Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 457 pages.
Published on August 11th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
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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….
Stone Cold Touch is the second book of The Dark Elements buddy read with Demi @ Demireads. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first one. I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this on time because of this.
I’m starting to get why I forgot almost everything about this series since I probably wanted to forget this book. It’s sad when the book’s highlight were a random fact about Supernatural (the show, not the creatures) and Buffy reference. I could totally picture Spike playing kitty poker in season six when Layla asked if they were playing for kittens and mentioned a Buffy episode.
I like Zayne until the end of the book. I just can’t deal with characters acting like hypocrites, so I was disappointed in him after that revelation. Zayne expected Layla to tell him everything but then he kept that from her?
I found his scenes with Layla (so about 85% of the book) so boring even though I like him. He’s a good guy but I don’t think Layla and him fit well. I’m biased since I’m team Roth and I just don’t like friends to lovers trope. It didn’t help that Zayne showed zero interest in Layla until Roth came around. Zayne treated her more like a little sister but somehow he’s had feelings for her for years?
Another thing I didn’t like about this book was that it was so predictable. It had like zero action (which I usually prefer) and when something finally happened besides love triangle drama.. I had seen that ‘plot twist’ coming a mile away.