REVIEW: Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout
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: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
When Ember is brought back from the dead in a crash that killed her parents, she discovers that she has the new ability to kill people with the slightest touch. She lives in isolation, not even able to touch her five year old sister, Olivia. Until one day, the inevitable happens–and Ember and Olivia are taken in my the powerful Jonathan Cromwell, who also houses other kids with special gifts.
Soon, Ember becomes close to the sexy Hayden. Although Ember knows she could do the worst to him, he isn’t afraid. Hayden must help Ember unravel the secrets of her past–and find out who wants to harm her in the present.
I have to be honest here. This is the second of Ms. Armentrout’s books I have read. The first was the amazing Obsidian, which is one of my fave young adult books. Now, even though I know I shouldn’t have, I ended up comparing Cursed to Obsidian while I was reading it. While it was an intriguing book, it had a few shortcomings.
When the book first begins, Ember is an outcast at her old high school, and has been since her accident. What I don’t understand is why. I have a hard time believing that a school full of kids would be so cruel to her after a tragedy in which she lost her parents. No reason was really given, except for that her eyes looked “dead.” I don’t know, the best I could figure is that the other kids in school just sensed something OFF about her…but no one knew the truth about how she came back from death. This could have been fleshed out a little better, for me.
Ember is a strong and smart girl, and she really comes out of her shell once she moves into the Cromwell house and meets Hayden. She had been so protective of Olivia for so long, that it had to have felt good to her to have some time to herself, without having to worry about her little sister. And with Hayden, the fact that she is able to touch him ALMOST makes her feel normal again, if only for a short time.
Although, this is another one of those books where the guy seems to be a bit stalkerish before meeting the girl. This is a trope I don’t love, and if it happened in real life, you know the girl wouldn’t respond in the same way.
I figured out who the bad guy was before it was revealed in the book, I just didn’t know his reasons. I’m not sure if this was meant to be a series or a stand-alone book, but there are quite a few things I would have liked to know more about.
I love Jennifer’s writing style, and will definitely be reading everything of hers I can get my hands on.
Thank you to Around the World ARC Tours for allowing me to review this book.