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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738898
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lush romantic and atmospheric mystery with semi-paranormal elements. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I found this Gothic ‘old south’ novel deliciously creepy and, at times, outright scary. There are plot twists that I absolutely did not see coming and I enjoyed the many key Gothic ingredients. I enjoyed the ‘out of time’ feeling April Tucholke created, while at the same time making the location completely specific and easily imagined. It reminded me of other stuff I’ve read that harks back to the South’s heydays like Tennessee Williams. This is a skilful debut weaving Gothic elements with a lightness of touch.

The characterisation in the novel is convincing and it is easy to root for Violet. River I found I was more ambivalent about (perfectly correct for a good Gothic). The few other fleshed-out characters were also compelling, while the tight focus on Vi and her conflicted emotions contributes to the novel’s emotional intensity.

Another Gothic trope that is well executed here is the setting and more specifically the big old house that becomes practically a character. In this case, it is known as Citizen, Vi’s crumbling ancestral home. I enjoyed the visceral descriptions that really brought it to life and made it easy to see Vi’s deep connection to it.

Overall I really enjoyed this and would definitely recommend it to YA readers who enjoy the Gothic and/or beautiful writing with a generous helping of creepiness.
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Format: Kindle Edition
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Faber & Faber Ltd and NetGalley*

Violet White lives in a large, run-down house by the sea with her brother and absent parents who have gone to Europe without them. In need of money, Violet decides to rent out the guesthouse. Enter River West. Violet immediately likes him but what if there is more to River than there seems? What if he has a terrifying secret?

I have mixed feelings about this book...

The good points - I liked the writing style and the setting (I loved the idea of a run-down house covered in ivy by the sea). I thought it was sweet how close Violet had been with her grandmother, Freddie, and felt sorry for her that Freddie had died. I also liked that Freddie's past was mentioned/part of the book. River's power was intriguing and different.

The bad points - Violet seemed to either be very naive or didn't really care what happened to her (for example she didn't ask River for references or ID before agreeing to let him rent out the guesthouse) (but apart from that I liked her). I also didn't like how quickly she fell for River. Also the book didn't grip me.

Overall this was a good read that had some issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mfu_11 on 14 Nov 2013
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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA is a dark and beautiful story set in a small town by the sea. Violet White and her twin brother Luke are left alone in their family mansion while their painter parents visit Europe. To make some money, Violet rents out the guesthouse and River West moves in. Violet is awkward in a cute, quirky way, but she oozes confidence she doesn't realise she has. I liked her a lot. I struggled to decide how I felt about the mysterious River right up until the end, which was nice and how I think the author intends him to be read, so I won't say any more on him. This book had me under its spell from page one--the moody atmosphere, the small town setting, the gothic scenery, the constant sense of unease. And the artistic references were right up my street! The whole book really did seem like a work of art in itself. This was something close to perfect for me. The twist blew me away. I thought it was faultless. It's the kind of book that makes you keep reading "just one more chapter" before bed, then reluctantly stopping several chapters later because you can't keep your eyes open. The kind of book that stays in your mind when you're not reading and long after you've finished entirely. Stunning debut.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Beautifully written, deliciously original, and stunningly scary at times. I stayed up till 5am reading this because I COULD NOT stop turning the pages. Really, really, recommended, can't wait for the sequel.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a modern day Gatsby-esque drama including vintage mansions, wealthy families with the drama and infidelity all mixed together.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is narrated through Violet's perspective, a 17 year-old book-loving, intelligent teenage girl who's quirky and vintage style all stems from her grandmother Freddie. After Freddie's death a couple of years ago, Violet now likes to remember her grandmother by wearing her vintage clothes and imagining she's speaking to her in her head. But since Freddie's death, Violet's family has let their historic mansion turn to ruins and when Violet's parents run off to Europe to divulge themselves in art, Violet and her brother Luke are left to think of ways to earn money. Since they've never worked a day in their lives and their family is major part of small town, Echo's, heritage they post a flyer advising their guesthouse for rent. Cue River, the mysterious handsome 17 year-old stranger, who rides into town and rents Violet's guesthouse. But River is not to be trusted and as Violet starts to become interested in him, she learns that River is a compulsive liar and he's hiding a dark and horrific secret.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was an addictive read to begin with, I loved the Gatsby-esque similarities and location, and the beginnings of Violet's and River's relationship was intoxicating. Unfortunately though, as the story progressed and River's secrets began unravelling, the story started to become very predictable and began to feel a little rushed. Overall, a gorgeously descriptive and imaginative story but I would have preferred the action and horror aspects of the story to be a little more rounded and un-rushed.

If you're looking for a story with a vintage flair and will-they-won't-they romanic storyline then this is definitely a book to check out!
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