All things spooky and creepy and out of this world have free reign to walk the earth during the month of October and we get to bring you our favorite stories in all genres of horror, sci-fi,, paranormal and supernatural fiction.
We're going to kick this month off with one of our favorite writers Jennifer L. Armentrout. We've brought reviews of Jennifers LUX series and her oh so amazing Half-Blood series as well so you can imagine our excitement when she brought out her version Demons and Angels. No one can twist a myth quite like Jennifer and we THANK her for it! In her newer series THE DARK ELEMENTS we meet up with a young girl who lives with, you guessed it, gargoyles. Now if you're familiar with the mythology of gargoyles you know their created to look so frightening and fierce because their one job is to take down demons and scare them away. Hence why Notre Dame and many other cathedrals built in the "dark ages" have these wee beasties carved in stone around them. In Jennifer's series the gargoyles function on much the same capacity except they aren't small by any stretch of the imagination and they only become stone to heal or when fighting. The gargoyles are known in this series as Warden's and they are protectors of the human race from demons. Their society is pretty closed off. The Warden's get their directions from the Angels and let me tell you in The Dark Elements world Angels are kind of douchey.
This young girl we find out in the first book is only half gargoyle the other half of her is...wait for it....DEMON!! Guess what the gargoyles fight against? DEMONS. You know right there we have the beginnings of an epic love/hate situation. I mean first off? How did that happen that a gargoyle got it on with a demon when they are literally mortal, immortal?, enemies.
Book one in the series, shown above, focuses our story on Layla's beginnings and her first encounters with one of this reviewers favorite demon prince's Roth.
Feast your eyes on that cover model. You know you want to read more about the enigmatic Roth and what he does to save Layla..swoons.
One of my favorite characters in this book isn't even a character per se it's Roth's demon familiar a giant snake named Daisy. Daisy spends most of her time hanging out as a tattoo on Roth's delectable flesh when she is called forth she is awesome to behold.
There is the classic love triangle between Roth, Layla and Zane but with an interesting twist. You see Layla can't kiss Zane or anyone for that matter because of her demon heritage. I won't ruin the story with the particulars of why except to say that is paves the road for one of the bigger twist to the story. Once you find out who Layla's mother is..whoa..you don't know whether to feel bad for the poor girl or afraid of her and neither do the characters in the book.