If you thought I was ashamed yesterday, good news! This other book that I read I felt guilty for even picking up because the cover clearly says, “Lindsay, you’re not going to like this. It’s full of teen angst.” AND BOY WAS IT RIGHT. Full disclosure: this book is not a book that I would normally ever read; it is not my kind of book. Full disclosure part 2: got this ARC fo’ free from Penguin when I visited a few weeks ago.
Title: The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: November 15, 2011
So in this book Daphne, daughter of Lucifer and Lilith, is all kinds of bored hanging out in Pandemonium, the city of Hell which is all made of metal or whatever. She’s also BFFs with her brother, Obie, who falls in love with some hot Earth babe, so he goes to Earth and then gets kidnapped, so Daphne goes to rescue him and falls in love with some hot Earth dude named Truman. (Truman is the most angst-filled character in the whole world.) On Earth Daphne gets in touch with all her feelings and helps Truman to figure out his and it’s all TRUE LOVE and stuff. Also there are archangels.
Let me first repeat again, this is not my kind of book. Generally when I see the word “demon” I laugh. I can’t take it seriously. So this book already had that going against it. (“WHY DID YOU READ IT THEN???” you may be wondering. The answer is simple. Because it was there and I had to know.)
Did I like this book? Nope! I wouldn’t even recommend it to anyone like I would recommend Vampire Academy. Does that mean there are no people out there who will read and enjoy this? Absolutely not. Angst-filled teens looking for love will love it. It’s so angsty. SO ANGSTY. And the love is obviously super corny, so there’s that, too.
Here are things I didn’t like: Daphne doesn’t really have feelings for most of the book (because she’s not human) so unfortunately she’s also really boring as a character. Truman is just sad all the time and in denial about his depression / alcoholism and it gets old. Too many repetitive descriptions. (I get it. Metal teeth.) Too many adverbs. THERE’S A CREEPY PART-DEMON BABY THAT TALKS. I didn’t really care about the characters at all. Corniest romance bits because everything is so painful because of so many feelings and no feelings and you make me feel better and stuff. Also, the ending. The ending is what knocked it from 3 stars to 2. I not only thought it was a lame way to go, but also thought it made very little sense. ANGST.
Here’s what I did like: At first it wasn’t the worst. I wasn’t laughing when it was talking about demons and Lucifer and stuff. It isn’t shoved in your face every second that Lucifer is Daphne’s dad; you almost forget that they aren’t just normal people. Almost. And then love and archangels enter and it gets bad.
I gave it 2 stars but I don’t want to say that this is the worst book in the world. It’s definitely not. It’s just not my kind of book. There are readers out there who will love this. I am just not one of those readers.
Or: Why Is YA Romance Always So Corny?
Okay. Instead of sitting in shame, I guess I might as well admit that I read some YA paranormal romance. I can offer some explanation. First, free books from Penguin. (Thanks, Penguin!) Second, I really don’t get why paranormal romance is so popular, so I’m trying to get it. Third, quick and easy entertainment. They might be 350 pages, but you can knock them out in a few hours because the type is big and widely-spaced. And then you don’t feel like you wasted too too much of your life. Fourth, sometimes they’re kinda good, okay?!
Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
This is the first in a series that is apparently already very popular. Basically, Rose is a vampire learning how to be a guardian for Lissa, her royal vampire friend. They’re different kinds of vampires, but whatever, you can see where this is going, probably. Rose has a hot teacher/trainer and there’s a lot of general badassery going on. (Also, a lot of swearing.) And some high school drama, too. I like to think of it as Gossip Girl meets vampires. That’s pretty much what it is.
Anyway, this book I’ll admit to kind of liking. For what it is (PARANORMAL ROMANCE OMG) it’s pretty good. Of course, the romance is the corniest thing in the world because the thing about YA novels is that people fall in love in about a second. I think I’ve figured it out, though. In young adults, the hormones are a-flowin’. There’s a lot of concern about CRUSHES/TRUE LOVE and also ANGST UGH LIFE IS SO UNFAIR. Thinking back on my young adulthood (because I am so old and wise now), I pretty much only remember writing angsty poetry while I listened to Evanescence and bemoaned my tragic lack of love life. That, and I was totally a weirdo. ANYWAY, point is that I guess romance is popular because it is such a significant part of teen life.
Best things about it: Higher writing level! It’s not like some vampire books which are written at a fourth-grade reading level. It was funny sometimes! The characters were developed mostly! Kinda like Gossip Girl! (XOXO)
Worst things about it: Corny romance! Obnoxious narrator! (She shoves her badassery into your face all the time.) Sometimes it’s slow!
I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads, and I stick to that. Read it for fun! It’s not the worst. It’s even kind of good!
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