Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Not long ago I was talking about how I would love the see Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea on the big screen, so it only makes sense to highlight it here on Land of Lost Books. It is truly one of the more gorgeously written YA books out there. Author April Genevieve Tuckholke has a very distinctive style, lush and Gothic, not to mention her voice is amazing, both of which would have kept me reading regardless of the story itself. But luckily, I was just as entranced by the story as I was with the writing.Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 10.20.51 AM

Welcome to the relatively uneventful world of Violet White and her brother, Luke. They live in the once stunning but now crumbling White Family mansion on the coast of Maine. Everyone knows everyone in their small town – at least, that’s what Violet believes, until the mysterious River West shows up and rents Violet’s guest house. Strange things start happening. Violet and Luke’s friend Sunshine claims to see a monstrous creature in a dark tunnel. A little girl disappears. Kids, armed to the teeth, roam the cemetery, convinced the Devil stole her away. And Violet knows that somehow River is involved in all of it. She is equally leery of him and intrigued by him. As we learn when River’s brother Neely shows up, she has good reason to be both.

More than that, ties between friends and enemies blur as Violet discovers old letters left behind by her Grandmother, which make her question everything she thought she knew about her family, and will keep you hooked until the very end.

Things I loved:

1) The evolution of Violet’s relationship with her brother Luke.

2) The ‘did he or didn’t he’ mystery of River West.

3) The brilliant pacing and setting of the entire novel.

Things I Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 10.23.29 AMhope to see explored further in book two:

1) Violet’s too easy acceptance of River’s past.

2) Violet and Neely’s relationship.

3) Where are the other half-siblings, and what great good or evil are they capable of?

Book two, Between the Spark and the Burn, comes out August 14, 2014. I can’t wait! Are there any sequels out there you are eager to start reading?


2 Responses

  1. I can ALWAYS toddle over here and grab a recommendation. This sounds like so much catnip to me and I’m off to spend the last bit of my Amazon rebate money in pursuit. Thanks!

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