Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review: Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout

Cursed 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.
Publishes in US: Sept 18th 2012
Source: Spencerhill for honest review
Jennifer says it's currently a stand-alone with series potential
Part of the JLA Summer Blog Tour

Blkosiner's Book Blog review
      I know that you've heard me go on and on about how great the writing of Jennifer Armentrout is... and big surprise here: I LOVED this book too. (Links go to my reviews of Obsidian and Half-Blood)
      Jennifer has this gift for writing books that make me swoon, fan myself, make sure my husband isn't reading over my shoulder and admire the main character for being awesomesauce.
      Cursed is a bit different from Obsidian and Half-Blood meaning no gods, aliens or apple throwing, but it is still captivating. One plus is that it is currently a stand-alone so we get a wrapped up ending that doesn't make me want to pull my hair out because I need more Aiden/Seth/Daemon... Although I do miss Hayden, and definitely wouldn't mind seeing more of him... And more of Ember's adventures of course.
      While I totally understood where Ember was coming from and I felt for her, there were times that I just wanted to whisper some sense into her ears. But then I guess the book wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining. Given if I were in some of the situations she was in, I would probably threaten to unleash my deadly touch on them too. That aside, I really enjoyed being in Ember's head. She was so selfless and it was great to be in her head and watch all of the interactions with her little sister Olivia. It was emotional everything that the girls had to deal with, and the guilt and fear that Ember carried around on a daily basis. I can't even imagine having to avoid touching others and it being a life or death situation.
     Cursed features quite a few characters and while all of them were not immediately likable, in fact rather suspicious, they still added to the story. There were all kinds of special gifts and powers, and it felt like a teenage X-men moment going on there, with the JLA twist and a much hotter love interest.
     There was always action or emotional issues to keep the plot moving and keep me on the edge of my bed wanting more.
     Bottom line: Intense, both emotionally, romantically and in action. Great characters and love the premise.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would it drive you crazy not to be able to touch someone?
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  1. Oh girl, I so feel you! I read Obsidian and it was just all over for me. I totally fell head over heels for the series. Now I'm just sitting here tapping my feet, and waiting for the next one. I'm not sure how much longer I can wait. :) Thanks for letting me know about this one. Sounds swoon-worhty for sure.

  2. I like books where the characters aren't always lovable, so I was glad to read your review of this one.

    As to touching . . . yes it would be terrible not to touch or be touched by others. In fact, there's data that confirms touch-deprivation causes depression and other ill side effects.

  3. I've heard about this book and I've never tried the author before. I'm looking to start with her other alien series because I heard somebody call this book more for the "die-hard" fans, but it does sound interesting.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it so much, it's always nice to find a book like that! :)

  4. I've only heard awesome things about this book :)

    Thanks for stopping by my WOW .

  5. I've heard so many amazing things about this author! I bought Obsidian recently, but I still have to read it! Cursed sounds so good as well! The first review I saw was a bit negative and I'm so happy you loved it!

    Helene @ Helene's World of Books

  6. Shatter Me with a realistic twist? I'll take it. And it's a thriller too-booyah! Thanks for a great WoW. I'll have to add Cursed to my to-read list!

    The Inkie's WoW

  7. Liked Obsidian but haven't read any more of her books. I will when I get a chance and this one sounds really good!

  8. I did not read your review cupcake, well except for the first paragraph and your question. I am reviewing this for the release day tour and want my thoughts to be fresh. First I am thrilled that you loved it..cause I <3 JLA. Second I would wither without touch. I am a huger, cudler etc.

  9. It would definitely drive me crazy to be unable to touch someone. I really need to read something by JLA.

  10. I haven't read any of Jennifer L. Armentrout's books, great things are always said about them and it seems that this one holds up as well! Great review.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  11. Although I didn't enjoy this as much as JLAs other books it was very entertaining. I felt bad for Ember not being able to touch anyone. This did have sort of and X-Men feel to it. Great review. Glad to see you enjoyed this too. :)

  12. I'm so happy that you love it!! :) I cannot wait to read this one as Jennifer is one of my fave authors! Only week or so left util this book is released! :)
    Great review!

  13. Wow, Cursed sounds amazing! I've read and loved Obsidian so I can't wait to read this one, especially since it's got such a cool concept!
    Great review Brandi! :)

  14. Yay! A fellow book blogger! (Good review!) ::High five::


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