Friday, January 17, 2014

Review: Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke


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Description - 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.

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Review - The whole book is very ominous, eerie, and mysterious but a bad boring kind of mysterious. For me it was just interesting enough to not give up on it. It's one of those books that no matter how much it irritates and frustrates you, no matter how ever much you think you dislike or even hate it, you can not stop reading it. You have to know what is going to happen. I guess that's a good thing, but it's not that the book is just sooo good that you have to finish it but more like you want it to get better, you want the end to justify the rest of the book, you want to be proved wrong and hope that the ending is the best part and will fix everything that you disliked about the rest and mostly you want to know just how evil River West is.
   The characters are meh, the installation love horrible, the plot slow and under developed, the writing beautiful and over all it somehow manages to be a pretty surprisingly decent book.
   I honestly can not think of any thing I loved about this book. I liked River mainly because he's an original and interesting character that you never quiet understand, and you get hooked on knowing just how evil or not evil he is. I hated his relationship with Violet and I just plain disliked Violet all together. I don't feel like she was developed very well, she was kinda boring and just like nothing effected her, River is a murderer and his brother warns her that he's using magic on her to get her to sleep in bed next to him and kiss him and still she doesn't stay away, she's naive and just plain stupid for most of the book. She's constantly saying that she Hates River West and then she goes crawling back to his bed, and I get that she's supposed to be under his spell at parts and everything but even still she just keeps going back to him, she has no back bone and she's boring. Luke is a chauvinistic pig and I honestly don't understand why the author thought he should be like that, he did grow on me towards the end but in general his character just pissed me off. Sunshine was vain, annoying and pretty much pointless, one thing I really hated is all these mentions of when Sunshine and Luke had apparently locked Violet in a closet with a boy who would then try to make out with her, wtf? Who does that? Neely was an interesting character and I kinda enjoyed his and Rivers relationship but the constant violence was pointless and I feel like it weakened his character.
Overall I just thought it would be more than it was. It was a great premise, with great writing, it just wasn't executed as well as it could have been.
   This may be odd, but despite everything I dislike about this book I do recommend it, if you want an interesting quick read I would say give this a shot, maybe don't buy it, maybe borrow it first, but it is, barely, worth the read. Now if you're expecting a nice creepy, gothic and terrifyingly epic book, that is not what this is. I will probably read the second book only because after everything I still need to know how it ends!!!

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