By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 392 Pages
RATING: 4.5 EXCITING NEW SERIES STARS!!
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.
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:
Loved this book.
Well, hello Zayne and Roth.
Where one is blonde and fights the good fight as a Warden, the other is dark haired and , well, his boss is the big guy downstairs in Hell. He is an Upper Level Demon.
Fresh out of the shower, Zayne tugged a plain black T-shirt on over his head. Not quick enough that I missed a tantalizing glimpse of abs. Rigorous training kept his body chiseled and rock hard. I dragged my gaze up when the stretch of skin disappeared. Damp sandy hair clung to his neck and sculpted cheeks. His features would be too perfect if it weren’t for those watered-down blue eyes all Wardens had.
The newcomer stood well over six feet, as tall as any Warden. His hair was dark, the color of obsidian, and it reflected blue in the dim light. Lazy locks slipped over his forehead and curled just below his ears. Brows arched over golden eyes and his cheekbones were broad and high. He was attractive. Very attractive. Mind-bendingly beautiful, actually, but the sardonic twist of his full lips chilled his beauty. The black T-shirt stretched across his chest and flat stomach. A huge tattoo of a snake curled around his forearm, the tail disappearing under his sleeve and the diamond-shaped head rested on the top of his hand. Total crush material - if it wasn’t for the fact that he had no soul.
Roth was such a stand out lad in this book. He has humor and wit about him. He is the bad boy, but he has good in him, for Layla, anyway.
Roth caught my hand, pulling me around a cluster of tourists with fanny packs. “One of these days I’m going to buy one of those.”
The laugh came out before I could squelch it. “You’d look real sexy in a fanny pack.”
His smile warmed his face - warmed me. “I’d look sexy in just about anything.”
“You really aren’t that bad...for a demon, you know.”
“I wouldn’t go that far.” He stretched out beside me, propping himself up on his elbow. “They don’t come any badder than me.”
Layla has just turned seventeen and she is half demon and half Warden. Abbott rescued her from a home and she has been raised a Warden for the past ten years.
This is where things get complicated. Layla tags souls for the Wardens, who are gargoyles, by night they take down the demons that Layla tags in her spare time.
She is half demon, so she is sending her own to death. She has almost been brain washed by Abbott to do his bidding. He cares for her, but she is still not a full Warden. She has rules she must abide. There are others in the clan that do not like Layla.
Petr needed a stinky dead fish slap from me.
Living with Wardens and doing what she is told is all well and good when you are a young girl, but then Roth enters her life and he becomes her secret. He also enlightens her on some facts.
Trust from her family of Wardens becomes a big issue for both parties.
“There’s sweetness in evil, he said. “And remember, looks can be deceiving.”
I liked Zayne in this story, but he was also off doing his own thing, to come back into the story and be the friend she needs, to then take off and do his thing again. Jennifer throws us the female sub character who hangs around Zayne making Layla upset and a little jealous.
Roth is all too willing to take her mind off Zayne. We are all too willing to let him. He is such a smexi lad who has a most brilliant familiar named Bambi.
The next book is going to be where I get to see Zayne shine more, titled Stone Cold Touch. Naturally, we as the reader will be thrown into utter love triangle drama, I predict.
At the moment I am Team Roth as we got so much of him in this book, he showed us that there is a good guy wearing a Hell T-shirt, but you can always take a T-shirt off and put another one on. But, in good YA paranormal romance, the tables will be changing with Zayne getting his time with Layla in the spotlight.
Or is this New Adult? I'm not sure. It appears YA genre.
I do like Zayne a lot, he is a really good guy, but, what can I say. I like a bad boy too. On the cover of White Hot Kiss, Layla and Roth are both getting ready to snog. On the cover of Stone Cold Touch, Layla is looking away from Zayne.