Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Space BetweenThe Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(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 In fact, she’s a member of the aristocracy – her father is Lucifer himself, and her mother has her own fame; she was originally made by God for Adam, but was too flighty and left him for greener pastures.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 Daphne and Truman find a demon baby – Obie’s daughter Raymie, in a storage unit where she has been left alone for over a month! The baby is well, and also able to talk, and says that she was left there by her mother to wait for her father. Strangely though, even though Daphne goes out to buy clothes for the baby, there is never any mention of nappies/ diapers, and they don’t seem to really pay her much attention. Daphne even shuts her in the wardrobe when she has had enough of her, which I found very bizarre!

The weakest part of the book in my opinion though was the end. Although Truman’s death was an unexpected twist, I thought that Daphne’s journey to heaven to get Truman back 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.

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