Review: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout

20821525Title: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: 21th October 2014 (Harlequin Teen)
Pages: 446
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Paperback

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

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay… [Goodreads]

The best way to read a trilogy is always to jump straight into the next book. I read the blurb before moving to this book and I think that was a bit of a mistake. For me, the mistake in the blurb is that fact that we know Roth will return. I felt like that in itself was a spoiler. But anyway.. I move on.

The trust relationship between the Warden’s and Layla are on a rocky slope. Having interacted with a demon, they believe that Roth had a negative impact on her and brought out her bad side out. Zayne doesn’t think that though and he sticks up for Layla. With Roth out of the picture, she is pushed towards Zayne and their relationship dances around a dangerous line. This book left me utterly confused. My feelings for Zayne and Roth are pretty equal. I have bad pointers on both of them and no one has done anything extravagant to make me think of them better. Roth is such a sarky character, even more so in this book than the first – it’s amazing. Every time he opens his mouth his comments and one liners always help lift the mood, or in most cases, annoy Layla.

But enough about the boys, we also need to focus on Layla, who is struggling to find her identity. It was heartbreaking to see everyone she grew up with almost turning on her and blaming her for everything that had occurred. There is a sense that Layla has more to uncover before she knows who she is, and I hope we’ll find out in the last book. Even with Zayne warning Layla not to do anything with Roth, she of course, goes digging around to uncover mysteries with him. There’s a lot of push and pull of which side she belongs to and I’m also hoping that in the final book, her part Warden and part Demon side will come together.

Something else I want to quickly comment about Layla is the fact that she constantly comments how she doesn’t need protecting. It’s a huge thing, but I really liked how she said it throughout the book. Me and my obsession with relationships, I think it is a really good point to think about. No one can protect you forever and you have to find someone who’ll allow you to let you defend yourself, grow, but also step in when needed, if needed. It helps hint to who she will choose as well…

Onto the next book!!

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

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