Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Cursed
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: September 18, 2012
paperback, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781937053
Genre: paranormal
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My thoughts:
Everything that I have read by Jennifer L. Armentrout I have loved. Cursed is no exception. Ember McWilliams is in a difficult position. Her father was killed in a car crash, her mother is in a state of depression, she has to raise her little sister, and everything she touches dies. When a stranger appears in her life, her world gets turned upside down even more than it already has. Ember had to figure out who she can trust to keep her family safe.
Cursed had me hooked from the first page. Armentrout knows how to grab her audience and keep them glued to the pages. This book is really fast paced, but it's the characters that really drive this novel. I especially liked the relationship between Ember and her sister. Ember is forced into a parental position when her mother checks out. She desperately wants to give her everything, but at the same time keep her safe. Ember is thrust into a new situation and she doesn't know how to respond. The one person who is saying 'trust me', she's not sure she can trust. She's also attracted to Hayden, who is the son of the man she's not sure she can trust. Ember is a plethora of emotions. She's very confused, and all that she wants is to be a normal teenager without feeling like her entire existence is a mistake.
Cursed is a really entertaining read. Jennifer L. Armentrout didn't disappoint me one bit. I liked everything from beginning to end. I can't wait to read what she writes next.

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  1. I've never read her work because i'm so afraid her alien series is like Twilight. People have told me it is really close and I hate things like that. I might read this though since it sounds so different. :)

    1. Hi Janiera! I didn't think the alien series was like Twilight at all. Maybe try her Half-Blood series. If you like mythology, you'll most likely enjoy it. I think she's a great writer. :)

  2. I loved this book! It is fabulous. I am doing it for a book report. Unfortunately, I need the place where she lived in the start of the book. I don't think I can find it. Also, I need the name her second high school. I was wondering if anyone knows or if the book even says it. I hope I didn't give too much away right now.

    1. She lived in Allentown. I'm not sure what state that's in. The second place is Petersburg, West Virginia, but I'm not sure of the name of her second school. I'm not sure if any of this helps, but I hope it does in some way.


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