Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Space Between by Brenna Yvoanoff

The Space Between

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

4.5 stars

Can you imagine a world where everything is made of steel? The flowers, carpets, beds, houses, sidewalks, lights, and everything else you come into contact with, but some things in this world aren’t made of steel. These items are brought down from Earth. This place where everything is cold and full of steel is Hell. Daphne is the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. She fears that she will succumb to the disgusting urge to feed off of men’s souls with a kiss like her sisters have. When her beloved brother, Obies goes missing, Lilith turns to Daphne to rescue him. Daphne travels to Earth to discover a world so completely foreign and nothing like she imagined. She hunts down Truman Flynn, a young man that traveled into Hell, but was brought back by Obie. He was the last person to see Obie alive and Daphne needs his help. The Space Between is the oddest book I’ve ever read. If you asked me to described this book in one word, I would say that it’s peculiar. I’ve never thought of Hell being steel, but Yovanoff made it believable. Hell is supposed to be a place meant to torture a soul for its sins, so it makes since for the world to be only steel. Steel is cold, unfeeling, lifeless, detached. Perfect way to drive someone insane for an eternity trapped in its depths.

The main female character is Daphne. Daphne’s POV was my favorite to read and her struggle to control her demon side and angel side was believable in the best way a paranormal novel can be believable. Daphne isn’t an amazing character, but she isn’t a terrible one either. Nor is she just a meh character that left me feeling like I had nothing to say. She is a caring demon. I know what an oxymoron, but it’s true. She loves her brother Obie, but just didn’t know how to say it or show it. She’s strong because I think it takes a lot of guts to leave behind a world you’ve been with for a long time and travel to a new one all by yourself without a clue how anything works.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

The main male character is Truman. I wasn’t a big fan of Truman or his POV, but I did like him. He was annoying though and was constantly going on and on about his suicide attempt. I feel like he should’ve moved on sooner from this because all it did was plague him and cause him to make terrible decisions.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 7

The Villain- The villain in this novel truly came as a shock for me because the whole time I thought maybe it was Lucifer all along. It would make sense since Obie isn’t his son, but Adam’s. (I’ll talk more about that soon.)

Villain Scale: 8.5

My favorite character of this novel though was hands down Raymie. Raymie was just so adorable and odd. I liked this little demon baby that they had no plans of finding. She gave a little bit of life to the dark tone and setting of this novel. Lucifer is of course THE Lucifer, but aside from that I’m not going to all into his tale. Lilith, Daphne’s mother, on the other hand deserves to be talked about. Not very many have heard of Lilith, but everyone knows about Eve. Lilith was before Eve, but was cast out of Paradise with Adam because well she was obviously a lot more difficult to control like Adam wanted and she met Lucifer. Then in the book, she was already pregnant with Adam’s child and went back to the Garden to find him with Eve. So she ran away to Hell with Lucifer where she had Daphne and took on all kinds of lovers creating all of Daphne’s sisters.

Character Scale: 8

This book may be odd, but it made sense to me for it to be odd. The ending for me felt like it was missing something though, but I think it was a good ending. I have a feeling that she purposely ended it that way with a few little loose ends. Overall this book was really good and exceeded my expectations. I’ll definitely be checking out some of Yovanoff’s other books.

Cover Thoughts: I absolutely love the cover. It was the first thing that caught my eye. When I look for books the first thing I look at is the cover if I like the cover I read the summary, which all lead me to reading this book. It fits Hell perfectly and even the girl on the cover looks like Daphne.

P.S. I read this book back in March and some things aren't as clear in my memory as they used to be, but I remember almost everything.

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