Date of Publication: August 15 2013
Source: Library ebook
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.
In some ways, I shouldn't have liked Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea because there wasn't all that much to it. The plot is not all that new, and the action is quite slow going. Somehow, I adored the way the story was written. It was slow and languid, enjoying its sweet time with all the details. I enjoyed the writing and plot and characters and everything.
Violet and her world is quite charming. It's so quiet and pretty, and I enjoyed exploring Echo, which was this beautiful serene place right near the ocean. The imagery was quite relaxing and I almost felt like I could feel the sea water. Anyway, Violet is a very strange character. She has depth to her. She is upset with her parents for leaving. She has insecurities about being snobby and being alone. She misses her grandmother Freddie. She's also quite eccentric and I think I would love to know her. Violet is different in a way that don't feel pretentious. Violet is just being the only girl she can be: one that is worried for her brother, craves something else, and loves old things. She is interesting, and the kind of person I would like to have around.
I know that River might not make it on most people's list of fav protagonists, but I was quite charmed by him. River has this mystery surrounding him. I'm usually quite critical of supposed bad boy love interests, but once I find one I like, I usually fall hard. And that was River: this gorgeous guy that loves coffee, can cook (I swear this is so attractive to me), and speaks Italian. He is morally ambiguous. He is hiding something. He is dangerous and wrong and right and I don't care because I want to know more about him.
The other notable characters are Luke, Violet's brother who is sometimes the biggest pig in the world, but whom Violet loves fiercely because family is family, and Samantha, a girl with sleepy eyes and lots of passion. I enjoyed that a big theme in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is that sometimes you can't help loving people that do wrong, and I think this book explores this idea and whether it's right or wrong on many levels.
Now that I think about it, I should have known I would like this book. It talks about the attraction of darkness, it is romantically gothic, and for me, it was a very luxurious read. I was eagerly reading every word, wondering what would happen next. My only concern is that the ending is a little weak, but I think the story is open to a sequel and I will be looking forward to reading it.
Ultimately, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is exactly the kind if paranormal I've been craving. I really liked it, and so it gets four stars.