Book Review: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)

Every last breathTitle: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub Date: July 28, 2015 (Republished March 26, 2019)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5



Every choice has consequences and Layla Shaw faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness? Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. What will she do with the new problem at hand? A Lilin, the deadliest of demons, has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on all around her. To keep her best friend from a fate worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city from destruction.

Torn between two worlds, Layla has no certainties, 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 fight like hell.

This will be a spoiler free review.

Honestly, I don’t remember tearing up the first time I read this, but there was definitely a moment this time around that I cried. Not full on break down, but more than one tear leaked out. I’m quite surprised that I cried during this book.

I did find myself forgetting that Layla is like sixteen or something in this series – still in high school. Maybe she’s not sixteen, but she’s young, whereas Roth – I was about to say he’s older, but I’m pretty sure he’s actually like 18.

I mean, I could be completely wrong in their ages – so maybe take my words with a grain of salt. Anyways, my point was supposed to be that they never acted like teenagers. Yes, I get that they’re dealing with the potential end of the world and demons have no/low morals and Roth’s mine perpetually exists in the gutter but damn.

To be honest, the majority of this book takes place in Roth’s bed. The worlds ending, and they’re just getting it on. As Roth would say, “it’s called multitasking.”

Ultimately, I really enjoyed this book and how it wraps up the series. I didn’t realize it back in 2015, but I can see now how it’s been left a little open-ended – Storm & Fury – and I kind of love it. 2015 me, probably would have genuinely freaked out if I’d known there was a potential for more books in this world, with these characters.

It’s funny – just like with Stone Cold Touch and even a little bit with White Hot Kiss, it kind of felt like I was reading these books for the first time. I remembered a few scenes, here and there, but the majority of the book was kind of a surprise. I guess with the amount I read yearly, and the fact that it’s been 4 years since this book’s release and my initial read, its plot got pushed out of my brain. I know we really can’t reread a book for the first time, but if we wait long enough, it’s kind of like we are. LOL

If you haven’t already (what’s wrong with you) you need to read this series and fall in love with sassy, antagonistic Roth, Crown Prince of Hell, and Layla, loyal badass with a hidden secret, and loving, stoic Zayne who can transform into a giant living stone gargoyle and follow their journey to stop the end of the world.

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