The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff – REVIEW

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: November 14th, 2011
Penguin, 365 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult

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.

This book is scary and creepy, but it is so good at the same time. Daphne is the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith (yes, THAT Lilith) and she lives a life of, quite frankly, boredom. She has sisters who go off galavanting and have fun seducing human boys but Daphne isn’t like that. She’s different from her siblings and her brother, Obie, is different too. So when he goes missing, she decides to find him – along with the help of a very cute human boy. This is the story of their journey to find Obie and their journey of finding love.

You might be thinking this is “just another paranormal romance” but it’s so much more than that! What I loved most about their love – it wasn’t necessarily instalove. Is Daphne drawn to the mystery human boy? Yeah, sure. But it is by no means instalove and I was so happy about this. And while this is a story with love, it’s not a “love story” so much as it is a story about a girl (errr..half demon) trying to find her brother.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal reads as the story-telling and writing is top-notch. I really enjoyed this one and can I just say HOORAY for a stand alone paranormal YA book?!

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