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By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Format of Review Copy: Paperback
Synopsis (from Amazon):
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 blow 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.
Lets see if I can review this one without giving out too many spoilers. =)
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout is about a girl named Ember. Ember died. Her little sister, Olivia, has the power to bring things back from the dead, and so she did. Unfortunately, when Ember came back, she came back with the ability to kill everything she touches. Think – Anna Paquin in Xmen, she even wears gloves to avoid contact etc. So, here we have two sisters: one with the power of life – and one with the power of death. Enter the mysterious boy, and the mansion for “gifted” children. Yes, it went there. LOL… and a mystery that must be solved before its too late.
Now, all XMen references aside…
According to my reading updates, I did end up liking this. The book took a little over a hundred pages to actually get me hooked into the story, which in my opinion is a long time for such a short book…
and this is the thing…. Even though: I didn’t really like the main character, I hated the “love” line in the story. I felt like the story had been done before and much MUCH better…
I still ended up liking it.
What is that about?
I can see why Jennifer L Armentrout has such die-hard fans. There is just something about the writing “style” that is smooth and easy. The story, even though it was tried (and if Im being honest… been done much MUCH better), just kind of FLOWED. I know, I know… “flowed” is such a typical “review” thing to say. Its true though, I can’t think of another way to word it.
There was mystery, and I didn’t get bored with it. There was romance, and I didn’t want to throw up at it. There was a broody main character (think Bella, bluh…) but I didn’t want to slap her. So, what the heck? This book actually had everything I hate about YA – and still.. STILL… I am going to tell you to read it. *shrugs*
I guess sometimes a story can just be a story – and it will be told and it will entertain… flaws and all.