Thursday, 16 February 2012

Book Review: The Space Between

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.

When I picked up Brenna Yovanoff's latest book, The Space Between, I was in the mood for something to creep me out and keep me reading late into the night. I mean a story about the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith? Demonic powers? It certainly sounded promising! While there were a few parts in the story that did give me brief moments of horror, I was somewhat disappointed to discover that it wasn't as scary as I had anticipated it to be. Instead, The Space Between felt more like a paranormal romance then a creepy thriller.

I think one of the main things that prevented the book from being creepy was the fact that most of the demons, even Satan himself, seemed kind of nice. Rather, it was one of God's angels that ended up being the most demonic and horrifying! There was one scene between the angel of death and Daphne's brother that brought chills down my spine! I have to give Brenna Yovanoff credit, writing a story from the perspective of the supposed "bad" side was pretty creative. Having read so many stories about "good" characters fighting demonic powers, I had never really considered the fact that perhaps these demons weren't really as bad as the protagonists made them out to be. Maybe they had families and siblings at home that they were worried about too! Still, I can't help but wish that some of the demons in the story had been a little less "nice" then they were.

Despite my disappointment that the book wasn't quite as scary as I had hoped it would be, I still enjoyed my time spent reading it. It was certainly unique, and the twist in the end was definitely something that I did not see coming at all! Those who prefer standalone books will also be happy to know that this is not a series! Everything is wrapped up nice and neatly at the end so that readers aren't left waiting a year to find out what happens next. If you enjoy reading stories about angels and demons with a bit of romance intertwined throughout then The Space Between is definitely for you!

Rating: 3 Stars


Chelsey said...

I totally agree with absolutely everything that you said! I missed the creep factor as well. If you want creepy -- ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD! Soo good. I loved the descriptions in this book but really just didn't get freaked out the way I wanted to. The scene you mention that gave you chills was SO freaky though -- agreed again lol.

Wonderful review =) I feel like yours describes how I felt better than mine did lol.

Jenny said...

Hmmm, yep, I'm going to have to read this. I always wonder with "fallen angel" stories if they're trying to teach the whole sympathy for Satan thing. Yeah, I over think things. ;)

Maja said...

I really see your point and I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this more. It's my absolute favorite 2012 read (so far), but I think it's mostly due to Yovanoff's writing. Her style is leaning more and more towards Maggie Stiefvater, and that's where my heart really is. :)
I love how well articulated your review is.
Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

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