Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff: Review

The Space Between
By Brenna Yovanoff
Published November 15th 2011 by Razorbill
Pick up your copy at Amazon, B&N, or your local indie today!
Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped - and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.
This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs.

Darkfallen's thoughts...of squee:

This is one of those books that leaves you breathless, that reminds us why we all read in the first place. One of those books that keeps us wading through all the not so good books because we are searching for that one that will mean something.

This is the book I've been searching for. This is the book that means something. This is the best YA Paranormal book I've read since, dare I say, The Twilight Saga, and the The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy.

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"I'm not even done with this book and I can say for a fact that this is a book that I want to read over and over again. It makes my heart melt with happiness and break with sadness all at the same time. I'm being pulled apart by emotion and I'm loving every tragically beautiful part of it."

I'm pretty sure my status update above says it all...

Daphne isn't your normal girl. In fact she isn't even human. You see she is the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith, and has never known a life outside of Hell. Living in a world of steel, red skies, heat from the furnace, and the screams of all the burning souls...that's the life she knows. The one she is comfortable with. That is until the day her brother tells her that he is going to live on Earth.

You see, while demons are allowed on Earth, they are NOT allowed to live there. A demon that decides to break this rule is a dead one. Azrael the angel of death sees to that. So when Daphne hears her favorite brother has fallen in love with a mortal, she will stop at nothing to bring him back to earth before it's too late. Since she has never been to Earth before she has to find the last person she has ever seen her brother with. A boy that he saved from the furnace in Hell. A boy that was nothing more than a dripping wet, scared mess of a boy that didn't want to live. But what happens to a demon girl when a boy that wants nothing more than to die, teaches her what love is? Can she save both the boy and her brother before it's too late? Or will she join them in death?

Daphne was amazingly brilliant! Mrs. Yovanoff has a way with words to not only create the most amazing places and characters, but to make you believe without a doubt that these people and places are real. From the very first page I was drawn into this world. I completely fell in love with Daphne and Truman. I especially loved how she captured Truman's torment, and self hatred. The pain he felt was raw and real and I couldn't help but feel it with him. Then to watch Daphne as she grew into more than the emotionless demon girl. To see her gain humanity one day at a time, and feel things she didn't even know existed. It was both breath taking and painful in the most beautiful way.

My advice is that any, ANY book you see with Brenna Yovanoff's name on it is a must buy!



  1. OoOo I got this for Christmas, this just bumped it up to be read next! Thanks for the review!
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  2. Yay, so glad you enjoyed this book! I loved Daphne and Truman, they are so good together! I loved everything about this book, just dark and emotional. Great review! x


  3. Ooh nice this sounds awesome and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy finally! I've been putting it off but darn it you make me wish I had it here! WOnderful review my dear!!

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  4. This book really was fantastic! I couldn't put it down!!

  5. I love your review of this....and i am going to hit the shop button on my nook and buy it now! Thanks for sharing this

  6. Okay. I'm not the biggest fan of Twilight or Wolves of Mercy Falls... But this sounds incredible and like something I at least have to check out. I love stories that involve this kind of thing. I'll have to be careful I don't hype this through the ceiling before I read it, but it's definitely now fully on my radar. It will likely end up getting grabbed when I do my birthday order. (should be today or tomorrow.)

  7. Yes yes definitely add this to your Birthday order!!! Happy birthday to you:)