Series: Between (bk. 1)
Genera: Paranormal Romance
Subjects: supernatural, gothic, horror, Maine, seaside towns
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 360 pgs.
List Price: $17.99
Publisher: Penguin: Dial
Summary/ product description: “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.
Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.”
My Review: This book was better than I thought it would be. It was more funny than scary. It had a kind of dark, gothic humor in the narration. Violet thinks of strange and morbid things, but it’s entertaining. And the insta-love wasn’t an issue because River was controlling her, making her feel like she was in love. So defiantly give this book a chance, and don’t put it down for its ridiculousness.
Violet is such an overused name in YA PNR. Violet White is a loner book nerd that doesn’t socialize much and like strange things. Her parents are painters and they went to Europe, and left Violet and Luke months ago to fend for themselves. Who knows when they’ll be back? Luke is Violet’s brother. He seems very mean and sexist, but he’s just you typical teasing brother. Violet is very unique in some ways. I would call her a strong female character, but she is dynamic. She reminds me of Pierce from the Abandon series by Meg Cabot. She’s not at all like Bella from Twilight.
River is not like Edward. He’s more like Damen from the Immortals series in appearance, but with a manipulative edge. He’s also kind of like Damon from the Vampire Diaries, and he can compel people, or create an illusion. He calls this the Glow. He’s also a compulsive liar, or maybe just a regular liar. He lies a lot to Violet. Violet still falls in love with him even when her instincts scream no.
Sunshine Black is Violet’s neighbor/friend. She likes to tease Violet, but also helps her out. She likes Luke, who already has a girlfriend.
I really enjoyed the setting and the atmosphere. There are so many YA book that I’ve read set in Maine (Need, Delirium, Hush Hush, Siren…). I’ve never been to Maine, but these books make me want to visit. This book is Maine in summertime, and is very descriptive of the town and their estate by the sea.
The story feels moody and magical, with creepy undertones. Like there’s a storm brewing. The writing is lyrical and beautiful. There are some things that feel juxtaposed, and maybe this book qualifies as magical realism. But it’s essential a paranormal romance about a girl who meets a guy with a dangerous gift. And there’s a lot of trust issues, and discoveries. I was hoping for something really big to happen, but I think I’m satisfied. But I seriously need to know what book 2 is gonna be about soon.
I recommend this book if you like stories set in seaside towns, in Maine, or gothic novels, or paranormal romance novels like the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate, or Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. There are no angels or demons in this book, just so you know.
Cover Art Review: I love the typography! Swirly, yet legible. The photo background is nice too. Good colors.