Friday, 7 August 2015

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armrentrout (The Dark Elements #3) | Review

Genre: Young Adult , Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
Pages: 400 
Publisher : Harlequin Teen
Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰
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…

This was one of my most anticipated releases for the year , the last book left on a huge cliff hanger and I couldn't wait to read the last book in the series! It picks up exactly where we left off in Stone Cold Kiss and were thrown right into the aftermath of the intense happenings that we were left with. I loved jumping back into Layla's world. She's a hilarious main character and probably one of my favourites.

The first part of this book was easy to read and hilarious , like actual laughing out loud hilarious. Roth is always wonderful but we got to see Roth's demon friend , Cayman a lot and he added so much to the story! I loved that he had a sort of big brother like relationship with Layla and he helped her do what Roth would never let her do. Towards the end of the book it started to get darker and sadder. At times I really had no idea how they'd get themselves out of the mess that they (and human kind in general) were in. I was never bored and I was invested in every plot lines , even the minor ones that we didn't see but gave us closer of sorts on the minor characters.

The love triangle was sorted pretty early on and I was really happy that it didn't drag on for the entire book. I've always been team Roth but I care about Zayne! Layla and Zayne were too much like brother and sister to me and I think their friendship is much stronger than their relationship ever could be. This book was definitely more focused on Layla and Roth rather than the minor characters like the Wardens and Stacey. We didn't get a big epilogue where the future was sorted for everyone but at the end of the book everyone had hope for their own personal life and I thought that was really great. (By the way , Stacey and Zayne? I'm definitely open to that.)

Layla matured so much in this book. She did things because they had to be done rather than try to save everyone's individual heartache. She didn't let anyone tell her what to do but made logical and sensible decisions throughout and I admired her for that.

We met Lilith but honestly I was expecting a big reunion when all we got was a little argument but I liked it. This was another one of the "not completely resolved , but I'm happy" moments (there were a lot of these). We got the (sort of) redemption for Abbot and so much hope for happiness for everyone.

My overall thoughts when I finished were how happy I was with how everything played out. It was almost as if Jennifer was setting up lots and lots of little novellas (I'm all up for that) but everything tied up nicely. It really was an epic-conclusion to one of my favourite series and probably my favourite that Jennifer has written. It deserved every half and quarter star of the five I gave it!


  1. I SERIOUSLY need to pick up a JLA book soon! I've heard so much about her books and her writing, and this series seems like something I'd really enjoy. Last books in a series can be tricky, and it's soo disappointing when the ending isn't good. But the way you described everything makes me think that things end pretty neatly! While I DO appreciate epilogues when everything is sorted out (hey, what can I say? I'm a big HEA person ;)), I also enjoy the open, slightly ambiguous endings because that leaves a lot up to the reader.

    I'm also excited to hear that the love triangle is decided pretty quickly! I'm not a fan of love triangles in general, so it's really nice that it was sorted out and there weren't a ton of those weird, agonizing "which boy do I choose?!?!?!?" moments, haha.

    Lovely, lovely review, chica! Looks like I need to pick up this series soon. <33

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

    1. It really is a great series! The love triangle goes on for two books but it was never a main problem because it was almost as if the decision was made for her so that was good. I love happy endings but I also like when it's up to you because sometimes you're not happy with what actually happened! Overall it's a great series! Thanks for commenting! X