Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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

Between the Devil
and the Deep Blue Sea – Dial
And I prayed to Freddie about the Devil. I asked her to keep my hand out of this. I asked her to keep me safe from evil. But, for all my praying, the Devil still found me.
— Chapter 1

Our town was small enough that I never developed a healthy fear of strangers. To me, they were exciting things, gift-wrapped and full of possibilities, the sweet smell of somewhere else wafting from them like perfume. And so River West, stranger, didn’t stir in me any sort of fear ... only a rush of excitement, like how I felt right before a really big storm hit, when the air crackled with expectation.
— Chapter 2

Is there anyone else who thinks this cover looks like the younger brother of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep? Must be the font. I haven’t read either of the two Shining novels (nightmares don’t need to be encouraged any further, thank you), but I don’t doubt that there are these King-esque leanings and that the comparison of the two is not not uncalled for ... I mean it’s probably not as much horror as King (as I said, I haven’t read him), but for a book of this length there’s a good dose of thrill and mystery. And it’s quite graphic ... not in the steamy department (it’s comparatively tame there actually). The writing is beautiful in a descriptive, soft, flowing way that makes you picture warm summers with iced tea, but you still know that the water is probably ice cold and full of flesh-eating monsters. I enjoyed the beginning more than the middle and the end is sort of closed but also open so that I’ll have a look at the sequel. After some reading with less visceral imagery. Oh hey there, double entendre ...

I found myself in this sentence: “My habit of reading more than I socialized made me use odd, awkward words without thinking. How about you? Do you pick up words from your readings and use them to the amazement of your colloquists? Teasers and stories are welcome in the comments.

3 comments:

Vonnie R said...

The first teaser is intriguing.

Do I pick up words and use them? Yes, especially if the words are unique and I end up knowing its meaning.

My TT

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

I have this on my TBR pile and love the sound of it!! Great tease. http://bookloverslife.blogspot.ie/2014/02/teaser-tuesday-25.html

Karen and Gerard said...

Both good teasers and yes, the cover did remind me of Stephen King's book, Doctor Sleep. At first glance, I thought you were going to have a teaser from that one.

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