Series: The Dark Elements #1
Publication Date: February 25th 2014
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.
My Rating: ⭐⭐
Because of a weird book slump mood I was in I decided to pick this book up thinking it would be a cheesy paranormal novel which didn’t require too much thinking on my part and would be overall enjoyable and drag me from my slump. I especially thought this was going to be at least a little entertaining because of all the four star ratings I saw on Goodreads.
Alas that is not what I got.
This follows Layla a seventeen year old girl who is part demon and part Warden. As a main character she was very annoying. She’s one year older then me but comes across very immature and much more like a thirteen year old.
I felt like this was very repetitive. She was constantly being attacked, constantly mentioning how she didn’t fit in and constantly pining after someone.
Of course there’s a love triangle. In this we have Zayne, a Warden and he’s also basically Layla’s foster brother. I didn’t like this pairing. I was done with almost incestuous pairings back when I first even heard of City of Bones. Just no! *ewww*
And then there’s Roth who I actually liked and he was the main reason this didn’t get lower then a 2 star rating. He’s a demon who is apparently sent to protect Layla and also locate something. He was funny and the most entertaining part of this novel. Once again Layla had to go and be annoying with her constant thoughts of how hot he was and yet ew he’s a demon.
This is the first book in a trilogy I don’t intend to continue. There was no giant cliffhanger that left me with the tiniest sense of ‘ok I want to find out more’.
Although I didn’t have a good time reading this I did find it incredibly interesting to see how much YA has evolved over the years and that was something I found fascinating.