Series: The Dark Elements #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
One kiss could be the last.My Review: Guys, I'm not going to lie...I was nervous about this one. Not so much because of the gargoyle part because that was awesome (I love when authors branch out from the normal supernatural creatures) but more because of the love triangle. It's always a hit or a miss in young adult books and I was afraid that it would take away from the awesome story. Well, I had nothing to fear because this book - and the two guys - completely blew me away.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
First of all, I adored Layla. I felt like she was very different from JLA's past heroines and I enjoyed learning more about her and finding out about her history. She had the signature humor that all of Jennifer's protagonists have but I felt like she had a certain quality about her that made her stand out more. Her constant fear of herself was heart breaking and I hated seeing the way she constantly held herself back from doing the things she should be able to do. I had a lot of fun watching her grow throughout the novel.
Okay, so I'm just gonna say it...I'm firmly Team Roth. I fell in love with this guy from the moment we saw him in Bitter Sweet Love, the novella in this series. His wit, interesting background, adventurous nature, and deeper, caring side had me swooning in my seat! I loved all of his little quirks and how he continuously surprised me throughout the novel, until the very end. Zayne, on the other hand, threw off a major big-brother vibe to me. While I liked him as a character and admired his caring nature and loyalty toward Layla, I felt like he was just too protective and over bearing. He annoyed me a lot and I was getting frustrated with Layla for forgiving him so quickly for some of the things he did!
The plot was so great. It was constantly moving and growing and I loved all of the little details that were explored and discovered as we went forward in the novel. While there was a set goal for the most part, there were many twists that threw a loop in the plan and I really enjoyed trying to figure out what would happen next. It kept me on my toes!
White Hot Kiss is the first installment in a new series by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I'm sure will be just as successful as her previous series - maybe more! I eagerly am waiting for the second book in the series, Stone Cold Touch, to release!