Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5)
Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements 0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
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...
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Publishes in US: December 1st 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: free on amazon
Series? The Dark Elements 0.5

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    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.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would any explanation satisfy if the person you love left without explanation?
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19 comments:

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  2. I really must try her books :D

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  3. I didn't know there were gargoyles in this!!!
    Great review :)
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  4. I've been curious about this and whether or not I want to read it. I don't typically like reading novellas, but I did enjoy book one! Great review :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  5. First to answer your question - No! If you love someone that much, no matter what they say you feel bad.

    I've just finished Wait For You and I need a break from J. Lynn / J. Armentrout. Not her best novel. I think she's much better with paranormal world than realistic.

    Great review, Brandi.

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    1. I liked that one, but I think you're right, my faves from her have been para

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  6. In all honesty I pretty much skimmed this entire review since this one is next on my TBR and I want to go in reading it being as blind as possible. I just read White Hot Kiss (dark elements #1) the other day and LOVED it beyond belief so I'm glad to hear this one doesn't disappoint!
    Lily

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    1. I read this one before WHK but I think that it was a great intro

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  7. I am a big Armentrout fan, but I feel lost that I haven't heard of Dark Elements. It is for sure on my to-read list now! Thank you so much for this review :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. Its easy for some books to get lost in the shuffle, there is this novella and first in series that are already released.

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  8. Ah another Armentrout book! I really need to read her!

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  9. I thought there was a love triangle in this series so I've been avoiding. I'm a wimp! lol

    Did you change your blog? The post area is wider and you swapped the columns?? Am I going crazy?? hehe

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    1. Not crazy, I did change from 2 sidebars to only one and changed the coloring in the sidebars too so it is a little less blue

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  10. This series is high on my wishlist, I am trying to get through some books in my tbr pile for the Take Control challenge this month. So glad it was swoony!

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  11. Everyone seems to be loving this series. I picked up this one as a freebie too. I'm glad you enjoyed WHK, Brandi!

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  12. I loved the first book so I know I have to read this one too. Happy it was good.

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  13. See, I was kind of meh about the prequel. That's why I decided not to read book 1 the second it came out (like I have previous JLA series). But then all of the reviews of book 1 were so great, that I think I'm going to read it after all. I did like this story, but as per usual with novellas, there wasn't enough meat for me. After leaving the way that he did, I needed a lot more than I got to be able to forgive Dez . . . I'm glad you liked it though :)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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  14. I haven't read any books by JLA yet, but I have several on my TBR. Great review, Brandi, you made me want to start reading her books sooner rather than later :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  15. Great review! I agree, I love JLA's writing style; she just has an amazing, easy to read style! Glad you enjoyed this one!

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