Friday, January 2, 2015

Review ~ The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

TITLE: The Space Between 
AUTHOR: Brenna Yovanoff
TYPE: Young Adult/Fantasy
PAGES: 363
SERIES: don't think so

The summary below looked amazing and I just had to read this one!

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 book pleasantly surprised me and I have to say I really, really enjoyed it. It was one of those stories that at the beginning I wondered how long I could hang on only to realize it was 2 am and I was just now finishing the book. Where to start...
The World: Ms. Yovanoff created was wonderful. I could clearly see hell and earth I understood the difference. I could visualize hell and how demons there lived. The hierarchy of demons, the background story, the fallen and why they fell, the mythology all of it was done nicely.  
The Characters: I have to admit at first I didn't understand Daphne and hoped I would grow to enjoy her and boy did I. I liked watching her evolve and learn earth. I enjoyed her coming the rescue of Truman and him coming to her rescue. The characters were ones that grow on you that you find yourself in the end rooting for and then crying with them, mourning with them, laughing with them, and wanting nothing but the best for them. 
The plot: at first I was concerned. I didn't understand it the POVs changed and I saw Daphne's and Truman's perspective then this Obie character was in it and out of it and so was Lilith and the sisters. I thought it was going to take too long for the characters to figure things out. And in fact thought I knew how it would all wrap up only to have a few twists that were thrown in that made me go OH MY GOD seriously?!?! The end is like a roller coaster with the beginning and middle getting to the top of the hill then suddenly you are spiraling out of control rushing towards the end with all your questions getting wrapped up in a gut wrenching ending that makes you gasp, cry, scream and giggle in glee. 

Recommend to a Friend? yes I really enjoyed this one
Goodreads Grade: 5 out of 5 stars
Keeping or Passing: sadly it is a library book so it will go back

Other Reviews by This Author/If you like this you will love: 
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (fantasy in nature good world building) Y/A
The Jewel by Amy Erwing (good world building, romance, fighting for what's right) Y/A

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