07/03/12 - Smoulder by Brenna Yovanoff (Also known as The Space Between in the US) - Released 5th January 2012
A dark and thrilling book that will hook you in with it's demon claws.
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.
I really enjoyed Smoulder. I found it entertaining and extremely well written. Brenna Yovanoff is brilliant at scaring you. Blood, guts, whatever! She delivers an exciting adventure that you don't want to stop reading about.
I love books about demons! I find them just....purely awesome. I love how they are described. But the problem with my brain is that when I see the word 'Demon' I think of:
And I just can't bring myself up to take them seriously. But Brenna Yovanoff managed to put a truly terrifying picture of a demon in my head. Sharp razor claws and teeth. *Shudder*
The characters were likable and easy to understand, I was keen to read more about each of their pasts. Especially the main character's, Daphne. She is an unloved girl who has grown up in a world with a mother who didn't pay much attention to her, and too many sisters. Her brother, Obie, is the only person who can make her smile and laugh. Until he's gone. He moves to the human world to follow his heart, but after Daphne's mother has a vision of him getting beaten up, Daphne can't help but want to find him. She flees to the human world in search of her brother. She's not stupid! If you lost the person you loved most, would you sit back and do nothing?
Daphne is a strong and courageous character. Everything she did was based on helping people. Personally, I don't think she is much of a demon. Demons are meant to kill and hurt, but I guess she didn't do that because she IS half-fallen angel! Awesome or what? And then things get so much better when she meets Truman! I would have liked his character to be described better. I really want a clearer picture of him in my head. I do think that lots of the characters could have been described in more depth. I did love Truman though. He was sweet at times and had a very intriguing personally.
I wish there were a sequel. I think a lot of people would love to read more about Daphne and Truman, how their lives change, etc. But, there isn't. So for now I'll have to use my amazing imagination!
Overall, Smoulder is a great book full of shocks and twists that will have you biting your lip, hard. Read it! And make sure you try out Brenna's other novel, The Replacement. Just as great as this one!