Every Last Breath

Dark Elements Series # 3
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: Dark Elements, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (439 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Every choice has consequences - but 17-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden that 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.

©2015 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2015 Tantor

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Not up to par

I am usually a huge fan of Armentrout's work, but this series just really failed for me. The premise was interesting and obviously I had to finish the series. However, with every page turn I became increasingly astounded by how often I would roll my eyes. The overuse of similes and metaphors really ruined my overall enjoyment. There was an exceeding amount of fluff. Don't get me wrong- I love my fluff, but when I say exceeding... It was over the top and completely unnecessary. I repeat, the storyline was intriguing, but be warned that you will have to muddle through redundant descriptions and less than provocative character development. (The reader reminded me of Mulan when Mulan had to pretend to be a boy- I've had better readers, but she wasn't the worst I've heard) Overall, this was a mediocre book- that could have potentially been phenomenal with only better editing.

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Wonderful series

Seventeen year old Layla has a tough choice to make between the Warden she has been crushing on her whole life and the sexy Demon who recently swept into her life. Then there is also the matter of the Lilan, the evil step-brother intent on bringing about Armageddon. And Layla is the only one who can stop him.

Action-packed and steaming, the third installment of The Dark Elements series lives up to the high expectations set by the first two books. The story resolves the relationship issues and turns to more internal struggles as Layla faces her fears and discovers her inner strengths. Further questions are raised surrounding the true nature of ‘evil’, and Layla’s moral mettle is tested to the fullest extent, bringing her character development to a mature and sweeping end.

I do feel that the novel would have been a 5 star and not a 4 star if it had ended slightly earlier than it did. I’m a reader who likes to know that the conflict has been resolved, but still wants a little room for dreaming up my own ending. Armentrout really tied double knots on this ending though, and it ventured a little too far into the soppy soap for my tastes.

But, I still loved this book and adored the series!

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A bit disappointed

Usually, i love Armentrout’s work because the plot twists are so unexpected, and you are really hanging in there for every word. But this book... so... many... expected... turns... and... twists...
So I can’t help but feel disappointed with this book. :/

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Great trilogy

Love love this book! I don’t know why I hold off reading it this long! Roth is just the sweet even if he’s a badass lol I love all the characters in here and I feel so bad for Zen but I love the way she chose and am so glad that he was not change to a bad guy like some of the books I’ve read. He’s true to himself.

I would Love to read more about him! Saskia did an awesome job at narrating

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A Pretty Good Ending to a Series

I didn’t enjoy the third as much as I did the first two. I was pleased with her choice, but there were a lot of of unanswered questions at the end. I would’ve liked to know what happened to the other characters in the epilogue.

Saskia did a tremendous job. I look forward to listening to more of her books in the future. Jennifer is one of my favorite authors.

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So sad it’s over!!

Loved these characters so much! Thank you both Jennifer L. Armentrout for creating them and Saskia Maarleveld for breathing life into them!!!

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Great Conclusion

I loved this story so much. I can't believe its over. Roth and Layla are meant to be together and this story just shows it through and through. LOVED IT.

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Another Great series by this Author

I loved reading these books, they are so good and keep you on the edge of your seat.

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I thought it would NEVER end

I liked the first two...only they just got more agonizing...I thought it would never end, but I hate leaving things incomplete.

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Does It Really Have to Be the End?!

What did you love best about Every Last Breath?

I loved that Layla finally picked her choice from her love triangle, but it was hard for me to let go of the other. I was so torn. I think the best part aside from Roth and Layla was getting to know Cayman. He just made me giggle!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Every Last Breath?

There were so many amazing moments. I cried so much and laughed more than I ever thought I would through this series. I'll quote Layla by saying, "I was the corniest cornball in a cornfield of popcorn!"

Have you listened to any of Saskia Maarleveld’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes! She is my favorite narrator here on Audible, and considering she has a younger sounding voice, she is perfect for the role of Layla. I also quite like her reading of male voices. I have never struggled to separate characters because of her superior narrating.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

Why oh why does this have to be over?!?!! I must have more Layla, Zayne, and Roth in my life! I cried more than I'd like to admit, I laughed hysterically out loud, and listened to all 3 books in a little over 3 days, so you know they were good! I could not put them down! With any good series I feel the loss of characters, but especially so with this one. I'm incredibly sad to move on. Do yourself a favor and buy this series; You won't regret it!

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  • 07-11-20

Loved the Series, just got a little bored with all the emotions

I absolutely loved this series of three books. The narrator Saskia drew me in from book one and I was hooked. Very easy to listen too and not annoying like other narrators. The story line on all three books was great, I love fantasy, romance and drama, so suited me to a tee. The only thing that I would say negatively was that in the third book I got a little bored with Layla talking about her feelings of love for Roth all the time and it not really getting anywhere. I found it a little over done on this area and not needed. This book is defo a teenage romance novel, so if your looking for anything more than that, it’s not for you. However defo worth a listen regardless.

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  • Veronika
  • 05-13-16

Mixed emotions

The thing I love most about JLA is the surprising endings and the unpredictable events, which I feel the Dark Elements is lacking. Everything played out exactly as expected. The "hidden" is always too obvious. She also managed to turn a fascinating male character into nothing short of a lovesick puppy. There was also a few lose ends that I feel could have been dealt with better. It was a good story overall with some pretty awesome ideas along the way but it was a bit slow going and cliché. I'm glad she only used "the kiss deepened" phrase a handful of times in these series, unlike in the Covenant and Lux books that contain it in every chapter.