Book: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Razorbill, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source + Date Read: Purchased + Jan. 2013
Recommend: Those that enjoy a good paranormal take on the Heaven and Hell debate will enjoy this book.
Book Pro’s: Wildly imaginative, Hell is an interesting place with even more interesting people.
Book Con’s: Daphne, the protagonist in the story, is blunt and highly unimaginative, and the last climax, the crux of the story, doesn’t make much sense.
I loved this cover. The cover is normally the first thing I notice and without even reading the book’s description I was drawn. The lithe figure laying down is swathed in monochromatic glory, and that touch of red (I really like red thrown into black and white) makes for a dramatic cover that reveals just enough.
The story begins in Hell, where Daphne, the protagonist takes us on a tour of the place, with its gleaming steel and red valleys. It sounds like a scorching place, no pun in there, seriously. Daphne then takes us to Earth and her search begins.
There are some interesting characters here. Daphne is the daughter of Lucifer and Lillith, a half-angel half-demon beauty. I never quite figured out what Demons were or how they were formed but a number of half-demon Lillith babies running around. Interestingly enough, beauty is defined by the whiteness of your skin, teeth and finger nails, as for some reason the inhabitants all seem to have a metallic sheen to them.
Review: Let me start off by saying, I did not love Daphne, the protagonist. She had an irksome character. She didn’t understand humor, subtlety, lies, or anything that wasn’t pure and straight up direct talk. Refreshing? Maybe. Irksome? very.
Besides Daphne’s character, Yovanoff approached The Space Between with such a vivid imagination that Hell seems like a truly plausible place, and if one were to venture down there, I swear it would resemble her descriptions. Her imaginative world was made possible by Yovanoff’s strong lyrical style. Words just spilled off the page in such a beautiful world, you quite forgot that you were reading about Hell, Lillith’s damned and death.
The books plot progressed at a natural rate and when we go to the cliff hanger, the climax of the book I was pleasantly surprised as to the reason for a book full of death and chases with half-angels and half-demons. That being said, I don’t understand why a child that was formed from a half-human, half-demon and half-human and half-angel union was the cause of over 5 deaths. Gruesome ones at that. I was a bit annoyed when Yovanoff didn’t explain the conflict a bit more. She just wrapped it off and focused once again on Daphne’s little love affair, which is dandy but the book had 2 focuses (1) the deaths and this child, and (2) Daphne’s love.
Yet, I’ve given this book 4-Page-Turns. The book has a solid pace, good characterization and a dreamy way of illustrating the setting. The plot’s minor hiccups are to be forgiven I believe, and indeed, bumped this story down from a 5 to a 4 because of it. I’d fully recommend this book. Really I would.
I know it’s a bit indie but has anyone read this?