Welcome to the Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea blog tour! What better way to ring in the end of summer than this truly creepy (but also steamy!) debut from April Genevieve Tucholke? Follow along on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as April offers insights into her characters, her writing, and bringing gothic horror back again. But first, a little about the novel:
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Between, book #1
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
In general, I’m not a fan of black and white characters (unlike black and white movies). With some crucial exceptions, like Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, I’m definitely more comfortable with gray. Violet’s brother Luke can be pretty unlikable. I don’t dig how he treats Violet, on occasion. He’s not a bad brother. But he’s not always a great one either. Same goes for Sunshine -- she could be a better friend to V. And Violet’s parents aren’t terrible people, but they’re neglectful and self-absorbed. I think having certain (non-antagonist) characters do disagreeable things…it’s necessary. It’s complex. It’s real life.
And then there’s Neely and River. I have a dangerously high tolerance for mischief and amorality when it’s presented to me in a charming package. Neely is cheerful and amiable, but he has a temper. And River…River believes in justice, and vengeance. He does questionable things. He takes the law into his own hands. He has no regrets. He wants life to be interesting. Hell, I want to be River half the time.
Ah, I love this! And I completely agree with the high tolerance for amorality when boys like River are involved. He sort of makes it okay to be bad. =) I loved this novel to pieces, and I hope you'll check out my review to see why.
Follow along the Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea tour to see all of April’s responses!
Monday 8/19: Jean BookNerd
Wednesday 8/21: The YA Sisterhood
Friday 8/23: Good Choice Reading
Monday 8/26: Katie’s Book Blog
Wednesday 8/28: Books with Bite
Friday 8/30: Alice Marvels
I hope you all give this fantastic, atmospheric read a try! Thanks for stopping by & happy reading!