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In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that ...

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In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

"With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers' hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout's previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!" -RT Book Reviews

Don't miss White Hot Kiss, book one in Jennifer L. Armentrout's The Dark Elements series from Harlequin TEEN!


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School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—In this prequel to Armentrout's forthcoming "The Dark Elements" series, Wardens, gargoyles who can also take human form, openly exist among people. Gargoyle Dez was adopted by Jasmine's clan after his people were killed by demons. As children, they were the best of friends. Then Jas's father, the Alpha Gargoyle of the New York clan, announced that Dez and Jas were destined to become mates. Dez disappeared, leaving Jas brokenhearted. Now, three years later, 21-year-old Dez is back and ready to fulfill his destiny as his childhood friend's companion, but 18-year-old Jas has other ideas. She uses their courtship to test him: He has seven days to meet all of her conditions and to earn back her trust. Will he succeeed? And what happened to Dez during the years he was gone? In this fast-paced fantasy, the plot is predictable, but the characters are endearing. Readers will enjoy the drama generated by the two protagonists, who are typical teens-plus the fact that they phase into gargoyles from time to time. Short chapters will appeal to reluctant readers, while the mix of romance and action will draw a male and female following. Fans of Armentrout's books and Sophie Jordan's "Firelight" series (HarperCollins) will enjoy this novella. Recommended for general purchase at high school libraries. [e-original]—Jeni Tahaney, Duncanville High School Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460323670
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Series: Dark Elements Series
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Novella
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 19,562
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 219 KB

Meet the Author


# 1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. Find her on Twitter @JLArmentrout or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.


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  • Posted December 4, 2013

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    OHMYGARGOYLES, this was so good! What I Loved: When I think of

    OHMYGARGOYLES, this was so good!

    What I Loved: When I think of gargoyles, I tend to think of the creepy little pewter statues my husband was so fond of when we first met. Not anymore. Jas and Dez are anything but creepy in this intriguing new series about the ghoulish looking guardians.

    Jas has spent the past three years trying to put Dez behind her. They used to be BGFs (Best Gargoyles Forever) and were even supposed to be mated, but then he left and broke her heart. No calls, no texts, no random fly-bys, nothing. When Dez returns and claims Jas as his own, she is not exactly ready to fly off to make little gargoyle babies. Dez will have to prove himself to Jas and he only has seven days to do it.

    I loved how the "real" world and the spiritual realm, where evil formerly presided, are combined and we get to see humans interacting with the mythical creatures.

    We glimpse a few of the characters from Book One - White Hot Kiss (2/2014), but this novella is a story all it's own.

    What Left Me Wanting More: Nothing. It was the perfect segue into the next book.

    Final Verdict: Exciting start to a new series! Aliens, Demigods, Nephilim and now Gargoyles...I'm pretty sure Jennifer L. Armentrout could write a book about spiders and find a way to make them swoonworthy. ;)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

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    ARC received from Harlequin TEEN. There is no bias in this revie

    ARC received from Harlequin TEEN. There is no bias in this review.




    As with the Obsidian and the Covenant series, Jennifer Armentrout's next Young Adult series starts out with a novella featuring a paranormal creature everyone has heard of, but never really thought about. Instead of only being around twenty pages or so, it's slightly over a hundred, which makes it more satisfying. The best part about this, though, is that I can actually write a (kind of) full review instead of a few sentences.
     
    Three years ago, Jas's friend/ love/ boyfriend/ typical romance character disappeared. Because she's an awesome character, she gets over it for the most part. Then, he comes back and wants to become mated with her. I swear, this isn't as dirty as it sounds. They have seven days before Jas has to make a choice between accepting or declining said ma- I can't even type out this word without snickering. She proposes a deal consisting of Dez taking her out to feel human in exchange for considering him.
     
    This novella is possibly my favorite of JLA novellas- not that there are many of them. It sets up the storyline for the next book, White Hot Kiss, perfectly and doesn't give too much away.
     
    As with the rest of her books, Jennifer Armentrout creates a beautifully descriptive world similar to ours. When she adds her awesome characters, it just intensifies the amazingness of it.
     
    There isn't a hugely convoluted plot to this books; it's a simple romance story that puts a smile on your face. There are no strange plot twists or many subplots, so it's a good novella to read when your in a sad mood. It's very predictable, but in a way that automatically makes you happier.
     
    The reason Bitter Sweet Love isn't five stars is because it's too short to reach all the expectations of a five star rating.
     
    If you've never read a book by Jennifer Armentrout, this is a good work to start out with. It's not too complicated and is snarky and basically awesome.
     
    Thank you again, Harlequin Teen, for giving me the opportunity of reading this prequel early. And the first book. Yes, people, I get an ARC of White Hot Kiss. Everyone be jealous of my awesomeness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Bitter Sweet

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Book 0.5 of the Dark Elements series
    Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
    Publication Date: December 1, 2013
    Rating: 5 stars
    Source: eARC from NetGalley




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.




    Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything...right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.




    And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again...




    What I Liked:




    I will be the first to tell you that novellas are unnecessary and a slight waste of money. Usually, I skip novellas in series, because I think it's a waste of money to pay $2.99 for less than a hundred pages of content - and it's not even printed. Novellas don't continue the plot; their purpose is to give more background or more insight on an event or a character or a mixture of both. And usually, at least one full-length novel will come out before any novellas come out - which is annoying, because many times, novellas are set BEFORE the full-length novels.




    Well, I really, really like this novella, for many reasons. I love the background information provided, I love Dez and Jasmine's story, and I love the role and placement of this novella. Armentrout does an amazing job of introducing this new world and series to readers in this novella. She also shows us the progression of Dez and Jasmine's relationship, which is exciting and beautiful. Finally, this novella is made available BEFORE any of the full-length novels are out, which is a really great thing. 




    This novella provided a wealth of information about the world that Armentrout has created. The author does a brilliant job of describing the world, the characters, the paranormal creatures she has created, the rules of society, and so on. I found like, zero plot holes, and when I had questions, they were gradually answered as I kept reading. The world-building is very well-done, as is the character development. Novellas a difficult to write, because you have to cram a ton of world-building, character development, and a plot into a story that should be like, three to four times smaller than a full length novel. That's not easy! But Armentrout did a really fantastic job with this novella. 




    Dez and Jasmine's relationship is so near-perfect, in my opinion. Not their relationship, but the manner in which the relationship exists is near-perfect. Dez and Jasmine have a past they have to work through, but they have a present that is steamy and meaningful, and a future that is (hopefully) amazing. Armentrout always has the right amount of hawtness in her books, and this novella is no exception. But I loved how the romance is worked into the plot of this novella. This story is really all about Dez and Jasmine, but Armentrout subtly slips in bits and pieces that foreshadow what is to come in book one. Bravo!




    The role of this novella is superb! I usually hate how novellas come out AFTER the first full-length novel comes out. There is no point! I mean, I totally respect every author's work, but like, novellas usually are not necessary to read, to understand the rest of the series. And they always come after the first full-length novel comes out. Which is annoying. What I like about this novella is that it comes out BEFORE the first full-length novel. Therefore, it is actually somewhat necessary to the series. If you read this novella, you get a lot of information concerning gargoyles and gargoyle customs and whatnot. A lot of things will make sense even BEFORE you even read the first book. Which I like!




    Basically, this novella is the exception to all of my opinions about novellas. And, as a story, it is a GREAT novella. I enjoyed the story, and I would highly recommend reading this book, especially before the first book comes out. Armentrout does not disappoint!




    What I Did Not Like:




    I have nothing to say in this section! No work of literature is perfect, but I can't think of anything I didn't like about this novella.




    Would I Recommend It:




    DEFINITELY! I usually dislike the roles of novellas (I think they're a little unnecessary), but this novella had an interesting role to it. For one, it came out BEFORE any of the full-length novels in this series, which like, never happens. This made its purpose different, because it really is giving us background about the gargoyle world, before reading the actual novels. I like that! 




    And I actually have White Hot Kiss - I got it before I got Bitter Sweet Love - but I'm really glad I read this novella before I read the first book (I have yet to read it). So, I highly recommend you pick up this novella, before reading book one. I was sure I'd never say that, but, I did!




    Rating:




    5 stars. This novella is totally worth $2.51 (or however much you will pay for it). Run, don't walk!

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  • Posted November 17, 2014

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    Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

    Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

    --"You will be mated in seven days."

    I haven't read any of the blurbs for any of these books yet. If it's a book written by Jennifer L. Armentrout I just buy it no questions asked because she's golden that way. All I knew from following her posts was that it was going to be about gargoyles. I couldn't help but think about how very different that would be and was excited to see how she'd pull that off. Not that I was worried I love everything she writes and she got me to fall in love with a cocky alien for crying out loud! But I had assumed Layla would be human (wrong) and maybe either Zayne or Roth would be as well while the other was a gargoyle (half wrong). So there was a lot that surprised me with this story in the best ways of course. In fact it has me even more excited to get into this series and I already have a few theories. (Don't worry about those I'm generally wrong 98% of the time with my theories!)

    --"Nothing in this world is stronger than love. It should always be enough, no matter what."

    Dez and Jasmine's story sucked me in immediately. I loved Jasmine and her thirst for freedom and how she's even a bit reckless even though she seems to have everything under control. I liked the way she thought when it came to Dez coming back into her life, don't get me wrong I had my fingers crossed the whole time hoping she'd crack and say yes (once you read it you'll understand better). But still deep down I didn't want her to just give in. Dez had me so intrigued. He was very mysterious and sexy. It drove me crazy not knowing his secrets in the beginning!

    --"Herbert bit me."

    As with every single one of her books, JLA has this brilliant sense of humor that shines through her writing. I always seem to find myself laughing out loud whenever I read one of her books, and do it often.

    --"I'm in this for the long haul."

    This book really is bittersweet because while it was a huge slice of perfection, I easily became attached to Dez and Jasmine and they aren't the focus of the series. Though while my heart is a little sad over that and will miss being inside Jasmine's head, I did get to see a brief glimpse of a younger Layla and Zayne and that had me really excited to get into their story. Layla had a piece of my heart from the first moment she meets Jasmine and I felt that hurt twinge because of it. As did Zayne. The way he stood up for her was so swoon worthy. Roth has a lot of work to do if he's going to have any sort of chance to sway me in his direction. The bad boys usually do it for me but I'm not that impressed yet. Intrigued? Yes. Impressed? No. So far...it's Team Zayne for me. Let's see what the next two books have in store. Will I change my mind? Hmm...

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

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    Nice Prequel to set up series!

    I think this story is set up as a way of explaining a lot of Warden-type traditions and rules within their mating and romance areas before the main show begins. Or at least that’s how it felt to me. However, the emotions behind each of the main characters here, plus Jasmine’s sister, seemed very real and potent to the reader. It definitely wasn’t a filler read. The world Jennifer L. Armentrout is creating this time is as in-depth as her Lux and Covenant universes and I can’t wait to see where it goes. The prequel didn’t impress me that much though, but I do like Dez and Jasmine well enough. Maybe it was because I knew it was only a prequel to the actual real protagonists of the series which put me off. I read this one first, so maybe it should be read in another order. So my rating is 3.5 stars. Sorry JLArmentrout!

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    Posted June 13, 2014

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

    Jennifer L. Armentrout can do no wrong - give her a speck of dus

    Jennifer L. Armentrout can do no wrong - give her a speck of dust and she will be able to weave not one story, but billions of stories out of nothing! She has a gift, and definitely knows how to create with it, and share it with us...
    This brilliant writer has now given us a world with gargoyles and demons - adorable, smart, witty and sexy - there is no resisting Jasmine and Dez's story...

    Jasmine's heart was broken three years ago when Dez took off without saying goodbye, without leaving a note, an explanation - how she ever get over losing the only friend, her best friend? The one that she was just 'mated' to?
    Jas goes through the motions and tries to be as independent as she can be. With a heavy heart, she does her best to move on, do what she has to do, and every now and then, sneaks off to spread her wings and look for a way to calm her lonely heart.

    Dez comes back.

    He comes back just like he left, without any warning. As if he never left. And expects to fit right in as though nothing ever happen.
    As hard as it is to say no, Jas has yet to forgive him. And she is determined to at least find out why he left before deciding whether or not he deserves a second chance to be her friend again... let alone, her 'mate'.

    The chemistry between Jasmine and Dez is the hottest perfection out in YA right now. There banter and cuteness balances out and creates a wonderful page-turner.

    What I love about this prequel - great intro to the series, its characters, surroundings and plot.
    Jennifer L. Armentrout is a master at storytelling!

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    I wasn¿t sure if I was going to like this type of story. Since i

    I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this type of story. Since it’s a bit out of my comfort zone (being about gargoyles and demons and all) I thought it just might not be for me. When I saw there was a novella that I could read before reading book 1 in the series, I was convinced that it was worth a shot. It’s only 105 pages, so if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t continue on with the series.




    Guess what… I loved it!! Like really, really loved it! I read it in one sitting and immediately knew I was going to read White Hot Kiss as well. I loved the characters, the writing, and the story line. Though I don’t always enjoy fantasy books, I really enjoyed this one! What a great start to the series. If you’re considering reading this series, definitely start here with Bitter Sweet Love.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

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        I wanted to read Bitter Sweet Love because first off, I love

        I wanted to read Bitter Sweet Love because first off, I love Jennifer's writting. She never fails to entertain, make me forget the real world, and make me swoon. So of course, a new series, and one about gargoyles, something I have never read about before, makes it even more appealing. I have the first book already on hold at the library and this one was free, so of course, I grabbed it. 
        Bitter Sweet love gives what I imagine will be very important backstory and context for Jasmine and Dez. He left her and all of the sudden is back in her life. She thinks that he was running from her dad's announcement that they would mate (this is their tradition) and since they have been friends since they were kids and she was in love with him, it would have been great news, except that, he left. For years. And never called, and she thought it was because he didn't love her back. He comes back and says he is ready to mate with her now, and she is so torn and hurt. 
        While I did get a good sense of their characters and relationship, I was still a bit confused about the world setup and what the gargoyles were all about. I understood some of their traditions and how the world is setup as well as how they fit into the human world, and some of their abilities. But I still can't picture them and their shifts. 
         I loved their tension, but also her resolve that she deserved an explanation and that it should have come much sooner. So she tries to buy herself time to make her decision (she has 7 days to say no if she wants). So they go on a road trip, and along the way they start talking and opening up. There is also some delicious kisses and tension of the attraction and sexual nature. Loved every moment. 
         I think that it was long enough to give me a sense of both of the characters and their history without going into the first book with all of their baggage and backstory and needing info before the next story starts. It wrapped up its themes and left me wanting the next book.  




    Bottom Line: Swoony, fell for the characters. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Entertaining

    Really like this auther.

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

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    JLA makes Gargoyles SEXY Rating: 4 Stars Avg. Good Reads Ratin

    JLA makes Gargoyles SEXY

    Rating: 4 Stars

    Avg. Good Reads Rating: 4.34

    Series: The Dark Elements #0.5

    Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Pages: 105

    Check it out: Good Reads | Barnes and Noble | Amazon

    Good Reads Summary:

    Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything...right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

    And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again...

    My reaction when I found out JLA was starting a new YA Paranormal series:



    Now, this is a prequel novella, so it’s not the same main characters as the first book of the series, but you definitely meet them, and that was fun. I really enjoyed this book, as I do with all of JLA’s books. After reading this novella, this is sure to be another wildly successful YA series, that fans of the recently concluded Covenant Series and the soon to be concluded Lux Series will ravenously devour.



    If you’re looking for your next fix of sweet yet sexy paranormal romance, look no further. We enter the story when Dez returns after three years of being gone. He and Jasmine already had a relationship. But he broke her heart and didn’t tell her why he was leaving, so she gave up on him. Let’s just say they don’t spend a lot of time getting to know each other since they already have history. And it’s not insta-love either. Dez has seven days to woo Jasmine, lest she turn him down, and lets just say that boy knows how to woo.

    There’s some action as well, seeing how there’s a war going on or at least brewing between the Wardens and demons. We didn’t get a ton of information on that, but I’m assuming that will be very clearly explored in the first book, White Hot Kiss. I know, all these titles sound like straight romance novels. I’m sure there will be plenty of that, but knowing JLA, there will be lots of action and fantasy elements as well.

    This is a quick read (only about 100 pages). Very well written. If you’re a fan of JLA, you’ve probably already read it and loved it. She never seems to disappoint, and Bitter Sweet Love is a great introduction to a new world that I’m sure will be just as popular as her previous works.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    ¿For thousands of years, my kind had been thought of as nothing

    “For thousands of years, my kind had been thought of as nothing more than the stone sculptures perched upon the rooftops of homes and churches. Aka gargoyles. And technically, that’s what we were – but the depiction of a gargoyle was vastly exaggerated. Even the ugliest of all Wardens didn’t have a bulbous nose or fangs jutting from his mouth. It was rather insulting when you thought about it."

    Gargoyles. Yes, you read that right. JLA’s new series is about gargoyles and I am beyond thrilled to tell you that it is incredible. I shouldn’t have ever doubted her. Gargoyles! What a unique concept. I’ll never look at one the same way again.

    “I was not happy. I was knee deep in freak out mode.”

    When Jasmine’s best friend and first love, Dez, comes back to town after three years to claim her, she should be happy. She loves and misses Dez, but he abandoned her. He broke her heart. It was the betrayal she was never able to get over. Now he wants to pretend like everything is fine? She’s not having it.

    “I’ve missed you, Jas. You have no idea,” he continued, reaching toward me again but stopping short of touching me. “I thought about you every damn day. All I wanted was to get back to you and the clan. But mostly you. Always you.”

    I loved Dez. I adored Jas. Together they were absolute perfection. Their chemistry was very real and believable. There was heat between them. There was, of course, a bit of angst, but thankfully not nearly as much as you might expect. I had no doubt they belong together and waited with bated breath to see if Jas would come to the same conclusion and be willing to try to start again.

    “I wasn’t naïve enough to believe in soul mates or any of that childish nonsense that I had once clung to, but there had always been something tangible between Dez and me, even after his absence, it was still there, stronger than before.”

    I am so excited about this series for a number of reasons:

    It’s written by JLA and I absolutely love her. 
    The premise is so different from anything I’ve ever read and I can’t wait to see where the storyline goes. 
    The characters sucked me into the story! I love Jas and Dez together. 
    The writing was fantastic and engaging. I couldn’t put this one down. 
    GARGOYLES! 
    There was a lot of awesome packed into these 105 pages. I’m so excited about the potential this series has. It’s definitely off to an incredible start. 

    “Nothing in this world is stronger than love. It should always be enough. No matter what.”

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Amber

    LOOOVE it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Merry

    Oh no! Fluttershy :( <p> story is awesome though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Mystery

    Whooooaaaa <br> that is creepy. Poor Fluttershy. I always thought MLP could use a slightly darker theme....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Zack

    Good job! I really like the story so far!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Dark Elements - Chapter One

    "Angel, would you like some tea?" asked Fluttershy in her usual kind manner. Angel shook his head. "But...Angel, I prepared it just for you. Please?" Another head shake. "How about...a few sips?" He shook his head again.
    <p>
    "How about....just one sip?" He groaned and grabbed the cup of tea, drinking out of it. "Good boy, Angel!" Fluttershy praised. "Momma's so - " She was cut off by a splatter of tea in her face. "Angel!" She scolded. Her voice softened. "Well, it's alright. There's lots more. Don't worry about it."
    <p>
    A bear who was eating a sandwich made a growling noise. Fluttershy nodded. "Of course." She replied, handing him a cooked fish which he devoured in one bite.
    <p>
    She turned around and saw Pinkie Pie standing there. "Hi Pinkie Pie." She smiled in a kind tone. "Want to join all of the animals and I? We're having a tea party." Pinkie looked esctatic at the word 'party'. "Did someone say PARTY!!??" She said loudly. "Count me in!!"
    <p>
    Pinkie Pie took a seat by Fluttershy and grabbed a sandwich, tossing into her mouth. Fluttershy looked slightly taken aback, but said nothing. She only smiled. "Would you like some tea, Pinkie Pie?" Pinkie nodded. "Sure!!" She took the hot tea from Fluttershy and drank it, tilting her head back.
    <p>
    Suddenly, Fluttershy cringed, leaning her head over and holding her chest. "Oh!"
    <p>
    "What's wrong?" <br>
    Pinkie Pie asked worriedly. "Is it the tea?" She looked into the empty cup warily.
    <p>
    "I don't think so..." She whimpered. "I just feel funny. Like, I'm changing." Fluttershy winced again.
    <p>
    "Oo. Really? That sounds fun!!" Pinkie replied.
    <p>
    "Well...it isn't. It feels so strange." Fluttershy replied in a stained voice. When she looked up, Pinkie Pie could see that her eyes were flaring an evil red. "Oohh!! Even your eyes are changing." She said.
    <p>
    Fluttershy began breathing heavily. "You sure you okay?" asked Pinkie a little worriedly.
    <p>
    "No..I'm not...okay.." panted Fluttershy. She appeared dizzy, then, she blacked out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    To shawnie

    Are you on this book? Luv ya. Alexis

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    Sexy Gargoyles? Yes, please!!  What a way to start a new series

    Sexy Gargoyles? Yes, please!! 

    What a way to start a new series! Of course Jennifer knows how to start one that’ll grab you by the toes and won’t let you go. For me, she just has a way of writing that lures me in and enchants me. Mostly anything by this author, I love, so when starting Bitter Sweet, I knew I was going into another great book. I didn’t really have any expectations, other than probably, hopefully, be blown away. And, well, Jennifer didn’t let me down!




    First and foremost, Gargoyles! I, in all of my reading expeditions, have never encountered reading about these beings.  So I really didn’t know how she was going to make these so called monstrous creatures, sexy and awesome. Jennifer did pull that off quite well. With her compelling writing, she wove a very interesting concept featuring gargoyles and a quite distinctive world around them.




    Though this was a novella, in all honest, it did not feel as such. Jennifer brilliantly introduces us to the new world she has vividly conjured. And she quite quickly starts building her world, her characters, and her intriguing plot right from the start. I did wish it was a bit longer, but then again, it is a novella. I found that Bitter Sweet Love played out nicely, had a great pace, and a wonderful introduction to the world of gargoyles.




    The characters really took me away. I have always adored Jennifer’s heroines, the fighting bad-ass ones, or the more laid back ones. So Jasmine was really no exception. Though Jasmine is a bit different from Jen’s other ladies, she really is quite a force. I really enjoyed this girl’s strength, and her love for her kind. And even though Jasmine doesn't really go around fighting evil, I found her personality to be one I truly enjoyed.




    Then there is Dez. Need I say more? Well, he is just another sexy male created by Jen. And he proves that gargoyles can be oh, so sexy! Dez was that perfect blend of bad-ass male, with subtle kindness. I adored the way he swooped into the book. Like Jasmine, he has this strength that I just love finding in characters. I loved his love for Jasmine and his kind. Plus, he’s sexy.

    I also really enjoyed getting to see the other characters that will be featuring in White Hot Kiss. This novella is a great setup for the future books. It introduces this new world wonderfully, and really brings into focus just how amazingly awesome it’s going to be. I know I cannot wait for more, and I really hope there will be some more Dez and Jasmine in White Hot Kiss.



    I highly recommend this one to JLA fans. Bitter Sweet Love is a great set up for another remarkable series by Jennifer. I loved getting lost into this new world filled with fierce gargoyles and wicked demons. 

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    As always, Jennifer L. Armentrout has knocked it out of the park

    As always, Jennifer L. Armentrout has knocked it out of the park! I absolutely loved this novella! Armentrout has introduced us to another fantastical world that will leave readers anxious for more. It is really interesting (and a bit heartbreaking) to see how female Wardens are treated. Their lives are not their own and have essentially one purpose: to mate and care for the young. Jasmine is the daughter of the head of New York's clan. Her father is powerful and not a force to be reckoned with. Jas longs for freedom- she wants to travel and experience the world before being claimed by another male. She sneaks out to fly and loves the feeling of freedom that it gives her.



    I loved Jasmine's character. She is feisty and determined and I like that. Her world is flipped upside down upon the return of Dez, another Warden who she grew up and fell in love with. After disappearing on her, she still feels the hurt he left her with and is determined to stand her ground and not succumb to his charm. He has made his claim to her and she now has seven days to decide whether or not she'll accept his claim. Jas won't be easily swayed by intoxicating kisses or the way Dez makes her feel. He won't tell her the real reason he left and she won't cave in to the sweet boy she grew up with and then was later abandoned by.


    Dez is the epitome of sex on a stick. JLA knows how to write her sexy male leads and I found myself falling for Dez right along with Jas. He knows he has to prove himself to her and he won't back down, even after she issues him her conditions. Dez is sly though and he manages to work those conditions to his favor and damn. If I were Jas, I wouldn't have minded ONE BIT.



    I like that we get to meet Layla and Zayne in this novel also. I felt bad for Layla- she is Half-Demon and most Wardens are extremely uncomfortable around her. Jas is no exception. There has never been a Half-Demon/Half-Warden before and Layla has a lethal ability that could hurt humans and Wardens. Jas is a bit rude to her- and ends up hurting her feelings. People are afraid of the unknown and Zayne immediately sets Jas straight, defending Layla. I can already tell I'm going to like him as a character.



    This novella is a great one to pick up to hold you over until White Hot Kiss is released in Februrary!

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