Smoulder, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Being the youngest daughter of the Devil has never been easy.

Daphne's father has no time for her, her mother no interest, and her status in the upper echelon separates her from the working-class demons that populate Lucifer's metropolis.

When her brother and only confidante goes missing, life in the restrictive city of Pandemonium becomes intolerable.

Now, in an attempt to find him, Daphne sets out for Earth - and finds it larger and more chaotic than she imagined: a dazzling expanse of noise, dirt and random violence.

Despite her bewilderment, she navigates the mortal world with growing fascination, gaining an ally when she saves a dying boy from her father's minions.

For Truman Flynn, the last year has been one long downward spiral, but when Daphne arrives just in time to save his life, he finds himself unexpectedly glad to have another chance.

Together, Daphne and Truman go in search of her brother, braving the hazards of Las Vegas and the perils of first love, even as it becomes increasingly clear that her brother might have had a secret and compelling reason for leaving.

Lucifer's agents aren't the only creatures on the prowl, and Daphne soon finds herself the target of a plan to rid the world of demons for good.

Now she must evade a demon-eating monster, rescue her brother from an angelic zealot, and save the boy she loves from his greatest enemy - himself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780857070784

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This is one of the freshest and most interesting teen paranormal reads that I have read this year. Daphne is the half demon, half fallen angel child of Lucifer and Lilith and she has never been to Earth before, her only knowledge of such being through what she has watched on television. Yet, when her older brother, Obie, goes missing, she sets out into this strange new world to discover him. Whilst many things are new and different to her, she takes it all in her stride and never backs down from anyone. The last person she knows of that saw him is a hopeless wreck of a boy called Truman. Since the death of his mother, Truman has been like one of the walking dead - tormented by nightmares that he keeps at bay with alcohol and energy drinks. He is pretty much the most pathetic excuse for a teenager ever and on a real course to self destruction. But, he's all Daphne has got and along the way he finds a cause to keep on going. However, not only is Obie missing, but something is killing the Lilim, Daphne's sisters. Something with a goal in mind, a goal that might just include Daphne herself.<br/><br/>I really enjoyed this book, the characterisation of the demons was great and the development of the friendship, and yes, relationship, between Daphne and Truman was gradual and, I feel, realistic. No love at first sight there. Daphne is somewhat new to the whole emotions thing, and although worldly in some ways, rather naive in others. At first I wanted to slap Truman and tell him to snap out of his self-misery, but I suppose Daphne and other events rather did that for me. All up, I devoured it in one day and am now eager to read The Replacement. I know the stories are unconnected, but I love Yovanoff's writing style and ideas.

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Known in the US as ‘The Space Between’, Smoulder is The Replacement author Brenna Yovanoff’s second novel. I picked it up after reading this great review by my critique partner, and I wasn’t disappointed<br/><br/>In Smoulder, Hell goes up in flames every night when the furnace at the heart of the city opens. Everything is made to withstand the fire: metal gardens filed with iron flowers, museums with blast-proof vault doors to protect Earth items, and the nearly indestructible demons themselves.<br/><br/>The story had me hooked from the very first chapter, where we meet Lilith: bold, defiant, and unapologetically female, the Prologue shows her rejection by Adam and her exit from Eden, to the night-time beach where she first meets Lucifer. Chapter 1 cuts us to the future, where we meet Daphne: one of Lilith’s many daughters, with the metal teeth and Lucifer’s blood in her veins.<br/><br/>Daphne and Truman are chalk and cheese: Daphne’s detached and withdrawn, reacting very little to some of the horrific things she witnesses. Truman is a damaged, self-destructive young guy, but he's powerfully open in his reactions. I absolutely love how Yovanoff brought this suicidal, alcoholic chain-smoker to life without watering down his issues.<br/><br/>And there are plenty of other interesting characters hiding in Smoulder’s world: a soul-collecting demon with a red mohawk, the suave and charming Lord of the Flies Beelzebub, and the angelic servant and demon killer Dark Dreadful -- a monstrous woman built to kill the almost unkillable.<br/><br/>This was a unique, dark read with an expertly crafted world. If you like dark, fast-paced YA be sure to pick it up.

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