September 18th 2012
By Spencer Hill Press
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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.
Let me start of by saying, I expected more out of this book. I was really excited about this book and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. But once I picked it up, I had a hard time staying into the story. I found myself putting down and having a hard time to pick it back up. I just didn't buy into the plot at all.
I felt the way Ember ended up with Hayden and his father was poorly constructed. Allow me to explain. I never expected Ember to receive the news of her new residence without taking immediate action to remove herself and her sister from there. Moving along, Ember did keep her guard up but I felt since she has this gift she could have used it to her advantage. But as things became more complicated, she became more weak. Sadly, I can't explain much more of this because I'll be spoiling it.
Putting aside the fact that I'm not buying the whole change of new residence, I feel that Ember tried her best to find out the truth about the accident that changed her life. Armentrout did throw you a little twist that I didn't really expect. So that was good. I did like the relationship between Hayden and Ember. He was the only one there that wasn't attacking her. I also liked Olivia who is Ember's little sister. She's a sweet little girl who doesn't really understand what's going on around her. And it's best it stays that way.
Overall, this book deserves a 3.5 stars because when chaos erupted, I was well intrigued. Armentrout did her job to give us an interesting story to read. I just have my own thoughts about certain aspects of the book. Maybe I expected more from Cursed. And though I didn't like this book as much as I hoped. I'll definitely continue the series and pick up other book of hers.Which I read raving reviews about and I am looking forward to reading her other work. As for Cursed, I recommend this book to fans of X-Men and fans of Shatter Me. Check it out and tell me what you think of it.