Series: The Dark Elements (book 1)
Publication Date: 25th February 2014
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.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I started this book the day after finishing the prequel novella – Bitter Sweet Love – because I couldn’t wait. I love the introduction to the world the prequel provided and wanted to know more and I was not left disappointed!
Layla was an interesting and engaging character, the world and mystery of her parentage was interesting and the by-play between the characters throughout the book was fantastic. I laughed. A lot.
It was everything I expected it to be and I inhaled it in one sitting.
However, I am confused.
I held off reading this book until the trilogy was complete so I could binge and enjoy without any inconvenient angsty waiting between books. I didn’t live in a cave, cut off from all chatter on the books, so I knew there was a love triangle between Layla – our little demon /warden hybrid – and a demon – Roth – and a warden – Zayne.
I was prepared. I was ready. I kinda like JLA love triangles because they just aren’t all that paiinful. There is always a clear choice and it’s just a matter of removing the obstacle to that choice; but because of the whole “you choose who she ends up with” campaign that was held leading up to the final book, I thought the choice would be less clear cut in this series… But it wasn’t! Zayne is a complete non-entity! A lingering childhood crush with no real fire behind it. Roth was the romantic focus and that was fine by me as I loved Roth. It was just bloody confusing with all the hyped chatter. All I can think is that, with the ending of this book – which was infuriatingly awesome! – that Zayne will make a romantic emergence in the next book; Stone Cold Touch.
I guess we’ll find out because I’m diving straight in immediately!
Paranormal fans! YA fans! Don’t miss out! Read!