Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: (The Dark Elements #1)
Published: February 25th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Summary: One kiss could be the last.
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.
Review: Aren’t you an entertaining little number? I think my faith with Jennifer L. Armentrout YA books has been restored. White Hot Kiss was downright engaging read. I actually liked what I read, didn’t mind that somehow and in some ways Roth reminded me of Deamon (from the Lux series) with his smart comebacks and his overflowing confidence. I just liked everything I read in there, and yes, I admit book, you already had me with ‘gargoyles.’
According to Layla, her situation kinda resembled that of a mule—because she’s half demon and half gargoyle. She endured the teasing from people for being who she is. But then she met Roth, a demon who not only is gorgeous but also know a thing or two about her other half. It looks that demon side of her is not just an ordinary demon. Her mother is a powerful one and as her daughter she was informed that she is part of hell’s most wanted list.
Everything that Ms. Armentrout put in there worked. I really enjoyed my time reading this book. Ok, so maybe I wasn’t totally gushing about it but it’s been some time since I was totally focused on what I’m reading. So that’s worth the highlight. I totally didn’t expect to get this kind of excitement from this novel. Not I’m belittling it at first but I think I’ve read enough YA paranormal /fantasy book s that I already had my fair share of ups and downs with these kinds of stories, and sometimes it wasn’t worth the bumpy ride. So it amazes me that I found this book a stunning read.
Layla was good character for me. She has a decent amount of naivety, angst and sarcasm to make up for her personality. And while there were times that I am face-palming because of her actions, she was still all good for me. Zayne, the other guy in this subtle love triangle, is the obligatory nice boy with a bit of a brother complex. I liked him though and it surprises me that the idea of them together wasn’t really that bad, but there’s a problem with that angle and the name is Roth. I know, this guy had me with the smirk and the full lips and the hot body that goes with him but can you blame the girl? There’s a lot of “hot & dark” stuff going on with this guy. I don’t know why but hell’s crown prince is not bad. Not bad at all.
This one has the goods to back up the interesting premise. I thought it would be predictable but it wasn’t the case for me. Every detail and every disclosure regarding Layla’s history and her parentage thoroughly surprises me. Plus, the later parts got me so hooked. So yes, I really, really like this one. I’m so looking forward for more. Now I’m ready to read Bitter Sweet Love (because I need to read the first novel in the series before reading the prequel. I’m weird that way.)
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “Maybe it was the Warden blood in me that made my fate easier to accept, because I wasn’t ready to die. There was so much of life I hadn’t experienced. It wasn’t fair.” — Layla (from Uncorrected Galley Proof)