Sunday, January 4, 2015

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

"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."
Yeah. I'm on a spree for reading books on angels and demons. Not kidding. I'm going crazy on these books, and it seems like there isn't enough.

Okay. Here we go. White Hot Kiss. Despite what you all think, White Hot Kiss is still YA. Even though the cover seems to be pushing that boundary. (But let's face it. Any author who writes for the Adult section has a similar kind of cover. Let me point out the author, Kresley Cole, who writes Poison Princess and other Adult romance). But YA Fantasy. YA... Some other stuff. 

Yes, there is demons. No, there aren't any angels. Well, we don't see any angels, though they are constantly mentioned throughout the entire novel. The world of White Hot Kiss is increasingly fascinating, and I find the concept of humans (regular humans) knowing about Wardens. (They don't know about the horrible demons that exist, of course. At least to some extent). Basically, it is a war between good and evil. It is a bit familiar (after all, Once Upon A Time goes crazy about that "good vs. evil" plotlines). 

However, everything gets blurred. The lines aren't so smooth, and things are a bit more... unclear. Murky. Layla is half demon. She is also half gargoyle. (Which probably makes her human like the rest of us, but let's not talk about that). She is more pro-Warden despite her demon side. Then Roth starts bringing out that darker side. No, she doesn't go off and start serial killing. She starts seeing new things, and she is questioning the authority of her guardians. She is questioning what is right or wrong. She is... exactly like a teenager, actually. 

And she is quite easy to empathize with.

As for the love triangle... Well, the synopsis is very misleading. There isn't really a love triangle. More like Roth and Layla. Zayne is never really an option, especially with Layla's soul-sucking skills. 

And the ending! Roth. That freakin'... 

Overall, White Hot Kiss is a really good book. I'd found it very entertaining and page-turning from the beginning to the end. I can't wait to talk about the sequel (yes, I already read it, but I haven't written a review for it yet). I honestly can't see any flaws in it, and I wonder why I never found this book earlier. 

Rating: Five out of Five

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