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…
First Line:"Ten seconds after Mrs. Cleo moseyed on into biology class, flipped on the projector and turned off the lights, Bambi decided she was no longer comfortable where she was currently curled around my waist."
Review:Stone Cold Touch is the second book in Armentrout's The Dark Elements series and yes it was pure perfection like pretty much everything else she writes. There are two boys in this book and yes there are teams which usually annoys me but best believe it I voted...literally voted for Roth...how could you not after reading Stone Cold Touch. So obviously from the cover this was more Layla and Zayne time and I'm not going to lie I did find myself liking Zayne but still nothing compared to Roth. Zayne is her best friend, loves her, knows her better then anyone else but I don't feel he truly accepted Layla for all she is. And any doubt I had towards Roth was gone with this epiphany that Layla had... "Zayne would lock me in a room to keep me safe if he thought there was even a hint of danger in the air. Roth...yeah, he'd tried to get me out of the way, but he wouldn't shelter me." Roth lets Layla be who she really is, he doesn't try to cage her in and conform her and damn it it's ROTH! The plot was also very well done there was tons of action which kept things moving along at a very fast pace. Stone Cold Touch was everything I want in a book even with that pesky love triangle which is done perfectly. I am dying for the next book and crossing my fingers that majority voted for Roth.
~ "Love is a strange creature on thinks one has a grasp on and understanding of, only to discover later that it was only the barest taste of the real thing." ~"Roth brought you here for food? That's great. You look as comfortable as a kitten huddled in a pile of pit bulls."
For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?
First Line:"Somewhere nearby, Benjy was waiting for me."
Review:I absolutely adored Pawn the first book in The Blackcoat Rebellion series but Captive took this series to a whole another level of goodness. I'm always a little hesitant to pick up the second book since a lot of series suffer from the second book syndrome but not Captive, it was actually better then Pawn. Captive was a lot more darker and a lot more violent. There were so many twists and turns that I didn't know what to expect. Kitty's world has become even more hostile then what it was in Pawn. She ends up in the one place she feared the most Elsewhere and just when she thought all was lost she finds allies in the most unlikely of all places. We meet more new characters and some I really liked but don't think about getting attached to the characters in this book, Carter has no issues killing characters off which of course made it more realistic and that much better. I liked Kitty from the first book already but I found myself having an extra dose of respect for her after reading Captive. Just when I thought she would crumble and be a complete mess she showed strength and determination more then ever ready to do whatever it took and putting the fate of everyone else above her wants and needs. She really went through it in Captive between the lies, secrets, and betrayals she couldn't trust a soul just when she thought she found herself trusting someone they would turn around and betray her or worse and I loved her even more after the fact because she just dusted off her bruised feelings and kept focusing on what was important. The romance...that is where I have had an issue with in this series so far even in Pawn and now in Captive I don't feel the chemistry between her and Benjy at all. To me I just get this friend vibe between the two even with all their kissing and sweet words I just don't believe it. Then there is Knox well my goodness that boy was infuriating in the worst way there is nothing between Kitty and Knox in this book whatsoever except for rude exchanges of words but there was a hint of something and honestly I would love that to grow to be more in the next book just because even though I don't know what to make of Knox anymore one thing is for sure he is a hell of a lot more interesting of a character then Benjy ever has been. There were quite a few things that happened that has me very excited for the next book. With the way things ended I can't wait to see what Carter has in store for us in Queen which is the next book in the series. Overall captive was amazing and even better then Pawn. If you haven't picked this series up yet I highly recommend you do so. Memorable Quotes
~ "...How many people are going to die before it's all over because you care more about your own worthless life than the freedom of millions?" ~ "Having to be someone else all the time-never getting to be me anymore, having my every move watched....I'm losing myself, Beny."