Book Review: The Space Between

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. 2011. (ARC Copy)

Imagine a place where everything is made of silver and metal, including the flowers. Welcome to Pandemonium, a section of hell that is the home of a half-demon, half-fallen angel named Daphne. Daphne is the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer, an extraordinarily beautiful girl with dark hair and metal dogteeth. She is having somewhat of an identity crisis, since she doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. Daphne doesn’t want to be like her demon sisters, who go to Earth to feed on feelings of sorrow and despair. She is perfectly content in Pandemonium, enjoying the trinkets that her brother Obie brings back from Earth.

All things change for Daphne when her brother Obie confesses that he will be leaving Pandemonium forever. He has fallen in love with a human woman and has no desire to return. Shortly after Obie leaves for Earth, he is unable to be found. It is as if he has never existed, and now it is up to Daphne to locate him.

The Space Between is refreshingly different from any other paranormal YA fiction that is out on the market today. The theme of good versus evil is turned upside down, which is a very interesting concept in itself. For example, Yovanoff displays children of fallen angels that focus on the common good and soldiers of Heaven that blur the line between right and wrong. Yovanoff is skilled at twisting the dreadful into something poignant. She is able to sweep the reader into unfamiliar worlds that cannot possibly exist, yet you feel that they are very tangible. She does the same thing with her characters, giving them a presence and importance that inspires sympathy and support from the reader. If you never thought you would have genuine feelings for a demon, think again–because it happened to me!

The Space Between is definitely a fast-paced story that will leave you wanting more. Don’t get your hopes up for a sequel to this one though; The Space Between is a standalone novel. Say what you will, but I find standalone novels exciting because I feel that trilogies are overdone!

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing Brenna Yovanoff, stay tuned for an interview that will be featured on our blog!

Kristin J.