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Everything burns in Pandemonium, a city in Hell made of chrome and steel, where there is no future and life is an expanse of frozen time. That’s where Daphne lives.
The daughter of a demon and a fallen angel, she wonders what lies in store for her. Will she become a soulless demon like her sisters? Or follow in the footsteps of her brother Obie, whose life is devoting to saving lost souls on Earth? All she wants is to find a place where she belongs.
When Obie saves a bleeding, broken boy named Truman from the brink of death and then suddenly goes missing, Daphne runs away to Earth to find him. But on Earth, everything is colder and more terrifying, and Daphne struggles between her demon instincts and her growing—yet achingly unfamiliar—feelings for Truman. As Daphne and Truman search for Obie, they must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in their way. But Daphne also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.
The thing I love about Brenna Yovanoff is that she's not afraid to take the weird and the gruesome and turn it into something brilliant and hopeful. Like in The Replacement, she took the fabled changelings and created a story about a boy who just wants to be normal and not hurt anyone. Here, she takes an innocent girl born into terrible circumstances (I mean, her mom's Lilith and her dad's Lucifer) and she changes it into a story of love.
Daphne's character development was subtle but wonderful. The writing goes from very dull, colorless, Daphne just describing things not living them, to a more vivid tale where Daphne starts to recognize feeling with what she's seeing. Daphne herself was a great heroine because unlike her parents, she cared about the humans and she loved her family and didn't want to see them hurt.
Overall, this story was wonderful. Though there was the obvious plot where Daphne needs Truman's help to find Obie, it was also a story of recovery and love. That anything is possible as long as you believe it to be. The ending was appropriately shocking but when everything looked hopeless, Brenna offers you a satisfying ending. Loved it!
The Cover: Very glamorous. I like how Pandemonium is kind of pulling Daphne back in.