Wednesday, 15 May 2013

REVIEW - Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Cursed 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: September 18th 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Link: Goodreads / Amazon
Source: Bought paperback

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.


It is no secret that I am a massive fan of JLA. I will literally read anything she writes. I have loved everything I have read by her and Cursed was so exception. 

Cursed was a heart-pounding read with plenty of mystery to keep you hooked all throughout. There is a great host of characters to keep you entertained and JLA does a great job of making them tug at your heart strings. I think I nearly cried about 5 times while reading. The things that Ember has had to endure for the past two years is so sad and things just seem to keep going from bad to worse, especially when she is brought to Cromwell's house. There she finds people who are also gifted but they all see Ember's gift as a curse. Except Hayden. Hayden was the only friend Ember had in this new house surrounded by people who hated her. He wants to help her control her gift, if it's even possible. The relationship between these two was intense because they couldn't touch without one of them getting hurt. I loved watching there feelings for each other grow. Their relationship isn't without its hardships and Ember has a hard time trusting people. It made their relationship more real as they both went through times of doubting the other. I loved both Ember and Hayden. They were very likable and Hayden was totally swoon worthy

The mystery behind who was trying to kill Ember was a bit predictable. I knew straight away who it was when they were introduced. There were other things going on though that weren't as predictable. You were kept second guessing what was actually going on. The reason I reduced a star was because I felt the ending was very rushed. I felt like the author realized she only had a small space left to write and tried to cram everything in to the last two chapters. When the book ended I was left with so many unanswered questions and felt that there was still so much not full explained. I feel that a second book is greatly needed to clear up everything with Cromwell, the Facility, and everything else. I am surprised this is a stand-alone as is wasn't wrapped up all nice and neat as I would have liked.

Although I didn't love this book as much as I love all her other books it is still a very enjoyable and gripping read that I know fellow JLA fans will love. 

1 comment :

  1. Even with a bit of predictability, this book sounds interesting. It's not the same storyline as every other book out there right now. Thanks for the review!


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