Stone Cold Touch
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Source: Received ARC from Publisher at BEA
Rating: 5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
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
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…
this review that will most definitely be incoherent flailing and fangirling?
JLA is by far, one of my favorite authors. Her ability to write unique and
interesting characters, different and exciting plot lines, and swoony as f***
romance keeps me hooked and craving more. White Hot Kiss was actually the first JLA book I had ever read so I was dying to
read the sequel, which was just as epic as the first.
Cold Touch was a whirlwind of action, feels and
plot twists. I honestly didn’t remember much from WHK because I have book amnesia, but Jennifer does a great job of
sneaking in little reminders here and there to help the reader orient
themselves and I had no trouble following as things slowly came back to me.
Gargoyles and the Demons is just so original and I loved every second of it.
There are so many unique and inventive creatures, rules and orders in this
series. I loved reading about all of these creatures and the rules by which
they live their lives. The world-building is great. Jennifer gives us all the
information we need without info-dumping. Perfection.
this book and this series are the characters. Layla, our main character, is
hilarious. She’s got this super snarky inner monologue that had me cracking up
several times throughout the book. I relate so much to her because of this. I’m
pretty snarky myself. Phil is constantly telling me to reel in the sass, so I
could totally relate to Layla and I’m pretty sure that we would be best friends
if she was a real person. Layla goes through so much crap in this book. She’s
so unsure of herself and her self-esteem is extremely low. I felt so bad for
this girl, but she’s a trooper and a true badass and I loved watching her work
through all of the trials set before her.
guys. Yes, there’s a love triangle. Yes, it’s epic. Both boys are smoking hot.
Zayne, the gargoyle, is that sweet, boy-next-door with the perfect charm. Yes,
I definitely grew to love him in this book because of how supportive he was of
Layla, even when no one else believed in her. That being said, I’m still
solidly on Team Roth.
CAN’T EVEN. HE IS SO SEXY. He is a tortured, smoldering, broken demon with a
full range of snark and emotions. Yes. Snark AND emotions. He’s the bad boy in
this triangle for sure and I am 100% on his team. I love how Roth can have
these brief flashes of vulnerability, but still maintain that “doesn’t give a
f***” attitude. Mmm…I could drool over, I mean read about, him all day.
this series yet, you need to and here’s why:
and badass main character
one, but two sexy as hell guys to drool over
twists galore that will leave you gaping
cool pet snake that doubles as a tattoo