(The Dark Elements, #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released |February 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen|
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One kiss could be the last.White Hot Kiss was a fast paced read for me and I was easily able to dive into the story. Jennifer L. Armentrout books are able to do that to me. Going into this book, I really didn't have any expectations because I didn't really know what I was going to get. The whole gargoyle thing really had me intrigued and I was curious to see how that would turn out. Overall, I thought the book was fun and entertaining. There also a good amount of action in the story which keeps the pacing steady.
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.
In this book, there is a love triangle. It wasn't too bad, but I'll have to wait and see how I feel about it in the next book. I found Layla to be a pretty interesting character. She is half gargoyle (Warden) and half demon. The wardens are pretty much "the angels" and then we have the demons. Well, that how I liked to looked at it. But anyways, Layla was pretty hot and cold for me. At times I thought she was pretty interesting, but then at other times I thought she was kind of boring. And then there are Roth and Zayne, the love interests. In the beginning, I didn't really care for either one of them to be honest. Roth, the demon, was your typical asshole and Zayne was your typical caring good guy. Both were awesome in a fight, but I didn't really feel that connection to either of them in the beginning. As the book progress, I kind of started leaning towards Roth because that who we spent the most time with. But, I really don't know if I'm on a 'Team' yet. I did come to like both guys by the end of the book. I just don't know where I stand yet. I have a feeling the love triangle will pick up more in the sequel.
A couple things I have to say as well is that I never had a clear image of what the demon and wardens looked like in their shifted forms. I was never able to envision it in my mind. Also, the characters, Roth and Zayne, remind me of Aiden and Seth in the authors Covenant series. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing because I really liked that series. Overall, I still enjoyed the story and thought it was a fun, lightweight read. I'll definitely give the sequel a try to see where the story will take us next.