Every Last Breath (the Dark Elements #3)

*There could be spoilers in this review for the first two books in the trilogy…Actually there are spoilers for this book too, so let’s consider it as more of a chat than a review*


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: 7/28/15


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Goodreads Synopsis:

Some 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…

My Thoughts:

I had a theory for this book. I thought that Armentrout would have Layla choose one boy and then towards the end kill said boy (or make him evil) and have her end up with the other…Was this an extremely specific theory? Yes. Was I wrong? For the love of Roth, thankfully yes. Literally the entire book, I was just thinking “Roth you’re going to die, but you can’t die because I LOVE YOU” (I should probably get out more, but let’s be real here: Roth is not out, so that leaves me with one option). I got this book yesterday and finished it this morning, which definitely says a lot about the pacing of the book. Armentrout never disappoints me with her pacing or audience engagement; I have never once gotten bored while reading one of her books. I personally really appreciated the fact that she had Layla choose Roth near the beginning of the book because I really A. don’t think it would have been fair to Zayne to keep him waiting B. I was team Roth for all three of the books, so I was super excited. I do feel really bad for Zayne though because he clearly loved Layla as much as, in my opinion, Layla loves Roth. I definitely would have enjoyed seeing more of the development between Stacy and Zayne which the author hints could become a thing…As for the storyline, I think that it was extremely smart that we don’t know for sure if Layla’s mother convinced The Boss to save her out of love or out of greed. It definitely gives the readers room for speculation long after they finish the novel. As I mentioned in my post last week, I really don’t like the covers or the titles for the first two books. I think that they really make the books seem like they are purely romantic and to be blunt kind of junky. I do like the title for Every Last Breath but I still am not a fan of the cover. I think that there was so much potential for a great cover especially for the final book in the trilogy and it was just too cliché and minimalistic (which is not necessarily a bad thing, but didn’t do it for me with this book). Overall, this book kept me guessing and wondering what would happen next and I found myself trying to make theories of my own. This book definitely gets five smooches from me and was a great ending to a marvelous trilogy.


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Quick Reminder

Hi Friends,

So sorry to post twice in one day, but I just wanted to post this quick reminder: I am no longer accepting author reviews via Twitter simply for organizational purposes, so if you want me to review your book, I would very much appreciate it if you emailed me at thenoveltyoflife@gmail.com. You may also message me on Goodreads, but I don’t check that as frequently. Also, very sorry to certain authors who have been waiting a long time for your review. I became very busy and was unable to get as much reading done as I wanted to. I’m back at present and will hopefully be able to get your books finished as soon as possible!

Thanks for your patience,

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What I’m Excited For

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share with you the book that I’m *****super***** excited to read which comes out this month! Actually, it’s scheduled to ship this week and I literally cannot wait. The book is Every Last Breath by: Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is the third novel in the Dark Elements Series and I fell completely in love with the first two books. They are extremely engaging and fast-paced…I am NOT a huge fan of the titles or the covers of the first two books because I really think that they misrepresent the plot, so I’m hoping this one will be better! Anyway, if you’ve read the first books, let me know what you thought and if you’re excited to read the next one!

Every Last Breath (Dark Elements Series #3)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455817-every-last-breath?from_search=true&search_version=service_impr


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Blog Tour-Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest

*****Please welcome *drumroll* Kiera Gillet, author of Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest*****

Character Casting for Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest – Meet the

Storstrand Family

Hi and thanks Kathy for letting me take over your blog. I’m so happy to be here today on The Novelty of Life. My name is Keira Gillett and I’m the author of the brand new Zaria Fierce Trilogy, about an American girl who meets a troll in the middle of modern-day Norway. His name is Olaf and he does not like warm hugs. 😉 The first book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest released on March 6, 2015. Check out my one minute book trailer to learn more:


How many of you like to cast your favorite characters as if they were in a movie or TV series? I admit

that I do this and let me tell you I had ideas for Harry Potter and Twilight. (Didn’t we all? Ha!) I’m going

to let you in on a little secret. It’s so much harder to cast your own book than it is to cast someone


When I started writing Zaria Fierce I wrote the characters first and thought about who could act them on

the silver screen second. I scoured online for the right fit and I’m ready to show off my vision of the

Storstrand family. Please meet Filip, Collin, Mrs Storstrand, and Mr Storstrand. (Only Filip and his mum

are in Secret of Gloomwood Forest, but the others will appear later in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy.)

Kare Hedebrant as Filip Storstrand:

If I were to sum up Filip’s character in a ten words, it would be this: brave, loyal, athletic, brash,

protective, loves adventure, a true friend. I might have developed a bit of an author crush on him. 😉

Filip Storstrand

Thor Knai as Collin Storstrand:

Collin is Filip’s good looking old brother who is at university. Their mum likes to make sure they get a lot

of bonding time since Collin will be moving out of the house soon and adventure out on his own.

Collin Storstrand

Trond Espen Seim as Mr Storstrand:

Mr Storstrand is a hardworking father who likes to take his sons out the field or the rink to play football

(soccer) and hockey in pick up skirmishes.

Mr Storstrand

Marian Saastad Ottesen as Mrs Storstrand:

Mrs Storstrand is a great mum. She might be more lenient with the rules around Filip than she was with

Collin growing up, but that’s because Filip is her youngest and therefore the baby in the family. But

there are two things she won’t budge on – a dog and family time.

Mrs Storstrand

Thanks for joining me and meeting some of the characters in my story. What do you think? Does your

vision match mine? Share in the comments! And if you liked to meet some of my other characters check

out these blogs about the Fierce Family and the non-humans.

Book Blurb

“Come here Princess, and let me eat you.”

On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she’s

surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good

conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about

to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.

Available in E-book | Print | Audio

Book formats.

See if you’re eligible to get a free copy of the audio book here.

Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest


Are you in the mood for an old fashioned magical jaunt? Zaria Fierce and the Secret of

Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett is a classic “perilous adventure” book for middle grade readers. 4

Stars – Jennifer Bardsley, The YA Gal

I really enjoyed Zaria’s story. It reminded me a lot of Percy Jackson series… Middle school

children will absolutely like this one! 4 Stars – Anjie Basi, Love Thy Shelf

This book will have young listeners hooked right from the start. In fact, if parents are

planning a driving holiday this summer, I highly recommend purchasing this audiobook. It will definitely

keep the kids entertained while traveling. Michele Carpenter’s narration is terrific. 5 Stars – Amie

Gaudet, Amie’s Book Reviews


Geirr stooped to pick up some decent-sized sticks, and Zaria bent to grab a few too. They

talked amicably and walked, stretching their legs, until they were too burdened by their loads to keep


“My arms are going to collapse,” Zaria huffed. Her breath fogged around her face, covering and then

revealing a well-pinked nose and cheeks. “Let’s head back to camp.”

“Sounds good to me,” Geirr said and turned around to do just that. Zaria followed and collided into him,

dropping her load of kindling all over the ground.

“Hey!” she exclaimed, as she went to gather them. “Why did you stop?”

“I don’t think we’re going to find camp,” Geirr said, worrying his lip. He juggled his armful of wood and

pointed haphazardly forward. “It’s like pea soup.”

Zaria looked up from playing fifty-two pickup and saw what worried Geirr. In front of them was a wall of

fog, thick, viscous, and impossible to see through. She gulped and carefully set down the pile she’d been

working to gather again. Was it her imagination or did the fog seem to be breathing? It crept closer in

stages. Not fast enough that she saw it while looking directly at it, but if she looked away and back, it

most definitely moved.

“Uh, Geirr,” Zaria said, slowly gaining her feet. “I think we should move and fast.”

Geirr looked at her puzzled. “I don’t think fast is an option here. Now if you pick up your stack and stick

near me maybe we can Marco Polo our way back to the others.”

“Geirr,” Zaria hissed, her voice ratcheting higher. “The fog is moving.” He didn’t look impressed. The

breathing sounds from within the fog grew louder, distressing Zaria. “No seriously, it’s moving like it’s


Geirr looked back again and stared hard, trying to penetrate the fog with his gaze alone. Zaria started to

ease away, firewood forgotten.

“Come on, Geirr, we have to move. Can’t you hear the breathing?”

“That isn’t you?” he asked, alarmed.

“No!” Zaria shouted. “Run!”

Available in E-book | Print | Audio

Book formats.

See if you’re eligible to get a free copy of the audio book here.

Author Bio: Keira Gillett is a technical publications librarian, book blogger,

world traveler, artist, and now author. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of

Arts in Drawing and Painting. From an early age her mother instilled a love of the written word, as such

she has always been a big reader. Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest,

is about a young girl who must complete a quest to save her friend from a nasty river-troll.

Website: http://keiragillett.com

Social Media: Twitter (keiragillett), Facebook (zariafiercetrilogy), Pinterest (keiragillett)

Keira Gillett author picture


Book Playlist: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Hi lovelies! It has been ages upon ages since I have done a book playlist, so I’m going to do one now! This is for The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by: Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel



1. Out of the Woods-Taylor Swift; cover by Anthem Lights

2. Independence- The Band Perry

3.Bang Bang- 2Cellos (ft. Sky Ferreira)

4. Titanium- David Guetta (ft. Sia); cover by Madilyn Bailey

5. Fight Song- Rachel Platten

6. Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles

7. Big Yellow Taxi- Counting Crows

8. Wouldn’t It Be Nice- the Beach Boys

9. Budapest- George Ezra

10. Rather Be- Clean Bandit (ft. Jess Glynne)


Hope you liked it!! To see my last book playlist go to: https://thenoveltyoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/obsidian-lux-1/



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