Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: Bitter Sweet Love(The Dark Elements 0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Bitter Sweet Love
Series: The Dark Elements #0.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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...

 My Thoughts  

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


  1. This review makes me go squee! I so loved this novella too and I just need WHK in my life! Dez was just unffff and Jasmine was awesome too! Love this review Magen! You hit the nail on the head!

    *muggle huggles*

  2. Great Review Magen!!! I loved Bitter Sweet Kiss! I know what you mean, it felt like a full story, but you wanted more! Dez was yummy, and I loved what a strong character Jas was. Wait till you read White Hot Kiss!!! You are going to fall in love with Roth. He kind of reminded me of Daemon as far as his sexy, witty, sarcastic personality :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  3. I hgave never read about gargolyes either but def want to read this story

  4. This is going to be a first for me, too -- I swear, only JLA could make gargoyles sound amazing!! I adore your review, Magen, and that quote you included just melted my heart. I have to bump this one up because you have me SO curious about these characters. Fabulous review, love *hugs*

  5. Oh wow... I knew I would love this series... and now I am jealous that I HAVEN"T read it!! Awesome review Megan!!

  6. How many books does this author manage to write? I still have to read Origin in the Lux series and then I will have to check out her other books. When does the last one in the Lux series come out? This year, right? At least I hope so:)

  7. Great review!!! At first I was also like... Gargoyles . But I love her books so much.


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