Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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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? 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. A gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop--a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Anna Dressed in Blood.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 148 x 218 x 30mm | 476g
  • English
  • 0803738897
  • 9780803738898
  • 127,465

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"Looking for dark and eerie read to cap off the end of the summer season? Look no further than April Genevieve Tucholke's YA debut, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." "If you liked Beautiful Creatures (the book or the movie), Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea is right up your alley. It has a similar gothic romance you'll be rooting for the whole book through!" "Deliciously creepy." "A perfect read for stormy summer nights."
--The Boston Globe "Mysterious hotties, eerie events and gothic supernatural romance in a crumbling mansion on the lonely coast of Maine... We totally want this book to be our new boyfriend." "Magnificent prose, fascinating histories of residents in the seaside town, and a boy with a disturbing ability rarely seen in today's young adult books. Share the first of this trilogy with fans of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone."
--Shelf Awareness *"A stunning debut with complex characters, an atmospheric setting, and a distinct voice... Tucholke has real talent."
--VOYA, starred review *"Tucholke's gothic tone, plot, and setting, complete with a deteriorating estate full of dark family secrets, is reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier or YA fare such as Kami Garcia's and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures). Give this one to fans of creepy mysteries, particularly tales that don't skimp on the violence."
--SLJ, starred review "A chilling supernatural exploration of free will and reality's fluidity."
--Publishers Weekly "Tucholke strikes just the right balance between the windswept, seaside setting and Violet's interior struggles with right and wrong."
--BCCB "A rich blend of gothic horror and modern romance... A lush setting and provocative characters elevate this debut above others in the supernatural-romance genre."
--Kirkus Reviews "Lavishly rendered, darkly romantic, and beautifully unsettling--Tucholke's debut isn't a book you'll soon forget."
--Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series "Like something between a disturbed dream and a wicked fantasy, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will slip under your skin and capture the darkest corners of your imagination. This is a hypnotic, terrifying debut that won't soon escape my mind."
--Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls "Tucholke's story of devils, innocence, and family secrets is lush and rhythmic as a song. Seductive with a capital 'S.'"
--Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares
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About April Genevieve Tucholke

April Genevieve Tucholke 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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Rating details

14,053 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 26% (3,595)
4 30% (4,165)
3 26% (3,694)
2 12% (1,704)
1 6% (895)

Our customer reviews

This review was originally posted on my blog Little Miss Reader ( I don't know if it's just me, but I don't think that the summary fits the book that well... For me this book was kind of a let down, I saw that Kassidy and Kendare Blake (author of Anna Dressed in Blood) had given this book 5 stars, and that was what made me read it. But I did not like it that much. Both River and Luke irritated me. Sunshine however was the one that irritated me the most - too cheap for my taste. But Jake, oh sweet sweet Jake, I really liked him and I have no clue why. The family "secret" from Freddie was uninteresting. I thought that when we would finally get some answers they would be AMAZING. Then here you have it and it's like "meh"show more
by AmandaEmma
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