Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from library
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Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

 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 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 is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.

My Thoughts

Oh my gosh, Jennifer L. Armentrout is such a fun storyteller!  I absolutely love her Lux series, so I knew I had to read Cursed as soon as it was released.  And let me just say, I was not disappointed!

Armentrout is wonderful as creating really interesting characters, but characters that I also like and care about.  I’ve mentioned before that I rarely enjoy a book if I don’t like the MC.  Whether that is a fault on my end or not, it doesn’t change the way I feel about books.  Anyway, I really liked Ember (even if she has kind of a silly name – no offense to anyone named Ember 🙂 ).

Ember has a pretty rough life.  He father died in a car crash . . . along with Ember.  But her very young sister (who can bring back the dead with a touch) saved Ember.  But now, anything living (animals, people, plants) Ember touches dies.  To top it all off, Ember has become pretty much the sole provider for her little sister because her mom is having difficulties dealing with her husband’s death.

Ember has so much on her shoulders, but what I love about her, is that she isn’t too mopey.  She is tough, and she does what she needs to, which is more than I would be able to do in her shoes.  And not being too mopey, I think, makes it hit home for the reader even more.  I don’t know if that makes sense, but I hope it does.

And, of course, there is a boy.  Hayden is nothing like Daemon Black from Armentrout’s Lux series, and I loved that!  Don’t get me wrong, I L-O-V-E Daemon, but I am glad to see Armentrout can create another swoonworthy boy that does not have the same personality as Daemon.  Because really, there can only be one Daemon.  But Hayden is an interesting guy, and you can tell, right from the bat, that Hayden and Ember would be good together.  If they could just work through the whole no-touching thing 🙂

Now, there is a sort of mystery to this story, and I’m not gonna lie.  I could tell who the “bad guy” was the moment we met said “bad guy.”  I don’t think the “twist” will surprise anyone, but I don’t think that really matters.  Overall, I would say this book is a romance, and those looking for lots of romance-y things will not be disappointed.

Fans of the Lux series should definitely look into this one.  If for nothing else, it will help hold you over until December, when Opal is released.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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1 Response to Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. Oh this sounds like a win for me. I used to loooove Pushing Daisies. Romance is always good too! Nice review Quinn!

    Btw, I commented on your Decked With Holly post too 🙂 I think I love Teen Idol and Christmas so much I never should have picked that one up!

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