The Space Between

The Space Between

Book - 2011
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When her brother Obie is kidnapped, Daphne, the daughter of a demon and fallen angel, teams up with the human boy she believes to be the last person to see her brother alive.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, c2011
ISBN: 9781595143396
Branch Call Number: FIC Yova
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 22 cm


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blue_jaguar_257 Jun 22, 2013

this book was great and i like the girl from hell

May 18, 2013

A good read that gives a new spin on the old good vs evil, angels vs demons play. The attitudes and messages are great, and all the holes seem to be filled in.

JCLLeslieG May 07, 2013

The Space Between, is a stand-alone novel by Brenna Yovanoff. This novel follows two protagonists- Daphne, the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer, and Truman, a human boy. The novel is read while switching between their perspectives, and creates a world of illusion, deceit, evil, and “in-betweens”. While the story is dark, it also forces readers to decide what the true differences are between Angels and Demons, and what characteristics make someone human. The novel is beautifully grotesque, and readers feel themselves sinking into a world of demons, violence, love, and redemption as the story unravels.

Jul 17, 2012

Loved this and loved the main characters. I had read "The Replacement" and hoped this second novel wouldn't let me down - it didn't.

Jul 06, 2012

Oh I had such high hopes for this book! The characters sounded intriguing as well as the story...but as I read more and more- I really started to get bored. And I really didn't like Truman at all. I loved Daphne! There wasn't enough romance in it if you ask me...I loved the whole concept of her being a demon and her mother being Lilith...but I would really have liked to see more of her father in it as well....and the thing I hated most about this book: the ending.

Jun 26, 2012

Written in two perspectives, this YA novel puts a relatively fresh spin on the whole angels/demons theme. Daphne’s POV, the main one, is written in first-person present, while Trumann’s human point-of-view is third-person past, complete with a countdown clock at the beginning of his chapters. This goes to underscore the lack of time and flow in Pandemonium compared to Earth.

The perpetuity is just one of the details Yovanoff applies skilfully to Daphne’s home. Subtle layering of angel and demon history plus steel gardens and eternal stillness make for one vivid world indeed -- but it’s a world that, when combined with the slums of the Earth cities, ends up maintaining a mood of doom and gloom throughout the entire novel.

This atmosphere isn’t helped by Daphne’s own unnatural calm. Though partially explained by her heritage, it doesn’t make her any easier to sympathize with, and the only growth she ends up going through is the process of understanding love. Which leaves me with a niggling notion that she was a little too perfect to begin with. Truman, on the other hand, is almost too flawed, but at least his character development has an arc.

The mystery that kicks off with Obie’s disappearance seems to meander, leaving the middle sagging while Daphne and Trumann travel a needlessly circuitous path track to the final confrontation. So the plot twist comes as a real shocker, and it will definitely grab the reader’s attention; however, more set-up in the forms of subtle clues and foreshadowing would help the true antagonist’s motives make more sense.

I should mention that there are side characters who are deft strokes of magic, like Petra, Alexa and Raymie; I should also mention that The Space Between is unique as a YA paranormal that stands alone. GASP. I know, right?

dtatton Mar 20, 2012

I loved this book. After reading The Replacement by the same author I was expecting good things from this book but not anything nearly as griping as it turned out to be. Daphne and Truman were great characters and Raymie was an unexpectedly awesome sidekick.


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