Title: The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Format: Hardcover, 363 pages
Release Date: November 15th, 2011
ARC Received from Publisher for Review
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
From the very first page, I knew I was going to love The Space Between. It has a creepy, otherworldly factor that just sucked me right into the story. Brenna Yovanoff has a very unique writing style and voice, one which I can't wait to read more of and thankfully I already own her first novel The Replacement.
I found Daphne to be such a fascinating main character because she's basically the odd man out in a family full of sin loving demons. Her determination to find her brother Obie, is both noble and reckless since she has little help or hope of finding him but chooses to go looking for him anyways. She's also incredibly odd, which I found endearing and the way in which she slowly begins to understand and show human emotion was really beautiful.
Truman was someone who repeatedly broke my heart with how little he thinks of himself. He's someone who's just given up entirely and it takes meeting someone as bizarre as Daphne to snap him out of it. He wants to help her understand the world and how it works but its through her that he beings to see why its worth living in. The connection between the two is instant but not in a romantic way, its more of a desperate "please save me from myself" kind of way. Its pleading, needy and a bit hostel, but exactly what both of them needs.
I thoroughly enjoyed the novel's tone even though it turned out to be much more sinister then I originally thought. I found the author's religious mythology intriguing, but I'm not sure everyone is going to be a fan of it since its quite dark and twisty. I felt the mystery surrounding Obie's disappearance was paced very well leaving the story open for a few surprises. Plus there's a crazy twist at the end which had my head spinning. Its a huge "Holy crap did that really just happen!" kind of moment.
If you're looking for something a bit different in the sea of YA paranormal books then I highly recommend The Space Between.