Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: White Hot Kisses by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 White Hot Kisses
(The Dark Elements, #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.29
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Published on: February 25, 2014
Pages: 400

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

The Characters: I love Layla. She is such a strong female character and I loved watching her throughout this novel. Layla is half-warden, half-demon, meaning that she's a freak and an outcast. She's not really accepted in any world. And yet, she's lived with the wardens her whole life. She's been raised to think that demons are bad and need to be destroyed. So that's what she does, she tags demons and then let's the wardens go kill them.

Enter Roth. Roth is a demon and gets under Layla's skin from day one. He is hot, sexy, and claims to know how to help her. Roth is a character that I loved. He just is so well-written. Not that I expected any less from JLA. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I am a JLA fangirl. I hav enot red one book by her that I have not given at least 4 stars too. She is one of my favorite authors and I adored this novel. Her world-building and character-building are unparalleled. Having read every book by her, I notice certain phrases and certain character traits that continue to show up in novels, but even with that, this novel read differently from the others.

I adored it and immediately bought the sequel and stayed up all night reading it. I loved it. 

So why 4 stars? It's just plain brilliant. I recommend this to anybody and everybody. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It's young adult. There are several references to sex, but it is done in a way appropriate for teens 15+. 

The Wrap-up: Be aware you will want to read the sequel ASAP and then you will want to read the third one in the series ASAP. So I'd recommend waiting until you can read all three back to back. This wait is going to kill me. 


Danica Page

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