Book Review: Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy #1)

wickedTitle: Wicked

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: December 8, 2014

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

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Book Review: Wait for You (Wait for You #1)

wait for youTitle: Wait for You

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

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Book Review: Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2)

rage and ruinTitle: Rage and Ruin

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: June 9, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.


This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the Audible Audiobook.

It’s been maybe 10 hours since I finished listening to this book while at work, and holy crap I’m still not over the ending.

Like, at all.

The last few chapters the hits just kept coming, and then there was that final scene, that final reveal that left me desperate for book 3.

I mean, what the frick?

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There’s just something about books that pit Heaven and Hell against each other, in a battle for biblical end times that I love. Freaking give me those fallen angel/arch ngel confrontations and a scheme to create hell on Earth.

I. Am. Here. For. It.

I really enjoyed Storm and Fury when I read it last year – you can check out my review here – but this one had everything. Zayne and Trinity’s relationship was so enjoyable and so much fun to experience, even when things weren’t so great between them. Their chemistry is just So Good.

Jen is the Queen at writing attractive guys, and omfg Zayne doesn’t disappoint.

I want myself a Zayne.

He’s just so good, so sweet, so caring, so incredibly thoughtful. And he tends to have an infinite amount of patience.

I just freaking loved him in this book.

I also really loved Trinity. She’s so antagonistic, just to be antagonistic.

She does a lot of growing and accepting in this book, but true to teenage/young adult form the things she says, or doesn’t say get her into hot water. Navigating the world, minus angelic powers and a Harbinger bringing about the end times is hard enough, so it stands to reason that Trinity has it rough.

So much happens in this book, it never stops. I’m really liking what Jen is doing with this world she created. I loved the White Hot Kiss series and that world, but this current one…it feels so deep and rich and alive.

That could be in part due to the audiobook – which I highly recommend. It legit comes straight to life in your mind. Though, I will say that how the narrator was reading Roth, wasn’t really how I hear him in my head, but still so good. She got Zayne and Trinity’s personalities chemistry on point, and it honestly felt like a movie was playing out in my mind, with a whole cast of actors.

I love the deepening development of the world, and the forces at play. I loved how Trinity masks her hurt and insecurities and fear, until she found release. That moment when the damn broke for her…it was so satisfying.

Her relationship with Zayne was so good. I know I’ve already said that, but it just was. Yes, they both made mistakes, and said some shitty things to one another, but no relationship is perfect. I’m not excusing some of the things they said to each other, because there were a few moments I wanted to smack Zayne…hard, same with Trinity.

There was a moment that Zayne said something hurtful, and made Trinity feel like her worst nightmare had come to life and just made her feel horrible and I wanted to punch him. My breath caught and I felt so sad for her. Out of context it sounds awful, and even in context it wasn’t good, but people tend to say things they don’t truly mean when they’re intensely angry and hurt and when everything seems unfair.

But they were always able to move past, because there are things more important than past words. The fact that they learn to communicate and try to reconcile says so much. I can also understand saying things in the heat of the moment due to intense anger, and realizing that “oops, my bad” but still being angry, and now feeling guilt due to the anger, and not wanting to be the first to apologize can make situations worse. When you have no experience with some things, it can be hard to realize that you’re in the wrong, or that you misunderstood, or that maybe there was a better way to handle things.

So, when that damn breaks…it was just so satisfying, and the scene was adorable. I’d probably react in very similar way if a guy did something that sweet for me.

I really liked the role Layla and Roth played in this book. And I really loved that Jen had to remind us that Roth is a Demon. A Crown Prince, bad MoFo Demon. He’s not some bad soul, turned good by love, he’s legit not a good dude. I found myself actually kind of forgetting that Roth hadn’t “turned” good. There are just some things that are more important, but I wouldn’t want to piss him off.

I love that they have a decent role in this series and weren’t relegated to background side characters. I kind of like the Roth and Trinity dynamic, and I really want to see Layla and her be friends, and share stories about Zayne, purely to embarrass him. It’ll be interesting to see how they react to the ending of this book.

Things are really just starting to heat up, the battle for the end times is on the horizon, and it looks like a curve ball (or two) just landed. I’m beyond excited to see what happens next, what the reasoning is for that final scene of the book, and if the *right side* of history is going to win.

Or is hell on Earth going to reign supreme?

Rage and Ruin is out now, and if you haven’t already, I highly recommend picking up this series, as well as the White Hot Kiss books. If you’re a fan of Angels, Demons and Gargoyle protectors, then you’re definitely going to want to check this out.

Book Review: From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1)

From blood and ashTitle: From Blood and Ash

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: March 31, 2020

Rating: 🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️


A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.


This will be a spoiler free review.

How do you write a review for a book when internally you’re like this –

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I went into this book freaking excited and already knowing I was going to love it. So, it’s not a shocker that I did love it and having finished it, I’m now dying for book 2. With the way this book ended specifically those last couple pages and especially with that last sentence, I need to know what happens next.

A year long wait is going to be torture.

As torturous as a knife to the chest.

This book had everything I love in a high fantasy – high stakes, bad ass heroines, hot knights, traveling in a dark wood, having to sleep together to share body heat, growing to know each other, allowing yourself to live and have what you want, betrayal, sexy moments, snark, sass and some danger…in this case, in the form of vampires! It also has a few other things I really and truly love, but they’re spoilers, so read the book.

If you’re fans of SJM or Elise Kova, you’re going to absolutely love this book. I also love the freaking resurgence of Vampires in YA/Upper YA. In the last 8 months, I’ve read three new YA vamp books, each bringing something different to the table, and each very enjoyable.

From Blood and Ash does not disappoint and if you’re looking for a high fantasy vamp book, put this on your TBR right now. But, if you’re not necessarily looking for a vamp book, but a high fantasy full of sass, snark, chemistry and some badassery, then you’re going to want to put this book on your TBR.

True to JLA fashion, her characters are full of sass, innuendos, snark, chemistry and honestly chiseled by the hand of a God (seriously, the way I imagine Hawke…phew). I love Poppy so much. She goes through so much, but she doesn’t let the trauma define her. She rises above it, against it and uses her anger to good use. She uses her power to control her life – well, the aspects that she can control.

I think I’ve talked about it before on this blog, but I love it when female characters are tough, are badasses, can whoop any solider in a sword fight. I like it when they curse like sailors, and step into what might be a typical “male role”. I also like when those same female characters have moments of weakness, when they’re more the damsel in distress, when they break down and have these soft, emotional moments.

Don’t get me wrong, I love it when the male characters are the same way. Give me soft, emotional moments from the male characters. But I love it when the female character finally breaks down, and stops holding their shit together, stops being strong, and has to be rescued – whether physically rescued, or just held and comforted. I eat that up.

Anyways, I’ve digressed. Let’s talk about Hawke, because holy hell, he might be my new favorite JLA character.

If you liked Roth, if you liked Seth, if you liked Daemon then you’ll love Hawke…though, he puts all three of them to shame. Easily. He’s full of innuendos and dirty thoughts, he’s kind of a glutton for punishment, he pushes buttons unabashedly and he doesn’t let you forget he’s in the room. He’s sexy, in your face and he’s got a thing for Poppy.

I love them.

I will say that I had a little trouble picturing the world – not the specifics, those came to life in my mind – but geographically, I didn’t quite understand the world. I should mention I read an eBook version of this book, so I’m not actually sure if there is a map in this book. I kept having this feeling that it was set in an alternate, or fictitious Europe? I have no idea if that’s accurate, or if it’s a completely made up land. It kind of seemed like it pulled from Greek/Roman mythology, which I’m not complaining about in the slightest, but it made it a little difficult for me to really pinpoint the world. On a whole though, I really liked the world, and the history Jen created. Not entirely sure I’d want to live there, but hey, right now anywhere is better than being stuck at home.

I also really, and I mean really enjoyed the twists in this book. I had my suspicions about a certain character very early on in the book, and when my suspicion proved to be true, I was so damn excited. I was giddy. At no point was I dreading that I would be right. I freaking wanted to be right and I was and now I really, really need book 2 because I really need to know what happens next for Poppy.

So much was brought to light at the end of this book and it flips everything you think you understand as a reader and it was fantastic. I really think Jen outdid herself on this one. I wish I could wipe my mind and reread it for the first time, because omfg. I started this book at like 1:30 AM the other night (because I was tired of waiting to start it, late hour be damned) and I’m pretty sure I stopped reading when the birds started chirping and light was coming in through my window. Then I slept for a few hours, woke up, and went right back to reading. Don’t be like me and start reading at in the middle of the night, but be prepared to read this in one sitting, despite its size because you won’t want to put it down.

This book is already out, so I don’t know what you’re waiting for. You need to read this book; you want to read this book. JLA hits it out of the park with her first foray into High Fantasy, and if you’ve been a fan of her other books, this one isn’t going to disappoint.

Book Collection: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hey Jen!

img_6102I can’t believe I’ve been reading Jen’s books since 2012. I remember the first time I ever met her – it was in Boonsboro at Turn the Page (Nora Robert’s bookstore). I honestly can’t remember if my friend and I went up for Jen, or for Nora, but I know we both left with copies of Obsidian and Half-Blood. My mom was heading up to Frostburg (Maryland) for a high school reunion and luckily Boonsboro is on the way, so we managed to convince her to take a detour for this signing.

Upon arriving at my grandparent’s house, my friend and I promptly sat down and started reading. I don’t remember which book I started with – probably Obsidian because my friend insisted that we read the same book at the same time.

From then on, I was a fan. We were fans. We scoured bookstores on and near release days for the next books and they were always read instantly. At the time, our local Books-A-Million always had our most anticipated books out a day early and we always bought them. (This was well before either of us were aware of release week sales and how they impact making best seller lists) We were avid readers and had found a new favorite author.

I’ve been a fan of Jen’s books since a Senior in High School – I’ve been reading them for quite a long time. Her stories often feel like coming home. I know if I pick on up, there’s like a 99% chance that I’m going to enjoy it. Her books are often the ones to get me out of reading slumps.

Since Jen is semi-local, I’ve been fortunate enough to see her at a bunch of events – from the Baltimore Book Festival, to launches, conventions and her own creation: Apollycon.

My friend and I went to the first one in Philly in 2015 (I think), and then to the fourth and fifth ones in D.C. in 2018 & 2019. And I’m going again next year, 2020!

(Pic – left: 2018, right: 2019 with Drew Leighty and Jennifer L. Armentrout and my bff / I definitely prefer 2019’s pic more)

Apollycon is always fun – you can see my recap of 2019 here! I always enjoy going and seeing Jen and all the other amazing authors. I usually have bruises on my shoulders by the end of the weekend. But even if Jen were the only author there, I wanted to see, I’d still go. I’ll support Jen and her books for as long as she’s writing. I love them and her so much.

(Pic – left: 2018, right: 2019 with Drew Leighty and Jennifer L. Armentrout / I definitely perfer 2019’s pic more)

I’m fortunate to consider Jen a friend and any way I can support her, I will. I remember finding her books. I remember how the light filtered through curtains as I laid on a bed at my grandparents and fell in love with her characters. I remember the anxious anticipation for the next book in her various series and showing up to each event with new copies of her books for her to sign. I love her characters, her stories, her worlds and I will read and reread them for forever.

I’ve been reading and supporting her for years now and I love doing it. I love promoting her work and getting people to fall in love with Daemon, Aiden, Seth, Luc, Roth, Zayne and the various other hot, swoon-y love interests she’s created over the years. I mean, who doesn’t want hot and snarky alien neighbors, or Greek God descendants with kick ass powers or a Prince of Hell and his Gargoyle opponent? She writes anything and everything and has you wishing that these characters were real.


Let’s finally jump into the reason you probably clicked on this post – the books! I’m going to be eternally broke if Jen’s books keep coming out with revamped covers, because I need them all. All these books currently occupy almost an entire shelf (minus 3 spots). It’s a long shelf too, like 6 feet and basically a shrine to Jen’s books.

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I thought I had a lot of Brigid’s books…Jen’s occupied 2 bags and it was beyond difficult to carry both down the stairs. I managed, because there was no way I was making more than one trip. I also fought my glasses trying to slide right off the end of my nose the entire time. Setting them up on the banister and trying to fit them all in and have them look good was a challenge as well. It’s funny how, on a shelf they don’t look as numerous, but the minute you take them off and stack them up, it’s glaringly evident.

A quick run-down of Jen’s books – (This is going to be anything by quick, but here we go!)

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Phew. Typing them all out also puts the number of books she has into perspective. I don’t own every single one of her books. Besides the de Vincent books and the Anthologies (not a fan tbh) I’ve read everything else. I opted to post a screen grab, over actually typing them out in WordPress because this post would have been a mile long otherwise.

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Okay, I’m going to start with my favorite, the Covenant Series! Here I have pictured the original paperbacks (bottom),then the new paperbacks with the gorgeous covers – I still need to buy the rest of the series (middle). Then I have the UK edition of Half Blood (purple spine) and finally the Titan Books. These aren’t necessarily part of the Covenant Series, but they’re a direct spin-off!

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Covenant / Titan

Pic: (top to bottom) The Return / The Power / The Struggle / The Prophecy / UK Half Blood / Half Blood (New US) / Pure (New US) / Deity (New US) / Daimon / Half Blood / Pure / Deity / Elixir / Apollyon / Sentinel 

img_6094Next up, the Lux series! I’ve since added a finished copy of The Burning Shadow to my collection, but unfortunately it’s not pictured. I took all these pictures weeks ago when the weather was still guaranteed to be nice. Which is a good thing since it’s rained for days here. I love Katy and Daemon and they will always have a special place in my heart. Here I have pictured the original paperbacks (top) I need to get the new covers. Opposition is the redone cover to match the first four books. Then Oblivion is Obsidian from Daemons POV and Obsession is an Arum novel. Then I have the US ARCs for The Darkest Star and The Burning Shadow , and finally a finished copy of The Darkest Star. 

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Lux / Arum  / Origin 

Pic: (top to bottom) Shadows / Obsidian / Onyx / Opal / Origin / Opposition / Oblivion / Obsession / The Darkest Star US ARC / The Burning Shadow US ARC / The Darkest Star 

img_6097Next we have the Dark Elements Series – which is another favorite, shocker! I have the second one on my TBR to read before the end of the year, just because. It’s time for a reread. I love Roth and Zayne and these books are just fun. Here I have pictured the new US covers (top) I freaking love them. Then the original covers, plus an ARC of Stone Cold Touch (my first ever Jen ARC!) and then a US ARC of Storm and Fury plus a finished copy. I’m super excited for the next book in the Harbinger series as the first one left me with my jaw dropped.

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Dark Elements / Harbinger 

Pic (top to bottom) White Hot Kiss (New US) / Stone Cold Touch (New US) / Every Last Breath (New US) / White Hot Kiss / Stone Cold Touch US ARC / Stone Cold Touch / Every Last Breath / Storm and Fury US ARC / Storm and Fury 

img_6098Then we have the Wicked Trilogy and these books are great! I loved Ren and Ivy and I can’t forget Tink and his Amazon Prime addiction. New Orleans, fae and tons of drama and romance, you don’t want to miss these characters or this world Jen has created. It’s fantastic. These books are definitely due for a reread and I would honestly love nothing more than to drop everything I’m currently reading to do so. Here I have pictured the original paperbacks, plus the 1001 Dark Night’s novellas, and there’s a third on the way!

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Wicked Trilogy

Pic (top to bottom) Wicked / Torn / Brave / The Prince / The King 

We’re coming down to the wire – two photo’s left!

img_6099Next is the Wait for You Series. The great thing about these books, is that you can read them in order, but they’re also standalones and can be read in whatever order you want. I love these books, my favorite being Stay with Me, but I do have one gripe, you might be able to see what it is from the picture.

These books aren’t stacked in order – which is listed above in the backlist photo. The mass market paperback style seriously annoys me to no end. That, and there are various pubs and none of them are uniform. Shelving them is a nightmare. But anyways, I have the whole series, with Trust in Me (green spine) being a novella, as well as the 1001 Dark Night’s novella Dream of You (bottom).

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

Wait for You Series

Pic (top to bottom) Forever with You / Fall with Me / Trust in Me / Wait for You / Be with Me / Stay with Me / Fire in You / Dream of You

img_6100Finally, we are at the end. This stack is a mix of YA standalones and some NA.

The Dead List is probably my favorite of of this stack of books. I read it back when she published it on Wattpad. It’s definitely a bit of a thriller murder mystery and it’s so fun!

You really can’t go wrong with any of these books and they all range in genre! That’s one of the things I love about Jen and her books – she writes everything and they’re always pretty good and easy to get lost in.

Here are some links – make sure you check them out!

de Vincent / Till Death / The Dead List / Frigid / If There’s No Tomorrow / The Problem with Forever / Don’t Look Back / Cursed 

Pic (top to bottom) Moonlight Sins / Moonlight Seduction / Till Death / The Dead List / Frigid / Scorched / If There’s No Tomorrow / The Problem with Forever / Don’t Look Back / Cursed 


Phew! The scary thing is that this collection is only ever going to get bigger. Jen’s latest release The Burning Shadow just came out earlier this month, and the cover for Rage and Ruin was revealed, it’s gorgeous! I cannot wait to read it! If you haven’t yet fallen into the world that is Jennifer L. Armentrout, you’re missing out and you should fix that immediately. I would recommend starting with the Covenant Series (I have a whole review for the entire series here) but if you were to ask my best friend, she would insist on the Lux series. So, really you can’t go wrong with either!

Book Review: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2)

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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: October 8, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75


When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.


This will be a spoiler free review.

This was a long book. The ARC clocked in at 649 pages, but somehow the finished hardcover is only going to be 416. Being completely honest, by the time I had 100 pages left, I just wanted the book to be over. It was way too long, and roughly 240 pages in, nothing had really happened.

Overall, the book was good, and if I hadn’t been thoroughly over the book by the ending, I might’ve been shocked. I definitely didn’t see the end coming, though in retrospect it makes perfect sense. I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Darkest Star, but I think that mostly has to deal with the sheer number of pages contained within this book.

Without really getting into it – and this is not an invite for anyone to come on here arguing about it – it kind of annoyed me that this book was too similar to the real world. Yes, I get it, that dialogue should be happening, that real life events should be represented in books, but that doesn’t mean I want 600+ pages of it. I read to escape, and when I read a book that could basically be modern day, I can’t help but be a bit annoyed. Certain aspects of this book (and the previous one) reflect some of the tension and chaos happening in our world right now. No, I won’t specify, read the book if you’re curious.

With that being said, it was still nice to be back with these characters, and in true JLA fashion, they went through some shit in this book. Other that being a bit long winded, the plot of this book was pretty good. I was engaged and rooting for the good guys and falling more in love with Luc. Some old faces were back with more page time and it was nice getting the old gang back together…so to speak.

Like the last book, Luc steals the show. We see more of who he is – an Origin and just what he’s capable of. I’d still happily take Evie’s place.

I kind of just want to rant and talk spoilers about this book, but I won’t. If you read The Darkest Star (my review here) and you’ve been dying to find out what happens next, your wait it’s much longer! So much happens, some of it will shock you, other moments will leave you breathless, and Jen doesn’t disappoint. Evie and Luc’s world isn’t all that it seems, and what comes next could test the limits of their bond and feelings for each other. This is very much a book about self-discovery and learning and you won’t want to miss it.

Book Review: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

White Hot KissTitle: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: February 25, 2014 (March 25, 2019)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


ONE KISS CAN KILL.

Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, go out on real dates and do other typical teenager things. Trouble is, Layla is anything but normal and her longtime crush, Zayne, treats her like a little sister. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities that no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.

 Enter Roth—a smart-mouthed demon who claims to know her deepest, most dangerous secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole soul thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her and destroy her relationship with Zayne. But with a violent demon uprising looming in the distance, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the end of the world.


This will be a short spoiler free review.

Ugh, I forgot how much I loved this book. I chose to reread White Hot Kiss after finishing Storm & Fury mainly because it had been so long, and I’ve been slowly working my way back through Jen’s backlist. I haven’t read most of her books since their releases and I just love her books and how captivating and easy to get lost in they are.

Jen definitely knows how to write swoon worthy guys – and there are two of them in this book – Roth and Zayne. To be honest, I’m Team Roth – if you were to ask me to pick sides. If you want to be Team Zayne, go read Storm & Fury. White Hot Kiss follows Layla, who doesn’t feel like she fit’s in anywhere, at least, not completely. She’s in this constant state of wanting to prove herself, to show that she’s not weak and that she’s capable of standing up for herself, but when facts about her past and who she is start to bubble to the surface, she realizes that maybe getting help isn’t such a bad thing. Enter Roth – demon, who is too damn likable and makes Layla question everything and everyone.

This book is a pretty quick read, and the start of a great trilogy. If you want to get lost in a fun, fiery read, with hot guys, swoon worthy moments, and a giant demon eating snake, then you definitely want to check out The Dark Elements series…think of it as pre for reading Storm & Fury, but I will say that you in no way have to read this trilogy before the spin off. I think it stands very well on its own, and if you’re wondering what my thoughts were on it, you can check them out here!