Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
Published August 14th 2014
“Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it’s easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he’d done both to me.
The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own.”
I read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea last year and I loved it so much. I was really excited for Between the Spark and the Burn but for some reason, even though I bought it on the release day, it sat on my shelf for a really long time. I had no doubt that when I finally picked this book up, I would love it.
The writing style is out of this world. It has a really interesting, classic vibe to it and it’s something I don’t see in YA novels a lot. The writing reminds me a little of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
The characters are so interesting and different. I could never really get emotionally invested in the characters but that didn’t stop me from loving them. I really like Violet and River a lot.
The concept is great. It was new, different, and original. It was dark, strange and wonderful. It was everything that a book could possibly be all at once.
Overall, Between the Spark and the Burn is a wonderful sequel. I read it in one day because I just couldn’t put it down. April Genevieve Tucholke is an insanely amazing writer and I can’t wait to read her next book.
If you haven’t read this duology yet, you should because it’s wonderful.
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