Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

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Title: Every Last Breath
Series: The Dark Elements, #3
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: August 1, 2015
Genre: young adult, romance, paranormal, fantasy
Pages: 400
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads page

WARNING: There are spoilers in this review. You have been warned.

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Synopsis

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 synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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Thoughts

I didn’t think the series could get better, but as always, Jennifer L. Armentrout proved me wrong.

This might be my favorite book out of the series. It’s probably because Layla finally accepts who she is actually in love with and the readers can finally take a breather. Their relationship really bloomed in this book, and the romantic in me was living for it. It makes me all warm inside thinking about them together.

Also, the events with the Lilin gets really intense. I felt like I was in the middle of Game of Thrones or something. There were a lot of difficult decisions that each character had to make, and some of them broke my heart because I knew that it took so much for them to sacrifice what they did in order to save the human race.

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^^ Me when Roth had to make one of the biggest sacrifices in his life

I was so invested in all these characters by the third book that I couldn’t help but cry on the inside when something bad happened to them. They’re all my babies (although I have a feeling some of them are older than I am) and I want to protect them from the outside world.

The plot itself is intense. It builds up slowly, and you can tell it’s going to blow up any minute (and it does) but then it blows up in your face again and again and again until your heart can’t take it anymore. Then a plot twist smacks you in the head, and you wonder what the heck just happened but you can’t seem to put the book down. It’s that good.

I don’t hear a lot about Jennifer L. Armentrout on the blogosphere anymore, so I’ll say it here and now on the behalf of all the Armentrout fans out there: READ ALL THE ARMENTROUT BOOKS (including this series)! YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED.

This series is for romance, paranormal, young adult genre lovers.

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Characters

Layla

At the beginning of this series, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Layla. I thought she was whiny and clingy, but as the story progresses you get to watch her develop as a character. Now, she’s more confident in both her abilities and dealing with danger.

Roth

A typical bad boy with a heart of gold… sort of. He’s a demon, after all.

Zayne

To be completely honest, his crush on Layla seemed forced to me. All his actions screams big brother-ly feelings towards Layla, but maybe I was reading it wrong. Regardless, he’s a good dude, and although he doesn’t make it into my book boyfriend list, he’s still an awesome character.

Stacey

She is the person you would want by your side in crisis. She’s probably the best gal friend any girl could ask for. Even with the crappy cards life dealt to her, she still remained strong and by Layla’s side.

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Conclusion

I give this book 4 out of 5 unicorn horns. It was a good conclusion to a good series. (Although I think Armentrout is writing a spin-off series for Zayne so who knows maybe this isn’t over yet.)

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Until next time….

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