Series: Dark Elements #2
Published by: Harlequin Teen on October 28, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: White Hot Kiss, Every Last Breath
Also by this author: Half-Blood, Obsidian, Pure, Shadows, Sentinel, White Hot Kiss, Don't Look Back, Opposition, Wicked, The Return, Fall With Me, Scorched, Dream of You, Every Last Breath, Forever with You, Oblivion, The Power, The Problem with Forever
One Line: Such a riveting, action-packed story filled with unforgettable characters you can’t get enough of!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Why, Jen, why?! Why did you make me fall for both guys?!
That was definitely my initial reaction after finishing Stone Cold Touch. Jen basically took my heart and split it in two. As much as I love Roth and can see how perfect he is for Layla, I can’t help but love and root for Zayne, sexy and brooding gargoyle that he is. As per her usual, Jen works her wizard writing skills and has created a fantastic series with the Dark Elements. Stone Cold Touch was just as engaging and action-packed as White Hot Kiss, not to mention full of romance and angst. Jen has pretty much perfected the art of writing romance so I’m never disappointed when it comes to that aspect of her books. But she’s also working on perfecting her art of story-telling and this book is a prime example of just that. Fans of this series will devour this sequel without a doubt, whether they’re Roth lovers or Zayne supporters.
Layla is such a great protagonist and continues grow as the series progresses. Her powers start to grow and change and she learns new things about herself and her fate. Oh, so much drama and tension, I love it! I especially loved her interactions with Bambi, such an interesting and fun character. Anyways, Layla definitely faces a lot of adversity because of what she is and with everyone against her, I genuinely enjoyed watching her handle it all. In the end, I think I’ll just say I’m Team Layla! She rocks!
As for the boys, what can I say?! Zayne brings his A game to the table in this book and I seriously fell for him. He finally realizes that he can’t hide his feelings for Layla anymore and Layla finally gets what she’s always wanted, or so she thinks. Tensions rise and emotions flail all over place wince Roth does what he does best and shakes things up. Sure Roth has the charm and sex appeal, and yes, they can get their groove on without any problems, but Zayne has the history and the way he cares for Layla is so apparent and touching. Honestly, it’s a tough decision for me. It’s not often I can’t decide between the two guys in a love triangle, but this is one of those times.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how Jen finishes this series in Every Last Breath. I’m sure she has a clear vision of each choice in her head and it’s just a matter of writing it out. Either way, no matter who Layla (or the readers, rather) chooses, this series is bound to have one heck of a climactic ending filled with swoonworthy romance, heart-stopping action, and gutting-wrenching drama that Jen is known for. I can’t wait!
1. What was your favorite scene/moment from WHK? SCT?
I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I love the scene with Roth and Layla on the rooftop in WHK because I think it’s a bonding moment for them. I also love the scene near the end of the book with Roth, but I don’t want to give away spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read WHK. In SCT, I love the scene with Zayne and Layla when Zayne is touching Bambi. But I don’t want to give any spoilers for SCT, either.
2. What is your favorite quality about Layla, Roth, and Zayne?
I love Roth’s witty remarks, Zayne’s loyalty, and Layla’s relatable personality.
3. What secondary character would you want to have a spin off/would you like to explore more?
I think I would give Herbert, who is the pukwudgie from Bitter Sweet Love, his own story. It might just be about him running around biting Wardens, so there probably wouldn’t be much of a romance angle in it. I guess I could write in a female pukwudgie to spice things up.
4. What do you think Layla, Roth, and Zayne would dress up as for Halloween?
They could switch it up for Halloween. Zayne could be a demon, Roth could be a gargoyle, and Layla could be one of Roth’s kittens.
5. If you were to get arrested for doing something, what would that be? (i.e. what would be worth it?)
It’s hard to get arrested when I’m sitting around my house writing. Since my husband’s a cop, I would have to really consider it before I broke the law because I don’t think that I could hide out from him. He knows exactly where to find me so I’d be arrested on the spot.
6. What reality competition TV show would you want to be on, if you could?
I’d want to do anything that involves the Property Brothers.
7. What obscure skill do you wish you had? (i.e. being able to carve animals out of soap bars)
I know this answer isn’t very exciting, but there really isn’t an obscure skill that I’m interested in.
8. What invention do you wish someone would create already?
I want someone to create an app that will make people think before they post something on the internet. Like a question that asks, “Are you SURE you want to post this?”.
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
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 book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
And don’t forget! The choice is yours…
Beginning October 21st you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.
At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing EVERY LAST BREATH. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.
To prevent early spoilers, we’re not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until EVERY LAST BREATH goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!
Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.
And don’t forget the previous books in The Dark Elements Series…
One signed print copy of STONE COLD TOUCH for each site to giveaway. US/Canada only Giveaway. Comment below with who you would choose to enter to win.