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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Every Last Breath
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Dark Elements #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/YA
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 28th, 2015
Edition: Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Source: Library
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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.


Review:

Finally got around to reading this book. 

I kind of lost interest in this series for a while, I didn't feel like buying it, and there were other books that I had either already purchased or had on my library wish list that I wanted to read more.

One thing I have to say about the synopsis that wasn't really an issue in this book was this supposed "torn between two boys" thing. It was resolved so early on in this book that it kind of became a non-issue for this final book.
I remember when she was writing this book and had the readers decide who she'd end up with. I was a little torn about that decision, I get why she did it, but I think it's better to have a fully planned out story from the start and not pander to people. But on the other hand, she let the majority choose so that more people are happy with who her character ended up with. Not gonna lie, I voted even though I thought it was kind of weird she was letting us, the readers, choose that aspect of her story. And I liked how that turned out. Not gonna say who Layla ended up with for anyone who hasn't read this series and wants to. I try and avoid spoilers as much as possible in my reviews.

I really liked how this book turned out. These books are books that I can read within a couple days. They are kind of full of tropes and stereotypes, and a lot of her characters across all the series she writes are pretty much the same personality wise, but I honestly don't mind. Armentrout writes some pretty engaging stories, lots of humor and pretty decent character development.  There were a couple of things that I didn't really like about this last book, but it had more to do with me just wanting things to be a little bit happier than they were. A bit of closure or whatever on one tiny aspect that had to do with a familiar. I just wanted that to be resolved in a way that wasn't as sad. 

This was a fun and quick read. Though, I kind of feel that I have outgrown her writing. As I said, a lot of her characters across multiple series are the exact same character. I think I am most certainly done with her YA books. I might just stick with the NA books, those books have more diversity of character personalities.

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