Review: Cursed

Title: Cursed
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Summary and Cover:
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. boy. To be honest, I haven't been able to really collect my thoughts about this book completely. Please note that I love Jennifer and will continue to read anything she publishes.

I have loved Jennifer's two series so far and I was dying to get my hands on this one. I anticipated it to be an amazing read. I was really kind of let down.

Ember, our main character, never seemed to amount to much. She was not a kick-butt heroine, a sympathetic character, nothing, nada, zilch. She just came off as a whiny teenager.

Hayden sounded like a Hottie McHotstuff, but also a creeper. He was "fascinated" by Ember and her strong qualities, but the way that they finally connected...argh! She decided to trust him because he was hot.

I was also very disappointed in the way that Ember just pretty much ignored her sister once they were at the house. Her sister was happy, so Ember was miserable? Whiny teenager...

The twist was a woohoo moment for me, though! The ick stuff in her locker. Finding out who it was and why. Then finding out the true villain and why. Yes!!! I think if the book was less of Ember killing plants and constantly moaning and groaning, I could have enjoyed this book a bit more.

Sooo, with that said...

My Rating:
Just 3 Mickeys. CURSED was just an OK read for me. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.

CURSED also satisfies part of the StandAlone Reading Challenge


  1. I really enjoyed Cursed - considering that Ember is a teen that went through and was continuing to go through so much, I cut her some slack on the whining, lol! Otherwise, I agree - the plot is really good.
    Great review :)

  2. Yay for the 2012 SARC! Thanks so much for signing up for the 2013 SARC, Lisa, you are such an awesome, active participant in this year's challenge!