Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released |September 18th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press|
Edition |Ebook|
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Dying sucks-- and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he's a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she's more than interested. There's just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out.
However, she's willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't? But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she's not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.

JLA's writing style really draws you into the story. And just like all her other books that I've read, Cursed did not disappoint. It was a story that drew you in from the start and left you wanting more with each page turned. This was an easy read for me and I flew through this book! I was hoping this would be a series, but I do believe it's a stand alone, something I haven't read in a while.

The thing that draws you into the story the most is our main character Ember. She's a girl who has a lot of inner turmoil and baggage, which makes you sympathize with her because she has not had an easy life for the past couple of years. As I was reading the story, it couldn't help but feel sorry for her. So many people mistreated and disrespected her and she would basically just take it. Ember has the touch of death, everything she touches withers away and dies, which is really sad. Can you imagine living with a gift like that where you can't touch the people you love or even the plants around you? But at times I did feel like Ember was a bit whiny and depressing which annoyed me a lot. She just made everything feel so sad.

And then when Hayden was introduced into the story, you would think things would get better for her, No! Somethings got better, but things got a whole lot worse too. Being taken from the home you knew, to leaving with absolute stranger that you couldn't trust, can really mess with a person's mind. But this book wasn't all sad though. I really loved the relationship that developed between Ember and Hayden. He was just the kind of person she need in her life at that moment. He brought her happiness that she hadn't felt in a long time. And then there was Olivia. Sometimes the girl was annoying. Cute, but annoying. I mean seriously?! Has anyone ever heard of a timeout when a child throws a temper tantrum?? Or is that a foreign concept that no one in the book seemed to know about?

Overall, the book was amazing. It was filled with some great action, romance, suspense and feeling. I did kind of already know who the bad guy was. Well, not really, but the person was one of my top choices. I kept flipping back and forth two people. I definitely recommend the book :) And I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!


  1. Awesome review. I have been struggling with how to write a decent review for this book. You really did a great job, not too much, and not too little. What was your overall rating of this book, if you don't mind me asking?

  2. This sounds like something ill enjoy. even though i hate it when i have to feel sympathy for a character -.- lol. Great review!!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  3. I read Cursed about a month ago and loved it! :) I also really loved the relationship between Hayden and Ember. Fantastic review!

  4. Oh man I can't even WAIT for this!! :) GREAT review! For one, the MC's name is Ember...which is also my sister's name. It's so cool that it's an up and coming name now! :) (But of course, my sister can always say she had it back it '97, when it wasn't popular! haha)
    Hayden sounds fantastic, the story sounds incredible...seriously, I don't think I can go wrong here. ;) Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  5. sounds better than i expected!! i have to read it soon!! everything in this book sounds good except for the whiny part. but i think it would be ok for me. wellll we will see!

  6. thanks for review,it's great :) I really want to read this book :)

  7. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews for Cursed. I guess it's one of those books which people love or hate.

    Zemira @ YA Fanatic