Friday, August 21, 2015

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.

My rating: 2.5/5


After finishing White Hot Kiss I sat straigt in my chair, turned on the TV, and wondered for the eleventh time if I should give up the YA genre once and for all. I always try my best to stay chirpy, even if a book has dissapointed me or bored me, or pissed me off, but sometimes I just get tired. It takes me a while to realize that what i dislike is not the genre, but the annoyingly repeated clichés and formulaic books that, for some reason, plague it.

White Hot Kiss, although it had a very interesting premise (gargoles and sexy demons? Sign me in!) was the same story we have read a thousand times before.

MC with some strange feature (in this case, blonde-silver hair) who thinks she's horrible, even though every guy wants into her pants.

-Obviously a virgin, and obviously every guy thinks she's better because of it, Because women who have had a penis inside of them are less of a woman, apparently.

-Slut shaming, girl on girl hate. Layla instantly hated any woman nearn her love interests, it didn't matter that they were really nice or were trying to help her, nope, Layla would snap at them just because she was an idiot.

-Diversity? Nah, why have something real when we can have token characters and absolutely offensive stereotypes?

The romance is the main focus, right? And yet, I can't understand why Layla likes this two guys besides saying she has a crush. None of them have a discernible personality, so i couldn't understand the big deal besides that they were both hot to the point of perfection.
Same goes for the boys, why did they like Layla? "Good" and "pure" were thrown in a couple of times but still, that's half the world's population. They were attracted to her because the plot demanded it, nothing else.

Overall, I did enjoy this one more than Obsidian, but that was partially because I was imagining another story where Leyla actually liked eating souls and she just went around doing something to affect the plot.

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