Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I received a signed copy of Jennifer Armentrout's Cursed last spring at BEA.  It has been sitting on my shelf and every time I picked it up to read, a blog tour or something else came up.  So now, as part of the Taking Control of Your To Be Read Pile Challenge, I have finally gotten to read it.  Here's the blurb 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'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.
I really enjoyed this book but it was HELL to read.  I hate bullies in all their forms and Ember faces so many of them.  You just want to cry for her and all the unfairness in her life.  It's really emotional.  Ember is a teenage girl trying her hardest to help her mother make her way back to the land of the living and to keep her sister out of the foster care system.  It is hard to watch Olivia interact with Ember in some scenes because a 5 year old has no understanding of how their behavior can hurt others.  Everything Ember does is for Olivia.  She comes to find out though that things aren't always as they seem and sometimes, family aren't to be trusted.  All of the characters at Cromwell manor take some getting used to but Parker was easily my favorite.  They all have been dealt a difficult hand but that doesn't excuse their behavior.  Hayden was a lovely character because he was not perfect.  He had flaws and I love when a love interest is shown as being REAL.  All of Jennifer's books are great and this one is no exception.

You can click here to add Cursed to your Goodreads.  Jennifer L. Armentrout can be found on her website, her blog and on Twitter.  I give Cursed 4 Fairies for a unique and interesting story that tore me apart and built me back up.

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