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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea is easily one of the most frustrating books I've ever read and yet at the same time, I absolutely loved it. This book is truly an unique addition to the paranormal genre and there is nothing on the market that's similar to this. Between is a lush, gothic surprise filled with an extremely seductive, yet irritating romance, beautiful prose and heart-pounding, frightening moments.

Violet White lives in a remote estate on a cliff with her brother,  Luke; Violet's parents work in the art industry and are absent from their childrens' lives. One day, a mysterious stranger named River West responds to Violet's ad and would like to a boarder in her guest house. River West is not what he seems and nothing good can come from falling in love with the devil...

River West is such a despicable, infuriating character and yet, at the same time he's extremely seductive and alluring. Even when River does horrible actions, Violet can't stop falling in love with him and the reader will have the same issue. Violet and the reader knows that River is bad news, but it's impossible not to fall for his extremely charming and deceptive nature.  That being said, the romance in Between is absolutely addicting and yet at the same time, it feels so wrong and disgusting.  The romance in this book is like getting addicted to a drug, you know it's wrong but at the same time, you can't stop yourself from obsessing over it. If you're looking to read a book with a healthy relationship this is not it, but the romance in this book is captivating and irresistible.

April Genevieve Tucholke has answered my pleas for the YA genre to include more horror-esque books and this debut is deliciously creepy and gothic. Tucholke creates such a mysterious, dangerous atmosphere that is impossible not to bask in and there is a constant build-up of tension throughout the book.  Tucholke's writing really reminded me of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's style in Beautiful Creatures and Between has that same intense gothic tone to it.  Few writers have the chops to scare me and Tucholke is part of that select few; there is an endless amount of terrifying moments in this book that will have readers sitting on the edge of their seats and get their hearts pumping. This is YA horror at it's best and I truly hope that Tucholke continues this trend with her future books.

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea is one of my absolute favorite books this year and I'm dying to read the sequel, Between The Spark And The Burn. This book isn't for everyone, but I just know that there's a huge cross-over audience that will fall for this horrifying debut. This is an absolutely brilliant novel by an extremely talented writer and I can't wait to devour Tucholke's next literary masterpiece.

Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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