Jennifer L Armentrout
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Date Read: July 31, 2015
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
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…
"With every breath I take, I will always love you."
I have been so looking forward to Every Last Breath for over a year, after all it is Jennifer Armentrout and the final book in the Dark Elements series. I'll be honest and say that I was nervous about this one after all the boy Layla was to end up with a fan majority vote and it made me nervous. Not because the boy I loved more might lose but because I felt like the decision being taken out of Jen's hands would make this book not very JLA-like.
I am an enormous fan of Jennifer Armentrout and I have been ever since her very first release back in early 2011, but I have to be honest and say I was really disappointed in Every Last Breath. I struggled to get through a lot of it and had it been a book by anyone else I probably would have DNF'd it, but I just wouldn't do that for a JLA book.
Every Last Breath was always going to be a difficult read for me. Although I had a team I was very much in love with both boys so no matter what happened one of them was going to be hurt and therefore, no matter who Layla chose my heart was going to break... I just wasn't prepared for how much. I'll be honest and say that I was expecting the outcome of the love triangle... I knew it was going to happen but that doesn't mean I liked it. It's not the outcome of the vote and the love triangle that I didn't like about this book but more about the way it was handled. I really ended up disliking Layla and I have never disliked a JLA heroine before and it makes me super sad.
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My issue with the book is once Layla makes her choice Zayne is barely in the book. I get that he was heartbroken but the Zayne we knew in the first two books was her best friend first and foremost and so protective over Layla that he would never have left her in the midst of everything going on and yet that's exactly what happened. I felt like he was a completely different character and it made me not like this book. Also I was made to hate Layla. Layla and Zayne have been best friends since they were children yet as soon as she chose Roth it's like he didn't exist to her anymore. It was 'out of sight out of mind' and she just forgot about him. When he was mentioned she would say how much she missed him and how much she cared about him but whenever he wasn't there she didn't even think about him or miss him. It's like he didn't matter at all. I felt like she was using him as when she went to tell him she had chosen Roth she waited until she got all information from him first before telling him and I just thought what a bitch and then within 3 minutes she had already jumped into bed with Roth. This made me furious and really hate Layla. This is the reason why I will not be re-reading this book!
If I am being honest I really wish the reader vote had never happened. I feel like the outcome would have been the same but the way in which it was handled would have been different, and I think that would have made the book a lot more enjoyable for me. To me Jennifer Armentrout books have a feel to them, something that is special for Jen's books and for me this book did not have that JLA spark. I feel like if the vote had not happened and Jen was left with her characters to do with as she wanted then this book would have been much better and I would have loved it. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed the action of this book but the emotion and relationships and everything felt very non-JLA to me.
Every Last Breath makes me sad. I wanted to love it so much and even though I still liked it, it was just a disappointment to me. I now will more than likely not re-read the series which sucks because one of my favourite things to do is re-read JLA series. I am sad I didn't like this book but the emotion was off, to me one of the characters personalities completely switched from the other books and I felt like I was reading a different character and some of the actions really make me dislike one of the main characters. I'm super sad about it but I know JLA's next book will be amazing. I just hope that she doesn't do the whole 'reader poll' thing again and her publishers let Jen write it as she wants to. That's when JLA books are the best.
"You are so beautiful, Layla. And if I could pick one thing I could stare at for the rest of eternity, it would be you."