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

I am always searching for great new series to bring into my 5th grade classroom and this new book courtesy of NetGalley was very promising.  Unfortunately, I cannot bring it into my room, not because it is bad read but because it is a little bit too mature for my kids.  However, this book would be a great addition to any upper middle school or high school library.

The story is a scary mystery, the characters are compelling and by gosh I read it in one day.  In fact, I will be purchasing this book for my own home library when it actually comes out in the hope that my daughter will read it when she gets old enough.  Oh and did I mention it is the first book in a new series – win win.

From Goodreads:

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.

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.


Bottom line:  A great read for more mature students – upper middle school.  Haw swearing, violence, and mature relationships in itn.  


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