REVIEW: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 17th July 2014
Pages: 309
Source: *Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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 with abilities even weirder than hers.

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.
A beautiful romance of protectiveness and danger. I am not a fan of the cover! I know a lot of people love it, but I really do not as I find it rather cheesy.

Ember McWilliams kills with a touch. Literally. From an accident two years ago, Ember is left to care for her little sister, who has the power to bring something and someone back from the dead, and her mother who believes Ember is dead. Ember and her remaining family are soon whisked off to a new state and home, leaving behind her old life for a new but frightening one. However, to top it all off, Ember soon realises that the car accident she died in, was not actually an accident.

Ember was a character who I really liked. She was protective of her loved ones and showed true love, affection and perseverance to look after her family. I was pleased to also see Ember did not just enter her new home not worrying about what the true motives of their stay could be, and instead investigated and contemplated their motives.

The romance in this novel felt a lot like an insta-love. I hate to say it. I truly tried to make excuses as to why it could not be. But it was. Though their relationship, I must admit, was very adorable. Their determination for Ember to gain control of her touch was wonderful to see, but also how the control over her gift was not immediate.

The plot of this novel I felt was a little slow, it was also a predictable route of the plot. But enjoyable none the less! It contained danger, suspense and emotion. I also loved the variety of their gifts, some I have never come across before in a novel so I was definitely intrigued to learn more!

This was an enjoyable novel that had an adorable romance alongside action and suspense. I am also pleased by the way it ended and was left as a standalone novel.

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