A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Religion and Christianity are discussed.
Strong messages about friendship, love, trusting your instincts, believing in yourself and others, family unity, helping those in need, and being open-minded. Good vs. evil is not always so clear-cut or black and white. If you think someone might be doing something wrong, don't jump to conclusions without thinking things through. Profiling other people by their actions or appearances is not using good judgment. Use common sense. Don't do things that might be dangerous on your own -- find someone to help you. Spreading rumors and gossip and bullying are hurtful.
Positive Role Models
Layla's a strong heroine. She's gutsy and doesn't back down. Even though she's part-demon, part-gargoyle, she's still a teen. Layla attends school to try to fit in and have a normal life. But when she learns some mean kids are spreading rumors about her, she wants to stop them. Her friends, Sam and Stacey, are always by her side. They are caring and funny but don't know what she really is. Layla's afraid to tell them for fear they won't like her anymore. Layla lives with a group of gargoyles known as Wardens. Gargoyles are similar to guardian angels. The head of the Wardens, Abbot, acts as a father figure toward Layla. She listens to him...most of the time. Same goes for Zayne, Abbot's son. Layla is very attracted to Zayne, who is kind, sweet, and overprotective. Roth, a demon, is also kind, loyal, protective, heroic, and sexy. He helps Layla in times of need.
Violence & Scariness
Car chases, car accidents, demons and gargoyles fighting with each other and other monsters, hand-to-hand combat, killing monsters, attempted murder, scratching, clawing, hair grabbing, kicking, blood, gore, and gun shooting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, flirting, caressing, lying together, snuggling.
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"Chissake," "idiot," "a--," "hoebag," "whore," "b----," "piss off," "crap," "christ" (used as a swear word), "dammnit," "sh--."
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Products & Purchases
McDonald's, Verizon, BMW, Porsche, Yukon, Chevy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that White Hot Kiss is the first book in New York Times-bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's new series, Dark Elements. This twist on the angels-vs.-demons fantasy motif centers on a teen girl who's half-demon, half-gargoyle (gargoyles are sort of like guardian angels). There's romance, kissing, and strong language ("ass," "bitch," "whore,"piss off," "crap," "dammit," "bullsh--t," "s--t"). White Hot Kiss also has a lot of violence, including hand-to-hand combat, car accidents, gun shooting, and the killing of gargoyles, demons, and other monsters, with some blood and gore.
Is It Any Good?
WHITE HOT KISS is a really fun and fast read, especially for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout's other novels, such as those in her Lux and Covenent series. Sometimes the book has a bit of a Twilight feel, but White Hot Kiss is definitely a great pick for YA paranormal and fantasy fans. The story's an exciting twist on the angels-vs.-demons concept -- this time around it's gargoyles-vs.-demons. The world is well-developed and takes place in Washington, D.C. The romance between Layla and Roth is very sexy, and their quick banter is top-notch dialogue. However, the dialogue between demons during fights can be a little cheesy.
The relationship between Layla and Roth oozes with chemistry. But Zayne also is a likable character and a solid adversary to Roth. Readers will find it hard to choose which guy they like best. Finally, White Hot Kiss has a lot of interesting side characters and some super creepy villains.
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