Smoulder by Brenna Yovanoff (Australian title)
The Space Between (USA title)
Book description (from Goodreads) –
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.
Daphne is the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer, which makes her half-demon, half-angel and a resident of Pandemonium. Unlike most of her family, Daphne has never visited Earth but all that changes when her brother, Obie, goes missing. A demon, even a half-demon cannot escape the watchful eyes of the archangels, who make sure demons do not stay on Earth for too long. Daphne has heard the stories of a creature known as Dark Dreadful, who destroys demons while on Earth and Daphne is worried that her brother may be next.
Daphne has no idea where Obie could be – all she has is the name of a boy (Truman) who may have been the last person to see Obie before he went missing. When Daphne finds this boy, will he be able to help her? Or will Daphne have to save him before she can save Obie?
Smoulder begins with an interesting prologue, one that had me instantly intrigued. It left me eagerly anticipating what would lie between the pages of Brenna Yovanoff’s novel. After being captivated by the prologue, it took me a little while to get into the story. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, it just took me a little while to find a connection to the main character Daphne. However, the more I read, the more I found my self enjoying the story, and I just wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.
While Smoulder centres around the main character Daphne, Truman, becomes a very intricate and key part of the story. Truman has his own problems and when he and Daphne meet the growing connection between them adds another element to the story. Not only is Daphne searching for her missing brother, Obie, she is also searching to find out who she really is. She doesn’t want to be like her sister’s, the Lilim, who seduce and in turn destroy men, but part of her believes that it may be her destiny…but can she be more and is Truman the key?
I loved both the characters Daphne and Truman. Throughout the novel they both displayed vulnerability and strength. The more time they spent together the more they helped each other and I loved watching their connection grow.
I haven’t read a novel about demon’s quite like Smoulder. Yovanoff creates a memorable story in which she blends mystery, romance and a touch of darkness together to create an absolutely amazing and unique novel.
This is the first novel of Brenna Yovanoff’s that I have read and I enjoyed it so much that I bought a copy of her debut novel – The Replacement. Smoulder is a fantastic novel, that I highly recommend.
*Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for providing me with a copy of Smoulder to review.