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

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.”

REVIEW:

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