February 12, 2012

Smoulder by Brenna Y0vanoff

Smoulder by Brenna Yovanoff
Published 2011 by Simon & SchusterAus

First published in the USA as "The Space Between" in 2011 by Razorbill, an imprint of the Penguin Group(USA)Inc.

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 realises 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 navigete 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..
*Thank you Simon and Schuster for the review copy*

A fascinating story of good and evil, of life and death.. and undying love.
Love is when you care more about something else than you do about yourself.
Man, this book was amazing. I know, I know, I've heard mixed reviews about SMOULDER/THE SPACE IN BETWEEN, but so glad I did read this. Being a catholic, I can say that I know enough story of Adam, Eve and Lucifer from the bible, but please excuse my ignorance, I've only heard of Lilith in books before so I had no idea who she was, and reading this book made me search about  her for real, so I found out that she was the first one God had created but rebelled and abandoned Adam that's when God created Eve. So this book is nothing I've ever read before the plot was unusual and very dark, melancholy. And also, I've never thought of demons and angels the way they were told here, it provoked my interest and thoughts. And I loved it. The gloomy settings was compromised with the somber tone of the story, with a tinge of humor(that was Daphne and she did crack me up with her comments sometimes).

Brenna's writing was evocative and expressive which gave me various afflictions for every characters(which is very rare). I tortured my heart with such a sad story of a teenage boy Truman, and Daphne. So Daphne is a demon, and Truman is just a mortal, a rare event will happen and their paths will cross.. but is love enough to save someone's life? Does redemption truly exist?

I love Truman, his character is so deep that it felt so real. Daphne was such a likeable character too, she portray such a strong female lead character, which is a big YES YES for me. Ending was neat and just what I would want for a good story to end..

I try not to think about how bad I am. All my life, I've understood the nature of where I come from, but I never thought I might be wicked until now.
"The strong prevail. This is just the way of the world."

He touched her cheek. "Why did you do that?"
Because this is us-right now-you and me. Because I can."


  1. I had no idea they had changed the title for this book. I'm very curious about it - I read The Replacement by the same author, and while I liked a lot of things (specially the ones regrading worldbuilding, the lore and myth, that kind of stuff) there were some things that left me "cold" so... What about this one? Will it have the same great points? The same weaknesses?

    I think I'm going to try to add it to my TBR! Thanks for the great review, as always

    Ron @ Stories of my life

  2. Interesting that they changed the title. I really enjoyed The Space Between, it is even one of my staff recs right now at the bookstore where I work.

    1. wow I would recommend this myself too, such an awesome book, dark and romantic.


  3. I'm so curious about this one and really want to read it too! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I hadn't heard about Lillith until I'd encountered her in City of Lost Souls and found her super interesting then! Great review. You've made me more curious!

  4. This book looks awesome! I will have to check it out and I am in love with the cover. The reds just jump out of you. Thanks for the review. I'm glad that you liked it!


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