Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
Layla is half-gargoyle (Warden), half-demon. She was taken into a Warden’s family when she was just a little girl, and grew up there ever since. Abbott the leader of the Warden clan is the closest thing to a father figure that Layla has ever known. I really didn’t like his character as I found him much too demanding and strict. I found that he doesn’t treat Layla as his own daughter as he constantly reminds her of what she is, and what she can do with one simple fatal soul-eating kiss. She is bought up to fear her demon half and to reject it. Helping to hunt down the demons, she tags them with a single touch lighting them up for any Warden to find like a Christmas tree. That is, until they start hunting her down and she finds out that Abbott and some of the other Wardens are hiding dark secrets from her. Untrusting to turn to the ones she called family, she confronts to her newfound friendship with the Demon Prince: Roth.
First off, Roth completely owned this book! I fell in love with his character instantly. His sometimes-awkward social behaviours were hilarious and enjoyable to read, as were his snarky comments. After all, Jennifer L. Armentrout had based his character upon Daemon Black from her other series: Lux. He takes no time in showing Layla the other side of things as he tells her the truth. As Roth teaches Layla more and more about herself and her abilities, he slowly changes alongside with her, revealing a different, kinder side of him that is overly protective and unlike that of a demon.
As for Layla’s best friend Zayne, I wasn’t sure how I felt about him. He was just ‘another’ character who was there. But as I continued onto Stone Cold Touch, Zayne’s character became a lot more developed, and couldn’t help falling in love with him. (Especially at the end!) Zayne clearly cares about Layla a lot and is willing to go out of harms way to protect her though he wasn’t always easy to like.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what happens in the final novella Every Last Breath and whom Layla will choose.
Are you Team Roth or Team Zayne? I haven’t fully decided whose side I’m on. You could say I’m sitting on the fence being Team Bambi while I decide.