***CAUTION – THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS***
Title: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 400
My Rating: 1.5
Acquired: Library – Overdrive eBook
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…
As you know, this is the third book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Dark Elements series. I didn’t really LOVE the first two books in this series, but I found them semi-interesting so I finished them and gave them both 3 stars. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about this last book. The only reason that I continued with this series is because of nerdy, lovable Sam. I had to find out what happened to his soul. Now I wish I hadn’t cared.
The struggle to get through this book was real. The sheer dizziness from excessive eye-rolling was nearly unbearable.
Here are just some of the elements of this book that either did not work for me, drove me effing crazy, or made me want to vomit:
- The beyond-over-the-top love triangle. It became the sole focus of this story despite the fact that there were much more important things going on.
- Zayne and Roth treating Layla as property to be claimed.
- Layla’s descriptions of the guys’ perfectly chiseled bodies.
- The fact that Roth’s eyes are described as amber colored 14 times throughout the book. I got it after the first 3-ish times, thanks.
- The majestic loss of Layla’s virginity.
- Layla’s inability to take a compliment and accept that she is extraordinary. “I’m not beautiful. These feathered wings are hideous. Just because I’m basically an original angel that has fallen from heaven doesn’t mean that I’m special.”
- The cliche “only she can save the world” trope.
- The fact that the cliche “only she can save the world” trope ends with the even more cliche “martyr” trope.
- Bad math. She says, “…half demon, half Warden, half something else entirely…” – wait what? Where did you go to school? Oh wait, you stopped going to school. Nevermind.
- Pop culture references that will date this book quickly.
- Those IDIOTIC phrases that no one says… ever. There were WAY too many to list, but here are just a few…
Crap on a cracker
Holy canola oil in my face
Sweet Moses in molasses
Side note: I was just reading information on Goodreads about this book and found out that the readers chose who Layla ended up with. Are you kidding? You’re really going to let your readers decide what happens to your characters? I don’t agree with this idea at all.
This book was not for me. I feel annoyed and stressed out and in need of a stiff drink. I don’t know if I would recommend this to anyone. I doubt I’ll pick up anything else by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m just glad there aren’t any more books in this series.