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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,469 ratings  ·  863 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
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Published November 14th 2011 by Razorbill
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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 Dresse
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If Hot Topic sold books in 2004, this book would be there right next to the book of piano/vocal chords for Evanescence's Fallen. Even though this was published in 2011, THE SPACE BETWEEN is dripping in emo trappings, whether it's from its motifs of self-harm and blood magic, pale girls with black hair, or the idea of finding redemption in someone as broken as you are. It borrows from christian mythology in a way that I can only describe
mark monday
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
lack of affect can be a compelling thing to witness in a character. from Hitchcock's cool blondes to Bret Easton Ellis' hollow men to Fassbinder's gallery of life's victims to probably every character that has ever sprung from the mind of Marguerite Duras, lack of affect rarely fails to fascinate. and now that I've done my due diligence in trying to sound as high-brow and intellectual as I possibly can, please meet affect-less Daphne, daughter of Lilith and Lucifer, protagonist of the entrancing ...more
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
I must confess, I was hooked on cover first. Then I really, really liked the mythological background of this story. Daphne, the main character plus half-narrator, is a daughter of Lilith, yes, that Lilith, and Lucifer. Being basically a blue blooded princess amongst her many relatives, she resides in Hell Pandemonium, where she hangs out with Beelzebub and other demons, mostly her sisters, the Lilim, girls with metal teeth. How can one not love metal teeth???


But our Daphne is sort of an emo kid,
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
Emily May
Sep 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, young-adult, 2012

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.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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“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
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
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-n-reviewed
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

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
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
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
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
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
[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 m
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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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
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
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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
I had really expected this book to be good. A setting in the Underworld, a girl going to find her brother on Earth and falling in love with a human when she is demon, doesn't sound new but I have always been drawn towards books with really dark settings. The book started as boring, promised improvement along the way, became predictable, took an unexpected twist towards the end and then ended leaving me dumb-struck. And not in a good way.

The problem wasn't with the writing. If not for the writin
Kelly Marsh
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

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
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2012
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
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This would have been an AMAZING book, only if it had (at least) 400 pages. I was intrigued by the world and the interesting take on demons & offspring of Lilith (aaand Lucifer, aaand a bunch of other demon dudes) , however, for the most part this book seemed rushed. There was so much more space to build the world, develop characters and flesh out the relationships. If only this was the fist book in series, I could overlook the flaws, but, alas, it's a standalone novel, so this is all we get.
Elizabeth Scott
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
3 stars for a rather "meh" read.

Slow start, engrossing middle, ridiculously stupid ending, that almost ruined the entire book for me.

Did Maggie Stiefvater kinda copy this book (Brenna Yovanoff is her friend) when she wrote All the Crooked Saints? Because the "stoic unemotional powerful girl and vaguely naive/ good intentioned/ traumatized boy" is straight outta this book, but written way worse than here. Awkward.
reading is my hustle
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of my besties GENEROUSLY loaned me her advanced reader's copy of this book. I took it with me while on vacation and cracked it open in Germany. Wow. LOVED the divergent take on the creation story. Read quickly & thought about the characters in between walking tours and sightseeing. That said, this is not a book for 12 & older as the book cover states. This story is for mature teens only. It is dark, violent, and contains mature themes. Even so, I still enjoyed it.

read in Frankfurt
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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