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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. Blending faded decadence and the thrill of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying.

©2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.; 2013 April Genevieve Tucholke.

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FINALLY! A BOOK I LOVE!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?

All of it

Have you listened to any of Jorjeana Marie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I love her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

So many but I'm driving! Just had to stop and recommend this freaking great audio book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This is the last time I try this author. YA Dr. Suess strikes again

I read Wink Poppy Midnight and the authors repetition of words was incredibly distracting. I chalked it up to "maybe that was just her general tone for this book" and I liked the development of those characters well enough that I was willing to give her another try.

"Blue blue blue"
"Hate. Hate hate."
Gone gone gone"
"Stared, stared stared"
and on and on and on. Whatever whatever whatever

It's just her writing style and I can't get behind it.
Does she get paid by the word?
Sadly these characters weren't strong enough to suck me in and keep me going. I was thrilled when it ended and caught myself repeating the words before she could during the last few chapters.
The concept of this story is pretty great but the weak female character and how most everyone is a terrible person really leaves a lot to be desired.

I'm not getting the sequel (obviously) just terrible. Terrible, terrible.

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Good performance but less than great story

I found the performance to be the most enjoyable part of the book. The writing was so pretentious that I just couldn't get into the story, even if the mystery was intriguing. The main character was a little too wishy-washy and the rapey undertone that is in her relationship with the guy was too much for me.

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A bland story with bland characters

This was a difficult book to finish. I didn't care about the characters or the plot and the big 'twist' at the end did nothing to make up for the lack of excitement throughout the rest of the book. To be honest, I didn't even like the narrator. I'm really not sure why this was rated so highly.

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I love that title!

Would you listen to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea again? Why?

Maybe in a year or so? Definitely will listen again before the second book comes out.

What did you like best about this story?

That creepy ability. CRAZY!

What about Jorjeana Marie’s performance did you like?

Good voices, all very different.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Things got interesting as soon as the Brother and Half Brother showed up. Especially the latter. Yikes!

Any additional comments?

Though they aren't a main focus of the story, I can't stand parents who put themselves before their children. The ending is supposed to be so happy, but all I wanted to do is punch the parents. Don't abandon your children! I hope they aren't in the second book. I'm very displeased with them. But I am dying to see what happens next! The devil is still out there...