Saturday, February 14, 2015

Review: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Element #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 2014
400 pages, kindle edition
Source: Purchased through Amazon
Genre: Ypung Adult, Romance, Paranormal, New Adult, Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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.

My Review:
Strong messages about friendship, love, trusting your instincts, believing in yourself and others, family unity, helping those in need, and being open-minded. Good vs. evil is not always so clear-cut or black and white. If you think someone might be doing something wrong, don't jump to conclusions without thinking things through. Profiling other people by their actions or appearances is not using good judgment.

Layla's a strong heroine. She's gutsy and doesn't back down. Even though she's part-demon, part-gargoyle, she's still a teen. Layla attends school to try to fit in and have a normal life. But when she learns some mean kids are spreading rumors about her, she wants to stop them. Her friends, Sam and Stacey, are always by her side. They are caring and funny but don't know what she really is. Layla's afraid to tell them for fear they won't like her anymore. Layla lives with a group of gargoyles known as Wardens. Gargoyles are similar to guardian angels. The head of the Wardens, Abbot, acts as a father figure toward Layla. She listens to him...most of the time. Same goes for Zayne, Abbot's son. Layla is very attracted to Zayne, who is kind, sweet, and overprotective. Roth, a demon, is also kind, loyal, protective, heroic, and sexy. He helps Layla in times of need.

My Rating:


  1. Jennifer L. Armentrout did indeed challenge our perception of what's bad and what's evil. That was very interesting and I did not expect that out of this book :)
    The second book is even better in my opinion :D I hope you will get to read that one as well.

    Cucie @ Cucie reads

    1. I'll try and get my hands on it, I didn't mind this book that much