DNF: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – April Genevieve Tucholke


12930909You 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 guesthouse 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


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was such a disappointing read for me for numerous reasons, but most of all, I was upset because this is probably the book I was most looking forward to this year. The cover is GORGEOUS, the synopsis is intriguing, and I just knew that I was going to love it. Boy, was I wrong. The characters fell flat, the plot was confusing and silly, and I really didn’t end up feeling any real connection to the book. In one word, this book was a dud.

Above all else, I didn’t finish this book because of the characters. Not only was every single character annoying as hell, but the male characters seemed to be very abusive and dangerous. They didn’t actually DO anything, but it seemed to be implied. The male characters made this book very uncomfortable to read, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect from them. Not only that, but the female characters were ANNOYING! OMG. They were either all over the boys, crying their little eyes out over a broken heart, or just being….weird. You know what? That’s the best word that can describe this book. Weird. The whole damn thing was weird. I made it about 130 pages into this book, and I had no idea what the hell was going on. Confusing much? I needed some kind of bone thrown my way!

The weirdness of this book ties directly into the plot. It’s about Violet who lives with her brother (who seems very unstable and abusive might I add!), and she ends up letting this guy named River live in her guest house. Her parents don’t live with her. Instead, they’re out traveling, leaving their two minor children all alone (not to mention that they’re almost out of money and can’t get ahold of their parents!). There was the first major concern. That is SO unrealistic! In reality, CPS would have been called in a heartbeat. It made absolutely no sense that those kids were left unattended with no complaints or concerns. Anyways, all of a sudden the local children in their town start spouting stuff about devils and they end up camping out at a graveyard holding stakes in anticipation to kill the Devil. News people are called, police are called, parents are called, everyone is called, and STILL the kids won’t leave the graveyard. Are you still with me? If you are, congrats! Cause I’m not even with me. It made. no. sense. I was confused. Hell, I’m still confused. Which is a major reason why I stopped reading this book. I didn’t finish the book. Well, skimmed it, so it might have gotten better! I did read the last little bit at the end, though, and I still couldn’t stand it. Maybe if I would have liked the main characters, Violet and River, then that would have made up for it, but I’m honestly not sure which would I despised more. It was just….bad.

I am so sad that I didn’t like this book. I was willing to beg, borrow, or steal for it….and this is what happened. I’ve talked to some people who liked the book, but I’ve always talked to people who share the exact same opinion as I do. I don’t think that I’ve ever been able to say that I didn’t know what the hell a book was about after reading it, but I sure can now.


Pages: 368

Publication Date: August 15th 201

Publisher: Dial

Source: ARC provided by publisher

Rating: [rating: 1]

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