Series: The Dark Elements,
Published by Harlequin Books on July 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Paranormal
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
"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...
Layla, Roth, and Zayne are back in the final installment to author Jennifer L. Armenrout’s The Dark Elements series. The novel picks up immediately where the last novel ended – with the threesome and their friend Stacey facing a very huge predicament. The action was fast-paced as the teens, along with the Wardens, try to stop the Lilin that was running amok around Washington, D.C., and try to put an end to the impending apocalypse. Aside from saving the world, Layla had another big problem. Should she spend the rest of her life with handsome, sweet Zayne, or dark and dangerous Roth? Armentrout delivers! Not only is the series wrapped up nicely, but Layla’s final choice in suitor is well-earned and completely makes sense to what has happened in the previous novels.
Layla has got to be the worst heroine in all of Armentrout’s books. I spent the majority of the book wondering if she’s just horribly naive, or just plain stupid. So many of her reactions to how others perceived her actions reminded me of Bella from Twilight. No, dear, the sun doesn’t shine right out of your bum. Ugh! The only thing that made her bearable in the second half of the book was the fact that many characters called her out on her stupidity. This made me feel better as I realized that Armentrout purposely wrote her as being dense. I guess to make her different from the other strong women in her other novels. This complaint shouldn’t be anything new if you’ve read my reviews for the first two novels. In my White Hot Kiss review I stated:
“Layla. I like her. I kind of dislike her. Layla is in a bad situation. She’s a half-breed that’s not accepted by either the Wardens or the demons. Raised by the Wardens, she’s been made to hate her demon half, and it’s destroyed her self-esteem. She also can’t kiss anyone without sucking out their soul, so that makes dating a no-go. I understand all of this, however her whining throughout the book wore on my last nerve. JLA usually writes strong female characters, so maybe reading about a weak one threw me for a loop. I don’t know, but I hope Layla shows more backbone in later books.”
I wish I can say that Layla isn’t whiny and childish in this novel, but sadly…
Do I Recommend?
Even though Layla wears on my last nerve, I like the other characters and the plot enough no recommend reading Every Last Breath. The loose ends from the first two novels are nicely tied up, and I’m happy with how the series ended. I am also satisfied with which guy Layla winds up with, and how the one she didn’t reacted to the rejection. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was how some mysteries were not tied up, but left to the reader’s imagination. Overall, this was the perfect ending to an incredibly entertaining series.