Friday, November 14, 2014

White Hot Kiss

Title: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal YA
Rating: 5/5
Cover: 6/10

"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."

My friend had told me I'd like this, so when the moment presented itself, I decided to give it a go.
Two days later, with no reading for university done at all, I finished White Hot Kiss.
I slept, woke up and started on #2, but that's a story for another review ;)

I loved the world Armentrout has created here. I mean, I know in a way that it's all been seen before, but I like the fact that she doesn't stop with demons and what are, in essence, nephilim. She delves into a myriad of different kinds of demons, and doesn't flinch at making them weirder and weirder as they come along; it's great, and made for very entertaining reading!
Layla was, for the most part, a good narrator. Her character development is something to behold, and oooh, but that girl won the lottery when Roth fell into her lap!
There is a love triangle in this book (though, honestly, that's debatable - I have no doubts in my mind about who she'll end up with, so...), so do take that into consideration, if you're sick and tired of those!
Roth... Roth, Roth, Roth. More on him in my Stone Cold Touch review, but for now, let the record show that characters like Roth are what make books so awesome. Truly. He's hot, he's funny (though I think someone needs to warn Hagrid -- he's got competition for bizarre names for terrifying creatures. I mean, she - and her name - eventually grew on me, but Bambi? Really?) and he's a loveable asshole. My kinda guy ;)

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