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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Between The Spark And The Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between The Spark And The Burn is the amazing sequel (and conclusion) to Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, one of  my favorite Gothic novels ever. April Genevieve had the challenging task of concluding such an expansive and engrossing story, but the ending to this series is extremely successful and fitting. Readers won't want to let go of the Devil's hand and say goodbye to Violet, River and the rest of the Citizen Kane crew.

River went missing and it's up to Violet and Neely to find him before he harms himself and others. This duo sets out on their journey chasing rumors, but trouble has a way of finding Violet and her friends. Though Neely is supposed to be 'good', he still seems to be hiding so much from Violet. What is Neely hiding and will Violet find River?

Between The Spark And The Burn has a much different feel than its predecessor, this novel is much faster paced and much more intense. Spark brings readers to several different locales and allows readers to experience local legends and myths in such a creative way. Our heroine, Violet is chasing after anything that might lead to River and that means readers get to meet a variety of strange new characters and creatures along the way. Between small, close-minded towns to odd islands, Tucholke creates a number of settings that readers will love to visit and these locations are anything but normal.

I absolutely love Violet and the relationship she has with River and Neely because it allows us to see her in a totally different light. Though Violet may seem like she's perfectly content, her obsession with these boys allows us to see an unhinged, reckless girl who just longs to be loved and appreciated by someone. River and Neely are dangerous, Violet knows that but she needs someone to fill in the gaps in her heart that her parents can't seem to fill. I love a complex, flawed character and Violet is just the type of character that I love to read about.

Tucholke really knows how to write the perfect bad boy and this series has River Redding who is so much better than your average love interest. The bad boy is an archtype that is all too common in YA: the stalking, damaged teen who is angry at the world and quite possibly drives a motorcycle. River might have his fair share of scars, but he doesn't follows the YA cliches associated with this type of character. I shouldn't have loved his character for a multitude of reasons, but it's an ode to Tucholke's talent that she makes such a harmful character so alluring and impossible to resist.

Between The Spark And The Burn is a gorgeously written Gothic novel with an imaginative setting, well-drawn out characters and a plot that will keep readers guessing until the end.  Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea is a superb duology that fans of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will love and Between The Spark And The Burn concludes this series on the best possible note.

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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