Rating within series: N/A
Individual rating: 3.7/5
Series rating: N/A
This time, I’m going to be reviewing the Book ‘Cursed’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Armentrout is currently one of my favorite authors after I fell in love with Daemon from her Lux series. I’m slowly reading through all of her books, so don’t be surprised if you see more reviews regarding her books!
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…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.
If there is one thing that I can consistently count on from Armentrout, it’s a killer love story with a sexy and mysterious bad boy for the male main character. She didn’t disappoint. Hayden was buckets of hotness wrapped up in a nice little bow. The romance was very cliche and mostly predictable, but I have to admit that I am a sucker for the ‘bad boy enamored with girl next door’ storylines. Ember was fabulous and I loved every aspect of her personality. She wasn’t a pushover, she had a backbone, and she was able to take care of herself and her five year old sister, Olivia. Ember had to figure out how to take care of her family while dealing with the fact that her sister could bring things back to life, her mother didn’t acknowledge anyone’s existence, and she could kill by touching someone. She was mature, witty, and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind which did lead to some awkward encounters, but it worked out for her in the end.
The story Armentrout decided to tell was brilliant. I loved the idea of it. Having the ability to kill people with a single touch is fascinating, and all the other supernatural abilities were neat, too. She stayed away from writing about the typical supernatural gifts, and didn’t shy away from the negatives to having the abilities as well. I loved the diversity of both the gifts and the characters, and how well she shaped personalities around the specific person’s gift. Armentrout has a way of making the characters so relatable that when I was reading, I felt like I could actually feel what Ember was feeling.
Overall, it wasn’t executed as well as I was hoping for. Knowing Armentrout’s writing, I am very familiar with how much it relies on the romance, but I felt that this was even too much romance, which I never thought I’d be saying! I felt that it should have been slightly in the background, while the main plot with the Facility, Assimilation (which was barely skimmed through), and the relation between the mystery person who wanted her dead and the Cromwell’s should have been both better explained and more integrated into the book. I felt that this could have been a short series of possibly one or two more additional books that delve deeper into it. We were left with what felt like a lot of questions at the end without a possibility for answers, and it bothered me because Armentrout usually does a good job at resolving issues.
I do recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of Armentrout’s, and I recommend it for people who want a decent romance book. If you’re looking for a book that has more action and adventure, I wouldn’t say this one is for you just because of how much of the plot relies on the relationship between the two main characters, Hayden and Ember.
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary, Romance
Author: Jennifer Armentrout