Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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Faded Gatsby glamour and thrilling gothic horror meet in this gorgeously told, terrifying and dreamy YA romance.

'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 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? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who likes coffee and who kisses you in a cemetery... Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it.

Perfect for fans of Veronica Roth and Sarah J Maas.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 125 x 197 x 20mm | 242g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571307906
  • 9780571307906
  • 285,654

About April Genevieve Tucholke

April Genevieve Tucholke is a writer who digs classic movies, red-headed villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She and her husband live in Oregon at the edge of the forest.
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13,503 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (3,993)
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2 12% (1,641)
1 6% (865)

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BtDatDBS (because I'm too lazy to write out the full title) is a Young Adult Gothic Fantasy novel that starts off promisingly but quickly descends into "what the ****" territory. The novel starts off with Violet White and her twin brother Luke desperately trying to find a way to raise some money so they can eat, because even though their family used to be rich and they live in a massive mansion they're actually broke and their parents abandoned them to go travel Europe (even though they're supposed to be broke so how can they afford to do that?). So despite the fact they've never heard of downsizing as a good way to make some money they decide that it's completely normal to let another teenage boy live in their guest house, as long as he keeps paying them fat wads of cash out of his wallet. As soon as the boy, River, shows up strange things start happening. At first it seems like some weird summer pranks, or something in the water just making the small town folk of Echo a little crazier than usual, but when River knows the exact location of a girl who was supposedly kidnapped by the Devil, Violet begins to suspect that River may actually somehow be behind these crazy events. Of course, Violet doesn't do the normal thing of confronting River and kicking him out of her guest house. Oh no, she's already fallen for him too much by that point apparently so instead she casually asks him about certain things and even though she knows he's lying to her through his teeth she just thinks 'I'll get it out of him eventually' and continues to follow him around like a little puppy dog. The atmosphere of Echo was the only thing I enjoyed about this novel. Echo is a small town and Violet is a naive girl trapped in a big, old house with her brother who's a bit of an ass. The story starts of as an almost southern tale of magical realism set in the summertime where the days are long and drawn out and the nights leave teenagers with a feeling of invincibility, but there is an edge to this novel that ruined all of that for me. That edge was River. The thing about Violet is she doesn't really have any friends that don't pick on her, so when River shows up and he's all handsome and likes her quirky, weird self enough to stand up for her, she falls for him pretty quickly. That's understandable. But River is a bad person who is addicted to his own magic that he 'accidentally' uses to manipulate Violet's feeling and even uses to have people kill themselves. I'm sick of YA trying to pass of unhealthy relationships as 'romantic' and 'dark'. It's manipulative and wrong and no matter how much Violet thinks she can 'save' this boy she's known for all of 3 days she shouldn't be putting her self at risk of being unable to consent to whatever River could want to do with her. Then at the very end to try and absolve River of some of his supposed past crimes and make him look like less of a creep there's a twist that I saw coming a mile off because it was obvious but what pissed me off most was that it gave River the chance to look like a good guy and leave Violet with her being all understanding because apparently it was for her own good and all that crap. Overall, this was a novel I expected so much more from and I just kept hoping it would get good but this novel wasn't gothic creepy, it was almost rapey creepy and I didn't like River for long enough to be at all on his side when things started to go down hill (not that I'd want to be on his side because how can you justify manipulating someone's emotions to the point that they end up naked in bed with you?) This was just a poor piece of work and I might have liked it more if the author had been more forceful about the issue of consent, but instead she chose to go down the route of 'it's not the guys fault, he can't help himself' and just used magical powers as the excuse instead of the typical 'he has a dick' excuse society likes to use to forgive men for thinking they can force themselves on women.show more
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