Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements, #3)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 of 5 stars 16 ratings • 7 reviews • 26 shelved
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Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements, #3)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 of 5 stars 16 ratings • 7 reviews • 26 shelved

Some loves will last 'til your dying breath...

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

Armentrout is a major talent...I just can't stop reading!" - New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

"Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming." - No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

  • ISBN10 0857994514
  • ISBN13 9780857994516
  • Publish Date 1 August 2015 (first published 28 July 2015)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country AU
  • Imprint HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 384
  • Language English


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Every Last Breath is the final book to the Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book left me wanting more of this world that Jennifer created with the gargoyle shifters, and demons, especially since a specific character deserves a happily ever after, too. Everyone deserves a HEA! 

Storyline/My Thoughts: If you didn’t read the previous books, then I would recommend not reading this review. I’m going to try not to spoil anything, but unfortunately, something could slip that would give away the storyline to readers. Every Last Breath picks up where Stone Cold Touch ended. This is where Layla, Roth, Stacey, and Zayne find out who is the Lilin. It’s was heartbreaking. The Lilin is on a mission to wreak havoc topside and try to free his mother, Lilith, from below. Layla and her group of friends need to prevent that from happening, but they are unsure how to find out. Layla is on another mission to find out how to free her friend’s soul that the Lilin consumed. She’ll do anything. 

If you read the first books, you would realize there was a love triangle between the main characters. In this book, Layla chooses. It felt kind of rushed when I was reading it, and I felt sorry for the person she didn’t choose. (As I stated above, everyone deserves a HEA.) It’s bad enough that a person ends up having something else happen towards the end of the book. Seriously, Jennifer L. Armentrout, this character already had his heartbroken. 😭

The storyline in this book was okay. It wasn’t like the first two books. The drama and trying to stop the Lilin felt rushed. There was no build-up and not enough wreaking havoc from the Lilin. There was too much lovey-dovey in this book. (if that makes sense) I also felt that Roth had changed in this book. He wasn’t the same as the first books. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Roth, but he read differently.

The ending was predictable, too, in this book. I already knew who Layla picked and had a feeling that there was not going to be a dramatic ending that would be permanent. (I don’t want to spoil it.)

Overall, this book receives four stars from me and not five stars. Will, I re-read this trilogy? Yes, especially since I fell hard for both Zayne and Roth. I also loved other characters in this book that grew on me.

I look forward to reading the spin-off of this series, The Harbinger

Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the Dark Elements series.

Cliffhanger: No.

HEA: Yes.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. If you are a fan of Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy, then I recommend this book. If you are a fan of JLA’s other books, then I would recommend this series, too. Be prepared for the series to put you through the wringer with your emotions. I know it put me through a lot.

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Chelsea 4 of 5 stars
I could have used a little more originality with this whole series. I know I said I liked the predictability in previous reviews but I would have liked to see something different with the ending at least. The love triangle reminded me a lot of Twilight too which I could have used without. It was a good series but nothing spectacular.

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Angie 3 of 5 stars
Every Last Breath wasn’t the epic conclusion that I was hoping for, but it was still thoroughly enjoyable. It picks up exactly where we left off and things are not pleasant. Layla and Company have no clue how to get rid of the Lilin, but whatever they need to do it isn’t going to be easy. Layla also starts going through even more changes in terms of her abilities and appearance. Is she actually changing into something else, or is this normal for whatever it is she is? There’s also the matter of where her heart lies, as she knows she can’t keep going back and forth forever.

We’ll start with the conclusion of the love triangle. It’s actually decided pretty close to the beginning of Every Last Breath which caught me off guard! In a way, I’m glad it wasn’t dragged out. But it was also really sudden. When did Layla have time to make that decision with everything going on?! I can’t say if I was happy with her decision or not, because that would be a spoiler! I do wish there had been a little more build up and explanation as to why she chose him (other than he’s who the fans voted for).

The plot of Every Last Breath was fast paced as always, but I found that I wasn’t as hooked as the previous books. There’s a lot going on, but some of it felt really convenient. Not that it was necessarily easy for the characters, but more like “Of course that’s how it works!” kind of thing. If that makes sense. I wanted a bit more from it, because gargoyles and demons are an unusual pair so there maybe should have been more unusual circumstances.

In the end, Every Last Breath was a good ending. It was fun, entertaining, and even had some steamy scenes!

Read more of my reviews at Pinkindle Reads & Reviews.

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littleread1 3 of 5 stars
It was ... pretty much exactly what I expected. Cheesy and predictable but fun. I think the lovey dovey was a bit overdone but all in all, a good ending to a good ya trilogy.