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

18006096Title: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: 25th February 2014 (Harlequin Teen)
Pages: 400
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Book Depository|

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. [Goodreads]

This is the first novel about gargoyles as well as being my first Jennifer L Armentrout novel – and she really didn’t disappoint.

Layla is our lead character, half gargoyle and half demon. She was taken in by Wardens as a child when she was left at the steps of a foster home (very Harry Potter-ish) and grew up with Warden traits in her. Demons are bad and need to be sent to hell. She knew nothing about her past, who her parents are, or were, or anything about her other demon side other than she can see souls. She meets Roth, who changes everything. She’s wary, who wouldn’t be trusting a demon, especially if they’re only known for causing havoc. But bit by bit, she becomes confused and betrayed by people who she thought were her family and more trusting of the demon.

I’m going to start off with a really stupid opinion that really shouldn’t affect anything but it does for me. Roth. I really really really do not like that name. When someone says ‘Roth’ my mind goes straight to Divergent and Veronica Roth and I’m just like… no, that’s weird because she’s female and he’s male, fictional, a demon, oh the list goes on… But yeah. I really really don’t like the name Roth.

Now onto the not so stupid side of the review.. We do ultimately have a love triangle in this novel. That’s between Zayne (a Warden) and Roth (the demon) with the only difference between them is that one Layla can kiss and the other she can.. kill. As much as I do love Roth and all those ‘awesome sauce with extra sauce’ scenes, I really wanted to get into Zayne’s head. He’s a character that seems to have to sit at the side lines most of the time and clearly a character like that is someone who has an interesting mind.

The ending was pretty intense. Without giving spoilers, I’ll say that it ripped my heart out! The character was completely and utterly in love and they were selfless but thoughtful and.. although it was heartbreaking it was beautiful. Can’t wait for the rest!

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

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