Book Review: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Every Last Breath

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements (#3)

Publisher: July 28th 2015

Published: Harlequin Teen

Summary:Some loves will last ’til your dying breath
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…”

Review

What to say… What to say… This book… Well, it wasn’t that good. We started with an awesome book, got a middle book that was simply bad and now ended this should-have-been-great series with… this. Every Last Breath was way better than Stone Cold Touch but none of the sequels did justice to Hot White Kiss. Also, who decided on the horrible book cover changes? The head of the marketing department should be fired. As such, I am using the Kindle cover edition, which is not great but so much better than the new lame ones.

Every Last Breath picks up right where Stone Cold Touch ended, with the gang fining out that the Lillin was already born and had incorporated Sam’s form for a while now. I’m not here to say the premise isn’t good. It is, oh if it isn’t. I just feel like the author didn’t give a damn about this series… The Wardens, Alphas and even the witches want to catch the Lillin so as to not let Lillith get out of Hell. The story was going to a good place and it ended well. However, we never did find out Layla’s exact abilities and some things don’t get all that well resolved. I felt like I needed more, I just didn’t get what I was expecting from Every Last Breath.

We all knew that Roth would end up with Layla (thank god!) and she fortunately decided to stop leading Zayne on pretty fast in terms of chapters. However, I couldn’t help but be so frustrated at how Zayne handled things. He always seemed like the personification of all things good and now he was just kept reminding me of a proud caveman jock. It was bad guys. And when it all turns out good he doesn’t get the ending he deserved, full closure and all. We just get a speck of what might happen in the future and what I saw didn’t really convince me, Jennifer L. Armentrout didn’t manage sell me that possible story line.

But the worst of it all is what happens to a certain favourite character of everyone, and it’s obvious I’m talking about Bambi. This is the part that most baffled me because I just didn’t understand the point of this at all. It was a senseless and illogical decision of the author to make this happen. Why did Roth had to give up Bambi to the witches all of a sudden? I see that this demonstrates Roth’s love for Layla and the measure of what he would do for her but it freaking doesn’t make sense. It was stupid and in my most honest opinion a bad decision from the author. It was unnecessary and doesn’t bring anything new to the plot.

I’m not really going to say anything more because in all that is truth I don’t have many things to say about this book except shake my head at it. I was expecting so much more and the best part was the beginning with Thumper’s appearance (the character that should have appeared more but only made its great entrance once in the first chapters *sigh*).

2.5 Chibis

Advertisements

Book Review: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2)

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements (#2)

Published: October 21st 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Blurb: “Every touch has its price. 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…”

Review

You know that moment when you pick up a book that you’re dying to read and when you finish it you just think “What the fuck did I just read?” Yeah… Stone Cold Touch was a bit like that. I’m sure my lovely co-blogger Sofyy would love to disagree with me and make me not write this review but I’m sorry to say that Stone Cold Touch sucks. Big time.

Now, those who know me and who follow me on goodreads know I LOVE Armentrout’s books, she’s a book goddess to me, so let’s just get this clear right away: whatever I say in this review is not against the author, I love her works and will continue to buy her books as soon as they get released. However, Stone Cold Touch was a huge disappointment and I can’t help but vent my frustration on a review.

White Hot Kiss ended with Roth being sucked into the pits of Hell while saving Layla. Stone Cold Touch picks up soon after that scene. Layla is mourning Roth, Zayne is there for her and Bambi is still being the lovely third wheel that won’t let Zayne get too close to Layla, which is fine by me! Suddenly, CHABAM, Roth is back. Shit is happening, a Lillith or whatever has been made and they must destroy it before it destroys the world. I have no problem with the action and where the story is going, for me it’s perfect but knowing JLA one must know there is a heavy dose of romance coming.

I love me some romance. You come to my house and open my bookshelves and you’re hit with rows and rows of romance books and manga! But I don’t like when the characters are desperate for it. Here we have Layla all hung up on Roth (and with reason! He’s perfect goddamnit) when he goes missing and Zayne is back in the game. He’s smart, obviously, who wouldn’t take this perfect chance to get the girl he likes? The problem here is that Zayne only started moving AFTER he found out she was with Roth. And then, Layla is so undecided about who she likes that she kisses Zayne and whatnot WHILE thinking about Roth. And when I say this I mean she is constantly thinking about Roth. While she kisses Zayne, while she touched Zayne’s fabulous abs, when she looks at Zayne, everytime! Okay, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m team Roth. He might have been a little of a jerk in the beginning of the book but it’s obvious he’s head over heels for Layla. It was incredibly frustrating to see how the story was developing and knowing that Layla was becoming dumb as a door.

Also, I don’t know what happened but Layla suffered a huge personality change. I’ve read White Hot Kiss some time ago, when it was released, so some things might not be as clear as they should be in my head, but I don’t remember Layla being this sassy or outgoing girl. Contrary to other JLA’s heroines, she was less badass, she was weaker in a sense, and that was perfectly fine. I was a bit thrown off with this change but I want to see where this is going.

On another point, fans of this author already expect cliffhangers as an ending. Although we do get one, I think this book fell short. There was no mystery to what was going to happen. I saw it coming miles away. It was so on your face, everyone can predict the final in the first chapters. It was sad and I just hope that JLA can make a big comeback and finish this series with a bang with Every Last Breath.

1.5 Chibis