October 27, 2015

Review ~ White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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.

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Mostly likeable, sometimes enjoyable, never boring.

I mostly don’t like Layla. She’s too girly, too whiny, and too childish for my taste. Sure, she can kick demon ass, but then her she couldn’t decide about her priorities especially when a guy is involved—typical Armentrout female.  I love Roth (WHO DOESN’T?!). Words would not do him justice, so I won’t even try. I’m indifferent towards Zayne. I didn’t really get the impression that he looks at Layla as a little sister. He’s just too proper. He has his charms, but he’s not putting it to good use. I don’t know how to feel about that. I like it that he knows his priorities, though.

Oh, I want my own Bambi, too. Better yet, I want my own Roth so I can have my own Bambi.

I like the world-building, though I’m confused about the Wardens-coming-out-in-public part. If the normal citizens have no idea that demons exist in their midst (like, literally), what exactly do they think the Wardens are protecting them from? (Please enlighten me).

I enjoyed reading the action scenes, though somehow, reading it from Layla’s perspective, it feels . . . I don’t know, girly.

White hot Kiss is good for a light, entertaining read.

~ Zee


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