White Hot Kiss - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Join me as I dive into a new JLA series for the first time ever! I'm late to the game, but I'm finally diving into the Dark Elements series! Read on for my review!
One Kiss could be the Last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, and go out on a real date with the gorgeous Zayne, whom she's crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is anything but normal. She's half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one els possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla's kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it's tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne—and brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her. But as Layla discovers she's the sole reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.
Demons and Gargoyle/Wardens oh my! I really enjoyed this read. It was easy to get into, easy to get through. I love the concept behind Layla and the supernatural characters; they're an interesting spin on demons/demon hunters trope. The characters are seemingly flat here personality wise, but I'm sure that will change in the next books... this is JLA after all. No one is who they seem in the first books! I'm excited to see how Layla and Roth and Zayne grow.
Roth is swoon worthy oh my god. I love him! Tattoos, piercings, dark and brooding looks... sign me up! Zayne is attractive and sweet but makes me want to smack him sometimes. Maybe it's because I've been on a New Adult kick and haven't read YA in a while, but Zayne and Layla both seemed a little overly naïve for me to really 100% enjoy them. I do enjoy the tension between our favorite characters.
BAMBI. Bambi is a kick ass familiar and I love love LOVE the idea of a tattoo that can come off your body and eat people who make you mad. I want a Bambi.
Layla is an interesting character. Like other JLA lead females (namely Poppy), she's virginal and pure and that's important to her character. And losing that purity is just as important to her character. While I do appreciate the anti-slut shaming present in JLA's books, it felt a little repeated. I know this series came out well before FBAA, but I read it after so I can't help the comparisons!
JLA also comes in with another heart-wrenching cliffhanger. UGH. Overall, a very nice read and I will absolutely be continuing the series!