Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Saskia Maarleveld (Narrator)
Published August 25th, 2014 by Tantor Audio
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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. Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things-including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming that Ember's 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 weird even her out. When Ember learns that the accident that turned her into a freak may not have 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 gets to losing not only her heart but her life. For real this time.

My thoughts…

Ember died two years before in a car accident with her dad. Her little sister, Olivia, brought her back to life with her gifted touch. Since the accident Ember also has developed a gift with her touch, or a curse, everything she touches that is living dies.

For two years Ember has lived with scars covering her body, blue eye’s instead of brown like before and doing her best to avoid human interaction, all while trying to raise her little sister. Since the accident her mother has been despondent and doesn’t speak to anyone. Her father’s insurance money is running low and Ember is trying to make ends meet.

When Hayden shows up out of nowhere, he tells Ember that he can help her learn how to control her gift. She's more than interested, but she can’t find herself to trust Hayden’s adopted father, Jonathon, and the rest of Hayden’s gift family members.

Jonathon brings Ember, Olivia and their mother to his home and it is obvious that Jonathon is only interest in Olivia and her gift, Olivia couldn’t be happier with all the new toys and all the attention. Ember is a different story though, because of her touch, none of the other family members, besides Hayden wants her there at their home. I felt bad for Ember having to live in a home where she isn't wanted and being told daily that she should just leave.

Ember is drawn to Hayden, sparks fly between these two, but she wonders if she can trust him with his obvious devotion to his father. Hayden was very patience with Ember in helping her control her gift, he was the sweetest and I enjoyed his character very much.

Embers finds out that the accident that killed her and her father may not have been an accident at all but was a deliberate plan to get Olivia and her special gift. She is determined to find out the truth about what really happened and to protect Olivia.

I must admit that Cursed was not one of my favorite books by Jennifer L. Armentrout. After reading this, I was left with a lot of unanswered questions regarding Ember’s mother. I also didn’t care for the ending, it felt rushed and then it was tied all together in cute bow. I don’t regret reading, it’ just wasn’t a favorite.

Happy Reading -J 


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