Monday, July 11, 2016

Review: Every Last Breath

Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements, #3)

Title: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Published: July 28, 2015

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…

Wow. Jennifer Armentrout has done it again. I couldn’t put this book down, which is really bad for a college student who has classes and homework. Safe to say that the day I read this (which I did read it in a day) I did not do any homework. I did go to class though, which is a good thing.
Every Last Breath was the perfect ending to the series. I was completely satisfied with how the story went and how the book ended. Of course, it being Armentrout, she had to throw in a few plot twists and shock moments, but those just added to my enjoyment of the book. I really enjoyed how the characters progressed and how Layla dealt with it all.
The story was amazing. It picked up right where the last book left off. Which, lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait very long between the two since the series is now finished. The story starts right into the action and you are not left wanting for anything. This book is filled with kick ass action scenes, steamy romance scenes, and of course, Armentrout famous banter that adds hilarity to the story. Her character’s banter is probably my favorite part of the book. I love how all the characters interact and watching how they react to different twists that are thrown in. No spoilers, I swear.
Layla is even more badass in this book than the last. Over the course of the three books, I have watched her change and grow and it is safe to say that I am happy with how she turned out. She is done hiding behind the Wardens. Layla comes into her own in this books. She takes action instead of letting others do it for her. I love how Armentrout doesn’t leave you waiting for Layla’s decisions. Instead of having a weak little girl who can never make up her mind, we get Layla. Within the first 100 pages, Layla has to make a bunch of hard decisions and instead of sitting around and wallowing about them, she does something. I loved watching Layla grow into this beautiful character and I wish that Every Last Breath wasn’t as short that I could read more of her story.
I love Roth. I have always had a thing for the witty bad boys. Roth also changed, even though he refuses to accept his change. He grew into a wonderful man, even though he is still a demon. He changed some of his demonly ways and reading about Roth’s character truly made me happy. Also, I would recommend reading this book if you want to see Roth drunk. That is really hilarious, even though it wasn’t for a good reason, it was still pretty great. Roth is someone I would want in my life in a heartbeat, he brings the fun to every situation. Even when he is staring down the enemy, he is still extremely sassy, and sassy people are my favorite.
Zayne annoys me. Truth be told, he annoyed me through all three books. I just didn’t like Zayne’s character. He seemed to be too perfect, which I guess as a Warden he is pretty great. I was very happy to see less of Zayne’s character in Every Last Breath. He was still around and there, but not as much, especially what happened in Stone Cold Touch. You have to read it though, to find out what exactly happened. Towards the end of the book, Zayne grew up a bit and was a little less annoying. Still, I’m not a fan of his character…
All in all I loved this book. My friends did get annoyed with me because it’s about to be spring break and they won’t see me for ten days. I could not stop reading this. I started it about 15 minutes before class, went to class, and then once I was done with class the only break I took from reading was to eat dinner. I finished the 380 page book in about 4 hours that is how good it was. I would recommend it to pretty much every YA fan. It has romance, fantasy, humor, and action all packaged into one great book.

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