Published August 2013 by Dial Books
YA, Paranormal, Horror | 360 pages
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…
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.
Book Review: ★★★
“Sunshine, if I ever disappear, please tell people that I ran after the Devil, trying to get my soul back.” – April Genevieve Tucholke, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
I picked this book up on a whim after seeing a review of it and passing it at the library. The cover was interesting and I jumped right in. The beginning was well done. I enjoyed the writing style. It was fluid and well written. I was intrigued as to where the story was headed. When river showed up I started to look forward to a creepy read, especially after the initial scare scene.
However, things didn’t go as I expected them to. I didn’t like how Violet so easily fell for River. They got close within the first day of meeting. Even after she learns that he lied about almost everything and turns out to be not such a good person, she still is sweet on him. She chides herself on falling for his charm and yet she still lets it control her.
The plot itself wasn’t too enthralling. I liked the scary moments – they were sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat good – but I felt like the characters got over them too quickly or acted like it didn’t bother them. Their reactions just didn’t seem too realistic. I kept reading just to see if any of the plot points where start to form a bigger picture or if more action would occur. It did, but only at the very end and at that point I wasn’t too invested into the story. The end did take me by surprise and, on its own, was really thrilling.
Overall, the book was good. I enjoyed the writing and a few scenes. The characters were interesting but I didn’t feel they were too realistic in their reaction to horrific scenes. The plot felt too slow for the story and I lost my interest before the big reveal. The book is the first of a series but I’m not interested in reading the next book.