Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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Overview

 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've 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.


My Thoughts

Like all of Jennifer L. Armentrout's books, when I heard about this I was dying to get my hands on it. I will read anything and everything that she writes. She is so amazing with her story telling and making you really feel the characters. Only a few chapters into the book I was already was completely invested in Ember and was feeling her emotions along with her. I was captivated with the story and couldn't stop. I had to know what was going on and how everything would turn out.  Of course, I figured out some of it pretty early on, but there was still enough mystery left to keep me thoroughly intrigued. 

Ember is cursed with the touch of death. I instantly felt bad for her hearing about how she came to be that way and figured out that she couldn't touch anything living. On top of that, her mother is pretty useless and unresponsive and just stays in bed, so Ember is the sole care giver to her little sister Olivia. Talk about a difficult situation. She really is a tough chick though and deals with it very well. Thrown into an even worse situation, Ember doesn't know who she can trusts or if she can even trust anyone. She really wants to trust Hayden, he is the only one who is really there for her. She is bullied and treated horribly by just about everyone and it was very emotional going through all of it with her. I could feel my heart breaking along with hers, feel the anger at everyone building. As tough as Ember is, she is still a human being with real feelings, and it's hard to see people treat her like she's nothing. 

The romance in this book is really sweet. I totally loved Hayden, even when I wasn't quite sure what his motives were. He was almost impossible to not like. He is a bit moody, but as I leaned more about him, I understood. He wants to help Ember. He doesn't think that she is cursed at all, but believes she has a gift. He believes that she can control it and spends a lot of time helping her. It's not just about controlling her gift though. He truly does care about her. Even when he is being a bit of a jerk, you know that he does. I really loved how they slowly get to know each other. It's very gradual and realistic. They don't just instantly fall in love. Done in true JLA form, there is plenty of tension and build up. You feel their chemistry, and oh, man is there tons of it. And the fact that Ember can't touch anything living really adds to it!! 

This was a page turner. I needed to know where the story was going. I wanted to believe that not all of the characters that I disliked were really bad guys. I hoped that Ember would be able to control her touch of death and finally get some sort of happiness out of life. This was a great book. I loved the pacing and how we get to know the characters and situations. This book held my interest all the way to the last page! Another wonderful book from Jennifer. 4.5 out of 5 stars


22 comments:

  1. I've been seeing a lot of glowing reviews for Cursed. I'm glad that the reason for Ember's curse is explained, and that you liked Haydem despite his ambiguity. Great review, sweetie!

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    1. He's definitely not always the most likeable character, but you can't help but like him anyways! I really did enjoy this book a lot!!

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  2. I'm with you on loving JLA books, she definitely knows how to suck you in and keep you along for the ride. And she is quite good at writing us some swoon worthy guys. This one sounds really good to me, very reminiscent of Touch but that's a welcome likeness! Great review Amy, I'm happy you liked this one so much.

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    1. I haven't read Touch, but I have it and have heard it's great!! I really love JLA's writing! She is fabulous!!

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  3. I am reading this one this week! I'm so glad that even though you figured some of the things out you still had enough to want to keep reading. Great review I can't wait to pick it up now!

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    1. I tend to be pretty perceptive when it comes to figuring stuff out in books, but most of the time it doesn't take away from the story for me. This was so fantastic that me figuring out some things didn't make a difference at all!

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  4. I've wanted to read Jennifer Armentrount FOREVER!!! Gah!

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  5. I figure a lot of stuff out (I think it comes from us reading so much) but I agree that it doesn't bother me.
    This sounds great. My TBR list is getting sky-high!

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  6. I'm a fan of Jennifer Armentrout and I've heard some amazing things about this book. I can hardly wait to read it.

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  7. Looking forward to reading this one! Nice review doll!

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  8. I liked this one a lot too. So glad you enjoyed it. JLA is a master with characters.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  9. I really liked this one too! And like you, I will read anything she writes! Love her books. Great review Amy :-)

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  10. I really loved this one, too! JLA is an amazing writer and she knows how to create some characters! Glad you enjoyed it and I loved your review!!


    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the book, crazed girl

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  11. Wow, I'm surprised to find out that CURSED comes out this month! I thought it had released long ago (I guess I've been seeing reviews around already!).
    Anyway, I'm SO glad to hear that you liked it, Amy! I'm a fan of JLA's HALF-BLOOD (I need to get the sequels, eep), so I'm sure I'll enjoy CURSED. Great review! :)
    - Lauren

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  12. I have yet to read anything by JLA, surprisingly! I've heard only great things about her writing though, so I think Cursed will be the first book I pick up by her. =) I love the concept of it, no touching anything? It sounds so cool! Ember sounds amazingly strong, which I love in main characters. And I totally understand about all the emotions! I love when that happens, when your heart breaks for the characters. It's rare, but when it happens, you know you've fallen head over heels in love with the book.

    Fabulous review Amy! <3 I am definitely going to be getting my hands on a copy of this book!

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  13. Great review! I haven't read anything by Jennifer yet, but this one sounds awesome!

    New follower!

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  14. Great review! I'm happy you enjoyed this one too. It was definitely really interesting from the beginning and I loved that there was a mystery too.

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  15. Great review! I'm really looking forward to reading this one, and I'm glad to see you liked it so much!! Now I'm even MORE excited :)

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  16. Like most people, I absolutely adore Jennifer's books! The Covenant and Pure series are made of awesome and I'm really liking the sound of Ember. I'm glad that the romance is done really nicely and sweetly, too! Wonderful review, Amy! xx

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  17. I had a problem with Hayden. He came off as too much of a stalker! Aside from that it was a good read :)


    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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  18. Great review! I also want the story to continue. I am interested in some of the events that we learned about towards the end.

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  19. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! 4.5 stars ah! I have been wanting to buy it for myself for so long, but just havent had the time or money to get to a bookstore, but you just made me more and more excited! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    I'm interested to read JLA's only stand alone.

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