Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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.  - Goodreads.com


There is no end to Jennifer L. Armentrout's versatility.  This is the third series of hers that I've begun to read and I am loving all of them.  She's so inventive, and her writing is exciting to read.  I have to admit that this one is probably not my favorite of the three series she has going right now, but I think that's only because this is a first book and has a lot of setup to it.

This book was definitely unique compared to some of the other "my touch can kill" books.  I liked Ember as a character, and I felt so bad for her and how disconnected she felt from everyone around her.  It was hard reading about how she was pretty much used as a pawn to get her talented sister.  I really liked how she learned to control her powers a bit and didn't feel so helpless... and this was definitely an aspect that made this book more unique.  If I had any complaints, one might be that I found a couple of things to be a little predictable, but it didn't really ruin things for me.

Hayden brought some interesting elements to the story.  He was a refreshing male lead in that he wasn't a bad boy.  He was a nice guy.  The blooming romance between then was very good, and as always, Jennifer does an amazing job with sexual tension between her characters.  She'a  master at it.

The writing was tight and exciting, and I felt like the story unfolded at a great pace.  There are times of really good eloquence in the writing that really made me engage into the story even more.  I'm looking forward to seeing the sequel to this book.  This was a good start to a new series.



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