February 04, 2015

White Hot Kiss by J.L Armentrout | A Review

First of all, a big sorry for the delay for the review of this wonderful book. I was busy with my exams, but since my exams will be ending in week, I'll be able to allot more time for the blog.

First of all, a warning. I am a huge fan of Jennifer.L.Armentrout, so, I maybe a little biased in my review. Only a little, I promise.



Title : White Hot Kiss ( A Dark Elements Novel )                     
Author : J.L.Armentrout
Genres : Urban Fantasy, Y.A romance
Pages : 286                    
Buy From : Amazon.com
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons in the New York Times bestselling first book of The Dark Elements series.
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.

White Hot Kiss is basically a fantasy novel about Layla, who is half warden- half demon. An offspring of two enemy races. The setting is a human world which knows about existence of wardens. Who are basically Gargoyles come to life. But the majority of the human population is unaware of the existence of demons and their home , the Hell.

It is in this world that Layla,17 lives. She is school student by day, but as soon as school time is over she becomes a tagger. Due to her unique genetics, if she touches a demon, they will instantly light up. But it is only visible to the Warden eyes. Her ability makes it easier for the wardens to eliminate demons.

Layla, who for ever had a crush on her childhood best friend cum awesome warden, Zayne, experiences much emotional conflict when the handsome demon Roth enters the picture.
The world is in danger and Layla maybe the only one who can save it from the apocalypse. But she is oppressed from the all the sides, lies told my Abbot, Elijah's hatred  for her, and her own inability to decipher her true feelings.

The primary characters were well developed, especially Zayne. Roth is the fun one while Zayne is the serious one( though not the brooding one). But I liked how the author had emotional depth to Roth's character by giving him his own insecurities which he accidentally reveals to Layla. The secondary characters are very much of Flush and Blood. I liked how the author used the quirks of the secondary characters to help Layla save the world and help her recognize her true feelings.

The book is well researched and the stories are tied together in a manner that keeps at the fast pace without being an info dump. The reason for the Apocalypse surprised me, I did not see that coming.
For trilogies, usually authors drag out the stories, but this is one book that complaint won't touch.

Although, I have to say the reason for keeping the existence of demons didn't quite convince me. I needed a stronger reason. Also, the make out scene between Roth and Layla was, I believe, quite ill-timed ( you have a world to save remember, don't get distracted now) but that scene showed how Roth was actually much more decent than the supposed Guardians of Faith, the Wardens.

Another underlying  theme that runs in the book is that there is no clear distinction between good and bad. Everything is not always black and white. Everyone has grey areas.

All in whole, the book was pretty awesome and it wraps up nicely. Even though it has a cliffhanger, it doesn't give that ' oh, it's not complete ' feeling some other book give. and I would recommend this to readers of urban fantasy as well as paranormal romance.

Rating : 4.5/ 5

P.S : I'll probably read the second book after the third also comes out. I wanna read it together.
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