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

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Goodreads Summary:

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…

 

My Review

After reading the absolutely terrible cliffhanger in Stone Cold Touch in which we discover the Lilin had been Sam all along, I was more than ready to read Every Last Breath. More importantly, I was ready to see who Layla finally chose: Zayne or Roth!!

Every Last Breath did not waste any time getting into gear! I was on the edge of my seat from the get-go! Layla was her usual badass slaying self, and Roth was just as devilishly (pun intended) handsome and smart-mouthy as ever! Armentrout is the master of witty banter between her characters, and that was definitely abundant in this book! I’m TEAM ROTH all the way and there were so many beautifully romantic moments that had me swooning all over the place!! I was so romantically content with Every Last Breath, though I wasn’t necessarily satisfied with all aspects of the novel.

Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however, there were just a few minor disappointments…

Although there were some killer mini-action sequences throughout the story, when it came down to the final confrontation between Layla and the Lilin, it kind of fell short. I was expecting  an epic-nail-biting-insanity battle, and all of sudden it was over before I could even blink! Yes there were plenty of twists I didn’t see coming, but I would have liked certain moments in the story to have been extended whilst other parts could have been shortened. I was pleased with the way in which Armentrout went against the norm and with how she also took the time to tie up all loose ends.

Overall, I enjoyed The Dark Elements trilogy wholeheartedly! I felt  that I was 100% romantically content with the turn of events and love the ingenuity behind this story! I suppose I just expected a little more from the conclusion of what is a beloved series. I would definitely recommend The Dark Elements to any paranormal romance fan and to any Jennifer Armentrout fan!

You can buy Every Last Breath on Amazon here!

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Musical Mondays 8/10/15

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Musical Mondays: a meme hosted by yours truly! Now you may be wondering why I’ve decided to start a musically themed meme on what is clearly a blog about books. Well…who said music and books can’t go hand-in-hand? I love music almost as much as I love books! Songs bring about so much inspiration and emotion. I can’t help but feel the need to share some of my musical tastes with you, and I would absolutely love to hear what you guys listen to as well!

Musical Mondays provides a wonderful opportunity for any and every blog to take part in, regardless of their theme. Music is a unifying element in our modern world and deserves to be shared. My goal is to show others what awesome music is out there, while also becoming inspired by other bloggers who participate. I’m hoping this meme will encourage others to branch out with their music tastes and find something new!

Naturally, since I love books and music so much, I’m going to touch on both topics using this meme! My shared books are linked to Goodreads!

Feel free to use my image or create your own!

 

How to Participate In Musical Mondays:

  1. Link your Musical Mondays post back to Escape Inside the Pages

  2. Include the instructions in your post

  3. Share anywhere from 1-3 songs that either:

    • remind you of a book you’ve read or are currently reading
    • you’ve been listening to or have discovered in the past week
    • you feel you must absolutely share with the world
  4. Link your shared songs to their Youtube video (even if it’s a lyrics video)

  5.  Paste the link to your Musical Mondays post in the Comments of my Musical Mondays post each week

  6. Have the greatest time discovering new music and artists!

And if you don’t have a blog, feel free to share your music in the comments section anyway!

 

Alright, then, without further ado, here are my picks for this very musical of Mondays!

Song That Reminds Me of A Book:

 

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 Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout vs. Vicious Love (ft. Hayley Williams) by New Found GloryThis song screams Every Last Breath, which just so happens to be the last book I finished reading! The lyrics easily compare to Roth and Layla’s relationship and the struggle they endure! I was never super into New Found Glory until I saw that they rereleased this song featuring Hayley Williams, who just happens to be my favorite female singer! Definitely check out this song and read The Dark Elements trilogy!

Song I’ve Been Listening to/Must Share:

 

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Serial Killer by Lana Del Rey: Lana Del Rey has been one of the top artists on my Summertime Jams list! I’ve been completely obsessed with her music! Her voice is so haunting and her lyrics flow like poetry. She may be a diva, but she totally ROCKS IT! Serial Killer is lesser known than most of her songs, but nevertheless, it’s fantastic! Please give it a listen!

Well that concludes my first ever Musical Mondays! I hope you share in the splendors, and I can’t wait to hear what new songs are out there! What have you been listening to this week?

 

 

 

 

 

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

AHHHHH!!! Every Last Breath is here and you’ve got to get your hands on it!

The Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s

Dark Elements Series…Who Will She Choose?

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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.

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9780373211142_prd_proof_FCEVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

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…

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Excerpt:

Roth cleared his throat. “Shortie, look…look at your hand.” 

Look at my hand? Why in the world would he be asking me to do that in the midst of all the cray? 

“Do it,” he said quietly and too gently. 

The dread exploded in my gut like buckshot, and my gaze dropped to my left hand. I expected to see the weird marbling of black and gray, a mixture of the demon and Warden that existed inside of me and a combination I’d become almost familiar with by now. My nails had lengthened and sharpened, and I could tell they were hard enough to cut through steel, as hard as my skin, but my skin…it was still pink. Really pink. 

“What the…?” My gaze traveled to my other hand. It was the same. Just pink. My wings twitched, reminding me that I had shifted. 

Zayne swallowed. “Your…your wings…”

“What about my wings?” I almost screeched, reaching be‑ hind me. “Are they broken? Did they not come out—” The tips of my fingers came into contact with something as soft as silk. My hand jerked back. “What…” 

Stacey’s watery eyes had doubled in size. “Um, Layla, there’s a mirror above the fireplace. I think you need to look in it.” 

I met Roth’s gaze for a second before I spun around and all but ran to the fireplace I was sure Stacey’s mom had never used. Clutching the white mantel, I stared at my reflection. 

I looked normal, like I did before I shifted…like I was going to class or something. My eyes were the palest shade of gray, a watered-down blue. My hair was so blond it was almost white, and a mess of waves that went in every direction like usual. I looked like a colorless china doll, which was nothing new, except for the two fangs jutting out of my mouth. I wouldn’t show them off at school, but that wasn’t what caught my attention and held it. 

It was my wings. 

They were large, not as massive as Zayne’s or Roth’s, and normally they were almost leathery in texture, but now they were black…black and feathered. Like legit feathered. That soft, silky thing I’d felt? It had been tiny feathers. 

Feathers. 

“Oh my God,” I whispered at my reflection. “I have feathers.” 

“Those are definitely feathered wings,” Roth commented. 

I whipped around, knocking over a lamp with my feathered right wing. “I have feathers on my wings!” 

Roth cocked his head to the side. “Yeah, you do.” 

He was absolutely no help, so I turned to Zayne. “Why do I have feathers on my wings?” 

Zayne shook his head slowly. “I don’t know, Layla. I’ve never seen anything like this.” 

“Liar,” hissed Roth, shooting him a dark look. “You’ve seen that before. So have I.”

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

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And don’t miss the first titles in the Dark Elements Series!

BITTER SWEET LOVE

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WHITE HOT KISS

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STONE COLD TOUCH

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JLA_Author-photoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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

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I am so very excited to present to you the trailer for the Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Dark Elements Series, EVERY LAST BREATH! Published by HarlequinTeen, EVERY LAST BREATH is a young adult paranormal filled with romance and danger being released on July 28th, 2015. Be sure to pre-order your copy today and enter to win some AMAZING Dark Elements prizes!

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

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…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

And here’s the amazing trailer for EVERY LAST BREATH…

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And don’t forget to preorder your copy of EVERY LAST BREATH today and enter to win!

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Don’t miss the first titles in the Dark Elements Series!

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BITTER SWEET LOVE

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WHITE HOT KISS

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STONE COLD TOUCH

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Cover Reveal: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer Armentrout

I am so so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and don’t miss out on reading the first books in this amazing series before its release!

I cannot wait to see what is in store for Layla and more importantly Roth! Can you tell who I’m rooting for??

JUst look at all these new covers!!

 

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

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…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

 The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!

Don’t miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

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  • Use landscape or horizontal setting = 8.5″ tall x 14″ wide
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  • Print with the image centered on page
  • Fold and trim to fit

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WHITE HOT KISS synopsis:

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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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

“Constantly entertaining…the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance.”

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And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE…

 

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BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

“With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers’ hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout’s previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!” –RT Book Reviews

 

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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