- Tapa blanda: 400 páginas
- Editor: Harlequin Enterprise Ltd. (25 de febrero de 2014)
- Colección: Harlequin Teen
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0373211104
- ISBN-13: 978-0373211104
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº109.166 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
White Hot Kiss: The Dark Elements 1 (Harlequin Teen) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 25 feb 2014
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"[The] drama and angst...will keep female teen soap opera fans transfixed." -VOYA"Intense, well plotted, and very readable, this title should fly into the hands of every paranormal reader out there." -Booklist"Armentrout works her magic with swoon worthy guys and a twist you never see coming." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines"Well-paced and peppered with intriguing details that allow both Romeo-and-Juliet swoons and a zombie apocalypse to have their turns." -Publishers Weekly"Written with wry humor that seeps into nearly every sentence, making it constantly entertaining no matter its subject....the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance. Armentrout's sophisticated, layered humor keeps the narrative bubbling all the way through." -Kirkus Reviews"Starts with a bang....pairs a fast-moving plot with a colorful cast and a strong-willed heroine. Fans and newbies alike will definitely love this." -RT Book Reviews"The characters are well developed, the plot is thoroughly thought out and the surprises, twists and turns are right on target. This first book in The Dark Elements series is a must read for fans of Ms. Armentrout's and for those wanting an exciting book that leaves you wanting more." -San Francisco Book Review
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons in the New York Times bestselling first book of The Dark Elements series.
One kiss could be the last
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, and go out on a real date with the gorgeous Zayne, whom she's crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is anything but normal. She's half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla's kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it's tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne—and brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her. But as Layla discovers she's the sole reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world
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De verdad, todo lo que escribe esta mujer es una genialidad, una obra maestra.
No hay nada que no haya leído de ella que no me haya gustado y que -y esto es realmente difícil- mantenga su misma esencia y su misma chispa de humor en todas y cada una de ellas.
Esta en cuestión es bastante interesante en el sentido de que no es común utilizar "gárgolas" como personajes. En este caso unas hot hot gárgolas -of course-, con el añadido de meter el elemento "pecaminoso por medio".
Sí de nuevo el bien y el mal están narrados en un novela, pero sigue sorprendiéndome el humor con el que Jennifer logra que nos enamoremos de los buenos y los malos -que ni los buenos son tan buenos ni los malos tan malos- en la misma medida.
Lo ha vuelto a conseguir, crear a personajes tan dispares y tan encantadores a la vez como son Roth y Zayne. Aunque la verdad es que si hay un personaje -y me niego a llamarlo de otro modo- que me ha encandilado desde el principio ese ha sido BAMBI! jajajajaja
A veces me pregunto cómo se le ocurren semejantes genialidades.
Todo el humor característico de sus novelas está siempre presente a lo largo de los capítulos, lo que te hace disfrutar de sus páginas, situaciones y diálogos, arrancándote carcajadas cuando menos lo esperas. Por su puesto, la sensualidad también está presente en los momentos adecuados entre unos y otros, formándote nudos en el estómago.
Pero si hay algo que de verdad me ha gustado -dejando a un lado las mascotas de Roth- ha sido el tiwst o giro final del libro. Decididamente Roth ha roto con todos los clichés demoníacos pero... ¿el final? Buuufff. Se me han puesto los vellos de punta.
Totalmente inesperado, chocante a más no poder.
No puedo esperar para empezar el siguiente y ver qué acaba sucediendo. Aunque me parece que ahora es el turno de Zayne para enseñarnos un poco más de él, para mostrarnos cómo piensa, lo que siente en realidad. En definitiva, para enamorarnos un poquito más... ¡sobre todo a Layla!
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Jennifer L. Armentrout’s White Hot Kiss is the first book in her The Dark Elements series. The story revolves around a girl named Layla who is half Warden (Gargoyle) and half demon. Abandoned as a child, Layla is adopted by the Wardens – a race of creatures who work to keep humans safe and ignorant of the realities if Hell – but grows up feeling like she doesn’t belong. To make matters worse, she’s got a major crush for her adoptive brother/best friend Zayne. Even if they could work around the sticky situation of the fact they live together, there’s just one big problem: Layla’s kiss means death. Or so she thought…
I really liked the idea of a paranormal romance that featured gargoyles. I’ve never read a book that used them as one of the supernatural creatures, and thought this idea was quite original. Layla’s relationship with Zayne has just the right amount of angst, and I really love her love/hate relationship with the demon bad boy, Roth. When Layla isn’t torn between two guys, she’s trying to unravel the mystery of her origins, and fight demon attacks.
JLA did a really great job writing the mystery that surrounds Layla. The twists and turns kept me guessing, and I never expected the ending, so bravo! I also really enjoyed the angst of trying to decipher if the Wardens were really the good guys, or wolves in sheep’s clothing. There was so much going on, that the story wasn’t transparent, and allowed for me to play detective right alongside Layla.
There were a couple of things that I didn’t particularly care for, and one thing I hated (more on that later.) The first aspect of the story I didn’t really like was the triangle. Yes, I know above I said I liked both guys, but there’s a hitch. Layla’s curse that forces her to keep Zayne at arm’s length kind of takes him out of the running as a viable love interest. What kind of relationship can they really have when affection has to remain limited? The entire romance is created as a triangle, but until this is resolved, it felt like a useless plot device. However, according to the synopsis for the second book, Zayne may become a more viable option.
The other aspect of the story I didn’t like was the Big Bad. II won’t say much about this as I’m trying to keep spoilers at a minimum, but the big reveal at the end gave me Agatha Christie flashbacks. If you’ve ever read her mysteries, you might figure out what I’m hinting at.
Layla. I like her. I kind of dislike her. Layla is in a bad situation. She’s a half-breed that’s not accepted by either the Wardens or the demons. Raised by the Wardens, she’s been made to hate her demon half, and it’s destroyed her self-esteem. She also can’t kiss anyone without sucking out their soul, so that makes dating a no-go. I understand all of this, however her whining throughout the book wore on my last nerve. JLA usually writes strong female characters, so maybe reading about a weak one threw me for a loop. I don’t know, but I hope Layla shows more backbone in later books.
Do I Recommend?
Despite the fact this review actually has an “Ugly” section…. it depends…. So far The Dark Elements appears to be the weakest of Arrmentrout’s series. However, if you are a fan of her work and her writing, you will still probably enjoy this series. Even though there are aspects of White Hot Kiss I don’t particularly care for, I still enjoyed reading it. I just don’t think it’s up to par with her other books.
So, let’s start with Layla. She a half Warden, half demon, and has been taught all her life to hide her demon side. She has a huge crush on her best friend, Zayne, who is a Warden, only problem is, she can’t act on it, since she can’t kiss anyone with a soul. Layla knows nothing about her past, only that her mother was a demon and her father a Warden, and she’s lived with the Wardens since she was found by them when she was a kid.
Zayne, the best friend since childhood that she has a major crush on, is always there for her. He’s the perfect best friend, but, at times, I thought he was a little boring. In the beginning of the book, he’s very boring, and, sadly, he doesn’t get more exciting until towards the end. He’s also completely oblivious to the fact that Layla has a crush on him.
Then there is Roth, the überhot demon. He shows Layla that the world might not be as black-and-white as she previously thought. And, with him being a demon with no soul, the no-kissing thing is not an issue.
I have to say this; I love Roth. One of my favorite parts of this book is probably the conversations between him and Layla, because they are never boring. He’s flirting a lot with Layla, and he always says things that make her embarrassed. I actually don’t really know how to describe him, more than that he’s a bad boy, which is kind of obvious throughout the book.
And, as unimportant as this may be, I always laugh when he calls Zayne “Stony”. I’m definitely Team Roth.
Right after Roth, my favorite character is Bambi, the demonic snake that lives on Roth’s skin as a tattoo, most of the time. Then sometimes, she tends to “jump off his skin”. I don’t really know why, but I love her, and her very ironical name.
The book is pretty boring, and it doesn’t happen so much in it until later on in the book, but I think the good characters (especially Roth and Bambi) makes up for it. I hope the sequel gets more exciting and that JLA adds some action scenes, because with that, it would be a nearly perfect book.
I would definitely recommend you to read this, and give it a chance, because it gets better later on.
"There's sweetness in evil", he said. "And remember, looks can be deceiving."
Immediately dropping you in on the action and not letting go White Hot Kiss follows Layla, a half demon half gargoyle girl who sort of has an inner battle going on between the different parts of herself. Still, she is a strong, steady and fearless heroine despite not really being a hundred percent okay with who she is.
The other characters Roth, prince of hell and Zayne, sexy gargoyle extraordinaire along with a slew of other demon and gargoyle characters all managed to seem fairly three dimensional despite their sometimes infrequent appearances. And god were the scenes with Layla and Roth swoon worthy as were the ones with her and Zayne for albeit entirely different reasons.
Jennifer L. Armentrout managed not only to make a love triangle that I was actually a fan of but she also pulled off a fantastically paced story that kept me going and broke me out of my slump. You go queen J!
Can't wait to get to the next book.