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Title: White Hot Kiss
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publisher: Mira Ink
Publication Date: 1 March 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
OMG guys you are totally not going to believe this, you know I have a total freak-fest about snakes welllll I’m considering making an exception for Bambi (I know – colour me completely shocked).
Told in first person narrative from Layla’s perspective, being half warden and half demon she doesn’t feel as if she fits in anywhere. She is isolated, a problem exasperated by her ability to suck out your soul. Only a little problem, right? I despised the way Layla was treated, alienated within her own home, it made my heart ache for her.
There are many layers to the story and it is obvious that secrets about Layla’s origins are being kept from her. The justification for keeping things from Layla intensifies the plot tension. While a love triangle is hinted at, you have to consider the many forms of love, romantic and platonic and make up your own mind. Just have to get this out there but I have a total thing for Roth
The exploration of free-will versus fate/destiny within the narrative was thought provoking while adding another element to the plot. Alongside this runs the nature versus nurture debate in an ingenious fashion, are we all doomed to become self-fulfilling prophecies? White Hot Kiss challenges preconceived notions especially regarding the ‘looks can be deceiving’ adage.
Jennifer’s trademark banter between her characters shines through the narrative and adds humor to the book as a whole while endearing the characters further. You know I’m a total sucker for sarcasm
White Hot Kiss is action packed, tension fueled story topped with sizzling electric chemistry. I couldn’t get enough, the last page came way too fast yet not fast enough lol. This is one of those series where you have a countdown set to know exactly when you’re going to get your next fix.