I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on July 17, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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A compelling novel from Jennifer L. Armentrout, the New York Times bestselling author of the Covenant and Lux series.
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 with abilities even weirder than hers.
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.
Cursed may be a standalone book but I felt like this was the beginning of a series. And I hope that Armentrout does continue with Ember’s and Hayden’s story! As there is certainly far more of their story to tell.
With Ember’s no touch policy, Ember lives a very hard life, unable to touch any of those she loves. She is an easy character to sympathise with. Yet, while it was saddening that Ember was unable to touch anyone it was frustrating that Ember couldn’t trust anyone and only saw her ability as a curse and made no really attempts to change her situation.
In the end I was left a little disappointed in the plot of Cursed. It all really seemed to happen at the end of the book. And the build up, for me, fell a little flat. And there was a couple of things that I wanted to be expanded on and explained – if only to get a greater clarity of the events in the book.