The Space Between

The Space Between

by Brenna Yovanoff

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Overview

A transcendent novel about a demon girl's search for love, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement

Everything burns in Pandemonium, a city in Hell made of chrome and steel, where there is no future and life is an expanse of frozen time. That's where Daphne--the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer--waits, wondering what lies in store for her. Will she become a soulless demon like her sisters? Or follow in the footsteps of her brother Obie, whose life is devoted to saving lost souls on Earth? But when Obie saves a troubled boy named Truman from the brink of death and then goes missing, Daphne is catapulted on a mission to Earth, with Truman as her guide. As Daphne and Truman search for Obie, they discover what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101558911
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/14/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 388 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brenna Yovanoff is one third of the Merry Sisters of Fate along with Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton, whose flash fiction can be found at www.merryfates.com. She lives in Denver, Colorado. The Replacement is her first novel.

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The Space Between 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
thelostPrincess More than 1 year ago
I am growing tired of the same old stories and this one finally caught my interest after a half hour of thumbing through all the gorgeous new books on the shelves. This one is beautiful and the fact that Daphne is the daughter of the Fallen Angel Lucifer and a Demon Mother I was finally interested. A new spin. Not the same immortal, vampire, werewolf, fairy story. At first I was not too interested in the rest of the story line but I gave it a try. Brenna Yovanoff writes beautifully. I loved every word. It was nice to get lost in this world for a while. A really good read. I read it QUICK and work 3 jobs with two little girls. I managed :)
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting practically forever to read Brenna Yovanoff’s The Space Between. After finishing and reading The Replacement I couldn’t wait to see what she would write next. And just by saying that you know that I had sky high expectations. *waggles finger* Let me tell you that The Space Between was above and beyond! Everything about this novel was breathtakingly beautiful. For a story about a girl who has spent her whole life living in Hell and isn’t used to the things we feel and experience, I found the story adventurous and like I said beautiful. And I don’t mean beautiful “OMG the cover was beautiful” beautiful (not that it isn’t, just look at it *points upwards*) I mean “it was written perfectly and summoned so many emotions in me”, beautiful (it’s a type of beautiful, look it up). Anyhow, the novel started off with an intriguing prologue where the main character Daphne talks about her mother, Lilith, and how she had been with Adam and how her mother would rather die than be with somebody she doesn’t love. And how her mother met Daphne’s father a.k.a. Lucifer. Totally had me wanting more and obviously I continued reading, as the story progressed I did enjoy the idea that Daphne doesn’t understand love. To her it seemed like some sort of fantasy concept that does nothing but cause trouble, which is proven when her brother Obie leaves to be with some human girl he fell in love with. Despite how romantic that sounds, Obie ends up going missing and it’s up to Daphne to go on a quest to find out Obie’s whereabouts and save him. The only catch is that she needs the help of a human boy who is intent of killing himself. This human boy is Truman who I was already falling in love with. His tragic past and broken state made him seem dangerous and like he needed somebody to help hold him together and keep him from breaking into a million pieces. I have no clue why, but that just made him all the more irresistible. Not only was he acceptive of Daphne being a demon, but he was just there for her all throughout the novel in return for her saving his life. Not to mention that there were also chapters in his perspective, except that instead of having title names they were counting backwards…but to what? Nobody knows (well actually I know, but you get the point). As the novel continued I am proud to say that Azrael and Dark Dreadful had me scared skinless and breathing with a hand on my mouth. All the murders and deaths that took place through the story gave it a dark and gothic feel that gave me chills and the relationship between Truman and Daphne had my heart melting. But the best part is how the ending left streams of tears pouring down my cheeks. If you want something that will leave an impression, you must pick up a copy!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) Daphne lives in a place called Pandemonium, a place that many would call Hell, because Daphne is a demon. In fact, she's a member of the aristocracy - her father is Lucifer himself, and her mother has her own fame; she was originally made by God for Adam, but was too flighty and left him for greener pastures. Daphne has one brother and many sisters, and of them all, she is the only one to have never been to earth, until now. Her brother Obie, who she loves dearly, has left Pandemonium for earth because he has fallen in love with a human, and Daphne is worried that something bad will happen to him. Partly at the request of her mother, she goes down to earth to find the last human that she saw Obie with, in the hopes that he can help her find her brother. Thinks go from bad to worse though when it turns out that Truman, the human she had seen Obie with, is self-destructing after the death of his mother and slowly killing himself, Dark dreadful - the archangels killing machine is hunting down Daphne's sisters and killing them, and a surprise arrival throws a whole new light on Obie's disappearance. Following `clues' that Truman keeps insisting aren't actually clues, Daphne searches desperately for Obie, but with shocking events along the way, and creatures from nightmares hunting her. Now it's up to Daphne to save Obie, Truman, and herself, but before Dark Dreadful finds her and kills her too. This book was pretty good. I liked Daphne, she always did what she thought was in the best interests of those that she loved, and little really fazed her. I liked Truman, even though his character was a little damaged, and the other citizens of Pandemonium were interesting characters - Daphne's mother, and Beelzebub. There was a surprise arrival part way through the book that I really didn't see coming, although the event itself was a little strange (Sorry can't say any more or it would spoil it.) The weakest part of the book in my opinion though was the end. Although one event was an unexpected twist, I thought that Daphne's journey folowing said event was just a bit lame, and I didn't really think much to it at all. Overall, this was a nice story, just let down by some strange behaviour towards the surprise arrival, and the slightly strange ending. 7 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really should be more popular... unique story line, likeable and hateable characters, good writing, lots of suspense but not a lot of action. Twist of plots and unexpected turns in the story. Really good! i loved how it was so dark but not cheesy at all!
LarkPaula More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I've had on my to-read list for about a year. I had the pleasure of meeting the author last summer, and promised myself then that I would read her work- because she's great in person, and inspires people to want to read what she's written. My first impression upon finishing the book: W.O.W. Brenna is even better on the written page. The lyrical, ethereal quality of the writing, as well as the gorgeous allegory of what it is to love another person, made the English major in me GEEK OUT. This is a fun YA story, but it also genuinely good literature. I have rarely seen both in the same piece of writing, and when I do, I am compelled to sing its praises to the heavens. For this book, however, that would be fruitless, since the characters spend so little time there. I love this book in the way that I love Chris Wooding's Poison. Every high school kid should read it, and have the opportunity to discuss and compare interpretation with others. This is a book that makes me wish I was back in the classroom, so I could order a set and teach it. Kids will love the plot, and it would make for such fun lessons! Readers, if you choose to read this, know that the pacing is different from what you're accustomed to in YA; the main character has lived the majority of her life outside of the construct of time, so her sense of urgency is not the same as it is for a human. (I am still amazed at how Yovanoff so successfully pulls this off.) Also know that you'll need to be willing to challenge what you may believe about demons and angels. The beauty about this is that, in portraying the reversal of traditional good and evil roles, Yovanoff is able to make her inhuman characters closer to human, and therefore easier for the reader to make a connection with. This is no light, fluffy YA; it's got depth and breadth, yet is approachable and inviting. Simply delicious brain candy. And I loved every single bite.
StalkinTheBooks More than 1 year ago
From the very first page, I knew I was going to love The Space Between. It has a creepy, otherworldly factor that just sucked me right into the story. Brenna Yovanoff has a very unique writing style and voice, one which I can't wait to read more of and thankfully I already own her first novel The Replacement. I found Daphne to be such a fascinating main character because she's basically the odd man out in a family full of sin loving demons. Her determination to find her brother Obie, is both noble and reckless since she has little help or hope of finding him but chooses to go looking for him anyways. She's also incredibly odd, which I found endearing and the way in which she slowly begins to understand and show human emotion was really beautiful. Truman was someone who repeatedly broke my heart with how little he thinks of himself. He's someone who's just given up entirely and it takes meeting someone as bizarre as Daphne to snap him out of it. He wants to help her understand the world and how it works but its through her that he beings to see why its worth living in. The connection between the two is instant but not in a romantic way, its more of a desperate "please save me from myself" kind of way. Its pleading, needy and a bit hostel, but exactly what both of them needs. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel's tone even though it turned out to be much more sinister then I originally thought. I found the author's religious mythology intriguing, but I'm not sure everyone is going to be a fan of it since its quite dark and twisty. I felt the mystery surrounding Obie's disappearance was paced very well leaving the story open for a few surprises. Plus there's a crazy twist at the end which had my head spinning. Its a huge "Holy crap did that really just happen!" kind of moment. If you're looking for something a bit different in the sea of YA paranormal books then I highly recommend The Space Between.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing. Edward and Bella are the old thing!
anaavu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll just admit right here that I didn't read the whole book. I couldn't. There was absolutely nothing new or interesting about this book that could make me continue reading it. Usually I enjoy angel books, but this one? I was bored from the very beginning but I forced myself to read to atleast page 50. Did I start liking it? Absolutely not. So this review is going to be of the first 20% only.The PlotI dunno what you're talking about, Rachel, but I'm guessing you'd tell me to read the book. So I won't ask. As far as I know, Obie leaves heaven or wherever the angels and demons live to live in Earth for love. Then some unknown evil happens to him. Daphne loves him so she decides to go after him to Earth. Also, there's this kid called Truman and they'll fall in love. The plot isn't actually what's terrible. It's the writing style. From the beginning, I just get this depressing vibe that I didn't even get in the Hunger Games. The book's very slow-paced and the narration is such that I can't seem to get into the plot or characters at all. Bleh.The CharactersWell, I'm glad Daphne is different, caring. Her love for her brother is evident from the beginning and it's obvious she'd go to any lengths to get him back. Her brother, Obie, seems to be caring too - after all, he's the employee at the Department of God Works. Yet, I couldn't find myself caring about either of these characters or rooting for them at all. They're just kinda...there. Truman seems a bit more interesting than the other two, with his dreams and his lifestyle and the promise of a good mystery about blood on the carpet.Cover LoveThe US cover is beautiful, but the UK/Australia cover is even better, in my opinion. True, I wanted to read this book because of the cover. But can you blame me? Both of them are so pretty!No action = no fun.I definitely do not recommend reading this. Unless it gets better when Daphne gets to Earth? There was some insta-love within the first 30 pages that made me insta-bored. Does it get any better, y'all?
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of The Replacement, I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Space Between -and the blurb didn't make it any easier. The oddness of it just captured me and I was curious to see how Yovanoff handled her unique idea of heaven and hell -and good and evil.Daphne is a half-demon, half-angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. She lives in a strange sort of purgatory known as Pandemonium with her sisters, half-brother and other strange creatures from hell. Her life is far from exciting, before her brother Obie is kidnapped and Daphne travels to earth to find him -and instead finds a human boy who teaches her what it means to love and to be human.From the very first page I was completely sucked into The Space Between. Yovanoff's unique depiction of heaven, hell and places in between was unlike anything else I've ever read -dark, twisted and yet strangely beautiful and compelling. Though I found Daphne to be a somewhat flat character, I couldn't help but find her fascinating. Yovanoff did an excellent job of creating a believable character who is innocent of real human relationships, and knows nothing about the earth or the people who inhabit it. Daphne's ignorance and self-discovery was incredibly compelling and pulled me in up until the very last page.What really shined her for me was the writing. Not only does Yovanoff delivers a wonderfully written and atmospheric tale with captivating tones, unexpected twists and dark characters. More than anything, Yovanoff's world is completely unlike anything else I've ever read, and I love the fact that she doesn't shy away from dark characters deeper, more adult issues that infuse her novels with more depth than the average YA novel.Yovanoff shines in her second novel, and I can't wait for the third. According to her blog, it's called Paper Valentine and will be out in 2013.
ShaEliPar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the very first page, I knew I was going to love The Space Between. It has a creepy, otherworldly factor that just sucked me right into the story. Brenna Yovanoff has a very unique writing style and voice, one which I can't wait to read more of and thankfully I already own her first novel The Replacement.I found Daphne to be such a fascinating main character because she's basically the odd man out in a family full of sin loving demons. Her determination to find her brother Obie, is both noble and reckless since she has little help or hope of finding him but chooses to go looking for him anyways. She's also incredibly odd, which I found endearing and the way in which she slowly begins to understand and show human emotion was really beautiful.Truman was someone who repeatedly broke my heart with how little he thinks of himself. He's someone who's just given up entirely and it takes meeting someone as bizarre as Daphne to snap him out of it. He wants to help her understand the world and how it works but its through her that he beings to see why its worth living in. The connection between the two is instant but not in a romantic way, its more of a desperate "please save me from myself" kind of way. Its pleading, needy and a bit hostel, but exactly what both of them needs.I thoroughly enjoyed the novel's tone even though it turned out to be much more sinister then I originally thought. I found the author's religious mythology intriguing, but I'm not sure everyone is going to be a fan of it since its quite dark and twisty. I felt the mystery surrounding Obie's disappearance was paced very well leaving the story open for a few surprises. Plus there's a crazy twist at the end which had my head spinning. Its a huge "Holy crap did that really just happen!" kind of moment.If you're looking for something a bit different in the sea of YA paranormal books then I highly recommend The Space Between.
QueenTaco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Amazing, I tell you!Daphne and Trumann are perfect together, and I just loved all the other characters, especially Daphne's lovely cousin Moloch.I'm so glad this is a standalone, and it tied up so nicely. So much awesome packed into one little book! Yovanoff is a great storyteller, and her writing is delicious. I love this book so much, I almost wish there was another.
MrsMich02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the demon girl's tale a bit better than Brenna's last story about the changeling. I'd read a follow up to it.
EmRoDa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I've read in a long time. I loved it completely. The characters were well-developed and, even though it's a fantasy-completely real. You feel an incredible amount of sympathy for both Daphne and Truman. The plot is captivating and interesting and full of twists that never feel contrived. As tragic as it seems for much of the time, the ending is satisfying and happier than it seems it will be. I cried for the last 30 pages, but couldn't be happier that I read them.I loved every single page of this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants an off-beat fantasy. Young, old, fans of Yovanoff or not, this book is worth reading.
elissajanine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been eagerly anticipating this novel from the moment I finished reading The Replacement, and The Space Between does not disappoint. The world and the characters are complex--at the same time both intriguing and repelling me, disturbingly inhuman and heartbreakingly real. The conflict felt immediate and frightening, and the ending left me completely at peace with the story. I loved it!
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daphne lives in a city of steel, dreaming of life on earth, hoping for something more. Daphne is the daughter of Lillith and Satan, a half-demon, half-angel forced to live out her days underground in a place called Pandemonium. When her brother Obie, son of Lillith and Adam, chooses to stay on earth, never returning to Pandemonium, Daphne feels as if she¿s lost everything. Demon¿s are forbidden to live on earth full-time, and Daphne knows he is making a grave mistake. When Obie vanishes, her frantic mother encourages Daphne to go to earth to find him. There¿s only one person who Daphne thinks can help her find her brother ¿ a broken, suicidal boy named Truman who narrowly escaped dying and being forced into the depths of hell.As Daphne navigates the strange, new world that is modern-day Chicago, she discovers her inner demonic power, and helps Truman reawaken a desire to live. When merciless archangels find out Daphne has over stayed her welcome on earth, she is quickly made a target and the archangels won¿t stop until she¿s dead. Refusing to return to Pandemonium before she¿s found her brother, Daphne and Truman set off on a life-threatening journey that could destroy them both.I am a huge fan of Brenna Yovanoff. The worlds she creates are extremely vivid and haunting. I love how she so effortlessly places the reader into these strange places with her beautiful prose. She is the type of author who is able to take something horrific and infuse it with a certain amount of beauty making everything feel slightly off-balance. While this book didn¿t grab me like The Replacement did, I still enjoyed it. I loved experiencing earth through Daphne¿s eyes. Her blind innocence and blatant honesty really resonated with me. I also liked the character of Truman, even though I felt that he was a little one-dimensional. The story moves at a perfect pace, with short chapters that alternate between Daphne¿s first-person viewpoint and a third person viewpoint, usually focusing on Truman. While the ending is a little lackluster, the book, overall, is very engaging.If you are a fan of the beautifully weird, and like your romance with a touch of horror, or if you are a fan of Ms. Yovanoff¿s work, I would recommend this one. If you haven¿t yet read The Replacement, I highly recommend checking that one out as well.
4daisies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hell is a strangely beautiful city made of chrome and steel populated by demons that move back and forth between earth and their home city called Pandemonium. This is a love story. A love story between broken human boy not so sure about wanting to live and a demon girl who isn¿t so sure about living the life expected of her. Daphne is a sort of goth Little Mermaid - a demon daughter of Satan looking longingly at life on earth and wishing she were human - maybe. The plot may be familiar but the telling is unique and entertaining. Brenna Yovanoff is an author to watch.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daphne, the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer, lives in Pandemonium, a city in the Kingdom of Hell. Her brother Obie, is an exception among the demons she lives with. He is on earth, saving lost souls - until he disappears. Daphne, distraught and naive, heads to earth to locate the last soul Obie saved, a near-alcoholic, suicidal half-angel. Together, they find Obie, and Daphne discovers some truths about earth, about the demons of hell and herself.
skaohee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 and their journey of finding love.You might be thinking this is "just another paranormal romance" but it's so much more than that! What I loved most about their love - it wasn't necessarily instalove. Is Daphne drawn to the mystery human boy? Yeah, sure. But it is by no means instalove and I was so happy about this. And while this is a story with love, it's not a "love story" so much as it is a story about a girl (errr..half demon) trying to find her brother.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal reads as the story-telling and writing is top-notch. I really enjoyed this one and can I just say HOORAY for a stand alone paranormal YA book?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I hope ther is another book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot explain how wonderful I found this book to be. It's honestly my favorite book now and I've reread it about 6 times. I'm currently in the process of rereading it and making an annotated copy for myself. I just love the book so much I want to try to capture my thoughts on it while they're still fresh (ish). When I explain the backstory of the book many people are kind of astonished. The characters sound demonic and horrible but they're really not. Yovanoff's writing style enraptured me when I first read The Replacement. That book was great but then I stumbled upon this book in the library. I found comfort in it so much which might be odd but hey whatever works. I could see me in Daphne and that intrigued me. All I can say is just read the book, it's worth it. 
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The Cinder story is really awesome even tho I only read the first book i think its really good tho must rea it plz its really great if u decide to read it i really hope u enjouy it have a good time reading it :D
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Loved it