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.
"Intense, well plotted, and very readable, this title should fly into the hands of every paranormal reader out there." (Booklist)
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Slow start but strong finish
I would probably recommend this book to a friend that enjoys young adult urban fantasy books.
When I began this book, I had a difficult time getting into it. It took me longer than I expected to finally become interested in the story and invested in the characters. I did however, read the next book in the series and it was phenomenal.
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Very good story with inconsistant vocals
Somewhere in the middle of the pack
Roth's sacrifice out of love
Most of the time, the lines are blurred.
In the case of The Dark Elements, narrator Saskia Maarleveld has a bit of trouble keeping the character voices defined.
For example, Roth has a mostly normal voice, but the essence of the voice changes unexpectedly. Whether growling, or whispering, the voice should be recognizable as his. The same problem exists with the voice of Zane. While I realize that an individual's voice sometimes changes in modulation, the tone of the voice used should still sound like the same character.
This is a problem throughout the book, and it effects all the male voices. For the most part, she does an excellent job with the female voices, and I have to say that all of the male voices do sound decidedly male. If she works a bit more, focusing on consistency for each characters voice, she has the potential to become very good.
- KarenM of My Bookbag "KarenM"