Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (2 Stars)
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
I could easily say that I am disappointed of this book. I do not understand what’s the hype with this one. I saw a lot of good hype about this, about how “amazing” it was and how incredible it is. Honey there is nothing that I see that’s “incredible” with this book. Frankly, I don’t understand the meaning of story at all. Too bad though, ‘cuz the cover is gorgeous.
In the first part of the story, I see that our Violet here, had rented out the guest house behind the house, and in comes River, a charismatic, mysterious boy who came to rent out the guest house. Then as he came, problems flowed to the small town. And just how related River is to these happenings. –Insert Sarcasm- obviously a lot.
Let me get this straight, the book is actually pretty fine, but that’s all to it. Its just fine, meh. Okay. The plot was good, pacing was, again fine. But I just don’t understand why everyone liked it so much. I don’t know if it’s the writing or the sense of the writing. I just don’t see it all that, all I see is blah blah blah blah. In terms of technicalities, I think everything in the book is pretty okay for me, but there’s nothing here that I consider as amazing writing. I am all in love with the blurp and everything it focuses on. The mystery and the allure of the so called “Devil” but there’s nothing interesting much about this so called “Devil”, in fact, I just ended getting pissed at him.
But what I most especially do not understand is the characters. Why the freaking why would she fall in love with River? I know he is pretty good looking and mysterious. Plus, he does have that attractive smile. But I don’t get why you would continue to like a guy, that obviously lies to your face, when you already know he’s lying. Let’s admit it,
Overall, I don’t think this book is good for my tastes. It looks like it has a sequel, but I’m not going to check that out anytime soon.
MY FINAL NOTE
I don't think the book is horrible, its just a fact that I don't understand the meaning of it at all. And I also don't like the characters, But I got to tell you, it is creepy, I avoided reading this at night. Lol.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
April Genevieve Tucholke is a full-time writer who 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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