Series: The Dark Elements #1
Good Reads Rating: 4.21
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Best for: 16+ (violence, romantic situations-no sex)
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Good Reads Summary:
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.
JLA, you writing GODDESS.
I don’t know how you did it, but you managed to produce another book that is giving your Lux series a run for its money. White Hot Kiss was intriguing, clever, creative, and hot. No surprise there, since all of her books are steamy.
Layla was a pretty likeable protagonist. She didn’t sit around complaining like many YA heroines; she wanted to help, and she wasn’t completely helpless when she did. She’s part Warden, part Demon, which makes life very complicated for her. She spends a great deal of time suppressing her demonic side. A certain demon named Roth helps liberate her.
I mean, he was pretty awesome. Aside from being ridiculously attractive, as all YA Paranormal Romance males are, he was snarky, sweet, and wholly bad-boy. Thanks for giving us horribly unrealistic expectations for guys JLA. Not that I’m complaining. Roth was a fun character, especially since he was quite dynamic, going from all bad demon at the beginning to…well, I don’t want to spoil it for you.
There’s a love triangle here; Zayne, a Warden, is Layla’s best friend, and one of the only people who she can really trust and confide in. At least until Roth comes along. This love triangle didn’t bother me so much since I liked both guys, and the emphasis was really on Roth, whom I’m sensing is the end game, but I guess we’ll find out later. Layla had two human friends, Sam and Stacey, which added a nice sense of normality to the school scenes.
There’s a good bit of action, with demons fighting demons, and Wardens fighting demons and then that mess at the end that I was NOT expecting.
And then, of course, plenty of making out. Making out with a hot demon. So there’s that.
Way to knock it out of the park for the zillionth time JLA. White Hot Kiss comes out tomorrow, and you should definitely go buy it the second it becomes available!