Title: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: February 25th 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: ARC borrowed from Louisse of The Soul Sisters
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.I have a lot of things to say about this book, but if you're in a hurry and don't have time for my rambles, then this is all you need to know: I freaking loved White Hot Kiss. It's my most favorite JLA book right now - and that says a lot considering I loved every book of hers that I've read. It was so fun and easy to read because it had JLA's practically-signature wit and hilarity, but more, somehow.
From the first time I heard about this book, I was already curious about this fictional world. Gargoyles versus demons? Um, yes, please. I also wanted to know more about Layla, the protagonist. Just how had a demon and Warden gotten over their differences and come together to create her? The mix of the two races in her created a struggle between which side she would act on, and that was really interesting to watch. Raised among the Wardens - the good guys - she was taught to hate demons, but that also meant loathing a part of her that always threatened to go out of control.
Now I'll talk about the two boys who confused Layla more than the two bloodlines running inside her veins. There's Zayne, the Warden whom Layla was raised with and may as well be her brother, and Roth, the demon with the anaconda tattoo and whose intentions were questionable at first. Zayne was swoony enough, but there's just no trumping Roth with his pets and respect for Layla's decisions. Also, out of all the bad boys I've read about before, he's the one who had me snorting with laughter the most.
Roth snatched the arm out of the air, face incredulous. "Did you just throw this at my head? My head? Are you insane?But it's truly not Zayne's fault that he lost this fight, because he just wasn't in the spotlight as much as Roth was, and watching Layla fawn over Zayne wasn't nearly as much fun as watching her bickering while slowly liking Roth. Also, I enjoyed seeing them being more like siblings than lovers, though I hated how she'd get angry at him and then, moments later, give him a free pass and blame herself instead, and I hated it even more because Zayne would be like, "Hmm yeah, it is your fault, Layla." Ugh.
Addictive and unpredictable, White Hot Kiss will find at least one reason for it to stay in your hands until you've finished reading it, whether it's the entertaining characters or the action-packed plot. This book ripped my heart to shreds and had me despising free will, but most of all that its sequel is ten months away! :c
MY FAVORITE PART was the zombie in the school's basement =))