Review: Every Last Breath {Dark Elements #3} by Jennifer L. Armentrout

25386574Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

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…

3 stars

For the reviews of the first two books:
White Hot Kiss
Stone Cold Touch

I have officially decided on my least favourite descriptive word when it comes to books. Anti-climactic. That is a book sin my friends.

I have to admit. I love the Lilin. The abilities and what it is altogether? Intriguing and I would have loved to go more in-depth with them and seen more. Actually that was most of the book now that I think about it.
Constantly, Armentrout was touching just the surface of action, romance, plot. All of it. She hit the surface and never dove right in to the action packed adventure I have no doubt she could have created.

Instead we have one single Lilin. It’s kinda messing up the city. But it’s not destroying the world. The only thing it cares about is Lilith. So bad guy? Not being nearly as bad and destructive.

The biggest problem I had was simply that the action and whole end of the world bit went on the back burner so the romance could be the forefront. I enjoyed the romance, really. Roth was my favourite character and Layla and he were well-fitted with each other.  I mean, this quote,

“I’m totally calm. I would just like to know who marred your skin so that I can put a name and face to the creature I’m going to kill very slowly.” “I think we might have different definitions of calm,” I said wryly. “I’ve never been calmer in my life.”

Yes, relationships, building, creating and destroying them are all important. But the summary of this story began with an incoming apocalypse and you’re finishing it off by telling all about how two people get together. If this was just a romance, I’d be much happier. If it were all action, I’d be pissed and annoyed. Instead it’s both and the mix just ended badly.

In the end, the main reason this book was finished by me was for the sake of finishing the series and for the every loving closure that comes with it. Also, Roth. Again he was my all time favourite character. Hilarious, witty and a total smart ass through and through. I was entertained to put it briefly.

Until next time,

Shayla

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