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Review: ‘The Space Between’ by Brenna Yovanoff

Review: ‘The Space Between’ by Brenna YovanoffThe Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Published by Razorbill on November 14th, 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 363
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
four-stars
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.

About Brenna Yovanoff

My young adult fantasy novels The Replacement, The Space Between, Paper Valentine, and Fiendish are available from Razorbill/Penguin Group.

Here are some things about me (not book-related):

I’m good at soccer, violent video games, and making very flaky pie pastry.

I’m bad at dancing, making decisions, and inspiring confidence as an authority figure. I suspect this is because I am short, and also terrible at sounding as though I have any idea what I’m talking about.

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review

Daphne, so lost and bored in hell, finally finds a reason to leave. To find her brother Obie, the only one she cares about, she must leave the only home she knows to venture into a place she’s only heard before, earth. With the help of Truman they go on a journey to find Obie and along the way find the one thing they least expected…love.

Brenna’s writing immediately pulls you in and leaves you in her world. In this case, two worlds, Pandemonium and Earth. I didn’t have any trouble keeping myself immersed in the book because her writing is so beautiful. The way she describes characters, locations and emotions is just downright lyrical that I happen to fall in love with her writing style. The pacing to me was slow and fast at times, and I found myself growing a little bored at times. It dragged on too much and even though the novel was more character based then plot driven, I was still intrigued enough to keep reading.

I’m all for the lonely and depressed characters but I was surprised at how dark the thoughts of some of the characters were! Sometimes I am surprised at how an author can evoke such evil thoughts but I guess it’s not hard when one can imagine being an evil being since the thought process is completely different from any normal person’s thoughts.

Characters
Beautifully flawed characters that grew a lot as the story progressed.

Pacing
Stop and go at times, but incredibly fast paced in the end.

Cover and Book Design
Beautiful! Most definitely caught my eye. The red infused with steel sets the tone for the book rather nicely. Loving the embossed lettering. Nicely done!

Plot
Rather interesting plot, but I wanted there to be more details sprinkled throughout the novel instead of the big info dump at the end.

Worth the read if you enjoy reading bout dark, depressive and lost characters. This one is a definite read for book lovers who will fall in love with Brenna’s beautiful writing style.


quotes

I’m leaving a place I can’t stand, for a life I want more than anything.
It’s not the wisest thing—love—but when it happens, there’s not a lot you can do to stop it. Sometimes you just have to soldier on through.
It’s strange, but seeing something broken is somehow worse when you can tell that it used to be beautiful.
He knew how useless words could be. How even when you wanted more than anything just to hear someone say they understood, it didn’t make you feel better. Not really.
His lips are warm, trailing down my throat, brushing my collarbone like he’s breathing me. His mouth is everywhere, caressing my throat and my face and he is wanting me and finding me again, every time his lips brush my skin.
Love is when you care more about something else than you do about yourself.
The treachery of demons is nothing compared to the betrayal of an angel.

rating

4/5

four-stars

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