Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff (ARC Review)

Genre:Young Adult, Supernatural,
Publication.Date  November 15th 2011
Published By:  Razorbill | @PenguinCanadaYR
WebsiteBrenna Yovanoff
The Space Between - Goodreads
My review copy:ARC received from the publisher
Where to get: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Indie Bound

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 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.

This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs.

Please note:  Quotes are from an ARC and will be verified against a published copy.
     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.
      In the dark is where she met my father.
     In Hell, we tell our stories on the surface of things. The histories are forged a piece at a time, hammered on posts and pillars, pounded into the tiled streets. 
      Lilith's garden is a squirming mass of silver flowers and metal vines. My father built it for her. Every leaf and branch is handmade. 
      Demons go to Earth. I know this. They go to Earth, but to live. Not to stay there. Because although they might be perfectly happy to work and play and feed there, no one just decides to trade the spectacle and the glory of Pandemonium for the danger of a place where an avenging angel wants to kill us just for existing.

     The Space Between just blew me away. Lured in by the stunning, creeptastic cover and intriguing synopsis, I expected a lot when picking it up. And I wasn't disappointed. I was impressed and bewitched. From the moment I stepped into the mesmerizing, glorious world of Pandemonium I was spellbound. 10 pages in, I was hopelessly in love, devouring every word, craving more of Brenna Yovanoff's utmost brilliant writing. Fascinating mythology, imaginative world building, deliciously dark atmosphere - these are just three of many reasons why you should read this book. But wait, there's more...

      Daphne is a daughter of Lilith and Lucifer, a half-angel, half-demon creature, who looks just like an extraordinarily beautiful, dark-haired girl (well, maybe except for her unnaturally white skin and metal dogteeth). She's never been to Earth, all she knows is the gray world of Pandemonium. World where everything is made of silver and metal - the walls, the floors, the furniture, even plants and flowers! Daphne is having a hard time figuring out where she belongs. She doesn't want to be like her soulless demon sisters, who visit Earth to feed on Lost Ones' feelings of sorrow and despair. But what else lies in store for her? She has no desire to leave Pandemonium, she's perfectly content exploring Earth through the things her brother Obie brings back from his trips. That's until Obie declares that he fell in love with a human woman and he decided to leave Pandemonium forever. Just before he leaves, Obie saves a bleeding boy named Truman and brings him back to Earth with him. And then Obie goes missing. Not even Lilith's powerful mirror-sight can help locate him. It's as if he never even existed... Lilith, eternally trapped in her steel garden, can't go looking for him. The only one who can find him - who cares enough to even try - is Daphne. And the only one who can help her do that is Truman - the beautiful, broken boy, who can't even help himself.

      The Space Between is different from the mainstream paranormal YA novels in many ways. It's darker and more complex than most of the stories I've read this year. It's magical and mystical, but at the same time contains a message that is all too real and profoundly significant. It's a stand-alone novel, and an amazing one at that - Brenna Yovanoff told a phenomenal, heart-breaking story without trying to drag it out into a trilogy. She could have done that. She definitely had enough mythology, characters and plot line twists to keep us entertained for a long time. And you know what? I would buy every single volume she'd wrote, I'd even pay double, just so I could spend a little more time in the magnificent world she created. This woman has a wonderful imagination and an extraordinary talent for writing. She took an already interesting myth about Lilith, added some really brilliant twists to it, and then painted it with her words. She depicted everything so well, it felt more like watching a movie (one with really awesome graphic, beautiful characters and intriguing, dark atmosphere) than reading a book. I really didn't want this book to end. But at the same time, I'm grateful that this novel stands alone. It's perfect this way: complete, satisfying and not in the least overdone or overstretched. Reading a good book is like eating a delicious dish, even the most yummy treats - if consumed in too large a portion - can leave you feeling slightly disgusted. Sometimes it's better to be left craving more, cause the feeling of satisfying fullness comes after a while. That's exactly how I feel about this book - I crave more and I really like the craving. The craving is what will keep me coming back to Yovanoff's books.

      I'm not a big fan of books that have different POVs, I find them quite confusing most of the time, or at least mildly annoying. I liked the POV switches in Twilight series - but that was my first YA and, honestly, I didn't know any better back then. I absolutely loved what Patrick Ness did in his Chaos Walking Trilogy, alternating between the two MCs and a bad guy - he did a fantastic job and it worked out just great. In The Space Between, the switches between the first-person's narrative voice (belonging to Daphne) and a third-person one were done very smoothly, and, although I could probably do without them, I admit that I enjoyed getting to know Truman's side of the story. Most importantly, Brenna Yovanoff didn't do this unnecessary thing when one scene is showed from two different perspectives, not really adding anything new to the story. There weren't all that many switches, either, just a few of them, and they were quite essential ones.

      There are quite a few thrilling twists to the plot, and these are the ones you really don't see coming. The Space Between is definitely a fast-paced story, one that is impossible to put down. I keep wrecking my brain to find at least one thing that I didn't like about this book, something I could nag about not to make this review sound like yet another fan-girl rave, but.. Well, I'm sorry, I come up empty handed. What can I say? I really loved this book. It's a gorgeous piece of literature, a book that you want to have on your shelf so that you could re-read it whenever you find yourself craving something extraordinary. Yovanoff's knowledge of Judeo-Christian mythology is apparent as she skilfully weaves all its fascinating details into the story. The overall atmosphere of the book reminded me of Sergei Lykanenko's Watch series (Night Watch, Day Watch, Twilight Watch, Last Watch), only it was way more elegant, glorious, dreamy and magical.

     2011 is a year extremely abundant in fabulous Young Adult books, ones that you simply have to read, and The Space Between is one of them.

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
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roro said...

yay yay so want this book
great review

Lindsay Cummings author said...

i want this one so bad! it looks amazing!

here's my review of catching jordan! stop by?!

P.E. said...

You can think of anything wrong?! I want this book 10x more now. I love dark fantasy and POV switches (I like them in books like Wicked Lovely). I loved The Replacement with it's creeptastic cover so I'm expecting great things from The Space Between. Great review!

haleyeliseread said...

Oh I love your review!!! I need to read this one soon, thanks for sharing hun! (:

Haley @ Ya-Aholic.com

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I love this cover. Fab review. If a book is good, it's good. No need to try to come up with negatives. Great job.

Novels On The Run said...

Very good review!! Our version is called Smoulder, I'm over half way.


Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said...

oh my goodness, this sounds EXACTLY like my favorite kind of book. i have to seek this out RIGHT NOW.

bloggers sell books, even to other bloggers! you just did!

i'm having palpitations over this one. and the funny thing is, i didn't even give it much thought until now. i hadn't even read any reviews of it until now. but i ADORE a great book with excellent mythology, great world-building...this sounds like a great total package. and a gorgeous cover.

just, WOW. THANK YOU!!!

Karis Jacobstein said...

I can't wait to read this! I've been waiting for it to come out for ages! I absolutely ADORED The Replacement. Brenna has a great style about her writing! I'm so happy to read your great review. It makes me happy that you liked it so well, as we seem to have similar taste.


Yiota said...

Never actually read a review on this book before. I had it in my TBR cause for the cover :p Heh... Seems like a good read and quite dark book.

Lindsay said...

Everything you said was wonderful, Evie. I adore this book so much, it's so powerful and moving. Great review. :)

Natalia Belikov @ Dazzling Reads said...

Evie!!! holly cow!! I just read your review and ordered this book right away at bookdepository! I;ve been waiting to read it but I havent buy just because I've been cheap lately... *freaking Christmas* but your review really made me go for it! I cant wait to read it OMG! Thanks again for such wonderful and intelligent review! =P

Amy said...

Awesome review. I have been wanting to get this book, but your review made me absolutely sure that I need to get it.

SarahS. said...

Great review, this book looks amazing!

Marieru said...

Before reading your review I wanted to read this book because it is not a serie(wich I prefer) but now I just HAVE to read it because it's sound so great!

Jaime Lynn Lester said...

What an AWESOME book! I picked this up with low expectations, and I was blown away! I had started to read The Replacement and put it away, but then I read The Space Between and went back for the Replacement. I ended up loving it too, once I gave it a chance. Your review was like coming across a review of my own thoughts. So, thanks so much for great reviews!


glass said...

I agree about pdiferent point of views - you have to be a really good writer to make it work.
This book is one of my favorites!

AmelArmeliana said...

Whoa...a must read book (again). My list getting longer and longer each day *sigh*
The story sounds really great. Can't wait to read it myself.

Thank you for the review. Great review :)

Ligeia Ahgony said...

Awesome review! Can´t wait to read this book.

Grace Lo said...

I loved The Space Between, too! I definitely agree with many of your points. It's not like your typical paranormal book. There's so much struggling, conflicts, and just pure amazing things in there. I generally don't like angel/demon related books, but this is just mind-blowing.

E_V_E said...

The synopsis get me! half-demon and half-fallen angel? awesome!
This could be really great novel, I want read this!

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