Review: Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…”

REVIEW:

And that’s it, I have finished the Dark Elements Series. I am shocked at how fast I flew through Every Last Breath. This series had been pretty formulaic up until this book, so I had thought I knew how things were going to play out and boy was I wrong.

*Some spoilers below…*

Every Last Breath picks up right where Stone Cold Touch left off which was perfect since it ended on a crazy cliffhanger. So we pick up with Layla’s world being ripped apart because of the Lillin. I thought they were really going to drag out Layla’s decision between Zayne and Roth. She makes a decision in the first third of the book, and it was so refreshing. We actually get to enjoy Roth and Layla together for a majority of the book. I also thought there was going to be a build up to this big battle, and while a crazy battle did happen it was not the end of the Lillin. I do wish that there had been more of a team up between the Wardens and the demons, instead of just like 2 demons and the Wardens of D.C..

It did feel a little rushed in some places, but I loved the conclusion and that we were given closure. Often times with these YA series, it just abruptly ends, or there is a super short epilogue. In Every Last Breath, there are several chapters after the Lillin is defeated. We are given a glimpse into how things will be moving forward.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It did not play out at all like I was expecting which is really exciting. I definitely recommend this series if you are a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout. I will be diving into more of her series since I really have fallen in love with her books this year.

RATING: 3.5/5

Review: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Dark Elements #2)

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…”

REVIEW:

Alright, so I had a bit harder time getting through Stone Cold Touch. I still enjoyed it and when I got to the last 100 pages, it really flew by for me. I felt like this book was just a rehash of White Hot Kiss. Layla, once again spends most of the novel confused, and being treated like completely crap by the Wardens. Though most of the time, Layla’s confusion makes sense. There isn’t anyone she can go to about her powers, because there isn’t anyone like her. She also started having feelings for Roth, while still having a crush on Zayne. When you are seventeen, that is an awful lot. I guess I just grew frustrated because it was the same problems essentially as the first novel. It didn’t show any growth for Layla.

I was frustrated with Roth, with his whole I’m gonna be a dick to keep Layla safe. I also grew frustrated with Zayne, because it felt like he never treated Layla’s concerns as valid. She had every right to be concerned for his safety and he would just brush those concerns aside. Which her concerns are proven as valid towards the end of the novel. As I was reading, I just kept getting frustrated with how everything felt repetitive. It felt like we were just biding our time until we could get to the moment when something big could happen, and then move onto the next portion of the story.

Overall, I still enjoyed Stone Cold Touch, but it definitely has middle book syndrome. I still enjoyed the characters, and was so happy that Stacey had finally been let in on Layla’s secret. The cliffhanger was exciting, and I will be interested to see where this series goes.

RATING: 2.5/5