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

I was very excited when I first encountered the book. I mean, another Jennifer L. Armentrout book? It must be good. Especially that how cool, intriguing gargoyles are? I'd never read about gargoyles. Although I heard good as well as bad about it, I didn't back off, I read the book, and I didn't regret it at all.

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published February 25th 2014
Pages: 400 pages


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.

My thoughts:

Now, I am officially a J. L. A. fan. I loved Obsidian, too, but for me to be a fan means I don't like only one of the certain author's books. And this. Well, let's just say I wasn't disappointed. Not at all.

To begin with, Armentrout one of the those people who can master words in such a fascinating and enthralling way, that very few people can. I already noticed it in Obsidian, but how she does so in this book is incredible. A sentence kept coming to my mind while I was reading White Hot Kiss; words are powerful. They are. And she definitely knows how to guide the reader through her books, how to make a ginormous impact so that they, we feel everything she wants us to feel. The sorrow, the fear, the glee, the happiness, we live it with the characters. And not just this, but her lingo is also very amusing, very neatly inserted puns color her books.

Secondly, the world, as always, very well-built. I know, I always say this, but usually the books I read has an intriguing, considerately-built world. The gargoyles idea was unique and frankly, great. They have an interesting appearance and their own rules, habits, living and we get to know a lot of things about them, fortunately because it really is something unusual, new and exciting. There are demons, too but not the usual stuff. There are many types of demons, small and bigger ones, more human-like and less human-like, shifting forms and auras and so on. The author has taken the whole demon thing to a whole new level. The only teeny tiny issue was that there were a few things that were present in White Hot Kiss as well as Obsidian, like true form, the light-thing, the tingling that Layla, the half-breed feels when she's in the vicinity of a pure and even the fact that she's half-this half-that, but it takes nothing away from the story, I swear.

And last but not least, about the characters. Layla is a really lovable, nice character. She's not a superhero, sometimes she needs rescuing and she has bad days. She also has her problems, the same as other 'normal' teenagers, but there is other than that, too, related to the fact that she is half gargoyle and half demon. But she is not a whining, depressed, suicidal somebody, she's actually quite cheerful and optimist. I can't describe her any better and accurate than by saying that she's affable.

Zayne is very close to her, and would give his life for her. He doesn't always make the right choice, neither does Layla by the way, but I grew to like him and he is a good person. His father is Abbot, the head of the clan, which results that he has some pressure on him, but at the end of the day, he'd put Layla before his father, who is stubborn and stern but mostly governed by the greater purpose.

Roth is a special demon. Or at least a different one. I'd leave the mysterious part to you to find out, I don't want to spoil anything, but what you need to know is that for the first sight he seems similar to Deamon from Obsidian, but he's not like him. The resemblance comes down to the fact that Armentrout wrote this book first and then the Obsidian, and Deamon is based on Roth but their main characteristics are different. It's hard to point out them without ruining any of the books (this and any of the Lux series) so I'll present very few. Let's start off with saying that although Roth is not all that bad, he's not the good guy, either; he is much more bold when it comes to Layla, than Deamon to Katy. Moreover he gives her more space in fights and adventure, however he doesn't like the thought of it, either. His whole demeanor is more sassy, but coming down to the core, he's more insecure than Deamon. I hope I succeeded in persuading you that they aren't that similar because it would be a shame not to read it just because they seem so. If you read it, you'll see yourself. :)


Cover: 4/5

Characters: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

World: 5/5

Overall rating:     

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About the author:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

Other books from the author: 

She has numerous other young adult series and individual novels. You can check them out HERE.

And she also writes New Adult and romance novels as J. Lynn. You can check these out HERE.

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