Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: Cursed by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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."


My Thoughts:

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. 



17 comments:

  1. Awesome! You know what I love best about your reviews, Honey? You always get your point across without ever spoiling the story! You rock! I'm so excited for this one, I simply cannot wait!!!! And yay for more swoon-worthy Armentrout boys!!!!!
    Great review, my sweet!!!

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    1. Thanks so much! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when people like my reviews.

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  2. I'm so happy you've got this book! :) I cannot wait to read it! Especially now when I read your review and all those amazing things about it! :) And there is another guy?? Oh Jennifer I don't know how much my heart can take! xD
    Amazing review!!!

    Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?

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    1. YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE HAYDEN. JLA did it again!

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  3. I still have to read her books! I feel so bad! I bought Obsidian a while ago, but I haven't found the time yet to read it! Cursed sounds so good as well! I've heard different things about it. Some people absolutely love it and others don't like it. I'm still not sure if I will read it. I'll start Obsidian first! Thanks for the amazing review :)

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    1. OMG you have to read Obsidian soon! That is my all time favorite series!

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  4. Oh! Your review! You are right, even though the concept is old, JLA definitely puts her own unique spin on it. Giving it a fresh feel! And like you said, I too was able to figure out the main villain, but with so many twists and turns, she kept me guessing and on my toes!
    I definitely loved her characters, of course Hayden, that boy is yummy!
    JLA, she hasn't disappointed me yet, and I have a feeling she won't ever!

    I also hope there will be another book, I want to see where Ember and Hayden go as well!

    Of course your review is amazing and spot on!

    Magen Corrie

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    1. hehe need more Hayden now! Will sell soul or first born child for a second book!

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  5. I've heard nothing but good things about Cursed. I didn't realize it's a stand alone. Maybe she'll write second book since its getting great review/. Thanks for a great review!

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    1. I would love if she wrote a second book! I think it has potential to be an awesome series!

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  6. AHHHHH.......so excited to read this!! After your review I am literally jumping up and down to finally dig into it! AND HAYDEN.....HOLY HOT DAMN......I..WOW...I AM JUST EXCITED!!!! *giggle* XD Awesomesauce review, Teresa!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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    1. You are going to love Hayden! He is just as swoon worthy as her other guys!

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  7. Great review! So happy you loved this book too! JLA definitely never disappoints! I'm so sad too that this is a stand alone because I would love to have more of this story and especially some more Hayden!

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    1. I would love more to the story too. There is so much that could be expanded on!

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  8. Jennifer is one of my favorite authors as well and you made me want to read this more! Thanks for your thoughts!

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  9. I so enjoy Jennifer Armentrout's books, and while I've heard from a number of bloggers that this one isn't quite as brilliant as her other books, I still really want to read it:) I have no doubt I'll thoroughly enjoy Hayden! Thanks so much for the review :)

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    1. Cursed is great, but I do like Lux and Covenant better. However, it is tough to live up to those books haha. Thanks for stopping by.

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