Category: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal (romance)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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.
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.
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
This is a new series written by the amazingly talented Jennifer L. Armentrout and I’m telling you… You will die waiting for the sequel! Prepare yourself, I’m going to fangirl shamelessly. 😉
I’m hopelessly in love with this book. Seriously.
While the first couple of chapters had me unsure for some reason, I soon couldn’t put it down. I read it in two days, picking it back whenever I had even 5 minutes of free time because I needed to know what would happen to Layla and also because I had a big crush on Roth and I wanted to ‘see’ him again.
Can you hear me sigh? I’m pretty sure Roth is the new book boyfriend of lots of readers. I mean, a tattooed demon? Come on! He’s irresistible and he brings that feistiness we all love in the genre and in YA books. Moreover, he’s not all cliché and the author really polished his characterization.
Speaking of characterization, I think all characters have this little something that makes this book not just a story, but a real adventure. The whole atmosphere is there, always palpable which makes it so very thrilling to always discover more. Needless to say that I’m eagerly waiting for the next installment.
Layla, the main character is also very interesting. She’s young, but she’s not all whinny contrary to what we often see in YA books. She’s strong and I could identify myself to her, that helps a lot to better delve into a paranormal story. I truly like this character and I hope I won’t be disappointed in the next installment.
Zayne is also a character very interesting even if so far he paled compared to Roth. If I have something negative to say, it’d be that I think Zayne is lacking in characterization in a way. I’d like to know more about him even if I already know that he will never take Roth’s place in my heart. 😉
The plot itself is interesting, different in a way and I let myself get swept in. The resolution is a little too fast for my taste, maybe too ‘easy’ in a way, but it also makes me want the sequel even more.
The end… Let me tell you that if you have yet to read this book, you’ll want to yell and scream your head’s off once you’re finished with it.
I recommend this book if you enjoy reading YA paranormal books, and to be honest even if you’re not all that much into YA as this book is not your typical YA book. Jennifer L. Armentrout is definitely a talented author and one of my favorites.
Who read this book already? What do you think about Roth? And Zayne? Who is your favorite?