Title: Every Last Breath
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Pages: 448 Pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Every touch has its price…. Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…
Layla’s life has gone from bad to worse… People are dying in her school, Roth is back but doesn’t want her, and her clan is hiding an incredible secret that can change everything. The only small light in her life is Zayne. Zayne, who she’s had a crush on forever, who’s always been there for her and trusts her to no end. When her powers begin to shift and the soul sucking doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore….what Layla though forbidden is suddenly a reality she can reach.
Let me start off by saying that I was in constant aggravation during this book. Roth coming back and breaking her heart, broke mine. Then the thing with her and Zayne?? I hated it. I wanted to shake Layla and yell at her “Open your eyes!”
Despite my personal feelings on Layla’s love life and her tendency to overlook the obvious, I enjoyed the book. Layla was put into positions where she was forced to think about what she was doing and act upon her situations; which helped her character grow even further than the last book. I feel like throughout the book she slowly starts to rely more on herself rather than just waiting for someone else to take action.
Zayne was much more likable in this book than the last. His never ending trust in Layla was sweet and his loyalty to her was admirable. Despite his father and clan viewing Layla as an enemy, Zayne believed in her innocence without question. I feel like Zayne was a constant security-blanket for Layla, which in some cases prevented her from growing but at the end of it all, kept her together.
There were somethings that Roth did that I did not agree with in this book. Most of those things had me rolling my eyes at how cliche it was, but they were on point with who Roth’s character is. He still is a strong positive force for Layla which I enjoyed. I feel like while Zayne comforts Layla for being good, Roth makes her see that she doesn’t need to choose a side of herself in order to be considered good.
In all honesty, this book wasn’t my favorite. There were some moments that I felt disconnected with what was happening and it took me a while to get back into what I was reading. I felt like it was weak compared to the first book of the series. However, like previously mentioned, I enjoyed it still. I just wasn’t left wanting more from it.