Monday, November 3, 2014

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 
This is a young adult paranormal romance novel (Rated PG-13)
 
 ♥♥♥♥1/2
 (Four and a half Zayne Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Every touch has its price

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 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…
 
 
My Review
 
So I adore this author as a writer and a person. She is really cool and sweet and her imagination is boundless. And this story…
While this series like her other YA series reminds me of others (this one the Cambion series), I do really enjoy it. While the basic elements of forbidden kiss that could kill and two boys of light and darkness much like the world building in the Cambion series, there are other elements that are different. Okay, the whole save the world thing isn’t… but the use of gargoyles is.
And thus, I’m drawn into this series wondering how things will play out. Layla herself annoys me some. But she’s seventeen and clueless at times which is understandable. I get annoyed by her I can’t kiss Zayne therefore we cannot be. It’s like saying to a paralyzed person, never wish for love since you can’t be horizontal. Personally I think that’s the wrong message to send, but that’s me. There is so much more to love than kissing. Still, I’m sucked into this story like crazy. JLA has that effect on me.
And I must say I was rooted into TEAM Roth in book one. But I can say for sure I’m so TEAM Zayne after book two. I love a good triangle but at the same time I think I might hate them too. Both boys deserve love and I don’t want to see either of them hurt. UGH!
Yet, I kinda want the so called Good Boy to win for once. I mean, Zayne has been there for Layla from day one. The only thing that held them back is the kiss. And I mean really, can’t they overcome not lip locking. I will be annoyed if Roth ends up with the girl at the conclusion of this series. It’s too damn predictable and totally unfair. But then again, I was all about Roth in book one. Who knows what the next book will bring.
This story had action, drama, teenage angst and confessions of great importance. It was an attention grabber and holder. It totally rocked.
If you enjoy YA paranormal romances, you have to pick this one up. If you are already a fan, check out Beg for Mercy, quite similar to this story, and came out long before this one.
Audio Review
Saskia Maarleveld did an okay job. I found that her male and female voices were quite similar making it hard sometimes to know who was speaking without dialogue tags. But overall, it was a good listen.
My book boyfriend Zayne.

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