Faded Gatsby glamour and thrilling gothic horror meet in this gorgeously told, terrifying and dreamy YA romance.
‘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? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who likes coffee and who kisses you in a cemetery… Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
This was one of those books where I dived in head first, not knowing what to expect. And honestly? I came out the other side pleasantly surprised. Confused, disturbed, but surprised none the less. In a good way. Can you be disturbed in a good way?
I’m unsure of somethings, mostly the point. I believe this is a series, but I’m not sure if the sequel will be from a different point of view. Probably. The ending felt pretty solid in terms of whether a continuation would be needed. The writing was intense, hooking me with no shame. I found I both loved River…and hated him. He was troubled. A seriously troubled boy with no qualms about what he was doing, and whether it was wrong or not.
I was concerned for how fast Violet fell for him. It was what you’d call ‘insta-love’ which is all very well and good but it’s still a little…WTF?! You know?
When River’s brother, Neely, arrived, I actually liked him more because he wasn’t trying anything with Violet. He was far more relaxed, normal, and still sweet and caring. At one point I was hoping Vi would come to her senses and go with him. And then you have…the ending. I don’t want to spoil too much because the whole point of the story is the mystery, but there’s quite a lot of mind-fuckery and that is something I both love and hate. I was creeped out by certain bits, but actually not as much as I thought I’d be. If that makes sense? The creepery started in the last few chapters.
The side characters: Sunshine (Vi’s neighbour) and Luke (Vi’s brother) were…in my opinion, annoying. Then you have Jack, a boy who has a drunk for a father (uncle?) and after an incident leaves him homeless, Vi and Luke take Jack in.
There’s tons of mystery and that kept me on my toes. The romance is good. Sexy with a tinge of “okay wtf?!” going on.
I’ll admit, I thought the book had the actual devil in it…and perhaps that was me being optimistic. I have this weird fascination with hell. >_< Anyway, if you want to be led on a journey of danger and fantasy, go for this. It’ll mess with your head and then-some, but leave you wanting more!