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Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

on June 7, 2012

Synopsis:                                                             
 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.

The cover of Space Between is simply breathtaking. The red and black hues of the cover draw a reader in but the hypnotic prose of the novel is what keeps the reader in.

The story begins with a chilling prologue about how Lilith and Lucifer (Daphne’s parents) met. This introduction really sets the stage for the rest of the novel by straight away introducing you to the dark world in which the protagonist, Daphne lives.

The beginning of the novel starts with Daphne going about her normal life. The catch? She’s a demon and lives in hell. She is bored and scared of becoming like her half-sisters, who seduce men from Earth for their own wicked means. Daphne represses the urge to become what she is constantly afraid to be: a demon, but it’s getting harder each day. It’s in Daphne’s very nature to be a vicious demon and she tries hard to fight the urge, but will it ever be enough?

Her life takes a turn when her brother, the only good aspect of her life, goes missing. Together with the aid of a human boy she enlists, Daphne embarks on a perilous journey to save her brother. But will she come in time? And will she ever come to terms with her inner demon?

My Review:
This book was amazing on so many levels. The writing was dark, chilling and had a poetic, chilling tone to it that sent shivers to my spine. The writing of this books was simply magnificent! When reading this book, I FELT so much, I was totally immersed! There was just SOMETHING about the writing that made you want to never take it out of your hands. It was like this book hypnotized me. It was never out of my hands and once I had read one page, I was drawn to it like a moth to light. It also helped the prose was so poetic and heavenly, I felt like I was reading reading a masterpiece that had transcended everything in this world.

The book alternated between points of views between the main characters: Daphne and Truman. Daphne was an easy character to like, everything she did made sense and her love for her brother made her endearing. Also, thumbs up for her trying not to be evil!

Truman, aaaaaaahhhhh, he was honestly the most tortured soul I have EVER read about. I loved him ever since the beginning but I could see how people may not grow to like him since he is bitter but with good reason. His mother had died of cancer, his dad was never in the picture, and his uncle had checked off on him so, he was entirely alone. Which is why he attempts suicide, to bring his miserable life to an end. As he fades out of life, he ends up in Hell. This is when he meets Daphne.
OMG! Their meeting was unbelievable. This particular scene is from Daphne’s POV, and when she sees him, he is described as a handsome fellow with torrential blood flowing from his veins. Daphne is drawn to him, not in that insta-love in most romance books, but out of curiosity for this tortured soul who came to her home. He eventually gets saved by Obie and sent back to Earth.
This scene was just…INDESCRIBABLE! Their meeting had a perfect balance of eeriness and vulnerability.

Afterwards, Daphne comes to Earth to search for her brother. And the last person to see him?
Truman.

Daphne and Truman team up together (after some hard efforts) and began the dangerous journey to find him while evading angels, who will kill Daphne for over crossing her boundaries in Hell and daring to come to Earth.

Truman and Daphne’s love is brilliant. It is like the melodious last note at the end of a orchestra performance. It’s like the rush you get when you speed in your car. It’s like a flower blossoming over time. In short, it is perfect. Their romance was not overdone so the whole book revolved around it but there was still enough to leave you over the edge and breathless.

The ending of the book was quite energy-consuming to say the least. Let’s just say there is QUITE a cliffhanger towards the end of the book but don’t worry, it gets resolved. The ending of the book was not your average Disney tale, it wasn’t perfect, but neither were the characters. One aspect I ADORED about the book was that no one was wholly evil or good, they all were doing what they thought was right. Each action, bad or not, was justified. No one was perfect but they tried, they really tried to do the right thing.
Daphne and Truman and all the other characters were well developed. Both Daphne and Truman had serious issues but they learned to deal with that. Their love was not overpowering or obnoxiously flamboyant. It was deep yet sincere. Fats yet slow. Perfect yet saddening. It was the solid, steady flickering of a candle, it wasn’t certain but it was mesmerizing enough so you thought it would last forever even though it was vulnerable enough to be blown out with a single whiff of air.
Brenna Yovanoff employs the commonly used story of Heaven and Hell and makes it her own. This book seemed more like a masterpiece than a YA novel. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance with a dark undertone.

Another reason why this book is so good? As I’m writing this review, I’m fighting the urge to stop writing and just read Space Between. I may have finished it but I will never have enough of it. Space Between will always hold that chilling interest, whether it’s your first or fiftieth time reading it.

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