REVIEW: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

thespacebetweenThe Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Razorbill, 2011
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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.


The Space Between is the second book by Brenna Yovanoff that I’ve read, and while I was pretty sure I could add her to my list of favorite authors after reading Paper Valentine, I can now say with complete certainty that she’s definitely found her way onto my list. Before I really get into a review of the book itself, I just really need to praise the author’s ability to weave an engrossing story full of mood and description and gorgeous prose. I am still not completely over my reading slump that I’ve been embroiled in for far too long, but this book at least gave me that spark or desire to actually pick it up and read it, which is pretty high praise considering where my mental state has been of late. I just really loved the way this story came together and the way it was presented; if you want something that’s going to grab hold of you and make you sit up and notice, then The Space Between is definitely for you.

First off, this book tackles the not-so-unique idea of angels and demons, but it does so in a completely new way. Yes there are fallen angels, but it’s not your typical YA paranormal fare. Trust me, this is no Hush, Hush. Daphne, our main protagonist, is the daughter of Lucifer (yes, that one) and Lilith, who has lived her entire life in the city of Pandemonium, or Hell. Daphne’s only pleasure comes from her brother, Obie, and her teacher, Beezelbub. Her existence is marred by the sameness of her daily life, up until her brother tells her he’s leaving Hell and then promptly goes missing. Daphne then takes it upon herself to find him, and to do so goes to Earth to enlist the help of the only mortal she “knows”: Truman Flynn. Truman, however, has his own issues, in that he’s the child of a human and a fallen angel and has faced his own traumas and ordeals and isn’t exactly someone who’s in the best place to help Daphne do anything.

And yet, their relationship just works. Daphne really struggles to be better than her sisters, who use humans for their own needs, and Truman manages to pull himself together enough to provide her with the support she needs to continue her seemingly fruitless search for her brother. I just really loved watching the two of them come together first as friends and then as more, and found the way their interactions were written to be truly spectacular. There’s also an inherent darkness pervading this book, because Daphne’s sisters are disappearing and turning up dead at the hands (or claws) of Dark Dreadful, who’s been unleashed by Azrael to purge the world of demons. I also loved the way the mythology of Lucifer and Lilith and Azrael was weaved into the existing story of Daphne and Truman; combining everything together like that just really made for a rich, complete story that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.

The Space Between is basically everything I could want from a YA paranormal. I loved nearly every single thing about it, but most of all I loved Daphne’s strength and determination, and her slowly-growing love for Truman (and his for her). She’s not your typical YA heroine, but she’s definitely one of my favorites!



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4 Responses to REVIEW: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

  1. I loved Paper Valentine and picked this one up at a booksale a few months ago. But I still haven’t read it because it is kind of intimidating to me. But I’m so glad to hear how much you loved it. I need to make this one a priority.

    I hope you get out of your reading slump soon.

  2. This is my favorite Brenna Yovanoff novel. I absolutely loved it for all the reasons you mentioned, but especially because of Daphne and how brilliantly her character is written.

  3. Gin Giles says:

    sounds like a great book, thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Claire (BWB) says:

    This was one of the first books I reviewed for BWB and I have to say that I loved it, there is something so dreamy and creepy about it all.

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