Sunday, September 29, 2013

Badass Books: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

I hadn't realized I hadn't actually written my review of this DAC book. Sorry! It's been crazy (work has been killing me, but it's good--just daunting). So here it is!

Summary (from Goodreads)

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house 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.

Why I read it: This is a 2013 debut, and I loved the cover, so I added it to my DAC list, as shallow as that sounds. But look at it. It's SO BEAUTIFUL.

ZOMG Yes! Let me start by saying I adored this book. I really love a good fantasy set in our world. I love when authors can pull in new elements I never thought of and weave new magics and give them new names. This story felt fresh and alive and different. 

Also, I really like girls that love to read and keep to themselves. This book had all of that. Plus? Steamy, steamy kisses.

But I digress. April does an excellent job weaving together the characters of this book--giving them depth and hopes and fears. I've seen a handful of reviews that felt a lack of connection to Violet's twin brother Luke. I completely disagree with this. He felt like a valuable part of the story, integrally tied to Violet's growth.

I thought I knew where this story was going. I really did. But it kept going somewhere else and doing it flawlessly. I also really enjoyed the voice of this story. It almost felt like April took Mark Twain's advice a little too seriously to replace "very" with "damn," and then kept it that way. And it works.

Hmmm I was beyond excited to see that there is a sequel to this book. I don't know where it will go or how it will unfold, but I love that it will exist. April left the door open, and I honestly can't wait. I especially want to see more of Neely.

kthxbai Someone give this girl a chiweenie! And all you out there? Go read this book!


  1. I'm 100 pages in and digging it. Like you, I love that Vi is a bookish sort of girl, and so far I'm sort of loving Luke, despite his chauvinistic tendencies. Looking forward to seeing where it all goes. Great (non-spoilery!) review, Liz. :-)

  2. Ooh this sounds great, I'm definitely adding it to goodreads :) Thanks for the review!

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    1. A bookworm mc and steamy kisses? This one sounds so good! I think it's on my Debut Author Challenge list too, but your review gives me even more of an excuse to read it!:)