White hot kiss (The dark elements 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: February 25th 2014
My rating: 4.5 stars
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.
First of all this book needs a cover change because the cover does not do the amazing story justice. Second this book may be my favourite Jennifer L. Armentrout book to date, And third This was such a fun book and I flew thru it.
This book is about Layla a 17-year-old girl that just happens to be half demon, half warden. She is the only one in existence and seeing as how a Wardens job is to kill demons her life is a bit complicated. She has been raised by wardens and has never quite felt accepted, which is understandable seeing as how half of them wants to kill her and even her best friend Zayne doesn’t fully trust her. The main reason for all the mistrust is the fact that she does not have any warden abilities only demon ones. She can see auras, mark demons and suck out peoples souls with a kiss. The wardens that are opposed to killing her only let her live because her ability to mark demons is useful to them, so it is understandable that she doesn’t feel at home amongst them. She hates her demon side and feels like a failure because she can’t always control the urge to taste someone’s soul, until a demon named Roth enters the picture and makes her question what the wardens have taught her.
What I liked
The romance. The relationship in this book develops slowly and the scenes between Layla and Roth are full of chemistry and hilarious one-liners. They are so good together and understand each other perfectly.
Roth. Roth is the prince of hell. He rides a motorbike and has a snake named bambi. He is a demon and is expected to be selfish, bad and incapable of love, but in reality, he is none of those things. He is sarcastic, funny and maybe a little bad but definitely not evil.
The fantastical elements. The wardens are gargoyles that has gone public because there are too many demons for them to fight without humans finding out. The humans believe that the wardens are only helping the police keep the city safe because they don’t know about demons. Wardens are basically indestructible when they are in their true form (aka stone) and very strong. The demons are well demons. They look human, but they have different abilities that can all be used to hurt humans. There are different level of demons, the most dangerous being high demons because they have almost unlimited powers.
Layla. Layla has grown up believing that half of her is evil and living amongst people that don’t trust her and want her dead. She also knows that she will never ever kiss someone because of the soul sucking, and yet she is a positive person. She tries to look at the good things in her life and has managed to fight her demonic urges for 17 years, which considering how strong they are, is pretty impressive.
What I didn’t like
Zayne. Zayne has known Layla his entire life. She is his best friend and yet he is quick to assume the worst of her and doesn’t fully trust her. He also makes her feel bad about her demon side a lot. Sure, he is hot, all muscly, with blond hair and he really does care about Layla. He just makes some bad choices and acts like a doshe most of the time.
The wardens. I though I would love the wardens, because gargoyles just sound awesome. Sadly, most of the wardens were total douchbags, who hated Layla just because she was part demon. They were completely stuck at the idea of all demons being bad and al wardens being good and refused to even consider that this might not be the case. There were a few ok wardens but mostly they were horrible.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, action-packed and easy to get through. I will definitely be continuing with the series and recommend it to anyone who likes bad boys with golden hears, Jennifer L. Armentrout or YA fantasy/Magical realism.
Have any of you read White hot kiss? What did you think?