|Release Date: September 18, 2012|
from Spencer Hill Press
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"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."
As you guys probably know, Jennifer L. Armentrout is my favorite author, so I went into Cursed with extremely high expectations. Guess what? Cursed managed to not only meet, but exceed my expectations. I am convinced that no matter what Jennifer writes, I will not only read it but love it as well. From aliens to comtemp to killer touches to demigods, I just love it all.
We all know that the killer touch thing has been done before, but Jenn managed to make it her own. The story will captivate you from beginning to end and you WILL become invested in Ember’s story. The plot has twists and turns and when you think you have the story figured out, it turns out you were wrong. While I will admit to correctly guessing the ultimate villain, there was still a lot about the story that surprised me as did the motives of certain characters.
Ember is a great protagonist and reading from her perspective is very enjoyable. She has a great voice that is very easy to follow. She is intelligent and strong, a character that it is easy to admire. She is fiercely protective of her sister and has been taking care of her for the past two years. She deals with things no teenager should have to deal with, and she does it well. However, at the same time you feel bad for Ember. She lives life like a pariah and has practically no friends. It is hard to be liked when you have a killer touch. Even when she meets people like herself, they do not even fully accept her. That is, until she meets Hayden.
First she gave us Aiden, then the gorgeousness that is Daemon, and now we have Hayden who is just as swoon-worthy. Jennifer really has a knack for creating great male leads and Hayden was no exception to this. He is good looking and sweet and truly cares about Ember, but he is not without his flaws and I love that. I am not one for the absolute perfect guy, because it is simply not believable. Hayden tends to be blinded by his love for his family and refuses to consider some obvious evidence. However, despite his flaws, Hayden is still strong and determined and has more faith in Ember than she has in herself.
Cursed is the kind of book that makes you drop everything you are doing just so you can keep reading. The story is addictive and will have you saying “okay just one more chapter” and before you know it you will have finished the book. It is the kind of book where you truly and genuinely care about the characters. The happy moments will have you smiling like a little kid and the heartbreaking ones will literally have your heart in your throat.
Cursed balances romance with the paranormal and mystery perfectly. You will be invested in the romance while at the same time trying to figure out who or what is after Ember and all the while dying to know more about her killer touch. Cursed is easily one of the best books I have read this year and it saddens me that this is a stand-alone novel, I would love to read more about Ember and Hayden. All in all, Cursed is a book that you need to read as soon as you can get your hands on it.