Wednesday, February 26, 2014

White Hot Kiss: Review


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.


White Hot Kiss is a pretty awesome book with mythological creatures like the gargoyles and demons. And with a girl in between. Literally. I like this book generally. You know, with the quick wits and the dark underlying plots, this book can be classified as a grade-A book. But to me it lacks the chemistry that actually captivates me. Yes, this book is action-packed. Yes, this book is pretty fast-paced. Yes, this book is hilarious AND steamy at the same time, which is my favorite combination. It just doesn't have that sizzle that I want, and that's why I can't give it a full 5 out of 5 for White Hot Kiss.

Layla is a little different from Katy or Alex. She doesn't have the same confidence as the two of them. While she can certainly kick butt, in some ways she's not as badass as the two of them. She's also more naive than the two of them. But that's okay, because she has the quick-wit and the smart mouth which I really love. The fact that she's forgiving is very admirable. She can still reason with them with reason and reason ALONE when others are misunderstanding her. I, myself, could do no such thing in her position. Sure, I'm a good debater, but I will totally throw out reasons soaked in venom and smart-assery. So yeah, it's hard not to respect that girl.

I was pretty excited to meet Zayne, because he seems like those guys that I can relate to and will totally like. But I find myself not really caring about him. Okay, I still like that guy, because he's nice and he obviously care about Layla (maybe more than he should, which is something I don't know how to process, for the very first time). But 1) he's pretty annoying sometimes because he thinks he has Layla's best interest in his mind and blah blah blah and 2) he just doesn't have the same edge as Roth (which I will talk about later) and 3) he just doesn't make enough appearances to make a good enough impression on his own. I'm actually a little disappointed about that because I had high hopes on his character. Maybe he'll get better in Stone Cold Touch

Roth... I love that guy! He's so much better than I would ever imagine! At first I didn't know what to think of him because demons are supposed to be the bad guys. But he's just so different. He has that kind of intensity that is completely swoon-worthy. Not to mention he's hilarious. He always gets the point and be witty about it. Oh, and the fact that he doesn't expect anything from Layla but be completely (well, not completely, but enough) supportive just makes him ten times hotter. I want more of him in the next book please!

Generally this is quite a nice start of a new trilogy. I'm totally waiting for the next book.

Rating: 8/10

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