Review: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 0 Comments A + a -

Hey guys! I'm Marifer better known as Maf from Maf's Crazy Book Life, I love talking about books, looking at books, listening to books, taking pictures of them...etc and I am also not nearly as smart as Vangelina so my school won't keep me as busy and when she asked if I could post something from time to time, I said something along the lines of "If your password isn't cupcakes, I'm going to be super disappointed" (it isn't and I am disappointed)

Anyway, today I'm going to be doing something I usually don't do and that's review a book I did not enjoy, like at all. Not even a teeny tiny speak of a bit.


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…

Rating:  1 out of 5 stars

Publication: July 28th 2015

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Truthfully, after my last Jennifer L. Armentrout, my expectations for her books went down a bit but to be fair, I had ridiculously high expectations, the first books I read by her were the Lux Series and to this day, that's one of my favourite series, and I really loved a lot of her other books, but after I read Wicked and Stone Cold Touch I started lowering my expectations for her books, I started noticing she tends to follow the same pattern for her plots and while I was reading Every Last Breath I felt like I could have easily switched the main characters for any other main couple of hers and it wouldn't have made any difference because they all sound and act the same. T
he plot was predictable and the writing, which I used to enjoy and find funny, felt immature and overused. It was like one of those jokes that is hilarious at first and after a while the person keeps repeating it and you get tired of it.

There wasn't much, if anything at all I enjoyed about this book, which is very sad considering it was the last one of the series and I did adore the first book in the series, I felt like by the end Layla and Roth had morphed into generic characters I had absolutely not feelings for. Their original chemistry was nowhere to be found, their banter felt forced and every thing they were supposed to feel for each other felt like flat and unbelievable.

Then we have her relationship with Zayne...actually no, we don't really have that. Her dialogues with him were like her talking to a wall she had married and was bored of hanging out with and me being super surprised the wall talked back. At one point she mentioned they had been friends for their entire life and I had to take a second to remember if they really were friends for that long because it didn't feel like that at all, I didn't even find it in me to hate their relationship, I just had absolutely no interest in them.

The only moments I enjoyed where the little snippets of self awareness the author seemed to have with her characters' terrible decision and she wrote stuff like "I'm beginning to think your darling naivete is actually adorable idiocy. You're like a cute version of the village idiot" and "All you've done since the Lilin revealed itself is mourn your friend, pout, indulge in relationship drama I would normally only expect from a pitiful human teenager and surrender your chastity" for the background characters to say.

This book was a huge let down, which is so sad to write because I used to LOVE JLA, I am thinking of taking a break from her books for a while, the more I think about it, the more they all sound like exactly the same in the great scheme of things and I can only read about the same characters in the same circumstances but with different names for the monsters and villains so many times.

Just a girl who likes books with brooding heroes, sassy heroines, cheesy lines and happily ever afters!