ARC August Week 2

How’d I do the second week of Octavia’s (Read, Sleep, Repeat) ARC August? Not as well as last week but I did meet my goal, though I veered off my list of what I should read. I had wanted to finish Horde by Ann Aguirre but I ended up not even touching it all week. I also realized mid-week that I forgot a book from the first week–Marissa Meyer’s Cress. How in the world did I forget to add it last week? I’ll never know–but I’m adding it to this week’s update.

ARCs Read:
Cress by Marissa Meyer, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke , Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer and Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

   Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)Overpowered
Read my review of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

ARC’s for Next Week:
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, Horde by Anne Aguire, Thin Space by Jody Casella

 Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)Horde (Razorland, #3)Thin Space

You might be interested in:
Review of Cinder
Review of Scarlet
Interview with Marissa Meyer
I will have an interview with the artist responsible for all the book covers in the Lunar Chronicles soon

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

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue SeaBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
By: April Genevieve Tucholke
Release Date: August 15th 2013
Publisher: Dial
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

My Rating:
star

Summary (via 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.

The Story:
I knew I had to read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea immediately upon seeing the cover. I didn’t bother to look at the summary so went into reading with no idea what I was getting myself into. I have not read a lot from this genre so many of the gothic elements were refreshingly new to me. Tucholke infused the entire story with slow yet anxiety filled pacing, beautiful scenic descriptions and unforgettable characters. I was completely immersed into her story and setting- watching everything happen but unable to do anything as the story unfolded.

The most accurate word to describe BtDatDBS is atmospheric. I loved the town of Echo and the creepy, old house, named Citizen Kane, that Violet and her twin brother Jack lived in. The seaside estate was such a major aspect of this story I loved that I had a very vivid and precise image of it as I read.

The Characters:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea introduced some very unique and complex characters. I really enjoyed reading from Violet’s perspective and especially enjoyed her memories of her grandmother Freddie. I felt every ounce of her loneliness and pain of being so isolated by her own family. Her nonchalance regarding life and apathy towards the people in her town, prior to River, felt very real. I understood her emptiness and empathized with her.

Jack handled his sadness much differently but also very realistically. His outward façade was horribly unattractive to me but I always sensed that there was something deeper, at least I hoped there was. Violet’s neighbor and pseudo friend, Sunshine, wasn’t a character I connected to either but she had a real presence and was remarkably realistic. Her highly sexualized self image and boredom with her day to day life seemed very accurate for a small seaside town with not a lot going on.

River was a perfect blend of mystery and unease. Violet’s uncontrollable urge to be near this stranger, though he most likely posed a threat to her and her town, was incredibly done. Though Violet was immediately drawn to River, her infatuation with his dark nature and newness was palpable.

Final Thoughts:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea stood out to me because of Tucholke’s eloquent, rich descriptions and atmospheric writing. I loved the slow as molasses pacing and the ominous feeling that something horrible was going to happen on the next page. I will be waiting, impatiently, for the next book.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Book Trailer:

Teaser Tuesday #15

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week I’m reading Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (thank you Stacee for letting me borrow it!). I’m more than half way done and am really enjoying it. It’s an odd book and nothing like anything I’ve read before. My teasers are the first lines of the book. I didn’t feel right about teasing from any other part of the book because really you just need to read it. BtDatDBS is not a book that can be explained very eloquently (going to be a difficult review to write!)

 “You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.”
Freddie said this to me when I was little.  Everyone called my grandmother by her nickname, even my parents, because, as she put it, Freddie, short for Fredrikke was her name. Not Mother, or Grandmother. Just Freddie.

Summary (via Goodreads):
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.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke will be available August 15th 2013 by Dial

Showcase Sunday #18

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Won:
Thank you Claire Legrand for you ARCAPALOOZA Giveaway and Flux for the 7,000 Follower Giveaway
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (my review and interview with Cristin Terrill), Insomnia by Jenn Johanson (my review) and Lament by Maggie Steivfater
All Our Yesterdays

Borrowed:
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and Hostage Three by Nick Lake. Thank you Steph (Inspiring Insomnia) and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. Thank you Stacey (Adventures of a Book Junkie)

Gift:
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon Thank you Stephanie!! (Inspiring Insomnia). I’ve already read TBS, check out my review

For Review:
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano-THRILLED to read this

ARC August Week 1

So how’d I do this first week of Octavia’s (Read, Sleep, Repeat) ARC August? I think I did pretty well:

ARCs read:
The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce, Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis and The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White


I reviewed The Weight of Souls and The Chaos of Stars this week.

Books read–granted this isn’t an arc but I’m adding it anyway:
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. You can read my review here.

Books for Next Week:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke , Horde by Ann Aguirre and Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer