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Every Last Breath (Dark Elements, 3) MP3 CD – Unabridged, August 4, 2015
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Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced audiobook narrator and voice-over actress based in New York City. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own.
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (August 4, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1494551292
- ISBN-13 : 978-1494551292
- Grade level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 2.54 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
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World-building for this Urban Fantasy Romance started out promisingly enough in the first of three books in ths series. 17-year old heroine, Layla is living with her adopted family of demon-fighting gargoyles called Wardens. The Wardens and their evil nemeses mostly take on human appearance on earth. So the reader has the requisite good-looking young adults to root for and swoon over. The Warden mission from the Archangels (and presumably God) who created them, is to protect humankind from the evil denizens of Hell. Layla, able to see souls as auras, and the lack thereof around human-posing demons, helps her family by her additional ability to touch demons and create a visible "tag" for the Warden gargoyles to use to locate and dispatch the creatures back to hell. And she has a lifelong crush on blond, kind, brave Warden warrior Zayne. But to complicate issues, Layla is a rare hybrid - half gargoyle and half-demon. Hybrids are normally killed as abominations, but Layla has been protected by the Warden chief, her father figure. She denies her demon half as defining and strives to be worthy of her protector Warden family. She fights her pesky demon ability/craving to suck souls. And she fights her attraction to the hunky new demon bad boy at school.
So, pretty clear delineation of good and evil along quasi-biblcal line. Fight against sin. Good stuff for fantasy or any literature. But by the end of volume three we have a complete turnaround. Layla has chosen her new badboy demon boyfriend Roth, aka The Crown Prince of Hell, Astaroth, over Zayne. The Angels turn out to be arrogant killers whose Rules cause unnecessay pain and suffering for mankind. Demons are often just playful and even the soul-taking ones are mostly affecting humans who have done bad things that would condemn their souls anyway. The Prince of Hell is not only a rascally sweetheart with eyelashes and abs to die for. He is capable of repeated acts of self-sacrificing eternal love. Satan himself (or her because, of course, androgynous) is often highly compassionate. His biblical symbol of temptation and sin is a lovable and protective snake companion named Bambi. Oh, and finally, God ("The Big Guy") and Satan ("The Boss" to demonkind) like to play chess in the park. All our lives as a game.
I do not subscribe to a totally literal interpretation of scripture or to the validity of all ancient Old Testament law. But who knew traditional interpretation of the basic concepts of good and evil in the Good Book was so old-fashioned, short-sighted, and downright prejudiced? I enjoy a well-written fantasy, with dreamy good guy/bad boy love triangles, as much as the next gal. But I get uncomfortable with the cleverly constructed undermining of central biblical concepts that are the basis for much of our moral tenants.
Layla decides to make a choice between the two guys she loves. Her choice shocked me, but I would have been hurt with either decision she made. Both guys are wonderful. In a way, both guys made serious sacrifices for Layla without excuse or hesitation. I love they way they loved her. As conflicted as I felt with her choice, I started to agree with it because he so easily defends and protects her. He embraces who/what she is and doesn’t try to shelter or change her. In the end, I felt that if she had made a different choice, then he would have had some regrets later, especially with the way things went in one of the fight scenes with the Lillian and some wraiths.
What I didn’t like was the foolish decision Layla made in regards to helping Sam. What she did was an enlightened experience for her and gave the reader a bit more information about Layla, but the way she had to sneak off to do it, made me think twice about Cayman. Roth’s anger was well placed with her actions. While I knew she had to make that final decision regarding the Lillian, that was just as reckless, and it was, in the end necessary. I especially did not like the over use of the “...” for example, “Can...can I ask you something?” And “I always...”. This happened too much, and I began to wonder if the characters had a stuttering problem. No offense to those who stutter. And the situation with Bambi. Was there really no other way? I was hoping for something different in the end regarding Bambi.
Overall, I enjoyed reading these books and I look forward to reading the other book series, Storm and Fury.
Every Last Breath is the last book in the Dark Element Series and it’s probably rivals the second books heartbreak. Layla, Roth, and Zayne have to team together to find and kill the Lilin before all hell is broken loose on Earth—literally. Another issue at hand: we don’t know what Layla is—she has feathered wings now, something that isn’t seen around normally. And the answer to her question is found in an unlikely place!
Those witches make an unlikely comeback and are demanding Roth to pay up—Cayman made a deal to save Layla’s life and what he bargained and what’s at stake to break it was completely heartbreaking! What I love about Cayman is that it’s something you wouldn’t expect out of him, and it truly took my breath away—how he showed how much he cared for Roth.
I think one of the hardest parts of this book is some of the deaths—I won’t spoil who but I will say that it was a full circle defining moment for this character. I think everyone in this book really came into who they are as a person and who they were meant to be.
As far as who Layla chooses and with this being my second time reading the series, I have to say that I’m so much happier. My first time through the series I was a hardcore Zayne fan and I to love Roth in time. But after reading it again you can clearly see who she was written for and it wouldn’t have done the series justice.
Every Last Breath was the Perfect ending to this mind blowing series! Luckily we get more of this fantastic world to dive into! 4/5!
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I felt that out of the three books in the series, this one had the strongest plot line (which is saying something because I really enjoyed the previous two!) I will say that it is a romance heavy plot (not that I’m complaining) but at points I did almost want to send them a text reminder like: you've got bigger fish to fry guys. I also liked that, even though this is the series finale, the world continued to expand and gain depth.
All in all this was a great end to the series and checked all the boxes I wanted it to. Armentrout masterfully tied up all the loose ends while leaving the door ajar just enough that I’m really looking forward to picking up the Harbringer series to see what’s next in store for this world.
I loved all three books for different reasons, the first because it sets the scene, the middle because it twisted events and went in a way I didn’t predict and the third because it wrapped everything up with the slightly menacing probability that things maybe weren’t quite as good as they’d appeared.
Layla is a great heroine, not quite as confident as she appears but with a brilliant strength of character. There are two main male characters who are both really well written, Zayne and Roth. Another reviewer said we all want a Roth - we do - or a Zayne. There are lots of good supporting characters too.
These books are expensive, especially as they have been written for a while but they’re worth it.
They do contain some sex scenes for younger readers to be aware of.
Zayne, Roth and Layla are looking for the same end result despite being on opposite sides. There are a lot of changes for Layla. It's not easy for her to make a decision which turns out to be the right one. Whichever way she goes is bound bound to upset someone.
There are some cheesy parts, but the overall concept trumps all. I absolutely love Roth and Layla. Cayman and Bambi bring that additional spark, but Bambi's fate is quite disheartening though.
Great storyline. Lovable and loving main characters. A fascinating journey in the paranormal world.
This book had me on the edge from the very first chapter, each plot twist was mind blowing. I am convinced JLA really wished to make me suffer because I shed many tears. When I finished the book, I sat quietly for awhile. I didn’t know what to do or think. All I knew was that these series won a place in my heart.
There were sad and happy moments. There was a lot of suspense and frustrations but our lovely Layla made through all of them. Layla came a very long way, from the very insecure girl to a selfless bad ass that believes in herself. There were so many revelations and I didn’t expect any of them, the truth was so far from what we thought... The new characters introduced were bittersweet, I loved Robin and the Grim but I wanted to fully murder the witches. I still can’t believe their price for helping Layla and I still can’t believe JLA did what she did. Again, cried like a baby.
Overall, this was an epic ending of the series. I will carry Roth and Layla in my heart and as I am writing this review, I am already planing to reread the series.
N.B i did pick up Storm and Fury, the sequel series to this and it is so so much better!