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review 2015-10-12 15:54
Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Genevieve Tucholke

This was one of those books that I just don’t know how I feel about.  It’s not bad, but I’m not sure I would describe it as “great" either.  “Good” works, but it doesn’t quite convey this absence of feeling I have.  It was unusual, for sure, which fits it right into the gothic horror category.  

Violet is so in love with River that it is a little annoying in the beginning, but it soon turns out to be something she can’t necessarily control.  It made me a little uncomfortable, admittedly, because of the abusive undertones (SPOILER: River is manipulating her emotions A LOT).  Their relationship was very Twilight-esque to be honest, and the fact that Violet doesn’t run screaming from River when she learns *SPOILER* just how many people he has murdered, I was starting to fade out.  Okay, spoilers done.

The writing in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was suitable to the genre.  However it was pretty pretentious, because Violet is pretentious.  She was raised by artist parents, and often references different kinds of painting styles and artists (ones I assume are famous and I’ve never heard of as I'm not into art).  I think unless you’re into art many of the references will be lost on you (as they were on me).  Other than that I found the writing was well done, and Tucholke did a good job describing the settings.

So to conclude, I liked the writing (minus the constant art references), and the storyline was pretty good until it became more like an abusive relationship.

Source: bookbreakup.blogspot.ca/2015/08/review-between-devil-and-deep-blue-sea.html
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review 2015-01-09 00:54
Between Duology Review
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Genevieve Tucholke
Between the Spark and the Burn - April Genevieve Tucholke

Release Date: August 15th, 2013 and August 14th, 2014 from the Penguin Group

Summaries from Goodreads

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Spark and the Burn


So I decided to put the two books together since I read them back-to-back. In all honesty, I did not like this duology as I hoped I would. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was the first debut novel from Tucholke, and I wasn't surprised to see mistakes within the writing and the overall layout of the plot line. I decided to give the author another chance and read Between the Spark and Burn, and sadly I was disappointed. The sequel did not do justice. 


Whenever I write a review that has a poor rating, I always like to start it off with the things that I liked versus starting with the dislikes. With the Between duology though, I wasn't able to find anything that I liked at all. What I disliked the most was the writing style and diction used. It was unappealing to say the least. The imagery was skewed and the language and diction of each character was overall annoying to the point where I wanted to stop reading to duology all together.


As for the love in this story...there was instalove. That is one of my biggest pet peeves. I can understand that there was actually something deeper in the plot that caused the instalove to occur, but that doesn't excuse it at all. There was even instalove in the sequel that was totally out-of-the-blue-and-in-your-face. Just....ugh.


The ending for Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea seemed almost random. I feel like I have either seen or read that ending somewhere before and it all just didn't feel original to me at all, and that was very disappointing. For Between the Spark and the Burn, I will admit that the ending was better than the first. Even though the story was just as predictable, there were more seemingly random events popping up wherever they could possible go to make the story feel more "put together". That aspect really brought the sequel down to the rating of the first. 


Overall, the Duology earns only 1.5/5 stars based on the principle that it was poorly written and executed. I had high hopes for these books, especially the sequel, and unfortunately I was let down. If you find the story interesting then read it, but you may or may not be disappointed at the end of it all. 

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review 2015-01-05 21:49
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Genevieve Tucholke

Well, happily, I can check another book off of my mountainous TBR that I missed and had to go back to. Since I first laid eyes upon this book, with its eerie cover and gothic sounding synopsis, I've wanted to read it. Sadly, I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as I hoped to. There was just too much about it that I couldn't quite bring myself to overlook.


Let's start with the good. The writing falls into this category. With only a few small exceptions, the writing does elicit a gothic feel and does a stellar job of bringing the setting to life. I could smell the ocean air and see the ramshackle manor house that our characters inhabited. While the prose may have been a little airy at times, it definitely evoked that sense of otherness that I love about books like this. A house filled with secrets, a mysterious past, the quest for knowledge, all of it spoke to me. I could feel the tension, and it was wonderful. If you'd asked me to rate this book after the first two chapters, it would have been five stars all the way.


However the more I read the less I found to love. Violet, our main character, never caught my attention. Completely skipping over the fact that she falls in insta-love with River (which I despise, but at least was slightly explained away), her overall personality drove me insane. She was always trying to make sense of things, and yet it just made things more confusing for the reader. One moment Sunshine wasn't Violet's friend, but simply a neighbor. The next, Violet was upset that Sunshine was never on her side. Why would she be? She isn't your friend, is she? Her feelings flip flopped like that through the whole book, regarding all of the other characters. By the time the prospect of a love triangle was introduced, I wanted to scream in anger.


Add in the fact that her character never really grew at all, and I was a very frustrated reader. None of the characters really grew, to be honest. In fact, I felt like most of them could have been left out and nothing would have been different. If it were only just Violet and River, we'd probably have a very similar story. Truth be told, I felt like the only reason Sunshine was even in this story in the first place to was to be a foil to our young Violet. One girl pure, the other not so much. One girl decisive, to the point of recklessness at times, the other always over thinking things. Sunshine made Violet look like an angel and, while that is likely what was intended, it made me dislike her all the more for her poor decisions.


What can I say? It's tough for me to love a book when the characters and I clash. Weak-willed Violet, frustratingly evil but randomly attractive River, and even masochistic Logan, all made me want to quit early on. I finished more from a curiosity at how this would end than anything else. Pity, really. It's such a gorgeous cover.

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text 2014-12-31 16:52
Best Books of 2014
Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
Everything Leads to You - Nina LaCour
Dangerous Boys - Abigail Haas
Imaginary Girls - Nova Ren Suma
Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson
Mortal Danger - Ann Aguirre
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Genevieve Tucholke
The Drowning Girl - Caitlín R. Kiernan
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna & the French Kiss 1) by Stephanie Perkins (2014) Paperback - Stephanie Perkins
This year I discovered contemporary YA. I'm an escapist reader which is why I like fantasy romance but real life romance has never really appealed to me, I've sort of had this idea that I want paranormal romance, why would I want to read about ordinary people? This year I got rid of that idea. I picked a Katie McGarry book up early this year and loved it to pieces and from then on have discovered a whole new load of books to obsess over. Contemporary stuff in many cases I have found is just as good as the paranormal romance, dystopia and fantasy I love.
According to Goodreads I read 179 books this year, according to Booklikes I've read 182. (Not sure how that works). 
Best Books of the Year
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry - Review
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour - Review
The Drowning Girl By Caitlin R Keirnan - Review
Under The Never Sky By Veronica Rossi read not reviewed - 4 stars. One of the most original dystopias I have read this year. Loved both characters and world building.  
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke - Review
Mortal Danger by Anne Aguirre - Review
Prisoner of Night and Fog  - Anne Blankman - Review
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson  - Review 
A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller - read not reviewed. 5 Star. This type of historical is really not usually my thing but I picked it up due to blogger enthusiasm. And so glad I did because I loved it.
Dangerous Boys - Abigail Haas -  Review
Imaginary Girl - Nova Ren Suma - Review
Anna and the French Kiss and Isla and the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Anna Review - Isla Review
Best new authors discovered this year -
Nova Ren Suma, Nina LaCour, Jay Kristoff, Katie McGarry, Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins. 
Series finished
Fallen by Lauren Kate, Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Trilogies Read
The Silver Chain by Primula Bond, Revenants by Amy Plum, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Selection by Kiera Cass

Honorable mentions#
These are some of the books I took a chance on and really enjoyed. 
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes , The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Shadow and Bone/Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Ascension by Caris Roane, Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, Under these Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan, All that Glows by by Ryan Graudin, Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Most Anticipated Book of 2014
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas read not reviewed. 5 stars.
Ever since Crown of Midnight last year I have been dying to get my hands on this book. I purchased 3 copies. A signed paperback, a hardback, and a kindle copy. I had a stare at my phone in utter disbelief moment of fangirl glee when Sarah J Maas actually replied to one of my tweets. And I'm still somewhat torn on where I stand with this book. I gave it 5 stars because the last couple of hundred pages and Manon Blackbeak's story alone were worth five stars. But I had some problems with the middle of the book. This may be because it took me forever to read it. I decided I would take my time because if I read it quickly I would be whining because I had finished and the next one won't be out until next September. I need to do a proper review and reread as well. But this is still my favourite fantasy series. 
 Worst books of 2014 - 
These are the books that made me ranty and ragey. 
We were Liars - E Lockhart - Review
The Wicked We Have Done - Sarah Harian - Review. I have never before hated a book as much as I hated this thing.  
The Jewel - - Amy Ewing - Review 
The Secret Diamond Sisters Michelle Madow - Review
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text 2014-12-16 00:38
Favorite Book of January 2014
Prodigy - Marie Lu
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Genevieve Tucholke
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

This is the first installment in my twelve part series where I count down my monthly favorites of 2014! All leading up to my top 14 of 2014!

In January, I read four books.  I wanted to start out strong on my reading goal, and read the amount of books listed on my schedule.

The four books I read were:


Prodigy- Marie Lu

Divergent- Veronica Roth

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea- April Genevieve Tucholke

The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey


This was an extremely good reading month for me in the sense that I think I gave every book that month five stars... Or at least four and a half stars.


I would have to say though, that my favorite book of that month was Prodigy by Marie Lu. Prodigy is the second book in the Legend trilogy, which follows two main characters, Day and June.  They live in a futuristic American where the land has been divided into two different countries.  The Republic and the Colonies.  June is a Republic prodigy, and Day is a wanted Republic criminal.  Both from two different worlds, Day and June are thrown together in a strange turn of events.

It was a great continuation to the series.  Not at all slow and unnecessary like many second books are.  I wasn't completely invested in the characters at the end of Legend, but by the middle of Prodigy, I was in love!  Legend has gone on to be one of my favorite series of all times.

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