Review for ‘Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Synopsis: “Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.
Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.
Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…”
The Review: I pre ordered this book after getting hooked on the first two in the series. Let me just say that I was really excited, because the author had posted a voting contest online for all of her bookworm fans (ie…me and 1237891371 girls) to choose which guy Layla ends up with in the end. I am ‘Team Roth’ all the way and was dying to see if she chose him. I will say that the reader finds out quickly which guy Layla chooses to be with. In a way, it was great, because there was less time to stress about her boy problems and more time to stress about how Layla would defeat the Lilin. At the same time, it was also a chance for J.L. to make the romance super intense and draw it out until the very end. I myself love a good drawn out romance and I was happy with the results, although at some points the ‘mushy’ parts were laid on pretty thick so be prepared. Since this is the third and final installment in the series it picks up mid action, and I strongly recommend reading the first two books before jumping into this one. You might be able to follow along, but you won’t have the understanding of the characters and some of the major plot points will be confusing. I feel that the book was adequately action packed and had some shocking moments that I was not expecting! I’ll save those posts for the spoiler review :P. I was happy to see that J.L. had some scenes with Roth’s familiars, who played big roles in the other two books and continued to in this one. There were some moments where I was grinning like a nerd girl when the familiars were involved. I felt that the ending gave me the closure I needed for this story line and I was thankful as a reader that J.L. Armentrout continues to produce consistent solid heroes in the form of independent females.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Paranormal fiction, sarcastic bad boys, and a strong female protagonist.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Intense romantic storylines, the fight between good and evil, or violence (not too descriptive, but some intense violent scenes)
The Rating: 4 out of 5 stars because this book gave me a new twist on the way I view ‘good’ and ‘evil’. It made me question if anybody is really ever 100% bad or 100% good. I didn’t give the full 5 stars because sometimes the romance was pretty heavy to the point of eye rolling on my end.
My Spoiler for this Book: Coming Soon
Author’s Goodreads Page: Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads