Updated: Jan 22, 2021
White Hot Kiss
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Inkyard Press
Book 1 in 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.
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Foul language Young Adult Exciting
Steamy moments Supernatural Emotional
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout is the first book in The Dark Elements series. It features Layla, a half-Warden, half-Demon girl, who struggles with who she is, and faces a life of loneliness, due to the fact that a kiss means taking someone's soul. She has a huge crush on her best friend Zayne, a Warden who she can never be with. Enter Roth, a demon assigned to make sure Layla isn't used in a current demon uprising. Roth teaches her that not everything is right or wrong. There is a gray area. And the fact that he has no soul, gives Layla a chance at a life she has always wanted, but never could have.
I loved this book! Layla is a breath of fresh air in the world of young adult characters. She's not perfect. She struggles. It's a supernatural book, but there are a lot of different things going on in it. We have Layla, trying to ignore her demon side, and doing everything she can to make her adopted family, and especially Zayne, proud of her and see her as a Warden. Until Roth comes along, and shows her that being a demon doesn't mean you are evil. Just like being a Warden doesn't make you good. Free Will. No matter what blood runs through your veins, or how you are raised, you can choose to be the person you want to be. There's the romance aspect of the story, which I loved just as much. I think it's obvious who she is meant to be with (and I am not just saying that because I accidentally started reading the Harbinger series first, a spin-off of this one, and already know). It's not that one is better than the other. Both are great guys. Even knowing how it ends, thanks to me not paying attention to which book to start first, I can't wait to see how we get there.
The last ten chapters of the book had me crying on and off too, for different reasons. I appreciate that we get a female hero, who isn't your classic hero. She stumbles. She does some not so great things (even though in my eyes, it's justified). We get too many "perfect" female protagonists, and it's nice, especially in the young adult genre, that we have a character that represents real human nature (even if she isn't human herself).
I highly recommend this book if you like a well written, non-cheesy supernatural ro