Monday, January 21, 2013

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff [Review]

The Space Between5 out of 5 Robots!

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: November 14, 2011
Hardcover: 365 Pages
Publisher: Razorbill
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Full confession: I read Brenna's Yovanoff's other book, The Replacement, and found it...ok.  But when I saw this amazing cover, I knew I had to read it.  Yes.  I totally judged a book by its cover.

But I'm so glad I did.  I loved this book!  It doesn't even compare to The Replacement.  The imagery was just amazing.  Yovanoff did an awesome job - it was vivid, and moody, and dark, and tense.  I could envision it so clearly.  I also loved the demon mythology (I guess it's called demonology?).  Yovanoff did her homework.  There were so many allusions and imagery - I probably didn't even catch half of it.  I spent an unhealthy amount of time on Wikipedia afterwards.

Besides the imagery, Yovanoff writes some pretty awesome characters.  There is no black and white here - her characters live in an amoral grey area and are as bound to their place in life as anything else.  Demons do what demons do because they are demons.   But some demons manage to be more - especially those descended from fallen angels.  Daphne may be a demon and have been raised in Pandemonium, but she has a great capacity for love (even if she is unaware of it).  The other main character is Truman, a very sad, lonely and broken boy.  Truman was the last person to see Daphne's brother alive, so she goes to find him.  Truman's sadness broke my heart a little.  Seeing him find his humanity again and his redemption was one of my favorite parts of the story.

Ultimately, I found The Space Between to be haunting, beautiful and frightening.  It is a story of finding one's humanity in the darkest places, of redemption, of love and of escaping the past.  The ending was heartbreaking but ultimately, uplifting.  Truly an awesome book, in my opinion.


  1. Honestly I wasn't a fan of The Replacement either, I found I couldn't get interested in the story and because of that I haven't picked up any of her other books. But I've been hearing so many good things about her newest book, and now I kind of want to read this one (I almost got it because of the cover but stopped myself because of my thoughts on her first book). Thanks for the review, I will check this one out at some point.

    1. I was so surprised when I read this book because it was so far removed from The Replacements. I don't know what happened between The Replacement and The Space Between, but I like it. :)

      Shannon@Rex Robot



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