Review: Between Spark and The Burn

Sep •  4 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Between Spark and The BurnBetween the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
Published by Dial on August 14th 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

The conclusion to Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, this gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier is a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures and Anna Dressed in Blood.

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 . . .

Alright since I enjoyed the first book I really wanted to keep following the story. For me the story was okay but it didn’t catch me the way the first book did.

Plot: The plot of this book pretty much was the same as the first with some slight difference. The love interest has left and the main character Violet spends her day thinking and pining away for him of course till he makes an appearance. I didn’t really like the plot cause it was what was in the first book. I was hoping to have a bit more detail but this book seems to be nothing but relationship drama.

Relationships: Because this book focuses more on Violet, the reader does get to know her more. I have to say that I’m a bit upset at this girl. She starts to questions her every emotion and even starts to like a new guy. For which she begins to say she doesn’t like him but still kisses him, thinks about him, etc. Really she was going back and forth with her emotions making me annoyed.

Ending: In the end, the reader is left with more questions and Violet still has not made up her mind. She is like in limbo and that ending is not very settling to me. I expected more action.

Overall, this book is not what I expected. It’s still a good story, but I was hoping for more growth of the plot/character development.

I give it 3 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. I have this book sitting on my shelf but I’m so nervous to pick it up. I loved the first book but I’m worried I won’t like this one as much. I’m even more worried now, especially because it sounds like the ending doesn’t have much resolution and it’s supposed to be the last one.

    Thanks for the honest review!

    • Savannah
      Sep 5, 2014

      Hi Ashtyn, thanks for visiting. I totally understand your feelings. For me, with sequels I’m always nervous cause really it’s a make it or break it for me.

  2. Jenny
    Sep 4, 2014

    “She starts to questions her every emotion and even starts to like a new guy. ”

    DAMMIT!!!! I was hoping for so much more than standard YA sequel behavior from Violet, so I’m bummed that she starts questioning everything and favoring a new guy. I think I might pass on this one despite the first book being a favorite of last year:(

    • Savannah
      Sep 5, 2014

      Yeah, her back and forth thing was not sitting well for me. I rolled my eyes too many times to count.

  3. Soma Rostam
    Sep 4, 2014

    I read the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea last year and I thought it was okay. I didn’t love it. But I am excited to read this and finish this series altogether.
    i am still a great fan of the covers though

    • Savannah
      Sep 5, 2014

      The covers are very cool!

  4. Lily
    Sep 4, 2014

    I’m not fully convinced about this series. While I am interested in reading it I was really waiting for the sequel to come out to finally decide if it’s worth the read. While it sounds like the series is interesting and by all means good I don’t find a wow factor in this series *sigh* I really wish you’d gotten more out of the characters in terms of growth in this one! It sounds like it really could have been awesome!

    • Savannah
      Sep 5, 2014

      Me too. Honestly I expected more.

  5. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Sep 5, 2014

    I really love the first book, so I’m interested to see if I’ll feel the same way that you do about book 2.