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
Before I get into the more serious stuff, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it's filled with love, family and lots and lots of good food :)
Now, I know that I owe you all a huge explanation for my absence this month. I have been so busy with work, kids and school, especially with finals that I haven't had time to do hardly anything else. I actually sat down and talked with my husband about maybe having to give up the blog but just taking a break these past few weeks was so hard. Since I really don't think I'm ready to give this up I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a solution that will let me do everything.
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
What if you couldn’t show any negative
emotion at all?
In the world that 17 year old Sloane
lives in, suicide has become an epidemic and it is also thought to be
contagious.So, when any teenager shows
any negative emotion, it is construed as suicidal behaviors and they are flagged.Once they get flagged it is a direct route to
The Program is a place that they send
any teenager that shows ‘suicidal tendencies’.The Program does seem to cure the ‘sickness’, but you are not the same
person you were when you leave.The
Returners (people who come out of The Program) do have a higher survival rate
but at what cost?The Returners that
Sloane encounters completely different than they used to be, they can’t
remember who they were before or seemingly any relationships that they had
prior to entering The Program.
Sloane and her friends are trying
their best to appear normal in spite of the devastating losses that they have
endured.Sloane lost her brother, Brady
to suicide and now her parents are watching her more closely in fear that she
will be next and if she can’t keep her emotions in check, she has no doubt that
her parents will send her to The Program.
The characters in the book are written
so realistically.I loved Sloane, I
really felt a connection to her.I think
it was because she brought out my maternal side.I honestly felt so sorry for her that I just
wanted to jump into the book to protect her and tell her that everything would
be ok.I also really liked James; I
loved his rebellious nature and his protectiveness.I loved his relationship with Sloane, I was
on their side from the beginning.
I don’t want to give anything away so
I will just say that I’m on the fence with my feelings about Realm.Hopefully, in the next book I will decide on
whether or not he is trustworthy.
This story is amazing, it is written
so beautifully that I felt like I was right there with Sloane.If you’re looking for a book that will suck
you in and keep you up way past your bedtime, then The Program is for you.I
can’t wait to see what’s next.