Ashleigh Paige

I'm a full-time college sophomore pursuing my B.A. in English with hopes of one day working as an editor. Cats, musicals, documentaries about cults/disasters/tragedies, and curse words are just a few of my favorite things. Also, check out our blog or I WILL FIND YOU.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - See more of my reviews on Birth of a New Witch! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for review.It took an hour of fangirlish screaming for me to get it all out of my system and write this fangirlish, scream-devoid review. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is hard to put words to, but what words I can pull together into a review are nothing put positive. The rest of 2013 is going to have to work hard if it wants to top this as the best novel I've read so far in 2013.Though Violet lets a few things River did to her slide when it seems unusual for her to do so, she's got a strong head on her shoulders and she's not afraid to ask River directly if he's causing the changes within Echo. There's not a lot she lets slip by her, but she's got this sweet naivete going on too. That naivete and River's gift are how she "lets" him get away with what he does for so long and how she makes the same mistakes over and over again. Why else would a straightforward, no-nonsense girl like Violet let a blatant liar like River stay around as long as she does? It takes the entire book for some of his lies to unravel, and it's delicious to watch every single one of them go.River. Oh, River. He messes with Violet's head so easily and it's hard not to ask if he's pulling the same trick on our minds through the pages. It's the only explanation when the guy you're swooning over is basically a serial killer. (What do I mean? Got a secret, I will keep it, swear this one I'll save~...) He's hardly the Devil like it's implied, but he's far from being a good boy or God. He's more like a demon. Or maybe he's exactly what he is: a boy with a crooked moral compass and powers too great for him to handle.The jacket copy is almost inaccurate and doesn't begin to cover all the layers of this novel and what's going on as Echo starts to fall apart post-River, but the twists and turns and truth are all too precious for me to reveal. It's something you'll have to see for yourself! People burning witches, furry-toothed men, illusions everywhere, dead bodies galore, brothers who may or may not be good, and so much more are what you'll find if you give Devil a try.Between the Spark and the Burn, the sequel scheduled for fall 2014, is sure to be one hell of a ride and I'll be anxiously awaiting it as I clutch Devil and reread my favorite bits. Fans of magical realism and Gothic horror? You need this like your lungs need air.