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Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

September 17th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Source: Received for review

Publication date: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

I fell in love with Jennifer’s Lux series and the second book in her Covenant series got me hooked so I was looking forward to reading Cursed.  Sadly I was a little disappointed.  It was by no means a bad book but it was probably my least favorite of the books I’ve read from Jennifer so far.  While reading it I kept having this feeling of X-Men re-visited with Ember reminding me of a Rogue-like character.  There was that same tension of her feelings for a guy and yet never being able to even touch much less kiss him without killing him or putting him or seriously harm him.

Hayden was sweet but never truly grabbed me and made me fall in love with him.  The supporting characters like the other residents of the mansion (again reminding me of the X-Men academy for mutants) were interesting and grabbed me enough that I wish we learned more about them and that they played a more active part.

The story was interesting and though the main bad guy was pretty obvious there were a few twists along the way that surprised me.  Again nothing that blew me away but nothing horrible either.  So really overall not a bad book but everything could have been taken up another level and was missing the chemistry and zing that in present in Jennifer’s other series.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Chauntelle

    Thanks for the review. When reading your review at first, the plot made me think of Rogue for X-men too!

  2. Chauntelle

    I meant Rogue “from” X-men. Bad grammar Tuesday.

  3. [email protected]

    We pretty much agree on this book. I posted my review yesterday as well, and we said some of the same things. Her other books were just a lot better that I had bigger expectations. It’s easy to see that this was one of her first novels. But I still enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

  4. Bookluvr Mindy

    I’m behind on Jennifer’s books! I can hardly believe that she’s able to produce books so quickly! I’ve heard a lot of positive things about this one. I still need to read the latest book of the Covenant series and I still haven’t read the Lux books. *sigh*

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