Saturday, 18 February 2012

Smoulder by Brenna Yovanoff

Release Date: 05/01/12
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Pages: 363
Target Audience: Older Teens/Young Adults/Adults
Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/Romance

Synopsis: 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.

Note: This book is also known as 'The Space Between'

My Review:  I've read quite a few books with angels and demons in them so it takes something special to really sparkle and stand out for me. This book did just that!
I loved the realism mixed with that air of fantasy and I found it believable that Hell (Pandemonium) could well be the way it's described in this book and I found myself terrified by some of the characters in a way I never have been before.

Daphne and Truman's relationship was frustrating at first. With neither of them knowing truly what it means to love and trying to navigate their own feelings, it was hard to understand what was happening between them. Then as the danger increased and a scary 'thing' called Dark Dreadful starts chasing them, they really start to latch on to one another and everything kicks off both action wise and emotionally too.
With regards to Dark Dreadful, I think if she/it were real I would pretty much cower in the corner. If this book ever becomes a movie, well urgh, I will not be eating during it!

As already hinted at, there are some pretty disgusting moments though luckily they don't go into too much detail and the relationship storyline more than makes up for it. 
Near the end of the book had me in floods of tears for so many reasons and wow, when it does end you might be in tears for other reasons too, and there are some pretty epic twists. 
If you haven't read anything by Miss Yovanoff yet, go do so. You're missing out :)


  1. OMG so glad you enjoyed this book too,i recently read and reviewed this book and I loved it, I loved Daphne shes such a great protag, and Truman was so realistic.and yes I was in tears too, such a heartfelt ending. :) Great review! x



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