There are times when we find a series that captives us so much that despite knowing ever catch phrase, swooning over our favorite scene, and panicking during the most heart wrenching action fight, it’s still our favorite books. Why do we love the series so much! Why can’t we seem to let go of our favorite characters or the world the author has built for them? Since NONE of my friends [That’s right Latoya I called you out.] have finished any of JLA books. I’m have no room to release me inner fangirl, thus I’m blogging to you my dear readers. I’m going to tell you why I can’t seem to get Cayman, Roth, Bambi, or even Zayne out of my head.
The first book of the series, White Hot Kiss, introduces us to an ongoing battle between the forces of the Wardens, and the Demons. This battle seems pretty clear-cut, the supranational creatures with the pure souls our heroes, while the demons, who are lacking a soul are entirely pure evil. Again this seems like a clear plot point for novel.View Spoiler »However did you ever notice the only creatures in the entire series that seem to want to KILL LAYLA unprovoked, weren’t Demons? « Hide Spoiler Until we meet Roth, the swoon worthy upper demon who not only saves Layla, from pursuing a demon in a back alley, but also challenges every concept of what Layla is raised to believe.
With her first outing with Roth, Layla struggles with the concept that not all demonic beings of evil intent, witnessing the mischievous behavior from the demons yet seeing them harm none. She also finds a common ground with Roth that she never expected to experiences. She and Roth share a pit of loneliness, as well as a desire to be accepted as themselves.
View Spoiler »Roth apparently is one of many copies of the Crown Prince of Hell. Apparently when The Boss is displeased with one version The Boss just substitutes one with another. Talk about identity crises! « Hide Spoiler
“You always seemed lonely. Even when you were with your friends, you were lonely.”
My chest spasmed. “And you…you’re lonely?”
“What do you think?” He shifted so that one leg was between mine. “But it doesn’t really matter. I’m not lonely right now. Neither are you.”
View Spoiler » When Roth mentioned her loneliness even when she amongst friends, I was confused what scene he was speaking of. It wasn’t until I read Bitter Sweet, the prequel to The Dark Elements series, that I understood.
After reading the prequel I have to say, it only encourage me to love Roth more Zayne is * sigh* Zayne is a special kind of guy. Seriously how could you not notice how you were making Lalya feel you fool! The entire time Zayne kept talking about Danika, I felt baffled by his unaware nature.
No wonder Roth noticed her loneliness if her best friend is Zayne! « Hide Spoiler
Also can we just take a moment to laugh at the irony of Harry Potter series is still firmly placed on the banned book list, due to “teaching” Satanism, Witchcraft, or Black Magic, while The Dark Element series has a character based from demonology. Ha. Ha.
The very description of Arastraoth is based from the Dutch demonologist, Johann Weyer described Astraoth in Pseudomonarchia Daemonum as:
“Astaroth is a great and a strong duke, coming forth in the shape of a foul angel, sitting upon an infernal dragon, and carrying on his right hand a viper. . . “
Dark Marble Skin
Infernal Dragon tattoo named Thumper
Anaconda snake name Bambi
Yea, I’ll admit it, I’m demoniacal-ly swooning for Roth
Any author that can make the (R) Astaroth into the (L) Roth is my kinda author! *wink*
Roth words only increased Layla’s internal conflict since her adopted family have taught her to loathe her demonic powers, to hate part of herself. Her only comfort is her ability to tag demons to better help the Wardens during their hunt, the very act Roth warned her to stop performing. Conflicting information rattles in her mind, Layla goes home to re-think the days even only to stumble into a tense home. Abot, the leader of the DC Warden Clan, raised Layla from a young age, there isn’t a fatherly relationship between them when compared to relationship between Zayne, Abot’s son and Layla-Bug. Wayne and Layla have a long boy next door history, that made me fall madly in love with Zayne. How can you not fall in love with a guy whose always protected you? *Sigh* But then he failed to protect Layla from his own kind when she needed the help the most.
“People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils.”
View Spoiler »The scene when the Wardens kicked Layla out of the house because the Elders where arriving was the most hurtful scene ever. Layla is loneliness. Layla had nowhere to go, she’s forced to wait outside in the woods in her/Zayne’s childhood tree house, or was it a fort? Oh my heart just wrenched with pain for Layla. How could they abandon her that way? They live in DC, they couldn’t let her sleep in a hotel for a day, honestly! If the scene couldn’t get any worse, here comes Patr strolling into the woods to kill Layla. Great, now she’s going to die in the woods like a Law in Order: SVU, episode! Patr attacks a defenseless Layla, leaving her to defend herself with her only weapon, soul sucking. In the mist of Layla being attacked by the young Warden, Bambi the demonic familiar of Roth, came to save Layla. Thus revealing to us our true hero.
Our hero is Roth, a demon. Yep that’s one plot twist I didn’t expect. « Hide Spoiler
The end of White Hot Kiss, left me feelings completely bare, it also gave Zayne a chances to be there for Layla. I’m going to take a chances when I say, “I feel” that if Roth was not “sent away” by the end of the first novel, Roth would have changed Zayne’s ringtone on Layla’s phone to THIS.
Throughout the entire second novel I was just wanting for an explanation on what was happening to Roth.View Spoiler »Answer was Abot. Abot Abot Abot! « Hide Spoiler I could not commit my feelings to Zayne especially after what happen before Patr enter the woods after Layla. However as a critical thinker, I do appreciate JLA giving her characters full range of depth along with options to create an extensive character growth.
View Spoiler »The scene in the third novel Every Last Breathe, when Layla meet Zayne in the coffee shop asking her to choice him, even after she was cage, stabbed, oh and my personal favorite tortured by her adopted family members over looked by Abot, how could he possible think she was going to say yes? Honestly Layla was being super nice the way she let him down because it would have keep a clearHELL NO, from me.
But how cute was Roth when he got drunk to keep himself still. Oh how adorable were his little familiars getting drunk with him, especially Bambi and the Kittens! Oh how cute! That scene has to be one of my favorite scenes. *sigh * So adorable!
In my mind this is what a drunk Bambi looks like
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="298"] I know it’s a pastel ball python but still it’s adorable![/caption] This is what the drunk demonic triplets of kittens look like, attempting to dance to the music drunk
Sidenote if Bambi is a hot female and Robin is a hot guy, what on earth do the triplets of Kitten look like! OMG What would Thumper look like *gasps!* « Hide Spoiler
Now I know I could go deeper into the series, explaining why I love the villains, the side characters as well as the entire writing technique of JLA, but that might overwhelm you. I also know that some of you might not have read the series so I would like for you to explore the series, and discover for yourself it the book truly worth this much love!
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1.I love Cayman after he snapped Roth’s neck giving Layla time to talk to Death.
2. I love Bambi because she’s Bambi duh!
3. Roth is the most unexpected romantic hero I have ever seen in a serious. Oh he just reminds me of the tattoo parlors of Detroit where I use to live. Those tattoo parlors felt more like home than where I live today *sigh* good times
4. I love Layla because her character grow was a journey that was not only painful at times but a true pleasure to witness.
5. I love the ending of the series because everyone found their love through the world once again being in danger of being destroyed or overruled by someone. Happy Times!
6. The ending when we finally figure out who is THE BOSS and who is THE BIG GUY OMG writing genius! « Hide Spoiler
Thank you so much for reading my little fangirl moment.
I don’t say this often enough but I truly appreciate your time