Monday, 2 June 2014
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout
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.
I don't know what it says about me but the possibles flaws in this book, from it stereotypical slutty best friend to world-revolves-around-me heroine, from the (again) typical almost-love triangle to the more-sexual tension-than-plot, I don't care, this book was hilarious and adorable and so dramatic it verges on soap opera. I'm a sucker for dark romance and this, with it's demon powers and gargoyles being the guardians between good and evil, I just loved it.
Layla was sort of-almost spoiled and her "I must make up for having demon blood even though that's not my fault" thing was admirable if naive and a little stupid. However, she was quite easy to like, despite having nothing that makes her stand out. Apart from the demon blood of course, but let's not go into that. She was having sort of a rough time of it at the moment, with more and more demons coming topside and apparently having a thing for her. Then she meets Roth, an Upper Level demon with amazing strength and incredibly good looks, who should be a bad guy but saves her from another demon trying to nom her face.
Roth was your typical bad guy with a good heart: hot, a tough guy, always around to save the day. He was incredibly sarcastic and would have been annoying if he wasn't so funny. I adored their relationship, as basic as it was. Although Layla had no actual skills of her own, she wasn't about to let Roth, a guy she had the hots for but shouldn't trust, swoop in and save her every time.
As for the plot, it was your typical good girl and bad guy team up to save the world. The mythology behind the gargoyles/Wardens and their eternal battle with Hell was very cool; I always appreciate how it was slipped into the plot when and where it was necessary so it wasn't an overload of information. The demon blood in Layla becomes a major plot point - of course it does - one that I sort of saw coming but really liked the detail and complexity behind it.
Armentrout's novels are something of a guilty pleasure of mine; the flowing plot, the hot romances, the dark and sometimes gritty twist on mythology, I loved it all. The ending was especially surprising and gripping and I can't wait to see what happens next in this series.
Published 4th March 2014 by MiraInk. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.