DNF Reviews: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and No Angel

October 27, 2013 Review 57 DNF

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

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Publisher: Dial
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 360 (Hardcover)
Genre: Paranormal
Series: Between #1
Release Date: August 15th, 2013
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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 guest house 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.

I had HUGE expectations for this book because it seemed right up my alley. I loved the setting and dark romances are always a winner for me. Although this book is definitely enjoyable, I found myself getting a bit bored with the plot and became tired of all the cliches, predictability and just plain… weirdness.

The heroine, Violet, really got on my nerves as the story progressed because she made really stupid decisions and became obsessed with River despite all the signs of evil pointing to them. Been there, read that before. There is also the stereotypical older brother and best friend, and both of them annoyed me as well. The older brother was a major player and seemed just as obsessed with River as Violet was.

The mystery in the first fifty or so pages is the only thing that really hooked me and that didn’t last too long because it was solved very quickly by a confession from River, which I’m sure we all saw coming.

No Angel by Helen Keeble

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ARC from Publisher – Thank you!
Pages: 352 (Paperback)
Genre: Paranormal
Series: Standalone
Release Date: October 8th, 2013
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Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn’t exactly heaven on Earth.

Raffi’s about to learn that St. Mary’s is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he’s no angel-but it’s pretty hard to deny that there’s some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

Helen Keeble’s debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it “refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.” No Angel brings you angels and demons like you’ve never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.

NO ANGEL lacked a clear plot, and that was my first qualm with the book. My second would be the fact that the book seemed confused as to whether it wanted to tell an actual story or a humorous pseudo-parody of the cliche YA novels out there.

Although it definitely got a few laughs out of me, I was not committed enough to just the humor to continue reading. The characters had a variety of personalities and the diversity between them all is also a positive. This book is a unique read that will not be for everyone, but some people will get a kick out of it.


57 Responses to “DNF Reviews: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and No Angel”

    • Alise

      Yeah, it was a good read but it had one too many tropes for me.
      No Angel, it was fun for awhile, so I can definitely see why you liked it.

    • Alise

      Right? I love the whole idea because it’s like the definition of forbidden romance, but it just lacked execution. Maybe give it a shot if you have time? Thanks!

  1. Renu

    Despite having a gorgeous cover I was a little wary about picking up BtDaTDBS because Paranormal books are not really my cup of tea, so even though I’d heard great things about it I decided against reading it. After reading your review I am so glad I did! I hate when the mc becomes obsessed with the love interest. :/

    Thanks for the honest review! :)
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  2. Tanja

    You have no idea how sad I’m to hear that about Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea. I mean from the blurb to the cover everything sounds so good. I really like the sound of darkness but annoying characters and predictability will turn me off for sure. Still I’ll give it a try. I haven’t heard of No Angel, but well it’s not for me either way. Hope your next reads will be better :)
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    • Alise

      Yep, that’s how I feel as well, I was so excited for this book. I’ll look forward to your review if you ever get around to reading it.

  3. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed things about Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. While I *think* it might work for me, I’ll probably go in with quite low expectations so as not to be disappointed. And I haven’t actually heard much about No Angel, but I can’t see myself picking it up now. It’s a shame that neither of these really did it for you, but great reviews!
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Going in with lower expectations is the perfect advice I would give you. I went in with the highest expectations and was severely disappointed. I hope you may enjoy it better!

    • Alise

      Sure! Let me know when you get around to reading it. HA, usually mine are pretty long as well but it’s been awhile now since I put these two down.

  4. A Canadian Girl

    When I first saw the synopsis for Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, I thought it would be a really unique story. Then the mixed reviews came in :( It’s too bad you didn’t end up liking it either. I hate when the MC makes dumb decisions so I’ll keep it on hold for now.

    No Angel sounds like it had the potential to be a hilarious read. It’s disappointing to hear that it had no clear plot.

    • Alise

      Same! It’s definitely a you either love it or hate it kind of book, and I’m kind of tired of YA paranormal these days.

      Yep, exactly! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kezia D

    Aww I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy these books. Well, I’ve never been that interested in Between the Devil. Plus, from the mixed reviews I’ve read, I think this isn’t they type of book that I’d enjoy.

    Haha, I think I got rejected for No Angel xD I don’t have a good relationship with angel books but this one seems like a really hilarious book. I guess I’ll still read it in the future — I love a good laugh anyways!! :D
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    • Alise

      Maybe it was a blessing in disguise xD Nah, in all seriousness, these were definitely “okay” books but I just found myself not enjoying them. Let me know if you read either of them!

  6. ShootingStarsMag

    Sorry these didn’t work for you, but no point in finishing novels that just are NOT working for you! I’m not really interested in No Angel. Seems better suited for younger readers, but I don’t know. I am curious about Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, but if I read it, I’ll go in cautious. haha
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    • Alise

      You are so right! That’s what I would think too except some of the content was a bit vulgar so I can’t really recommend that to an younger audience.

  7. Megan @ The Book Babe's Reads

    Aww, I’m sorry that you couldn’t finish either of these, girly! Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea sounds good, so it’s terrible to hear that it’s a giant cliche! :/ No Angel wasn’t something I was particularly interested in, but I’m sorry that you didn’t like it. Hopefully your next reads are better!
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  8. Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    I’ve not heard of the second book, but I’ve heard some pretty good things about the Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Sorry both were of disappointment to you. I can’t stand a book with annoying characters! But that fact that you didn’t like any of the characters, I can understand why you had to DNF that. Great reviews :)
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  9. Sunny

    What a shame! The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea did look really interesting so it’s sad that it didn’t even come close to your expectations. And No Angel sounds annoying because who wants to read a book that seems to have a personality disorder itself? Great DNF reviews! I’ll be staying away :)
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  10. Aman

    OH NOOOO! I was really looking forward to Devil and deep blue sea and this is actually the first negative review I’ve read. Violet clearly doesn’t sound that smart, I would run far away from any place that seemed evil. I’m still going to give it a try, but I’ll lower my expectation. Sorry it didn’t work for you, Alise. Hopefully your next one will be much better.
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    • Alise

      Same! If some creepy guy moved in next door and people started disappearing, I would be staying far away from him-not kissing him whenever I got the chance. I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts on it!

  11. Kaitlin

    Aw, it’s always disappointing for a book you had high hopes for to turn into a DNF. From the sounds of No Angel, it’s probably not for me, either. And from hearing a bunch of mixed things about Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, I’m even more curious to read it and see what my thoughts will be.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I would love to read your thoughts on it. I think the biggest problem for me was going into it with such high expectations. Let me know if you ever do read it!

  12. Lesley Marie

    I’m actually really enjoying Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea… Because of the creepiness and atmosphere. However, the characters ARE very flatly written, especially Sunshine and Luke. The insta-love and Violet’s bad decisions are explained later on in the book, just wanted to let you know that. It’s actually quite interesting…

    Great review!
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    • Alise

      Yep, Sunshine and Luke were a pain to read about. That is interesting, maybe I will give this one another shot later on now that I know what to expect.

  13. Lauren

    Oh no, I’m sorry these didn’t work out for you. I loved Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea, but I totally understand your issues with it. I think if I thought too hard about it, I’d have to hit Vi over the head with a TSTL stick. As it was, I just got swept up in the creepy happenings in the town, and I chalked her stupid behavior up to the big reveal. Great honest reviews!
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  14. Chel @ The Procrastinator's Corner

    I tried reading Between the Devil but I only reached 40+ pages before I called it quits. It seemed right up my alley too which is why I was so excited about it, but all it did was bore me. I’m pretty excited to read No Angel too as it sounds like a light and funny read so it’s sad to hear that this didn’t work well for you.
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    • Alise

      So funny, I think I actually stopped around page 40 too! Yeah it’s a very light read and I guess I was looking for something with a bit more substance and I think that is why it didn’t work for me.

  15. Lil Berry

    One of my definite no-no is a heroine that makes stupid decisions over and over again, specially when she has been given different opportunities to learn from her mistakes and has gone a task or two that show the protagonist a lesson and then at the next chapter it’s as if nothing happend.
    It sucks that you didn’t enjoy those books, I hope you find a more enjoyable read.
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  16. Delaney

    Aww darn. I thought you would slightly enjoy BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at least a little. But I agree there were LOTS of mega-sized cliches spewed everywhere but somehow, how Tucholke wrote it, kind of made me read it. I think it was definite miss on my alleyway too. Because it was so much more different than I excepted it to be…I don’t really know what I was expecting in the first place…

    NO ANGEL sounds kind of interesting. I wish maybe a blend of BOTH humor and a plot. Like that would be awesome. ^^

    Wonderful fabulous mini-review, Alise! ^^
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    • Alise

      So did I, I thought for sure it would be a winner. The cliches really got to me, yeah.

      That would, indeed, be awesome :D Thanks!

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