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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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

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Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Page Count: 432
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Library
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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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 (2)

btdatdbsBETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke

Release Date: August 15, 2013
(Goodreads) (Amazon)

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.

This has Gothic romance written all over it. I know the release date is coming up fast (yay!), but I couldn’t help but add this one to my list.

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Release Date: September 10, 2013

(Goodreads) (Amazon)

If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

Who wouldn’t want a ‘perfect life’? If you could jump into a different reality where everything was as you had always hoped and dreamed, would you do it?

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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.

Stacking The Shelves (1)

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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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BOUGHT

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – There were three things that pulled me towards this: It’s Neil Gaiman! The cover. Everyone I know who’s read this, has loved it. Did I mention it’s Neil Gaiman…?

BORROWED

Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor keeps popping up when I would search for new YA books to read, so I figured I’d finally check her out. I’m not normally a big fan of angels, but I was intrigued by the description and the amazing reviews it got on Goodreads.

Before I Fall – I picked this one up because I was interested in another book by Lauren Oliver (Panic) and decided I wanted to check out her writing while I wait. I was momentarily put off by the beginning of the description (about a girl with a charmed life…I’ve heard that before) but there’s a twist to it and that’s what drew me in.

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

Review: Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

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Title: Hemlock Grove (or, The Wise Wolf)
Author: Brian McGreevy
Publisher: FSG Originals
Page Count: 336
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Source: Bought
Rating: 3.5-stars

Book Summary: The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia. 

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