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*

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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: 7/28/15

Rating:

5 star kiss

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.

Love,

Kiss 4

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