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The Space Between

The Space Between

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by Brenna Yovanoff

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A transcendent novel about a demon girl's search for love, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement

Everything burns in Pandemonium, a city in Hell made of chrome and steel, where there is no future and life is an expanse of frozen time. That's where Daphne--the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer--waits, wondering what lies in


A transcendent novel about a demon girl's search for love, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement

Everything burns in Pandemonium, a city in Hell made of chrome and steel, where there is no future and life is an expanse of frozen time. That's where Daphne--the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer--waits, wondering what lies in store for her. Will she become a soulless demon like her sisters? Or follow in the footsteps of her brother Obie, whose life is devoted to saving lost souls on Earth? But when Obie saves a troubled boy named Truman from the brink of death and then goes missing, Daphne is catapulted on a mission to Earth, with Truman as her guide. As Daphne and Truman search for Obie, they discover what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

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Publishers Weekly
This powerful and decidedly uncomfortable dark fantasy concerns Daphne, a serious and introspective young woman who just happens to live in Hell, being the youngest daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Pandemonium isn’t a bad place to live—“the city shines silver, as highly polished as a wish. The streets sprawl out in complicated spirals, winding between glossy buildings”—but Daphne feels like something is missing. She could go to Earth and seduce young men like her older half-sisters (the hunt made more delicious by the danger represented by Azrael, the sadistic angel of death, and his monstrous companion, Dark Dreadful), but she feels like such sexual goings-on are beneath her. Then, her brother Obie, Hell’s most notorious do-gooder, saves Truman Flynn, a teenage suicide, from death. Witnessing the boy’s brief, painful materialization in Hell, Daphne is taken with him; when Obie disappears on Earth, she enlists Truman to help find him. Yovanoff (The Replacement) once again develops complex, believable characters as well as a supernatural milieu that feels both original and lived in. This confident tale contains moments of beauty, terror, and significant wisdom. Ages 14–up. (Nov.)
VOYA - Donna L Phillips
Daphne is the daughter of fallen angel Lucifer and Lilith, Biblical Adam's "other woman." She has one brother, Obie, a gentle soul who plans to live on earth with the woman he loves. Daphne also has many succubae half-sisters whom she despises for the pleasure they take from visiting Earth to seduce the souls of men. Her devotion and disdain are tested when she travels to Earth to rescue Obie from Azrael, the Angel of Death, and his minion, Dark Dreadful. In the process, she encounters Truman Flynn, half-mortal and half-demon, whom Obie saved once from suicide and whom Daphne rescues from a nearly successful second attempt. The two share a nail-biting quest for Obie and much angst over their feelings for each other, revealed with immediacy in Daphne's first-person present tense chapters, and with more emotionally distant third-person past tense chapters from Truman's point of view. The "space between" applies not only to Daphne's exploration of Earth, but also to her typically teen effort to come to grips with psychological and social spaces. Minor characters and recurring images will lure curious teens to explore the rich mythological back-story. Like Yovanoff's first novel, The Replacement (Razorbill 2010/VOYA December 2010), some readers may be confused by sophisticated stylistic devices and shifting points of view. Nevertheless, Yovanoff will satisfy teens looking for page-turning, deliciously grisly suspense—coupled with plenty of surprises—and pique the interests of perceptive teens willing to grapple with complexities of style and theme. Reviewer: Donna L Phillips
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Before Eve, Adam had a wife, Lilith, not made from his body. She was a demon and bore him a son named Ohbrin. But Adam rejected the boy, as Lilith had rejected him. Her second mate was the Fallen Angel, Lucifer, with whom she had the heroine of this story, the youngest of seven. Daphne has lived her entire life in Pandemonium, where her parents were sent for disobeying God. Daphne's six older sisters all have some special power, but she does not think she shares this bond with them. Her siblings—fathered by various lesser demons—like sucking the souls out of dying humans. Daphne's favorite sibling is Ohbrin, whom most call Obie, and she is devastated when he decides to stay on Earth to be with the woman he loves. Daphne comes across the scene of Obie saving a suicidal teenage boy and feels a connection she cannot explain. She jumps at the chance to go to Earth to find Obie after he disappears, not just to find her brother, but to find the boy also. After much blood and mayhem and with the boy's help, Daphne does find her brother and Obie's baby son. That is where the disconnect comes. The baby, being half demon, can already talk and survive for months without sustenance. Or even need of a diaper change. Obie and baby are saved, but the teen boy dies and Daphne feels she must be with him in Heaven to make him whole again. (Your basic star-crossed lovers story with a there is-good-in-even-supposedly-evil-people twist.) Daphne does begin to understand herself and her family more by the end of the story, but you might not care. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Daphne's home life is Hell. Literally. The daughter of Lilith and Lucifer, the sensitive teen feels out of place. When her adored older brother, Obie, abandons Hell to be with a girl he met on Earth, Daphne does what she has never done before. In order to find him and warn him of imminent danger, she leaves Hell, too. Once on Earth, Daphne seeks help from Truman, a self-destructive teenage boy whose incessant nightmares spur him to dangerous excesses in order to stay awake. As they work together to find Obie, besting a demon or two along the way, Daphne learns to appreciate and cultivate her humanity, the very thing that alienates her from her family. This bildungsroman features a sympathetic, believable protagonist who learns, changes, and grows. Daphne shrinks from the future planned for her, that of being like her ravenous older sisters, the Lilim, who live off the pain of weak men. Yovanoff's writing distinguishes itself with its inlay of eloquent and imaginative passages about life in Pandemonium (the sleek, metallic capital city of Hell), Daphne's sometimes-comic acclimations to life on Earth, Truman's tragic story arc, and the tender romance that develops between them.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC
Kirkus Reviews
A dark love story between a girl from Hell and a boy from Earth, both with heavenly heritage. Daphne is royalty in Hell's city Pandemonium because she's the daughter of Lilith--Adam's first wife--and the fallen angel Lucifer. She's disconnected from her succubae sisters fathered by lesser demons and is closest to her eldest brother, Adam's son Obie. Instead of collecting souls for Hell, Obie's job is to save the Lost Ones, the half-human children of angels. But when Obie leaves Pandemonium for good only to go missing, Daphne's single lead is one of his last cases--Truman, a self-destructive, alcoholic teenager. The narration switches between Daphne's first person and Truman's close third, providing characterization through each other's eyes while affirming the yin-yang quality of the pair: a girl who wants to feel and a boy who feels too much. The race to stay ahead of the angelic demon hunter Azrael and his beast, Dark Dreadful, along with solving the mystery behind Obie's disappearance, balance out the introspective elements of the story. Although the lush descriptions occasionally edge into gothic purple prose, they create beauty in both gritty locations and violent gore alike. The pace accelerates in the last act as the characterizations converge with the plot. A dreamy, atmospheric take on Judeo-Christian mythology that prioritizes character. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)

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Meet the Author

Brenna Yovanoff is one third of the Merry Sisters of Fate along with Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton, whose flash fiction can be found at www.merryfates.com. She lives in Denver, Colorado. The Replacement is her first novel.

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thelostPrincess More than 1 year ago
I am growing tired of the same old stories and this one finally caught my interest after a half hour of thumbing through all the gorgeous new books on the shelves. This one is beautiful and the fact that Daphne is the daughter of the Fallen Angel Lucifer and a Demon Mother I was finally interested. A new spin. Not the same immortal, vampire, werewolf, fairy story. At first I was not too interested in the rest of the story line but I gave it a try. Brenna Yovanoff writes beautifully. I loved every word. It was nice to get lost in this world for a while. A really good read. I read it QUICK and work 3 jobs with two little girls. I managed :)
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting practically forever to read Brenna Yovanoff’s The Space Between. After finishing and reading The Replacement I couldn’t wait to see what she would write next. And just by saying that you know that I had sky high expectations. *waggles finger* Let me tell you that The Space Between was above and beyond! Everything about this novel was breathtakingly beautiful. For a story about a girl who has spent her whole life living in Hell and isn’t used to the things we feel and experience, I found the story adventurous and like I said beautiful. And I don’t mean beautiful “OMG the cover was beautiful” beautiful (not that it isn’t, just look at it *points upwards*) I mean “it was written perfectly and summoned so many emotions in me”, beautiful (it’s a type of beautiful, look it up). Anyhow, the novel started off with an intriguing prologue where the main character Daphne talks about her mother, Lilith, and how she had been with Adam and how her mother would rather die than be with somebody she doesn’t love. And how her mother met Daphne’s father a.k.a. Lucifer. Totally had me wanting more and obviously I continued reading, as the story progressed I did enjoy the idea that Daphne doesn’t understand love. To her it seemed like some sort of fantasy concept that does nothing but cause trouble, which is proven when her brother Obie leaves to be with some human girl he fell in love with. Despite how romantic that sounds, Obie ends up going missing and it’s up to Daphne to go on a quest to find out Obie’s whereabouts and save him. The only catch is that she needs the help of a human boy who is intent of killing himself. This human boy is Truman who I was already falling in love with. His tragic past and broken state made him seem dangerous and like he needed somebody to help hold him together and keep him from breaking into a million pieces. I have no clue why, but that just made him all the more irresistible. Not only was he acceptive of Daphne being a demon, but he was just there for her all throughout the novel in return for her saving his life. Not to mention that there were also chapters in his perspective, except that instead of having title names they were counting backwards…but to what? Nobody knows (well actually I know, but you get the point). As the novel continued I am proud to say that Azrael and Dark Dreadful had me scared skinless and breathing with a hand on my mouth. All the murders and deaths that took place through the story gave it a dark and gothic feel that gave me chills and the relationship between Truman and Daphne had my heart melting. But the best part is how the ending left streams of tears pouring down my cheeks. If you want something that will leave an impression, you must pick up a copy!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) Daphne lives in a place called Pandemonium, a place that many would call Hell, because Daphne is a demon. In fact, she's a member of the aristocracy - her father is Lucifer himself, and her mother has her own fame; she was originally made by God for Adam, but was too flighty and left him for greener pastures. Daphne has one brother and many sisters, and of them all, she is the only one to have never been to earth, until now. Her brother Obie, who she loves dearly, has left Pandemonium for earth because he has fallen in love with a human, and Daphne is worried that something bad will happen to him. Partly at the request of her mother, she goes down to earth to find the last human that she saw Obie with, in the hopes that he can help her find her brother. Thinks go from bad to worse though when it turns out that Truman, the human she had seen Obie with, is self-destructing after the death of his mother and slowly killing himself, Dark dreadful - the archangels killing machine is hunting down Daphne's sisters and killing them, and a surprise arrival throws a whole new light on Obie's disappearance. Following `clues' that Truman keeps insisting aren't actually clues, Daphne searches desperately for Obie, but with shocking events along the way, and creatures from nightmares hunting her. Now it's up to Daphne to save Obie, Truman, and herself, but before Dark Dreadful finds her and kills her too. This book was pretty good. I liked Daphne, she always did what she thought was in the best interests of those that she loved, and little really fazed her. I liked Truman, even though his character was a little damaged, and the other citizens of Pandemonium were interesting characters - Daphne's mother, and Beelzebub. There was a surprise arrival part way through the book that I really didn't see coming, although the event itself was a little strange (Sorry can't say any more or it would spoil it.) The weakest part of the book in my opinion though was the end. Although one event was an unexpected twist, I thought that Daphne's journey folowing said event was just a bit lame, and I didn't really think much to it at all. Overall, this was a nice story, just let down by some strange behaviour towards the surprise arrival, and the slightly strange ending. 7 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really should be more popular... unique story line, likeable and hateable characters, good writing, lots of suspense but not a lot of action. Twist of plots and unexpected turns in the story. Really good! i loved how it was so dark but not cheesy at all!
LarkPaula More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I've had on my to-read list for about a year. I had the pleasure of meeting the author last summer, and promised myself then that I would read her work- because she's great in person, and inspires people to want to read what she's written. My first impression upon finishing the book: W.O.W. Brenna is even better on the written page. The lyrical, ethereal quality of the writing, as well as the gorgeous allegory of what it is to love another person, made the English major in me GEEK OUT. This is a fun YA story, but it also genuinely good literature. I have rarely seen both in the same piece of writing, and when I do, I am compelled to sing its praises to the heavens. For this book, however, that would be fruitless, since the characters spend so little time there. I love this book in the way that I love Chris Wooding's Poison. Every high school kid should read it, and have the opportunity to discuss and compare interpretation with others. This is a book that makes me wish I was back in the classroom, so I could order a set and teach it. Kids will love the plot, and it would make for such fun lessons! Readers, if you choose to read this, know that the pacing is different from what you're accustomed to in YA; the main character has lived the majority of her life outside of the construct of time, so her sense of urgency is not the same as it is for a human. (I am still amazed at how Yovanoff so successfully pulls this off.) Also know that you'll need to be willing to challenge what you may believe about demons and angels. The beauty about this is that, in portraying the reversal of traditional good and evil roles, Yovanoff is able to make her inhuman characters closer to human, and therefore easier for the reader to make a connection with. This is no light, fluffy YA; it's got depth and breadth, yet is approachable and inviting. Simply delicious brain candy. And I loved every single bite.
StalkinTheBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing. Edward and Bella are the old thing!
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I cannot explain how wonderful I found this book to be. It's honestly my favorite book now and I've reread it about 6 times. I'm currently in the process of rereading it and making an annotated copy for myself. I just love the book so much I want to try to capture my thoughts on it while they're still fresh (ish). When I explain the backstory of the book many people are kind of astonished. The characters sound demonic and horrible but they're really not. Yovanoff's writing style enraptured me when I first read The Replacement. That book was great but then I stumbled upon this book in the library. I found comfort in it so much which might be odd but hey whatever works. I could see me in Daphne and that intrigued me. All I can say is just read the book, it's worth it. 
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The Cinder story is really awesome even tho I only read the first book i think its really good tho must rea it plz its really great if u decide to read it i really hope u enjouy it have a good time reading it :D
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Loved it
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I really like this book from page one. However, I felt as though the author rushed the ending. Other than that you should read it. I finished it in an evening....much better than TV
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UES_Ally More than 1 year ago
Well written, with characters I cared about and a new and interesting premise.  The characters of Daphne and Truman were just flawed enough to be relatable and believable without the author having to resort to making them do stupid things to move the plot along.  Really glad I found this and looking forward to reading the author's other books.
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I loved it so much that I couldn't put it down til I finished it. I loved 'The Replacement', but I did not expect an even better book by Brenna Yovanoff! I honestly hated that this book ended. I could have read it forever!
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mgolden More than 1 year ago
I love this story! This was such a refreshing twist on the angel/demon stories. The journey Daphne goes through to find her brother left me guessing and rooting for her from the very beginning. I read this story pretty fast because I had to know what happens next right away but I wish I hadn't! I want to keep reading about these characters. I definitely recommend this story to...well, to everyone because I enjoyed it that much.
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LBLH More than 1 year ago
I must say that this book was not a disappointment.I think that is you like a new twist on angels demons then this is the book for you.
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