Sunday, February 2, 2014

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
The Dark Elements Series, Book 1
Expected publication date:  February 25, 2014

Description (taken from Jennifer L Armentrout's website):
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.

This book is pure young adult paranormal romance, it's not even funny.  And have you ever heard of someone writing about gargoyles?  Talk about something different.  It's like the Soul Screamers series meets the Sweet trilogy, but a little less sweet (more gritty).  My first Jennifer L Armentrout book definitely did not disappoint.

Layla, part demon-part gargoyle, was raised by the Wardens (commonly known as gargoyles) with the intention to deny her demonic half.  Always knowing she was less than the Wardens due to her demonic heritage, she works hard to prove herself by marking demons for Wardens to take out (e.g. kill and send back to the world below).  She's never questioned her role in this world until she meets a demon named Roth.  Roth makes her question the very nature of good and evil and whether or not she could kiss him without hurting him.  Eventually the story will begin to unfold around Layla.  She'll find out who she is, why she is, and maybe (just maybe) find her place in this world of gargoyles and demons.

From the very first page, Layla's personality jumps at you.  It's full of quirk, humor, and spark.  I quite enjoyed learning her history (as she knew it) and watching her try to hide her crush on Zayne (her adopted brother).  And then Roth entered the picture.  He's one of those guys with too much confidence that you just want to punch sometimes.  And even though he's a demon, we find he has feelings and the ability to choose which path to follow.  But back to the story: it was so fun to follow along the plotlines.  I truly enjoyed it.

For fans of the Soul Screamers series, I highly recommend picking up this book.  It won't disappoint.  And I'm really looking forward to picking up Obsidian one day.  This author's writing style is perfect for the genre.  Now if only the second one was out already...

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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