I received this book for free from work in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Between #1
Published by Faber & Faber, Limited on August 15th, 2013
Genres: Horror, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.
Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
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 so deeply wrecked that you don’t notice it until strange things start to happen around town. And when I say strange, I also mean deeply disturbing. The mystery surrounding River was the main focus for me and I have to say that’s what made the novel such a page turner. Also that cover has to be one of my ultimate favourite covers.. It shows the theme and tone of the story beautifully. I also want to know who did the typography on this cover. The design nerd in me wants to praise them. bows down
Scary and creeptastic, if you enjoy Gothic horror novels with weird twists and turns, then Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is strictly for you.