Review: Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout


“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 no 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.”
Thanks to BookBridgr and Hodder and Stoughton for the copy! 🙂
The most I can say about Cursed is that it’s ok. Nothing in it really surprised me, it fell kind of flat, to be honest. I’d guessed things a long time before they were revealed, the romance seemed entirely based on lust, and I didn’t connect well with Ember.
My favourite character was Phoebe, purely because she had some depth. Olivia was very well done but I felt like her storyline was unresolved. Ember was just ok. Hayden was just ok.
As for the plot, well it started off great, went through a boring patch in the middle, and then picked up a bit again at the end. The best part was the opening few chapters. There wasn’t enough explanation for some things and other things were mentioned and then just left.
The writing style… It’s hard to explain what I thought here… The images in my head were vivid and somewhat immersive, and there were a few lines I really liked. On the other hand, it isn’t the best-written book ever. And there were a few lines or words that made me cringe. There were some uncomfortable parts, for sure.
This book reminds me of something I might have watched as a TV series in the afternoons as a child. Not a particular show, but just the general feel. Kind of juvenile, the dangers don’t feel all that threatening etc.
You may want to check this one out if you like the idea of kids with superpowers, but there are any amount of books I’d recommend first.
Quality of Writing: 2 out of 5
Enjoyment Level: 2 out of 5
Emotional Depth: 3 out of 5
[Goodreads Rating: 2 out of 5 ]
*Plus kudos for being a standalone! [Standalones are rare and precious beasts!]
Other JLA Reviews from Shelf of Melanie: Obsidian [Lux #1] and Half-Blood [Covenant #1]
Have you read this one? What did you think? If not, is it on your TBR?

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