Review: ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Review: ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ by April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Between #1
Published by Faber & Faber, Limited on August 15th, 2013
Genres: Horror, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 360
Format: ARC
Source: work
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.

About April Genevieve Tucholke

April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and its sequel,Between the Spark and the Burn. She loves classic horror movies and coffee. She has lived in many places, including Scotland, and currently resides in Oregon with her husband Nate Pedersen.

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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.


“Women are always making it so hard for us me to get the one thing nature intended for us to have. (118)
It’s easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry. (157)





  1. Jaime Lynn

    September 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Gothic horror novels are my favorite, but it is so hard to find good YA GH. I want to read this book so bad. Luckily, I have a copy on my shelf and need to hurry up and get to it already!

  2. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    September 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I love gothic tales! This sounds fantastic!

  3. Pamela

    September 8, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    I like the quotes you put in! Makes me want to read the story 😉 But horror? Eh…rethinking about reading this book =)) PS- All your links are directed to “Every Day” by David Levithan. 🙂

    • Giselle

      September 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Haha thanks Pamela for letting me know, I updated it!

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