Review: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements #3
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Book Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Source: eBook, Goodreads 
Review: 5/5 *Full Review Below.

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…


“Well, there was only one that I knew I would always be happy with, one that I would always laugh with. One that I did more than long for, but yearned for, and each second that passed ignoring it was a second I wouldn’t get to spend with him- a second I wouldn’t live life with love in it, real love in it, the kind that did have lasting power.”

I’ve not long finished this book and already my mind is reliving my favorites moments, I seriously just want to crawl back and read it all over again!!

I’m sure everyone was blown away at the ending of Stone Cold Touch, when we found that our beloved Sam was the Lilin. Every Last Breath picks up from this revelation but now Layla is faced with a haunting decision; she must kill her best friend. The Lilin continues to create havoc in the city and leaving a trail of wraiths in it’s wake, Layla & Co’ know it’s only a matter of time before the Alpha’s intervene and wipe out all Warden and Demon life, resulting in war and eventually the apocalypse.

This book is far from predictable, every time I felt myself becoming familiar with the plot a dramatic twist that you never see coming turns everything upside down… and these twists they just kept coming! I was unable to take my eyes away from the book. There was death, heartbreak, and turmoil, this was a very emotional read!

“It’s him. It’s always been him.”

Now for the most important bit of this review as I’m sure you will agree is.. Layla’s decision. I can’t comment much on this as I’m sure you are all aware of what Team I am on and I would never spoil this for you, you really should discover this for yourself.. BUT for those of you who are just dying to see who said this quote I'm going to leave the link to my Goodreads review, just click on the Spoiler! At your own risk of course.

“I’m here… I’m here because this is where I’m happy, with you.”

Roth or Zayne? ;) >> Goodreads review

AND better yet, I didn’t have to read ¾ of the book for find out who she choose, nope quite early-ish on actually, which allowed me to enjoy the relationship and fangirl but also enjoy the journey. Even with Layla’s important choice the romance was turned up about 70 degrees, I mean this was seriously bringing on a serious blush at times but it was oh soo good. The swoony moments are what I live for and JLA doesn’t disappoint at all. All those silly predictions? Throw those out the window and prepare to be shocked.

To be honest there were some not bad but I'd say repetitive writing/phrases such as: 'rocking in a corner somewhere' or 'I hate to say this'. Also the later plot twist and the ending reminded me of the Covenant series which was a little sad because these are two completely different series however I still loved the book. I was a little baffled by the twist ending as it didn't have the sense of finality and I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, granted this could have been me having a blonde moment or the affects of reading for too long!

I was so impressed by the ending and I'm seriously still a little bit emotional at the shock twist! The blurb did warn us that ‘an old bargain comes back to haunt them all.’ Haunting isn’t a good enough word for it.. I am crushed, but seriously for you guys who have read this series and loved it, I would scream at you if I could.. You seriously need to read this book, it’s just amazing. The pacing was perfect and packed full of action but as the Queen of romance JLA packs everything in a gorgeously sizzling package. Fellow fans of The Dark Elements.. this is what you’ve been waiting for ;)

“I’m pissed off because I love you, Layla, and the idea of losing you fucking terrifies me!”

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  1. Great review! Even though I shouldn't have I spoiled myself xD but I knew it would be him anyway #smug

    1. hahaha YES CARRIE! It couldn't have been anyone else, I would have refused to believe it :D

  2. Okay I didn't want to read this review at all because I haven't read the latest book yet. I've done the reread with you and followed along when you asked the questions. Thanks for hosting that by the way. Also my stupid copy came late so its coming on Thursday which is two days away, but i'll probably end up reading it for the Booktubeathon then. Thanks for the lovely reread and this review!

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

    1. Thank you so much for joining us Alex! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, it's late? Oh ay they need to get a move on, don't they know how important this is? ;P I'll keep an eye out for your review, I can't wait to see what you think :)

  3. What can I say? Jennifer L. Armentrout can write! Great review :)

    Aeriko @

  4. Ah, I couldn't have been happier with her choice, and you are exactly right! We didn't have to wait until the very end to find out who it was.. we got to see her happy with him and that was so much better than reading through another book with her heart torn! I absolutely loved this book.. Miss JLA doese it again. Sigh. Great review!
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields Reviews.

    1. It was glorious wasn't it? I'm super happy she chose right ;) that's definitely true, I had enough heartbreak in Stone Cold Touch, I couldn't take much more haha, thanks so much Morrighan <3

  5. I loved that she made the choice so early in the book, it meant there was so many awesome moments! I just loved this book and want to re-read it all over again! Great review :)

    1. Yesss!! That early choice completely allowed for us to just enjoy the read of the book, and those moments were so so awesome ;), Same, I keep looking at my favourites scenes haha, thank you!!

  6. Oh my god, I just finished it, and I came straight here to read your review! All those plot twists! I never saw any of them coming, and in no way predicted any of them! I literally re-readed those parts to make sure those events actually happened, and I wasn't hallucinating! Great review! :D

    1. AHHHHH GET YOUR REVIEW UP.. I need to see it asap :D I've done the same and taking a sneaky peek of all my favourite moments... which basically consisted of Roth <3 hahaha Thank you <33


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