White Hot Kiss (Dark Elements #1)
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Average Rating: 4.30
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.
Disclaimer: This review may be extremely biased and positive. NO HATE HERE. ONLY LOVE.
I love Jennifer Armentrout and it is really hard for me to complain about her books!! With that being said, all these reviews will be written with the knowledge of the other books. I’ll try to write these reviews as if I haven’t read the others, that way the reviews would be more accurate. (I pretty much read all her books up to date.) Hopefully, I won’t be repeating myself too much. 🙂
First things first, the covers. These covers are gorgeous!!! I love the old ones better than the new ones though. I think the others are too plain and simple. White Hot Kiss‘ cover is steamy and sexy as hell. And Roth is on this one. *heart eyes* (That is such a pet peeve as well!! When I buy books I want them all to look the same. Do not go and change the covers on me in the middle of the series!!)
I don’t know why, but it seems every single series that I love, I rejected before I decided to give them a chance and I end up loving them to bits once I finally read them. This book was no different. I came across this novel on my Recommendations on Goodreads and ignored it. The book’s story didn’t appeal to me then, but now? NOW I want to punch myself in the face for not reading it sooner!! The novel, this series is the epitome of YA novels!!
“When people inexplicably disappear into thin air, it was usually because they had a new zip code. Something like 666.”
Layla has a deadly kiss. She can suck the souls out of humans with one harmless kiss, and boy, does that make things interesting. Layla is a character I can very much relate to. She’s kind, smart, sarcastic, quirky, stubborn and the best heroine ever. Her spunk makes for a very amusing read. I literally have all her sarcastic, sassy comments highlighted in my book. Not to mention that some were random as hell! Layla is hilarious! She’s one of my literary best friends. Have I mention she can also kick some butt? She’s fiercely loyal to the Wardens but she never felt like she fit in with the them either. When Roth, a demon who oozes sexy and charm, appears in her life, she starts to question who she is, and the Wardens. And that pretty much sums up Book 1.
Now, Roth. Oh my goodness, ROTH. He is absolutely swoon-worthy! *heart eyes* He is the bad boy in the form of a very powerful demon. He’s sarcastic, playful, and loves to piss Layla off! Layla and Roth are the dynamic duo that makes this book so much fun to read. I laughed, and I cried when these two were together. Also, the chemistry between Roth and Layla was sizzling hot! Let the shipping commence! I love JLA for giving us some extras in Roth’s POV. I reread them over and over again. *heart eyes* (Seriously, WordPress needs a smilie or emoji for that. I’m going to be using it soo much in this review ) ANOTHER THING. His familiars!! They are the best thing to be ever made!! Three kittens, one snake, and a dragon. All tattoos. Animated. They come to life and destroy you. Best. Thing. Ever. I’m sure I’ll be fawning over them in my review of Book 2, Stone Cold Touch. 😛
“Don’t be scared of Bambi,” the demon said. “She’s only curious and maybe a little bit hungry.” The thing was called Bambi? Oh my god, the thing stared at me like it wanted to eat me.“
Zayne, oh Zayne. I’m so sorry that I’m on Team Roth (no, not really…) but I still like you all the same. Zayne is the “boy next door” type of character. He’s sweet, caring and honest. Zayne is the complete opposite of Roth. He wasn’t that important in Book 1, but in Book 2, we really see the love triangle. *stabs myself in chest* *swears at the heavens* (Seriously, I know. THAT’S how much I love the series if I can (kinda) ignore the whole love triangle bit) Zayne is rather oblivious in this novel, and blindly trusts the Wardens. I mean he happens to be one, so I guess it was more blindly devoted to duty than to reason. I didn’t hate him nor love him like I did Roth, but he was a good addition to White Hot Kiss. I really did love the best friend vibe Layla and him had. I’ll always want that guy best friend that will always stay platonic. (So sorry to the Layla/Zayne shippers out there…)
With some amazing characters, the plot didn’t go unnoticed. Simply, Layla is the one that is going to save the world from destruction that this really evil demon called Lilith is planning to cause. The plot paced rather well, it wasn’t too slow or too fast. The action never ceased to stop, so there was continuous interest throughout the novel. Lots of snarky, quirky and laugh-out-loud moments as well. I remember reading this book for the first time in one night. I also had to immediately get the next one the very next day. THE CLIFF-HANGER WAS AGONIZING.
Speaking about cliff-hangers, the plot twists in this book were jaw-dropping. I’m pretty sure there is one specific scene where I started to shout, “No. No, no, no. Nonononononono!!” Ah, JLA is brilliant at inducing the feels and the emotions. This is why she is probably one of my favourite YA authors out there!
I recommend this book to everyone! Seriously, if you haven’t read this book yet, you should get it RIGHT NOW. Anything JLA, you should read immediately!
Keep calm and read on,
Note: Another old review of mine from the previous blog. Again, I can see the noticeable different between my reviews then and now. *cringe*