Guest Review: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Every Last Breath
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…
by Risa

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

Genre: Young Adult

I absolutely LOVE this series, and the final book Every Last Breath, blew me away. It was great, and not really at all what I was expecting, which was a nice surprise. After the cliffhanger that was Stone Cold Touch, I couldn’t wait to get my greedy hands on this baby, and needless to say I devoured it. Every. Last. Page.

Layla is Warden/Demon hybrid of sorts, torn between two guys- Roth the Crown Prince of Sexy Hell, and Zayne the Warden bombshell she grew up with- and she’s also stuck in a whole bunch of Supernatural messes. Mainly the Lilin, a yucky thing, basically set on the brining on the apocalypse.

Now for the good stuff- We pick up right where we left off, which is great because I hate time jumps after a cliffy, and it really flows all the way through. With stories like this, spoilers are the worst- so without giving anything away- one thing I really loved is we find out who Layla chooses pretty early on, which was unexpected. With a lot of love triangles, it’s dragged out through much of the series, then you find out who the chosen one is in the last 20 pages and never really get to see the couple “together” in the final sense of the word. This story does not play out that way at all, and I LOVED it! Layla makes her choice without a lot of back and forth, which made me proud of her.

“Stop being a coward and let go of the past. Embrace the future, because they are two very different things.” 

She didn’t agonize over this decision for half the book. She knew someone was going to get hurt either way but that she had to be true to what she felt and make that choice. Can’t have your Prince and eat your Stoney too, right?? That was the only way to be fair to everyone involved.

“When is there ever a right time to fully give your heart to another? There are always going to be obstacles. You just have to decide which ones are worth it.”

It was great to see that love grow and change and finally get to BE, unhinged, nothing holding them back. They were surprisingly open with one another and it was all so lovey and mushy that ate it up. The honesty between them was admirable and raw and amazing to read.

“It was just a kiss and it was nearly too much and it still wasn't enough, and it was just beautiful.” 

“There was only one set of eyes I saw when I closed mine at night and when I reopened them in the morning.” 

“The very thought of being with you undoes me,”

It was all pretty deep and emotional….and STEAMY!! Holy CANOLA OIL! I mean for a YA read, this book was HOT! Had it been written in New Adult, I probably would have passed out! You think I kid.….I’m so not kidding.

“I let you go,” he went on, dipping his head to my neck, and a shiver swept through me. “You were right yesterday. I hurt you. Not like him. Worse. I let you walk out of this house so you could be happy with him. Wasn’t that what you wanted? But you’re here. I let you go and it killed me to do so, and you’re here.”

I love Layla, I think she is such a strong and funny character. I like most of the characters in this series, including the secondary guys and was glad to see more of them. Cayman is hilarious! I love him and all his eccentric pet names.

“Whoa.” Cayman threw up his hands. “Simmer down, crouching demon, hidden Warden. He’s fine.” 

Stacy is so loyal (as is Cayman), and I really like a lot of the Warden clan members, like Dez, Jasmin and Danika. We also meet some new players, like Grim, which was pretty cool. We see more of the familiars new and old, including Thumper! I know we have all been waiting for that, and he doesn’t disappoint! I have to say the familiars are one of my favorite parts about this series, from what they are and can do, down to their names. I LOVE THEM, so seeing more is never a bad thing, and we get a pretty interesting surprise with them!

I love how this series has so much dry humor and sarcastic banter between so many of its characters. I love to read and laugh. I am also a huge fan of pop culture references in my book, so stumbling upon not one but two Supernatural references was amazing!!

“Unless it had been Castiel, because I was totally cool with him rising me up from perdition if that was what happened.”

We get resolutions with the major conflicts of the story, and nothing is really left hanging. Except the whole bit about, WHO THE HELL IS MORRIS!?! I digress....anyways nothing was “overly” done or too predictable and we get a really cute HEA, that I think most of us can appreciate. It’s got a lot of heart, and strong willed people willing to make sacrifices for the ones they care for. It has some awesome action, and a few scenes that will have you tense on the edge. It’s really well rounded and once again JLA did amazing work. Everything is wrapped up nicely, and I would HIGHLY recommend this to the fans of the series, or newcomers looking for something new!!

“And I love you,” he said. “With every breath I take, I will always love you.”

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