly evocative novel was wonderfully entertaining from beginning to end. The plot was so unpredictable and kept me guessing right up to the final chapter. The dark, dreamy, deliciously gothic setting was so richly imagined that it was a character in itself. This eerie, hypnotic story of love, obsession, madness, and lost innocence manages to be both terrifying and enchanting at the same time. A thoroughly engrossing and unique read. I can't wait to see what's in store when book two is released!
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The Lost Entwife, October 31, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
I am not going to lie - I was scared to death to start reading Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. First, the name is insanely long. Second, the cover is incredibly gorgeous (and was the reason I even picked up the book). Third, and finally, I'm really hit and miss with paranormal, romance, young adult books. Thankfully, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was exactly what I was in the mood for and once I began to read, I started having a blast.

Sure, there are plenty of things in this book that didn't make sense from an adult perspective. Some random stranger moving into your guest house last minute and falling madly in lust with him? Hmmm..no. Also, the missing parents seem to follow a theme - but that precedent was set years ago. Then there's the bad guy who's not a bad guy but is he a bad guy? While it helps keep the momentum of the book going, you never actually figure anything out - frustrating, and I understand that later books are coming but still, I wanted to have a bit of something.

Still, the book was so addicting. I read feverishly because I needed to know. I loved the gothic setting and the strange happenings throwing a gruesome twist into the story. I loved the idea of hauntings happening and thought that my reading of this book during Halloween week was very well-timed. And, as far as I was concerned, I was hugely entertained to the point where the wacky romance aspect really didn't bug me much and that's saying something.

So while there were holes and gaps in the story, they didn't distract from the overall entertainment value. Given that there are so many books out there in the Young Adult genre that bore me to tears, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was a welcome distraction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803738898
Author:
Tucholke, April Genevieve
Publisher:
Dial Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 368 pages Dial Books - English 9780803738898 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Tucholke's gothic tone, plot, and setting, complete with a deteriorating estate full of dark family secrets, is reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier or YA fare such as Kami Garcia's and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures. Violet's narration is frank and perceptive, livened with humor and an almost poetically descriptive lilt....Give this one to fans of creepy mysteries."
"Review" by , "A rich blend of gothic horror and modern romance, studded with nods toward literary, cinematic and musical classics. A lush setting and provocative characters elevate this debut above others."
"Review" by , "Tucholke debuts with a thoroughly eerie novel...a chilling supernatural exploration of free will and reality's fluidity."
"Review" by , "Lavishly rendered, darkly romantic, and beautifully unsettling — Tucholke's debut isn't a book you'll soon forget."
"Review" by , "Tucholke's story of devils, innocence, and family secrets is lush and rhythmic as a song. Seductive with a capital 'S.'"
"Review" by , "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will slip under your skin and capture the darkest corners of your imagination. A hypnotic, terrifying debut."
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