Every last breath – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Every last breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Synopsis – Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

Average rating – 4,38/5 stars

Review – This is the last book in the Dark elements trilogy. I have to say that some parts of it were amazing, such as the lack of a love triangle! ( YAY!)  Layla finally makes up her mind, in the first 70 pages of the book. This however just increases the passionate “love scenes” which do get a little annoying.

The actual plot is brilliant, as they go hunt for the Lilin. At the end of Stone cold touch we find out who the Lilin is, and how it is connected to Layla in many ways other than just blood. The connection is how they are always able to find each other. The walk to Hell was fascinating as once more we see some of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sarcasm and epic humour through Layla’s meeting with Grim… as in the Grim Reaper! Oh and Bambi… the Warden eating snake can actually turn into a woman down under! ( That is Hell… not Australia).

Abbot… oh you are still kind of an ass… but you shall be forgiven!

Danika and Nickolai! yes I am so happy about this small fact, because they are important characters, and they good wardens. Nickolai lost his wife and child during child birth… and Danika loved Zayne. Them getting close in the end was awesome!

Same goes for Stacey and Zayne! They are friends, and they are able to talk and support each other through tough times. Stacey being human and thrust into the world of Wardens and demons. (Thumper did destroy her house).

Overall, it seemed to end a little to perfectly, but perhaps that is me being just overly critical. This series is an absolute must read! Please ignore the terrible covers and titles, because at first I was sceptical of reading these books but now I love them!

My rating – 4,5/5 Stars

Happy Reading!

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Stone Cold Touch – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Stone Cold Touch – book 2

Synopsis – Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Average rating – 4,47/5 Stars

Review – Team Roth! Zayne is so annoying… all he does is be overprotective and pretend to be bad ass when in actual fact he always does what he is told, especially when it comes to Abbott ( his father). The love triangle was so incredibly frustrating, as Layla kept going from Roth to Zayne and back again, pissing both of them off and confusing both the readers and herself. Laylawas annoying on a ”Bella-Swan-level” and that says a lot (once again sorry Twilight fans)! It felt like the issue wasn’t deciding whom she loved as a person, but who’s body was hotter. Every time she would look at one of them, a description of abs or some other body part would occur.

The actual plot was interesting, as Roth returns from hell and the Lilin is on the run. Throughout the book, both the Wardens and demons try to figure out who the Lilin is, and many come to the conclusion that it is Layla. This causes a lot of turmoil along the way, and the book ends in a huge plot twist.

My rating – 3,5/ 5 stars

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White Hot Kiss – Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

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White Hot Kiss – Book 1

Synopsis – 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.

Average rating – 4,29/5 Stars

Review – First of all, ignore the cover and the title of the book because in my opinion they look bad and make a lot of people feel sceptical about picking up this book. Seriously, no amount of great marketing can help when the cover and title of the book looks like a continuation of 50 Shades of grey.It seem like it could be some sort of cheesy romance story along the lines of Twilight ( no offence Twilight fans), that is actually rather messy and very cliche. Either way the title “White hot kiss” does not say much about the book, however it does have some relevance to the main character ( Layla) who has never kissed anyone due to her demon – soul sucking powers.

Right from the start this book is brilliant as it sucks you in with the action and humour from Chapter 1! The high level of humour and sarcasm keeps the book light, where in some places it can discuss uncomfortable topics such as virginity and child abandonment. Layla is a kick ass character, yet she isn’t made out to be completely perfect and unbeatable, which makes her more realistic. Roth’s character is portrayed at first as the stereotypical demon, but as the book progresses, the character development is excellent. All the character change in their own ways, mostly becoming more mature as they deal with many crisis. Sam and Stacy are two human characters that make the world building more realistic. They are funny, and in the next two books very important.

The book has a love triangle between Layla, the boy she grew up with (Zayne the warden), and a demon (Roth) that she meets unexpectedly at the start of the book, and who turns her beliefs about demons and warden upside-down. I don’t hate  love triangles as a concept, but I still found this one to be a little forced and irritating at times. No matter how many times Layla wanted Zayne, it seemed obvious straight away that Roth took his place the moment they met, and that Zayne was more of a brother than a boyfriend. I hope that the love triangle doesn’t continue for the rest of the books.

My rating – 4/5 Stars

New books from Amazon! What to read next…?

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 Ashes – Isla J. Bick – First book in the Ashes trilogy.

Synopsis – It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

Average rating – 3.94/5 Stars

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Shadows – 2nd book in the Ashes trilogy

Average rating – 3.76/5 Stars

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Monsters – 3rd book in the Ashes trilogy.

Average Rating – 3.70/5 Stars

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Throne of glass – Sarah J. Maas (1st book)

Synopsis – After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Average rating – 4,23/5 Stars

My rating – 4.5/5 Stars

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Crown of Midnight – 2nd book in the Throne of glass series

Average rating – 4.53/5 Stars

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

Heir of Fire – 3rd book in the series

Average rating – 4,60/5 Stars

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Stolen by Lucy Christopher 

Synopsis – It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

Average rating – 3,94/5 Stars

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Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma 

Synopsis – She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

Average Rating – 4,07/5 Stars

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