Review: White Hot Kiss (Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Layla just wants to fit in at school and go on a date with Zayne, whom she’s crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is a half demon, half gargoyle with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.

Then she meets Roth—a demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne, but as Layla discovers she’s the reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.”


I’m a sucker for angels and demons stories, and after reading From Blood and Ash this past summer, I’m officially a member of the Jennifer L. Armentrout fan club. I picked up White Hot Kiss, because I’m really interested in reading Storm and Fury which takes place in the same world. (That felt like a lot of explaining for just one book but whatever). The other reason I picked this book up was because I was just coming off a reading slump. I love Armentrout’s writing style so I knew that it would be perfect for me at the moment.

White Hot Kiss has an interesting take on the world of angels and demons, adding gargoyles into the mix. I also always enjoy taking fantasy or magical elements and introducing them into the modern world. So everyone is trying to keep to the status quo so that humans don’t realize that these creatures walk among them. This novel is pretty formulaic. It definitely checks off a lot of boxes of young adult fantasy. Layla, our lead, has been an outsider her whole life. She finds herself in a love triangle, with the quintessential good guy and bad boy. So, obviously White Hot Kiss isn’t doing anything to really blow the doors off this genre. That being said, I really enjoy Armentrout’s writing style. She is able to create these characters that are incredibly easy to fall in love with or even hate. Her world building is fantastic and her books are just really entertaining.

Overall, this book is enjoyable even if it is formulaic. If you know that you enjoy Armentrout’s books, then you are going to enjoy this one. I’m excited to see where this series goes.

RATING: 7/10

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