Wednesday 28 December 2016

BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN by April Genevieve Tucholke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A few months ago I read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and loved it so much I couldn't wait to see how the duology ended.

Plus, I'd been having a bit of bad luck with books last week. I ended up DNFing so many that starting this book was like taking a breath of fresh air. :)

Last summer, the Redding Brothers swept into Violet White's life and changed it forever. One captivated her, another tried to kill her, and the other saved her. When Neely returns during Christmas, he still hasn't found his dangerous brothers, but he's heard rumours about missing people and the type of mischief River and Brodie usually leave in their wake.

So when he heads out to look for them, Vi decides to tag along. She even drags her twin brother and best friend on a road trip that will take them to a creepy small town, an eerie island, and a spooky hotel in the mountains. Along the way they pick up more kind strays and find what they least expected...

Yikes, this was so good!

April Genevieve Tucholke sure has an uncanny way of weaving a story so intriguing that I didn't want to put the book down. Her writing is beautiful and atmospheric. Her characters charming and complex. And the locations are so vivid they spring off the page. It was so cool to see Vi leave the comforts of Citizen Kane to experience other places away from her coastal town of Echo.

I loved Vi's voice and how she struggles with the inner turmoil of falling in love with someone, but having to focus her attention on another. I especially loved how it ended in such a bittersweet way, because there was no other way this could possibly end. This is one of those odd and wondrous tales that gets under your skin and will surely never leave.

To say I loved this duology would be an understatement.

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