White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

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White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)

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.”

– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455585-white-hot-kiss)

I know I’ve said this before, in another review, but I’ll say it again: Jennifer L. Armentrout is, right now, one of my favorites YA authors. Her books might have some issues, but I still love them. For me, a good book is one that distracts me, that steals me away for some hours. White Hot Kiss did that. While I was reading, I didn’t pay attention to the issues other reviewers pointed out, such as it is too formulaic or the guys are too perfect. I am not saying that those observations are invalid or untrue, but I didn’t notice and wasn’t bothered by those issues.

I found the concept of gargoyles very interesting. They are a new set of creatures for me, and that made this book refreshing. You see, we all know that vampires drink blood, werewolves shift during full moons etc. But what do we know about gargoyles? Next to nothing (at least in my case).

As for the characters, Layla sometimes frustrated me, especially in the beginning, by belittling herself (which was not her fault, to be honest). Zayne and Roth were the other elements of the love triangle. While this love triangle did not stare me in the face as several others out there, it did exist. Zayne, in my opinion, had nothing on Roth, when it comes to book boyfriends. Roth was far more spicy and alluring. In real life, however, I think I’d have to pick Zayne, as he is steadier, and, therefore, the less likely to fill my life with drama (why am I speculating about fictional characters? I have to get a grip). Oh, before I finally finish the rant about Zayne and Roth, I have to say that I would never trust Roth with naming anyone (Bambi? Really?)

Plotwise, some things were predictable, others, not so much. I did not see the big revelation at the end coming, and it certainly did put Layla in a twisted mess… It would be really nice to see a confrontation about that twist in the next books.

Now, I have to wait until nearly November *wails* for the next book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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