- Publisher: Harlequin Teen
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 210mm x 30mm | 340g
- Publication date: 25 February 2014
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada
- ISBN 10: 0373211104
- ISBN 13: 9780373211104
- Sales rank: 10,470
"#1 "New York Times "bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons in the "New York Times "bestselling first book of The Dark Elements series." One kiss could be the last Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens--a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe--Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth--a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to--especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne...it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
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By Moodyno1 10 Apr 2014
Favourite Quote: â??Freedom â?? thatâ??s all any living creature wants.â??
I am a huge fan of Jennifer L.Armentroutâ??s and I was so excited to read this novel! And although I liked it, I didnâ??t love it and that makes me sad! I had such high hopes! I give this book a 3/5 stars!
Iâ??ll start with the things I liked. First was the originality when it came to the gargoyles! I thought it was done extremely well and I was interested in all the things they could do! Then there was Roth who I just loved, he was without a doubt my favourite thing about the novel!!!!!! He was the perfect bad boy, who cares that heâ??s a demon? I just want him! Then thereâ??s Layla who I liked but sometimes she got on my nerves when it came to her decisions. The other characters were okay, none of them stood out, not even Zayne who I thought I would love!
Onto the plot, this was my main issue with the book. I felt the gargoyle aspect was very original but when it came the world of the demons, I have read so many books that focus on demons and they are all very similar because I think the authors all do the same research and use what information they find instead of trying to add more originality! And so I felt like nothing was surprising or new so it was kind of boring at parts! Overall I thought the plot was okay but nothing amazing !
Although this book wasnâ??t my favourite, Iâ??m still looking forward to the next book in the series!
By CYP 03 Apr 2014
WHITE HOT KISS reads more like a fan fiction, with a more colloquial, YA style of writing. In fact, most of JLA's works have the same tone of voice - snarky, witty, and ultimately enjoyable, but with a healthy dash of YA colloquialism thrown in. For me, sometimes it works out, other times it can really turn me off big time. I wasn't a big fan of the later part of her COVENANT series, I discontinued the LUX series after ONYX...but I loved UNCHAINED (JLA's adult PNR series). Fortunately for me though, WHK read more like UNCHAINED, and I inhaled the book in two sittings.
There is a lot to gush about WHK, and the first thing, of course, is the GARGOYLES! They're wicked cool and they're almost like dragons...but darker. Edgier. And cuter. They sleep in stone-form for defense reasons cause their stone covering is literally impenetrable. By force or by fire. Wicked cool reimagining of gargoyles.
Then there is Roth. Zayne...not that much. Other than his awesome name, he ain't got nothing on Roth. Not only does Roth possess the standard requirements for a sexy YA/NA hero - y'know, the whole sometimes-brooding-sometimes-hilarious, mischievous but protective thing they've all got going on - but the sacrifices he makes and the things he does for our protagonist, Layla, places him on a whole new level. My respect for him grew like tenfold after the end, and is making me CRAY^2 waiting for STONE COLD TOUCH to see what happens to him. (He reminds of Robin "Puck" Goodfellow from THE IRON FEY series by Julie Kagawa.) And Layla and Zayne, of course.
There was a lot of teenage angst in WHK, both in high school and in the relationship department, but there were the other complexities of the Wardens and Demons that made WHK a more engaging read. It's not all black and white with the races. The Wardens might seem like the good guys, siding with the angel and ridding the world of pesky, trouble-making demons. But as Layla hang out with Roth more often, there are certain things that the Wardens ingrain into the younger Wardens and Layla that aren't true.
Another reason why I like JLA's writing style is her way of revealing things, and building her worlds bit by bit, letting the plot progress while giving us nuggets of information along the way. It's a smooth world-building process, and the pace never gets compromised. There's no huge info-dumping when it comes to the history of the Wardens and demons. But I can feel the tension between the two factions and shown just a nugget of the why and their history.
Altogether a very enjoyable, pretty steamy (and angsty), fast-paced read with a minor cliffhanger ending. I'd recommend this to fans of THE IRON FEY series, UNCHAINED by J. Lynn (JLA), and THE GUARDIAN LEGACY series by Ednah Walters.
"[The] drama and angst...will keep female teen soap opera fans transfixed." -VOYA