Review: Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hardcover 312 pages.
Published: Sept. 18th, 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
Source: Publisher
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.

Jennifer Armentrout puts her owns spin on a theme that has been done before. So while I can’t say it felt completely unique to me, it didn’t feel like the same ol’ thing either.

Ember was a character I really felt for. There were many times that I felt ENRAGED by what she had to go through and deal with and while sometimes she frustrated me with some decisions she made, I did really like her.

Romance was a pretty important part of the book and I liked it well enough but it didn’t blow me away. For some reason I didn’t love Haydon.  I did get slightly annoyed at the back and forth between Ember and Haydon. Them each pushing the other away for one reason or another. Fortunately this didn’t become as much of an issue as it easily could have.

The book was slightly predictable for me. I figured out the bad guy right away but didn’t know exactly what role that person would play. And there were enough twists thrown in that the whole thing wasn’t figured out.

Overall I enjoyed this book and if you enjoy paranormal books with super-abilities as a theme you’ll likely enjoy this one. 

Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Oh no! I have been so excited about this book coming out. I am so sad that you didn’t like it more. I know I will still be buying it because I love Jennifer Armentrout but I am still sad that it wasn’t better.

    Great review Candace!

  2. I adore Jennifer’s book, but for some reason I was not totally excited about this one.. I do not know exactly why, but reading your review? I think I can pass on this one! It sounds nice enough but. I want awesome not nice!

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