Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

bitter sweetBitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Amrentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

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…


4 out of 5

3.75 out of 5

My Thoughts

I don’t know how you guys feel about prequel novellas, but for me they are really hit or miss.  It just think it’s hard to tell a good story that has a lot of character development, in such a short amount of pages.  That said, if there is an author that I make it a point to read her novellas, it’s Jennifer L. Armentrout.  Bitter Sweet Love (besides the ridiculously cheesy title) is a great prequel novella to Armentrout’s new Dark Elements series.

Bitter Sweet Love does a wonderful job setting up this new world of Wardens (gargoyles!) and demons.  The main character is Jasmine, a female Warden, who was heartbroken when the boy she loved left home three years ago without ever saying goodbye to her.  So when this boy, Dez, returns three years later, Jasmine’s feelings are decidedly mixed.

Jasmine is sort of quiet, but certainly not a pushover, which made me love her all the more.  Even though the tradition in Warden society is to marry young, Jasmine is not sure she wants that.  She’s still young, and she wants to experience life outside her home.  Female wardens are protected and very sheltered in this society, and it’s left Jasmine with a huge desire to see the world.  I love how she manipulates (but not in a nasty way) the situation with Dez’s return to get a chance to experience life.  

If you are at all familiar with Armentrout’s novels, then you probably know that she usually excels at creating some swoon-worthy guys, and that’s certainly the case with Dez.  I really dislike his name, but I forgive Armentrout’s name choice, because Dez is totally swoony.  But he is also genuinely a nice guy.

The plot is fast-paced, enjoyable, and I like that we get glimpses of the main characters in the main series.  I’m even more excited to read White Hot Kiss now than I was before I read this one.  If you are a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, then you will enjoy Bitter Sweet Love

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. I just bought this last week, but haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. I love JLA so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. The gargoyle premise sounds really original. Great review!

    • Quinn says:

      I definitely like the world she created here. And I’m very curious for the first full length novel. I hope you like it, Jennifer.

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