Book Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Book one in Between
Published by: Dial
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 360
Source: Bought, Hardcoer
Rating: ✬✬✬


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.

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Favorite Quote

“Freddie often fold me that you’ve got to be happy when you can, because life won’t wait for you to take the time. And she was right.”


I’m not quite sure what to feel at the moment. This was a book that was so bad, it was addictive because I wanted to laugh at how bad it was; however, it got addicting and intense at the ending. So intense that it was hard to put down. It was the perfect book to read for October, though. It reminded me of a Tim Burton film for some odd reason.

One thing I hated about the book was the insta-love thing. There was a reason for it but it was still annoying. Violet-the main character- kept going on and on about how she hated River but then she didn’t care then she liked him but went back to hating him. It got old after awhile. She’s scared of him and she doesn’t trust him but yet she finds reasons to like him anyways. I don’t understand.

Moving onto River, the love interest, I found him to be creepy. Like super creepy. I couldn’t find a single thing I liked about him because he creeped me out so much. I hated him. All the characters felt dull, except for Neely. I think he was the only one I liked… well, him and Jack.

The book became really creepy and somewhat scary. Then you found how why all this creepy stuff is happening like half way through the book and it wasn’t creepy anymore. It was just meh. Plus the book wasn’t realistic. Violets parents left for some year-long trip and all I could thing while reading is “how has she survived for so long with no money? how do they still have a house with no money? how do they pay for everything? how, how, how?

Which brings me to another point on what I didn’t like about the book. Most of the paragraphs and sentences were extremely repetitive, which I could have done without. For example, one sentence Violet was explaining someones eyes were “mad-mad-mad” and this repetition of words happened a lottttt.

Moving on to what I did like happened at towards the ending of the story. New characters are introduced and new things happen and things get intense again. It got hard to put down and that’s why I decided to give it a 3/5 stars instead of 2/5. I doubt I’ll read the second book. Have you read this book? Did you like it?


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