Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life - no easy task for a 17-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. Contains mature themes.
©2014 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2014 Tantor
Author of Five (Maor Series)
Roth is gone, relegated to the deepest recesses of hell, but no matter how Layla tries to, she cannot forget about the demon who sacrificed himself for her. Each day is a struggle to come to terms with her loss. Then, out of the blue, Roth returns. But he’s not the demon she remembers. The new Roth is cold and cruel, and brings with him bad news straight from hell. Now, Wardens and Demons must work together to protect humanity against one of the biggest threats they have ever faced. But things are more complicated than ever for Layla. On the one hand is the Demon Prince’s who confuses, rejects and yet thrills her. Then there is Zayne, the Warden she has always wanted but thought she could never have…
This series is fast becoming one of my favorites. It’s one of those that have you itching to shirk your duties just to find out what happens next. The action is fast-paced and will keep you at the edge of your seat. But it is the dynamic within the love triangle that really makes this series stand out. Armentrout has mastered the art of anticipation when it comes to the physical aspects of Layla’s interactions with both Roth and Zayne. There is only one word to describe this installment, and that is HOT! Thumbs up to this author who can make any reader flustered without resorting to an 18 + PG rating. I’m officially in love with a demon (and a Warden)! If Layla can find place in her heart for both of them, I certainly can!
This was amazing. I would have marathoned the book straight if I could. Dare I say that this was better then the first book? This book completely conflicted me with who I want to end up with Layla and I was ALL for Roth before this book. Now I'm not even sure anymore. Some lines were ridiculously cheesy, but it was great love triangle writing. Best love triangle I've read, considering I normally stongly lean toward one character.
The narrator was a pro. I feel like the emotions and vocal portrayals were pretty good. It bumped up the emotions of the characters well.
I would recommend this series to friends who enjoy this genre. Because I really like the book, I would also recommend this audiobook to those who would love to read it, but have little time to do so.
A comparable book to this book/series would be Heroes, (Book #2 of the Eirik Companion Trilogy of the Runes Series), by Ednah Walters. Besides the basic age range of the characters involved, there is a parallel to accidental physical damage, rescue, strengthening female characters, female characters who face mortal injury at the hands of "family," and several more similarities.
Narrator Saskia Maarleveld trouble keeping the character voices defined.For example, with Roth, the essence of the voice changes unexpectedly. Whether growling, or whispering, the voice should be recognizable as his. The same problem exists with the voice of Zane. While I realize that an individual's voice sometimes changes in modulation, the tone of the voice used should still sound like the same character.There are several instances where one character's voice bleeds into another. A couple of times, a male voice bleeds into a female character, and vice versa.To her credit, Maarleveld does a good job with the female voices most of the time, and I have to say that all of the male voices do sound decidedly male. If she works a bit more, focusing on consistency for each characters voice, she has the potential to become very good.
I could see the Dark Elements series as a movie trilogy. I could see Dove Cameron in the role of Layla, Tye Sheridan as Roth, Zendaya as Stacie, Liam Hemsworth as Zane, and Jacob Lofland as Sam.
I have been captured by the world of audiobooks, because I am sometimes unable to sit down and read.
The writing is more for teenagers, but I'm in my 40s. So it is nice to read a funny, easy read. I fell in love with these characters and changed from Team Roth to Team Zayne. I can't wait for book 3!
The narrator, Saskia Maarleveld.
I am torn between Roth and Zhane. They are both extremely strong characters with their different strengths and weaknesses.
Yes, she is a wonderful narrator and I would def recommend her. Very easy to listen to and she has a way of bringing the story to life. Just purchased another book narrated by her.
"Dragging a bit"
I was looking forward to the next chapter in Layla's story and even though I cannot fault the storyline, I felt that this second book was dragged out too much. There was long chapters that didn't add much to the story, nor were they particularly interesting or exciting, almost like JLA was trying hard to make up the page count. It's a pretty long book, and I would have preferred 4 hours less listening at a faster, more captivating pace. I've also noticed mistakes: wrong names used, inconsistencies in the story, which proves rushed writing and poor editing. Probably my least favourite JLA novel even though the story itself is good and obviously I'm still going to listen to the last book. On the plus side, the emotional evolution of the characters is well done. Bonus chapter at the end was also a nice touch.
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