Title: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal YA
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…
I have a major girl crush on Jennifer L. Armentrout and this series is one of the reasons why. It was so refreshingly imaginative–I mean who thinks to write a YA book about gargoyles. Amazing. Each book just kept getting better and better, and I was highly anticipating this one. While it was good, it was not fantastic and I’m not just saying that because of the way the romance ended up. This books stumbles into some major YA cliches and at times the plot felt boring. The second book blew it out of the park, but this one struggles at points. Let’s break it down.
What I liked: Layla is much more confident in this book than she has been in the other two; this felt like a natural progression for her character. She’s been through a lot in the past two books, so naturally her character is going to evolve. JLA does a great job of not making her transition seemed forced. Layla is not a completely different character but the things she has experienced have caused a natural shift in her character. I enjoyed the strength she exuded and how much stronger she became. Nothing makes me more excited than a strong, female MC. The writing style remains true to JLA, with plenty of poppy pop-culture references. Sometimes these felt inappropriate, but others they made sense. Even though this is a book about supernatural creatures and features a potential apocalypse, these are still teenagers and teens are huge consumers of pop culture.
What I didn’t like: This was boring. There I said it, I’m sad I had to say it, but I just didn’t love this one as much as I did the other two. This was supposed to be the climax of the fight between the Wardens, Demons, and the Lilin, but not much happened in the way of this. Sure, people died but this was more of a love story. I just did not dig it as much as I did the other two. It was good, but did not hold my interest as intensely.
Overall, this was a fine installment. It is not as wonderful as the first two, but it has it’s moments. 3.5/5