by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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.
Jennifer Armentrout is an Author that won my heart the moment I opened Obsidian ( Book #1 in the Lux series ) I then went on to read EVERY book I could find of hers. And loved them all. They were all so unique, and full of ideas I hadn’t really touched on much in YA.
That was a bit of what let me down with Cursed The “touch of death” theme is something I have seen multiple times. There were a few unique aspects to the story that I enjoyed and held me through, but in the back of my head I kept thinking ” read it, read it, read it. “
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed Cursed. 3 stars is NOT a bad rating. It just wasn’t as amazing as I wanted.
Things that I liked about Cursed were:
The characters! Ember was such a strong character and person. Having gone what she has, and SURVIVING, holding on and still fighting for a good life for her and her sister, it’s a trait I love to see in YA books.
Her sister Oliva was freaking ADORABLE. I mean really.. I feel for Ember..How do you say ” no, you can’t raise your dead hampster Squeaky back from the dead.” to a face like that!
– I was heartbroken that Oliva wasn’t more present in the story. She was always in the background, and topic of conversation, But I feel like she wasn’t actually ACTIVE in the story as much as I would have liked.
Then there was Hayden … ooh Hayden >.< I feel like I was able to feel Ember’s emotions right along with her. You can’t help but fall for Hayden.. but there is always a little bit of.. hesitation. With good reason!
I also really enjoyed the pacing in this story, starts out light, and gradually grows to an explosive ending!
My only real problem was that I couldn’t get over the ” read it ” feeling. But not everyone may feel that way! I do recommend Cursed, as I would recommend ANY Jennifer Armentrout books. I would just say if you have already read some “touch of death” stories, be a bit wary.. but if it interests you? GO FOR IT.