Jennifer Armentrout is one of my favorite authors of all time. One of the most amazing things about her is that she writes a bunch of books and publishes them every year. Most authors only publish one or two books a year. In fact, Jennifer wrote these books- the Dark Elements and had it published in about a year. Amazing, huh? Like all of Jennifer's books, Every Last Breath was a fun, sarcastic and all together amazingly written book. The action scenes were on point and the romance was breath taking. Trust me, this series is not one you'll want to miss out on. The first book is called White Hot Kiss and it was released a little over a year ago. I can promise there will be no spoilers in this part from Every Last Breath but I can't promise it to be spoiler free for the previous two books. Now, if you've yet to read the first two books, I don't know what you've been doing but now you should go pick up the first book, White Hot Kiss from a bookstore near you.
"I'm not here. Nope. I'm not the awkward third party, having to witness you two eat each other's face."
Here's the synopsis for White Hot Kiss:
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.
"I still want to strangle you. But in the most loving way possible."
Anyway back to my review of Every Last Breath. It was not a let down from the rest of the books. Even though the book wasn't especially long, the ending didn't feel rushed. The book actually felt perfect, in the way it was written and how the story ended. If you didn't know, this book is different from any other book written. Why? Because Jennifer held a vote online between the two boys- Roth and Zayne and whoever was voted the most got chosen by Layla in this book. Obviously I'm not going to say who won, but I can tell you that Layla chose a lot earlier in the story than I suspected.
Every Last Breath is a thrilling and fantastic ending to the Dark Elements Trilogy. I'm sad to see it be over. I'm giving this book an 8/10 stars because it was a great book and I found myself satisfied at the end. Guys, guys, Gena Showalter wrote the blurb on the front! How awesome is that?
SPOILERS BELOW FOR EVERY LAST BREATH
I was almost positive Layla would choose Roth when I started the book. But then I started to feel a little more hesitant. I started worrying that maybe all that time I spent voting wouldn't mean anything and that maybe Zayne would win out. If that happened I'm not sure if I could finish the book. I feel that I'm kind of a bad person on the Zayne thing. Why? Because I was laughing joyfully as she told Zayne it wasn't him she loved and he got angry.
Aw when Layla came back and Roth and the familiars were ridiculously drunk? That was so great. Loved that scene. Having Layla and Roth together for the majority of the book was heaven for me. Yeah, heaven with the prince of hell. the crowned prince of hell.
I was laughing so hard when Thumper came out play.
"You... you have a...a pocket-size dragon?"
"Is it... stomping its feet?"
"He doesn't get out much."
"For obvious reasons."
"Alphas had Facebook Accounts?"
Yeah, and hell uses massive group text messages.
"Don't hate. Procreate." Best line of the book.
"You boinked Lilith."
HAHA the confrontation with Elijah was interesting. I wasn't exactly expecting that but then the Lilin saved Layla... and became Elijah. I was kinda sad we never really got to say goodbye to Sam, but that's how life is sometimes- you don't get to say goodbye.
"I think your mind just went into the gutter."
"Shortie, my mind exists there."
This is something I'm curious about, can familiars die? I thought we might see Bambi die in this book but... :( Bambi got taken away by that horrid witch coven. I can't believe that happened and whenever I think about it, it makes me increasingly sad. Poor Bambi. Hey, if Bambi killed the whole witch coven would that count as Roth backing out of his deal? Here's a bright spot- Layla and Roth have eternity to wait for the coven to die, then they can take Bambi back!
"Dumbass sighed. "I'm Robin. You know, your real familiar. Not the parasite who needs to go back to Daddy.""
Seriously, even though I dislike real tattoos- if I could get a familiar, I'd get a bunch. Yeah, I'd probably get some kittens and a dragon and probably a unicorn just to be awesome.... if familiars existed I'd be covered in tattoos...... Maybe it's a good thing they don't exist.
I found it surprising that Lilith saved Layla. Definitely was not expecting that one. Though, it's unclear if she did it to save herself or not I'm choosing to give Lilith the benefit of the doubt. Also, she did say she felt the purest form of love when she first held Layla so....
WHO THE HECK IS MORRIS?! He gives Roth the creeps and hangs out with the Boss.... I'm confuddled.