Monday, May 20, 2013

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: Bought
Stand Alone
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.

I think I underestimated this one. I had seen some mixed feelings and negative reviews. So I had low expectations. It deserved higher! I am surprised by how much I loved it. It took some getting used too but I thought it was amazing.

This tells the story of Ember. Since dying and being brought back to life she has the power to kill with her bare hands. All Ember cares about is taking care of Olivia her baby sister. She meets Hayden and is forced to trust his adopted father with not only her life but Olivia's as well.

Ember took some getting used too. For the first half I wanted to knock her face in. She was pretty annoying. But she eventually got less annoying and I enjoyed her. She wasn't the best character but I did like seeing her grow throughout the story. Hayden was by far the amazing character. He made up for what Ember lacked. He was the biggest sweetheart while still being hot. He had an amazing personality. One thing I really liked was that he didn't let Ember walk over him. Ember and Hayden were pretty cute. I liked that they took things slow. One thing that felt kinda off to me was Olivia. She was so important to Ember but after I got to halfway she was hardly in the story.

Yes the cannot touch people thing has been done quite a few times. But, this one was really unique. It was very much it's own book. I loved that it wasn't just one character with powers. I also loved how fast paced it was. There was also lots of suspense. I saw some people say they knew who the bay guys were. I had no idea. It was a huge surprise for me. Overall I loved this with all my heart. The first 100 pages weren't great but the rest of the book made up for it!


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