Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Edition: Hardcover, 288 Pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published Date: September 18, 2012
My Rating: .5/5
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.
Date Read: January 2, 2013
Quite a few things happened while I was reading Cursed, the first and foremost being that I had to find my box of Kleenex very early on. I feel like I should explain that I very rarely cry, especially while reading that I can say it has been a few years since I have read something that brought tears to my eyes. Armentrout has skillz, y’all!
When we first meet Ember, we see a teenager caring for her young sister while her mother remains catatonic and locked up in her room. Ember has one friend and a slew of bullies at school to call her own. She is so cut-off from everyone that I instantly felt her desperation, as well as her need to take care of things and make sure her sister had everything she needed.
Someone’s Ember’s age shouldn’t have to do what she did to survive and yet she did it, for an incredibly long while after their dad died. Then something terrible and completely accidental happens while Ember and her sister are at the grocery store and everything changes.
Then we meet Hayden and his father and his house full of children like Ember’s sister that reminded me of X-Men and things keep changing and that precious control Ember had over things vanishes. Her friend is harshly taken away from her and she is suddenly cut off from everything she knew, against her will. That’s the moment I cried for a character in a book, that’s when my heart ached for this young girl who had to grow up really fast.
Ember was the kinda gal I would have been friends with in school, scars and creepy eyes and all. She was strong because her life’s circumstances made her that way. I instantly connected with Ember in a way I haven’t connected with another female lead, which most likely explains the crying on my part. I really thought the way she reacted to everything that was happening was completely natural and very similar to how I would approach things.
Hayden was also my kinda guy. He was supportive and a great friend and he didn’t let outside influences change his mind about being Ember’s friend.
To be honest the plot didn’t hold many surprises, I knew who was behind everything a third of the way through, but the story had its merits. Even though the novel was a standalone, I didn’t feel like the story was rushed, not until the very end when everything started to happen at once.
As a fan of Jennifer’s, I was eager to read something of hers that I wouldn’t have to wait months for a conclusion and I was not disappointed by Cursed. And after reading Opal, one could really use a complete story.
In the end, there was only one question still left unanswered. It wasn’t something that would change the entire story, but it would have been nice to have had an answer.
If you enjoy Jennifer Armentrout’s work, you’ll be delighted in reading Cursed. The best part? Because it’s a standalone there isn’t any nail-biting cliff hanger at the end. Win!