Every Last Breath is the last installment of The Dark Element trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout. Now I am going to be honest with you my dear reader, Jennifer L Armentrout has a unique style of writing. She seems to have a type of style that seems to be presents in all of her urban fantasy; young adult; as well as new adult genre of books. There seems to always be swoon-worth guys with incredible dips int he hips. The male characters always have startling features, the females are strong independent protagonist that are quick witted, and there’s always some type of love Triangle. That’s right even in Jennifer L Armentrout’s novel there is the infamous bookish annoyances of a love triangle that makes us all react like this.
If you are the type of person that enjoys authors to have a large range of concept, ideas, and etc in their work Jennifer L Armentrout may not be the person for you. What she does have in her writing is a well-developed world, challenging plot twist, extremely well designed magical elements that Neo-Pagans would enjoy, great diversity in her characters, swoony-worth male figures with equally strong female counterparts, and great dialgue. Oh the dialogue between characters are amazing reading it or listening to it on audiobook. The way she’s able to write for not only young adults but new adults without feeling a transition her writing without faulting between the age groups is amazing. I don’t feel odd reading a young adult baby version of a new adult novel, instead I feel like I am reading Jennifer L Armetrout (period). I will say that her adult books are extremely more detail in the OH MY department. Speaking of Oh My Department lets start fangirling over Roth
Roth confess his love for Layla!
“I, Astaroth, Crown Prince of Hell, am in love with you, Layla Shaw. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. A hudred decades from now, I will still be in love with you, and it will be as fierce today as it will be a decade later.”
“Roth lowered his forehead to mine as he brought our joined hands to his chest, placing them above his heart. “And I love you,” he said. “With every breath I take, I will always love you.”
Oh I am such a fangirl for Roth it would have killed me if he and Layla weren’t able to be together. Layla needs Roth he is the only character that loved her for her, all of her, never seeing any part of her as evil or troublesome. Oh I love Roth he seems to say all the write things because he’s Jennifer L Amrentrout character, totally swoon-worthy! Another male character that is just as lovable character is Cayman.
I love him just as much as I love Roth. If JLA ever wrote a LGBT novel with Cayman being the lead of that sexual adventure I would be the first in line to pre-order that. Cayman is a great best friend to Roth, a much-needed character especially when it comes to Layla. His advice to Layla when she was standing in the middle of the ever annoying love triangle was probably the most quotable line in the entire book!
“Stop being a coward and let go of the past. Embrace the future, because they are two very different things.”
Thank you Cayman! I love your butterfly hair clip; your taste in muscle cars; your quick-witted tongue; as well as your swag Mr. Bartender! Cayman is just an amazing character when it contrast to Roth. Cayman is just a great contrasting character between Layla and Roth. It’s interesting that Zayne would be such a douche when life didn’t go his way but I’m happy that Layla has a new male friend beyond her romantic relationship of Roth. Thank you JLA for adding Cayman into the mix! Sometimes a Trio doesn’t have to be exasperation!
Over all I feel that The Dark Elements is one of my favorite series, especially from JLA writing. The world building is great, the writing style is a smooth read with lots of emotional plot twist or turns. The way the character reaction to one another either in love or in hate is comical, especially Zayne banter with Roth. Their relationship could develop into great friendship within time, the relationship between the supernatural species will forever be changed. That ending was just amazing.
I give this series 5 out of 5
For great world building, wonderful dialogue, in addition to great character development with unique plot development.