White Hot Kiss
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Medium(ish)
Review: 4.9 / 5
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. (Goodreads)
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Hello my fellow bibliophiles! It has been a while since I did a book review, so I thought I’d just whip one up quickly, and give you a recommendation. I don’t like reviewing books that I don’t love – I’d much rather rant about books that I thought were fantastic, rather than “spread the hate.” So… I guess this gives you an impression of what I thought of the book.
I love it. A lot. I didn’t initially want to pick it up, because I thought a) it is called White Hot Kiss and b) it is about gargoyles and demons. But this book was recommended to me from so many different places and reliable people, that I thought, “I’ll give it a shot.” It is an insanely entertaining read.
Roth, the demon, is just… GARGH. I think he might annoy me in real life, because he is kind of domineering and not always nice, but there is just something incredibly charismatic about him – and everybody loves a sarcastic bad boy. And trust me guys – he is the ultimate charismatic, sarcastic, bad boy.
I also love the situation Layla is in. Not in a she-deserves-it kind of way, but more in a this-is-so-heart-wrenching-to-read kind of way, and that is what makes this book so successful. Jennifer L. Armentrout doesn’t necessarily have a fantastic language, but her stories are always fast-paced and unputdownable (is that a word?). Although, this is the reason why this book is a 4.9, and not a 5. For it to be 5/5, I really want to be wow-ed on the language level as well.
So, if you are looking to read sentences that are so beautiful you cry, you might want to go and look somewhere else. If you want have a lot of fun for a couple of hours, then pick up this book. Or any Jennifer L. Armentrout book, really.
So, don’t be discouraged by the embarrassing title and cover – the content is most definitely worth the strange looks you get on the bus!
Have a wonderfully bookish day!