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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  5,769 ratings  ·  770 reviews
Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

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 t
Hardcover, 363 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Razorbill (first published November 1st 2011)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Before, when Lilith left, she'd been stony and remote. Now, she trembled, outraged that a man could refuse his son. She spit in Adam's face and cursed the day she ever saw him. It was the day she'd been born. Then she took Obie and left, pelting away through the dark.
In the dark is where she met my father.

First of all, I’d like to take a second to admire the truly marvelous cover art, done by the amazing Spanish artist Nekro. He is responsible for some of my favorite covers, like Anna Dressed
Jillian -always aspiring-
(This novel tore my heart out and then handed it back to me, all the while giving a sad but sheepish smile. My love for this book is probably not entirely rational, but I will attempt to write a coherent review that doesn't descend into gushing and babbling.)

I'm not always certain why some books affect me more than others. Sometimes I think a few of them merely catch me at the right times and places, hitting me when I'm emotionally weak or mentally exhausted. Then, when I look back at the review
The treachery of a demon is nothing compared to the betrayal of an angel.

In the dark is where she met my father.
What tops being the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn? Why being the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith of course! If I had never heard of Brenna Yovanoff and if I had not read and loved her debut novel -- The Replacement -- I still would have picked up this book based on the heroine's parentage alone. And if that didn't do it, look at that lush, gorgeous cover, like a Baroque tap
Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)
Mar 06, 2015 Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult & Young Adult Reader of Mythology
Recommended to Lisa D. Smith by: Book 4 Review Club
“Yes, he’s dead— for the only reason that matters. He died for redemption. I gave him redemption, even if I will never be forgiven.” – Beelzebub Kindle Location 3357-3558

What attracted me to “The Space Between” was the Lilith story line. I am such a sucker for mythology and an even bigger sucker for religious mythology. I always find it interesting to see what kind of spin author will put on them. So when my reading group announced “The Space between” would be the mid-month read and I got a lo
Emily May

I wanted Brenna Yovanoff to be my "Y" for the A-Z challenge, but this book is way too boring. There was nothing appealing about the characters or the story in the few chapters I read and I refuse to force myself to read any more of this when I have a pile of other books calling to me.

Any suggestions for my "Y" would be gratefully received.
I wrote a really nice review for this book but goodreads ate it, so I will try again but seeing as I am getting progressively more sleepy... you get my point.

first this isn't as good as the replacement. As the script said "you have your whole life to write your first album and 6 months to write your second album" (paraphrased) not that this is like a danielwinski situation, this book is still very very good, it just isn't genius like the first one.

it has two major issues:

1. there is an awkwar
This is a weird book. I neither hated it nor loved it, despite the fact that it's highly creative. Part of the problem is the narration from Daphne -- she's a demon, who barely experiences emotion, and so despite the horror imagery and some really terrifying things that happen, there was a sense of distance or disconnect of some sort that kept it all from registering very strongly for me. Parts of the story are told in third person from Truman's POV, and I personally found those bits much more i ...more

Disappointing but unique take on demon mythos

In Brenna Yovanoff's sophomore novel, The Space Between, Daphne has spent an apathetic life within the metal city of Pandemonium. As the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lilith and Lucifer, she lives in a space where little changes and love doesn't matter. When her brother Obie goes missing, Daphne realizes she must travel to Earth in an attempt to save him. Putting her own demon nature to the test and relying on Truman, a human boy with prob
This is one of those books that leaves you breathless, that reminds us why we all read in the first place. One of those books that keeps us wading through all the not so good books because we are searching for that one that will mean something.

This is the book I've been searching for. This is the book that means something. This is the best YA Paranormal book I've read since, dare I say, The Twilight Saga, and the The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy.


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"I'm not even done with thi
The Space Between was filled with atmosphere and beautiful world building much in the style of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The heroine, Daphne, is a demon but not evil. Yovanoff did a lovely job illustrating how a non-human might interact without making demons black and white villains. I was still reminded of the show Supernatural's illusive nuggets about the pit we didn't get to glimpse. I think Pandemonium wasn't as idyllic to other demons but being the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith had it'd ...more
jo mo

the cover sums the story of the book in just one picture up: dark, creepy, terrifying, but also with flashes of beauty. i get goosebumps just by looking at this cover.

daphne (daughter of lilith and lucifer) and a mortal boy, truman meet in hell, because he tried to kill himself. but circumstances allow truman to return to earth. daphne stays in hell. when her brother goes missing, she leaves her home behind to find truman, the last person to see her brother. one thing leads to an
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Daphne, so lost and bored in hell, finally finds a reason to leave. To find her brother Obie, the only one she cares about, she must leave the only home she knows to venture into a place she's only heard before, earth. With the help of Truman they go on a journey to find Obie and along the way find the one thing they least

Brenna's writing immediately pulls you in and leaves you in her world. In this case, two worlds, Pandemonium and Earth. I didn't have any trouble keeping mysel
[Thanks to Alexis for letting me borrow this!]

Brenna Yovanoff is quickly becoming one of those authors whose books I will buy without even knowing what they are about. In just two books (The Replacement and now The Space Between), she's convinced me of her skill and understanding and finesse as a writer and made me trust that, whatever she's writing about, I will want to read it. I was a little fearful of the dreaded "sophomore slump" with The Space Between, and clearly there was no need for me
Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Brenna Yovanoff's The Space Between is the poignant and beautiful tale of a semi-confused and not-like-expected character resulting from the pair of Lucifer and Lilith. The story progresses quickly, the inciting event happening not too far into the book. The writing is gorgeous, as is the norm for a Yovanoff book.

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is

4 Stars and a caution

This story is definitely not for the faint of heart.

I am not going to give away the plot.
Nor the beauty of the demonic world created by Brenna Yovanov, or the luscious prose, and amazing characterization.

Just few hints:

Take one emo kid named Truman
(Think of Sam , without the guitar and wearwolfism, and add 1000 times more angst on top of it!),

add a demon girl named Daphne
(think of Karu ,
without blue hair, tatoos, colorful beading nacklace, and all that joy de vivre and kic
Paul Beimers
Jun 16, 2012 Paul Beimers rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who: enjoy stories of angels and demons, and don't mind liberties with religious canon.
I've been wanting to read this book for a looong time. Granted, it may have been mostly because of that jaw-dropping cover, but I was also intrigued by the premise of the story. A YA novel told from the perspective of Lucifer's daughter is not something that you encounter every day. I haven't read much literature when it concerns angels and demons: a theme that has rushed in to take the place of the vampire craze post-Twilight. If the general GoodReads population is to be believed, most of these ...more
Kelli Lee
I really didn't know that angels of the non-fallen variety would be a part of the plot. Had I have known that I probably wouldn't've been anxiously awaiting the release of The Space Between. As a general rule of thumb, for some strange reason, I don't particularly care for stories revolving around demons and archangels battling it out. It might be because, strangely, angel lore/stories/movies bore me to tears. Supernatural and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are my two exceptions. But demons on the o ...more
Elizabeth Scott
If you'd told me that my YA keeper shelf would contain a book about one of Lucifer's daughters and how she leaves hell and gets help finding her brother from a guy who wants to kill himself, I would have said, Sure, and then we'll all get free ponies!

Guess what? This book *is* on my keeper shelf. I've never read anything else like it--the premise is beyond intriguing and Daphne and Truman--well, let's just say I like to think they're out there somewhere, eating pie together.

The only reason I ca
The Space Between was wonderful book with very interesting characters. It was something new and refreshing :o) 5 stars it had me up all night to finish it. I loved everything about it and will re read in the future.
"God made Adam out of dirt, complete with a soul, and a heart in his chest, and that was the first man. There was a garden filled with beasts, where Adam lived alone. Then, because it wasn’t good for man to be alone, God made Lilith. And that was the first mistake. She came to Adam across a meadow delirious with flowers and he was in love. She didn’t love him back. He didn’t see the darkness in her. He was young and thought that she could change. My father says that’s just what happens when you’ ...more
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The Space Between is a book that really intrigued me by its peculiar and creepy premise. However, it wasn't until I read many good reviews about this book that I decided to finally get it and glue my eyes into its pages. It was the prologue that completely did it for me. The Biblical references and the way Yovanoff introduces the story is so brilliantly written that readers will feel bewitched and compelled to keep reading the bizarre, wicked but
Joy (joyous reads)
Brenna's debut novel, The Replacement didn't really appeal to me. Don't get me wrong; the novel was a study in world building with a story line that's quite unique. But the lyrical writing left me completely baffled. I thought that the book was better suited for the intellectual types, because heaven knows, I've yet to figure out what it was about.

When I saw this book on Goodreads, I'd given it a somewhat lukewarm reception. I was expecting the same writing style - puzzling in a lot of ways but
Feb 23, 2012 kari rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, ya
Sad to say I think giving this book a two is actually somewhat generous. It feels as something of a mash-up with Melissa Marr and Julie Kagawa and unfortunately the worst of their traits.
Something that really bothers me quite a bit is when an author refuses to actually explain the basic bones of the story. I have no idea who Lilith is and her story is barely touched upon, but still, I'm left with questions which shouldn't be occupying my head if I'm trying to get into the story. Why would a demo
Written in two perspectives, this YA novel puts a relatively fresh spin on the whole angels/demons theme. Daphne’s POV, the main one, is written in first-person present, while Trumann’s human point-of-view is third-person past, complete with a countdown clock at the beginning of his chapters. This goes to underscore the lack of time and flow in Pandemonium compared to Earth.

The perpetuity is just one of the details Yovanoff applies skilfully to Daphne’s home. Subtle layering of angel and demon h
This book is scary and creepy, but it is so good at the same time. Daphne is the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith (yes, THAT Lilith) and she lives a life of, quite frankly, boredom. She has sisters who go off galavanting and have fun seducing human boys but Daphne isn't like that. She's different from her siblings and her brother, Obie, is different too. So when he goes missing, she decides to find him - along with the help of a very cute human boy. This is the story of their journey to find Obie ...more
Tara Fuller
Oh my goodness. I cannot put into words how much I adore Brenna Yovanoff’s writing. As a reader I am in awe. As a writer I am jealous. Lol. She has a way of crafting a story that is eerie, beautiful, and compelling all at once. This was a book I could not put down.
Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Immediately she has my attention with Daphne and her life in Pandemonium alone. We are propelled into the story as Daphne ventures to earth in a search for he

I made it 63% through this, and then put it down because it wasn't holding my attention, but figured I would try to finish it at some other time. Every time I picked it up I only made a paragraph or so headway and then promptly put it down again. It's boring. The intro was great, I loved the way she told the story of how her mother met her father, but it went downhill from there for me.

I get that she isn't an emotional character and so the narrative is going to be told in that perspective, but
Saruuh Kelsey
I started this book hoping that Brenna Yovanoff wasn't one of those authors where I only love one of their books. I hoped I loved all of her books as much as The Replacement but feared I wouldn't. I shouldn't have worried.

Smoulder - or The Space Between - is a dark and gritty story of recovery and self-discovery. It explores the lengths people will go to for those they love, even if they don't really know what love is. I loved this book. It had a definite spark of the magic that I found in The R
URGH IT WAS SO HARD CHOOSING A RATING FOR THIS. I'm so on the fence with this. A 3 star or a 4 star?!!! There were parts that were absolutely lovely, wonderful, unique, creepy, heart wrenching while there were parts that left me really confused, contrive and the ending. Gosh the ending.

Ok proper review soon!
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“The treachery of demons is nothing compared to the betrayal of an angel.”

First of all, I have to say that liked this book a lot! It was quite interesting... it was really different from what I'm used to reading, it was strange... and in my opinion strange is a good thing, so yes, this book was great!
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