WHITE HOT KISS (THE DARK ELEMENTS #1) - JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

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 - Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her dark side from those she loves. Especially Zayne, the completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on forever. Then she meets Roth - a demon who claims to know all her secrets. 

When Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Whatever you do, do not disregard this book because of everything you see above this line - the title, the cover and even the blurb.  I almost did...

When my most trusted friend practically begged for me to open this book and give it a chance I was more than a little uncertain.  I mean, White Hot Kiss...  And the cover!  That is not something I feel comfortable taking out in public, or even in front of my parents - you should have seen the look my mother gave me when I walked around carrying this bad boy...  And finally the blurb.  While, yes it outlines the basics of the story, it puts too much emphasis on the parts of the book that would appeal to a majority of teenage girls; boys, supernatural element, another guy, the end of the world - that kind of thing. 

To me, the book seemed like it would be some dumb, insipid paranormal book that focusses more on romance than an actual plot.  In some ways, I wasn’t wrong.  But despite this, I am glad I opened it.

So, Layla is a half demon, half gargoyle teen with the ability to see souls and take them from somebody with a single dementor-style kiss-of-death.  Her ambition to live an average life wasn’t really working out; having to go out every night to mark demons so that her family can kill them all.  No matter how fiercely she strived for normalcy, or as much as she could get living with a family of demon hunting hotties, DNA, inevitably, got in the way.

While I can’t call Layla a strong heroine, as she cowered behind those with more power than her, she develops and begins to comprehend her worth and abilities, showing that she is able to stand on her own for those she believes in.

With natural and witty dialogue, relatable reactions and a killer ending, this book is all anyone with an impressionable heart and romantic outlook could ask for.  It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, perhaps focusing too much on the unrealistic romance than the action and conflict for some.  But I enjoyed it thoroughly and can’t wait to dig into the next book.

Warning: If you abhor love-triangles, avoid!


Rating: 3/5


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