Sunday, August 26, 2018

Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)
Cover Source: GoodReads
Title: White Hot Kiss
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Version Reviewed: Finished, Audiobook

GoodReads Synopsis:
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 is one of those books that has been on my to-read list from the moment that it was released. Jennifer L. Armentrout has such a following that I desperately wanted to read her works and learn what all the fuss was about. I read a few of the books in the Lux series a while back but never ended up finishing them. I may eventually return to them but, for now, I plan to read some of her newer work.

The only way that I can describe White Hot Kiss is that it's very reminiscent of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (just with gargoyles and demons). There's a ton of action, a love triangle, family secrets, and a group that makes it their mission to keep the bad guys at bay.

I found the Wardens very reminiscent of Shadowhunters, but I absolutely loved the fact that the general populace knew about them. It was not a secret and it made things much more interesting, in my opinion, to have the main characters friends and schoolmates be aware of what she was and what her "family" did.

I do have to admit that the gargoyle thing was a little weird for me but, considering this is a very first in that genre that I've read, I had an open mind about it and was happy to give it a chance. It wasn't as odd as I thought it would be and I actually found it slightly fascinating.

As for the characters, I must admit that I did, at times, find Layla's character to be slightly annoying and a bit childish. As the story continued, however, her character seemed to mature and she became much more likeable. I did enjoy Zayne's character as I found myself wanting to know what was going on inside of his head, and Roth, well, Roth was just a hottie that had nothing but redeeming qualities. Minus the demon part. :)

Overall a pretty good story. The ending did throw me for a loop and left me with a ton of questions and the want to know more. I can't say for sure if I'll read the next book in the series, but it's definitely likely!

Rating: 4 Stars

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