Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

btdatdbsTitle: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Series: Between, #1
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Dial
Page Count: 368
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5-stars

Book Summary: 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 guesthouse 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.

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Teaser Tuesday (6)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I skip my morning routine and head downstairs because what does a cat care about fresh breath? He sure doesn’t have it.”

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

It’s hard to be careful with an ice pick.”

Contaminated by Em Garner

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Teaser Tuesday (5)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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“Ha. Ha. Hahahahahaha.”

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

The dead are all around us, Freddie used to say. So don’t you go being afraid of the dead, Violet. And if you aren’t afraid of the dead, then you aren’t afraid of dying. And if you aren’t afraid of dying, then the only damn thing you have to be afraid of is the Devil. And that’s the way it should be.

– Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Stacking The Shelves (3)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created and hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. It gives bloggers the chance to show their readers books they’ve bought, borrowed or received during the week.

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LIBRARY

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea  by April Genevieve Tucholke – I put this book on hold a couple of days before it came out and it arrived a lot sooner than I excepted! Still, I’m excited to dig into this.

AUTHOR

The Robinsons’ Dark Matter by Michael Raymond – I was graciously asked by the author to review this novel.

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NETGALLEY / EDELWEISS

4 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan
Forbidden: Discover the Legend  by Tina Smith
Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid
White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

What book(s) have you picked up this week?

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

twdTHE WAKING DARK by Robin Wasserman

Release Date: September 10, 2013
(Goodreads) (Amazon)

They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn’t even know why she killed—or whether she’ll do it again.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander’s, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world; West, the golden boy at war with himself; Daniel, desperate for a different life; Cass, who’s not sure she deserves a life at all; and Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, fate, and in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far. They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves.

Red rose growing through soil against spooky treeALMOST DEAD by Rebecca A. Rogers

Release Date: September 15, 2013
(Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Flora Mackey is not exactly thrilled to wake up from a car accident and find out she’s a ghost. Making this lifelike hell even worse is being trapped with her arch enemy and collision partner, Laney Tipps. The two normally couldn’t get along if their lives depended on it, but now they have no choice.

After recovering from the initial shock of seeing their lifeless bodies—and that they can’t escape each other—Flora and Laney have to find a way out of the twisted, gray realm. But they quickly learn that the farther they stray from their motionless corpses, the weaker they become. Luckily Sara, a spirit guide, shows up to help. Sara informs them they’ll have to wait for someone in their city to die so they can take their place in the land of the living. 

What’s scarier than waiting in purgatory? Time. If Flora and Laney don’t return to the physical world and leave clues for their families that they’re still alive, they’ll never be found. Which sucks, because once their bodies give out, their souls will be permanently stuck in the afterlife.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Review: John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1) by David Wong

jdateTitle: John Dies at the End
Series: John Dies at the End, #1
Author: David Wong
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page Count: 496
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Source: Bought
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: STOP.

You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.

They’re watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.

You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye.

The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

The important thing is this:

The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. 

John and I never had the chance to say no. 

You still do.

Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we’ll have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherworldly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity.

I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind:

None of this is was my fault.

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Teaser Tuesday (1)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I was not happy as a child, although from time to time I was content. I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I attempt conversation with my girlfriend, testing out a few awkward phrases and shallow questions, trying to get a reaction out of her, any twitch of wit. But she just looks at me like I’m weird.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Have you read The Ocean at the End of the Lane or Warm Bodies? If so, what were your thoughts?

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