ARC Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted February 20, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

ARC Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Published on February 25th 2014
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Wait for you, Be With Me, White Hot Kiss, Stay With Me, Stone Cold Touch

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 received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

Let’s be clear for a sec here. This is not Young Adult. It’s more New Adult. Or at-times-pretty-hot-Young-Adult. But you won’t hear me complaining. For the bigger part of this book I was so afraid that in the end it would just stay okay for me, but then the last 30% happened and it changed everything. This is everything you would expect from Jennifer L. Armentrout. A cool, original story with a literally breathtaking romance.

Layla just wants to be normal, but she’s anything but. She’s half demon, half gargoyle and she has abilities no one else possesses. With one kiss, she can kill anything with a soul. But she still tries to fit in even though she has a dark side she hides from everyone. Even Zayne, one of the Wardens – a race of gargoyles that hunts demons to keep humanity safe – she grew up with, who she’s had a crush on for a long time. And then she meets Roth. A very hot, tattooed demon who seems to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but let’s be honest, that’s impossible. Especially since the whole no-kissing isn’t an issue because Roth doesn’t have a soul. As if that’s not enough, Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising and trusting Roth could end up in the end of the world.

I’m not really good with books that feature religion in some form. Heaven and Hell and all that is kind of in that category so I was a bit hesitant at first but I wanted to give it a try because I love Jennifer’s writing. And for the most part of the book it was okay for me. I mean, the writing was awesome, the romance was amazing and I loved Layla a lot, but still it didn’t sit right with me. I felt indifferent to it all but at the same time I couldn’t stop reading. And then, when I hit the 70% mark that changed. It started kicking serious ass and now I just HAVE to read the next book.

Like I said, I loved Layla. She’s not only a cool, strong female lead, she’s also pretty original. I mean, half Demon, half Gargoyle? I never heard that before. And she can kick some serious ass too. I loved her friends at school, Stacey and Sam. They are that bit of normal you need in a book like this. At least I do. And then you have the Wardens, who are practically her family. Zayne, Abbot, Jasmine,… They’re gargoyles. That’s just cool. And last, but definitely not least, Roth. He’s hot, cocky, pretty hilarious and a demon. Jennifer really knows how to create swoon-worthy men.

So in the end I’d say this is a great book and even though I’ve never seen that cartoon everyone seems to think about with this book, I think it’s safe to recommend it to fans of it. It also kind of reminded me of the TV-show Supernatural in a way, so if you love that, check this out too. And maybe fans of Anna Dressed in Blood too. A great, original story with a romance that took my breath away. Guess that’s expected from an author as great as Jennifer. Now give me book two, ‘kay?


About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.

Jennifer would love to hear from you. If you have questions about any of her books, would like to set up an interview, book signing, etc, please use the email address below. Please check out each book/series individual page for more information about each title and the FAQ section.

For rights information on any of her titles, please contact Kevan Lyon from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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One response to “ARC Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Oh so envious that Netgalley approved you! I put a request in ASAP once I saw that they had it. Still no response. Drives me bonkers! But just a few more days and hopefully Amazon ships it so I get it on Tuesday. That’s still undecided for them I think…

    Anyway, great review! I love JLA’s books and was so excited for Gargoyles! Loved the cartoon everyone’s mentioning growing up and have been finding the actual gargoyle to be pretty cool lately! Glad to hear that it was a good read overall. Great review!

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