Title: The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: November 14, 2011
Being the youngest daughter of the Devil has never been easy. Daphne’s father has no time for her, her mother no interest, and her status in the upper echelon separates her from the working-class demons that populate Lucifer’s metropolis. When her brother and only confidante goes missing, life in the restrictive city of Pandemonium becomes intolerable. Now, in an attempt to find him, Daphne sets out for Earth – and finds it larger and more chaotic than she imagined: a dazzling expanse of noise, dirt and random violence. Despite her bewilderment, she navigates the mortal world with growing fascination, gaining an ally when she saves a dying boy from her father’s minions.
For Truman Flynn, the last year has been one long downward spiral, but when Daphne arrives just in time to save his life, he finds himself unexpectedly glad to have another chance. Together, Daphne and Truman go in search of her brother, braving the hazards of Las Vegas and the perils of first love, even as it becomes increasingly clear that her brother might have had a secret and compelling reason for leaving. Lucifer’s agents aren’t the only creatures on the prowl, and Daphne soon finds herself the target of a plan to rid the world of demons for good. Now she must evade a demon-eating monster, rescue her brother from an angelic zealot, and save the boy she loves from his greatest enemy – himself.
After having read that I absolutely had to get this book on my Kindle and I’m glad I did. This book was one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve read in a while. We are raised in a world where for the most part we tend to think that God and his team are the good guys, and Satan is, well, for lack of a better term, evil. This book however finds you cheering on the demons and sneering at the angels. The book goes back and forth between a first person account of whats transpiring through Daphnes eyes as well as third person perspective on the overall story, which also helps fill you on another main character named Truman. The characters are very deeply rooted and it helps the reader empathize with them even more. Character development is one of the most difficult and most crucial parts of writing a book, which I think the author nails dead on. You would think it would be very difficult to sympathize or understand the thinking of a demon or an angel, however its done in such an excelent way. This is one of those novels that once you finish reading it, you get a little saddened to say goodbye to the friendships you’ve made along the way.
Another thing I liked that was featured in the begining of certain chapters is a count down clock. Which they don’t explain what its counting down to, and the further you read the more you wonder. I had thought for sure that I knew what was going to happen when the clock struck zero but I was very wrong. The books has some other decent plot twists, they keep the story interesting and make it quite the page turner. None of the twists in the novel feel forced as if they were done simply for the plot twist. Everything flowed quite organically and made sense. It was a well written piece.
Rather than a strong love story like Romeo And Juliet where the characters know they are in love, Daphne is almost lost in Love, unsure of what it is or if it’s real. This became one of the passive parts of the story that was also quite intriguing and makes you sympathize all the more. I think this novel was written in a very hollywood way. Every part of the book seemed like a new scene that was described in such a way that you could visualize it playing out on the silver screen. I don’t however think that this novel will be famous enough to ever be turned into a film, and if thats the case people are truly missing out. This may not make the list of your all time favorite books, but it is something you will be glad to have read. It leaves you wondering, you know you have to leave behind whats bad for you and reach for what you want…but what if those two are the same thing?
3 out of 5