Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: The Space Between - Brenna Yovanoff

Where I got it: ARC for review from publisher
Rating: 3.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (It's very dark and lovely I just wish the graphics were put together a bit better.)  
Genre: Young Adult 
Publication Date: November 14, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 363 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Daphne is half angel from her father Lucifer and half demon from her mother, Lilith. For the longest time she is content hanging around watching television in Pandemonium. Shes content until her brother tells her that he's going topside, for good. He's found something on Earth that he will never get in the bowels of Hell. His departure stirs something in Lilith, even more so when a mysterious boy is brought to Hell, but then returned to Earth with her brother. When Lilith sees that something bad has happened to Daphne's brother, she sends her daughter to Earth to save him. Daphne decides that the boy that went back with her brother might be a good place to start, maybe he knows how to find him. Instead she finds a broken boy that, if she were more like her sisters, she would feed off from. Daphne doesn't want to be bad though and she wants to save this boy.

An interesting take on mythology. I liked the re-telling of Lilith and Adam's back story. The description of Hell were quite amazing too. What a wretched place. Daphne was an enjoyable character, someone along the lines of Luna from Harry Potter. She was mostly aloof just because Earth was an unfamiliar place though. One thing that did sort of bother me was that there were some descriptive phrases that were used multiple times within a couple pages of each other. I didn't think to mark any, so I don't have examples, but trust me, it happened. The other complaint I have is the last two chapters. It seemed like the book was going to have a sequel, but then the last two chapters were tacked on. They felt rushed and sloppy to me. Everything was a little weird. I did love a lot of the secondary characters, though. Brenna Yovanoff did an excellent job crafting believable characters that you couldn't help but feel for.  It was a nice dark tale though and if you were excited to read it, definitely check it out. I still liked The Replacement a lot more though.

First Line:
"Once, my mother told a whole hosts of angels that she'd rather die than go back to a man she didn't love."

Favorite Lines:
"He slides his hand into mine. He says nothing and doesn't need to. His hand is everything. I lean against him, resting my head on his arm."

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I have this one to read, but I've been warned about the last chapters :)
    The cover design is lovely - you're right!


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