Review: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Title: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: 28th July 2015 (Harlequin Teen)
Pages: 400
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Paperback

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

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell… [Goodreads]

The feels you get in this boook!! Let’s just start off by saying, I’m so happy how the love triangle is sorted out near the beginning of the book. After reading the first and the second, it’s not hard to figure out who Layla is going to end up with but it is heartbreaking to see the other guy torn up by her choice. Even more so at the very end of the novel, when she asks the guy if they can still be friends and he says he needs time to adjust.. *sobs* It’s something I’d expect from Layla but I almost didn’t quite expect it from the guy, who I thought had dealt with them not being together through the book already.

So with the romance of the book done and dusted, what stood out for me was the theme of friendships. Cayman and Roth, Layla and Zayne, Roth and Layla and even Roth, Layla and their familiars. But mostly anything that involved with Roth was pretty heartbreaking in this book. Cayman makes a deal with the witches under Roth’s orders. He makes the deal but the offer for what Roth has to give up tears him apart, but even though he doesn’t want to do it, he doesn’t risk the death of Cayman. There is so much heartbreak in that scene but it was lovely to see Roth basically human.

With the familiars, it was so fun to see Bambi bounce from Roth and Layla. Even more so when Layla goes to Hell and finds them to be in human form. They’re so fun and they have great personalities, even though half the time they are tattoos and don’t speak. Their presence was somewhat comforting just read about. I think I was more in love with Bambi than Layla half the time! I mean, Roth and Bambi have a really sweet relationship… but then him and his other familiars are great too.. You learn to love them all in this book.

The final face to face end sequences with the Lilth was kinda weak. I personally didn’t feel the emotional side of the scene, especially when the Lilth was asked about love. When we find out the reason to which Layla disappeared and returned, it didn’t hit me as much as it seemed to hit Layla. There wasn’t enough of a character build on the Lilth so when it came down to something that showed she had emotions, it was a too quick a jump. We also spend all our time hating on her, it’s hard to feel anything else.

The aftermath, the ending, it was pretty much perfect. Not a full closed story but I liked that about this series. The character

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

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