Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Cursed
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category:Paranormal/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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 Review:

Okay, first off I need to thank a wonderful person for loaning me this fantabulous book. Teresa over at Readers Live A Thousand Lives, check out her blog out HERE  . She is amazing!

Thank you, thank you and oh, THANK YOU!!

When this book arrived….. I was flippin’ out.

Yup, that was me..

How to describe books by JLA is such a challenge, why, because this chick knows how to spin a story, to write something purely and simply breathtaking. Not one book by her has disappointed me, so you can call me a major fan girl of this author, but she can rock a story!

Cursed, well, it was everything I expect by Jennifer, and god, so much more. I could tell it was her simply by her writing style, which is just amazing. I love her style of writing, witty, humorous and downright brilliant. She has a way with words, a true talent. And it sucks you in from the very first page.  And that’s how Cursed opened up, brilliantly, pulling me in, consuming me, and never letting go.

Jennifer tells a tale about a girl named Ember, and well, she has a killer touch, quite literally.
Two years ago, during a fatal crash, which killed Ember, she was brought back. How? By her little sister, who has a special gift. However, coming back from the dead left Ember a little different. Now everything she touches dies. And she thought being a teenager just wasn’t hard enough.

For two years Ember has to avoid touching anyone, even her little sister. Two years, her mother has been catatonic, leaving Ember to take care of Olivia. And two years since her father died in that accident, the one that also took Ember’s life.

Two very long, very hard years for Ember, and within those two years, she’s realized she’s cursed. Cursed beyond belief.

But then a strange boy enters Ember’s life and, well, things just get turned upside down from there. Hayden Cromwell shows up, a boy with stunning good looks. And he believes he can help Ember control her so called ‘gift’.

But then Ember learns that the accident that took her life and her father’s, probably wasn’t an accident at all. Someone is also trying to kill her, and now she’s not sure who she can trust.
Ember truly believes, she’s cursed.

Cursed beyond belief.

‘Two years had passed since I’d been able to touch Olivia without some sort of barrier between her skin and mine. When she fell and scraped her knee. I couldn’t even kiss it and make it better.’ -Pg. 5

Okay, so the whole killer touch thing isn’t new, hasn’t been for a while now. However, I believe Jennifer made this such a believable and really enjoyable story.  She added her own flare and style to it. So, it made it almost original in ways.  Once I picked it up I couldn’t put this book down. Quite literally, I got mad when I was interrupted…

Her writing style and pacing of Cursed was amazing, even in the fast scenes, it never felt rushed to me. The introduction of the characters and who they are is delivered with amazing ease and makes you enjoy reading about them.

Cursed gives you a chance to see another side of Jennifer, yet we also see her popular and loved flair of writing. She is remarkable and awesome.

Ember McWilliams  
Now, the story, as I said before, isn’t quite original. But it’s delivered in a way that took my breath away and just made me fall for the story, especially some of the characters.  Ember, for example, was just the kind of strong female character you expect from Jennifer. She is strong and she has that humor that gets me cackling like a crazy person. Ember is what I look for in female characters, she’s strong, she fights, she never gives up, however, she has flaws, isn’t perfect and Ember knows that. She is what I would hope to be if I was in her situation.  And she has so much love for her sister, I loved seeing them interact and how she showed her love to Olivia, even when she couldn’t touch her.

‘I really was Death in sneakers.’ -Pg. 117

Hayden Cromwell

Okay, so fans like me of Jen, know she knows how to create wonderful and admirable female characters, but I believe her true talent lies in the male characters.

Dear lord, Hayden Cromwell, what can I say about this boy.. Just that I have fallen for every boy Jen has created! (Daemon is by far my top fav)  And Hayden is no exception. I have to give this lady an award for the boys she creates, that or chocolate goodies..  I was head over heels for him, from the moment he appeared in this book. Strong, powerful, sexy, and dear lord, why does he have to be fictional???!!!  From the moment he steps into Ember’s life, to me, he helps her, save hers. Like Ember, he isn’t perfect, and that just makes him just more breathtaking in my book.

‘Something wicked this way comes.’ -Pg. 9

Let’s not forget her side characters, there were some I wish we got to know more. But each one is strong and original, in their own.  

And when you thought you have the characters and the story figured out, BAM, Jen does it. She surprises you. Leaves you in what-the-hell kind of moments, and thinking ‘this is just.. WOW’ she’s really good at doing that to her readers.  She knows suspense, mystery and toe curling romance!

What I felt was another strong and amazing part about this book is that the emotions you felt from Ember seep into your skin. They slide right off the page, right into your blood stream. I was able to feel so much from her. I felt her despair, her lose, her love and her hope. It swirled right into me, it was powerful.

Everything that Ember went through, I felt it, I was right there with her. I was able to leave my world, and be totally absorbed into Ember’s. From every situation, from not being able to touch anybody and her longing too, I can feel it. 

When her world is turned upside-down, and when she realizes that she can’t trust those who say she should, you feel her loneliness and hopelessness.  The anguish in this book, and the hope was like my own.

Again, just another reason Cursed is an amazing read. It’s one of those books I don’t know what to do with myself once I finish it.

It enraptured me, consumed me and it became my world.  I fall for the characters, and felt what they felt. I lived their lives. And when you can get so lost in a book like that, you know it’s a gem.  A book you have to keep close to your heart.

And just like the Lux series and the Covenant series, Cursed will hold a special place in my heart.

So, if you are a fan of JLA, pick this book up! If you love paranormal books, with a kind of X-men flair, pick this book up, or if you love toe-curling, insides turn to mushy goo and lots of sighing and aw-ing, pick this book up!!

‘I bit my lip. “You worry about hurting me, but you never seem to worry about me hurting you. And I’m the one with the killer touch.” -Pg. 171  


  1. I AM SO GLAD YOU LOVED THIS BOOK AS MUCH AS I DID. My review will post tomorrow ;)

    I have to say I agree with you about everything you said. Ember is a great heroine and Hayden is yumm-tastic. You are right, JLA managed to take this concept and completely make it her own. I am praying that it becomes a series!

    Fabulous review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    1. and by tomorrow, I mean Monday haha - I am so off with my days =]

    2. Thank you so much for letting me borrow it!!! I'm so ready to own my own copy! JLA definitely made this book into her own, that is way she is so amazing!

      Thank you my dear :D you made my day!

    3. you are very welcome! I cannot wait for my finished copy to arrive either =]


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