Publisher: Harlequin Teen (Feb 2014)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eARC (400 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher (Edelweiss) for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
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.
At A Glance
Fresh, fun, and fast paced!
I went into White Hot Kiss without remembering one lick of the blurb. And I am happy I didn’t because what I got was a happy surprise. The thing that stuck out most was the variety of demons and cool gargoyles Armentrout incorporated in her book. They felt fresh and unique compared to the regurgitated supernatural creatures we often see in other paranormal books. I mean, when was the last time you read a book with gargoyles in it?
It took me some time to warm up to Layla, but once I did, I loved her. She is such a lonely person. Being half demon and half gargoyle leaves her in a sort of limbo in which she belongs to neither group. Layla may have had a home to grow up in, but her adopted family never treated her with the love and acceptance she deserved. So when Roth, a demon, came into the picture and made Layla actually smile and feel free, I found myself feeling all warm and fuzzy. Layla deserves to finally be happy.
Roth, by far, was my favorite character. I liked how he made no excuse for being a little bad, but he also showed Layla that being a demon does not mean you have to be evil. Roth is so snarky and exhilarating to be around. He doesn’t let anything affect him, except for Layla of course. He really livened up this book. Zayne was also a good guy but his immaturity in some situations irked me. He does care deeply for Layla and often sticks up for her, but he is not always the friend she needs.
The action was well done, and the imagery was amazing. I could easily picture each demon and all it’s frightening glory. The romance is a big focus in this book, which was fine with me. The mystery was fun and exciting. I never quite guessed who was behind everything and why it was happening until Armentrout wanted me too. I am dying for the next book, especially with how everything ended. EEEE!
I think Armentrout missed some good opportunities to take this book from great to amazing. I kept thinking there was going to be some deeper meanings behind things, or huge secrets revealed that would devastate me, but none of that really happened. Sure, there were some good twists that kept this book going, but I hoped for awesomesauce twists that would blow my mind.
If you are looking for a kickass heroine, Layla is not for you. She is very childish and is in constant need of rescue. But of course, “she can take care of herself.” Pfft! Yeah, right.
Love Triangle Alert! This was actually a very sad love triangle because both men are equally in love with Layla and both are amazing men. Obviously, I like Roth more because he has that bad boy, carefree, snarky attitude. But either way, Layla making a decision is going to be devastating to one of them and I hate that.
There are some sexual situations that will get your blood pumping, but still young adult appropriate.
Though Layla could have been stronger and there could have been more to the plot, I really loved this book overall. It was hard to put down. Armentrout has a way with YA and I find her books to be irresistible. Very recommended.
“I lost myself the moment I found you.”
“You need something,” he said, and when I stared at him, he added, “Your face.”
“It’s in need of my kisses.”
“Don’t be scared of Bambi” the demon said. “She’s only curious and maybe a little bit hungry.”
The thing was named Bambi?
Oh, my God, the thing stared at me like it wanted to eat me.”
“I was raised in Hell. You could say I’m socially awkward”