- Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
- Format: Hardback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 231mm x 25mm | 658g
- Publication date: 18 September 2012
- Publication City/Country: Contoocook
- ISBN 10: 0983157278
- ISBN 13: 9780983157274
- Sales rank: 116,202
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.
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By Suzanne Finnegan 05 Oct 2012
Cursed is my first book by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I've been told that this isn't one of her best, and yet I'm impressed. So I really look forward to picking up books in her other series.
Ember was killed in a car crash, which also killed her dad. But her younger sister Olivia, who has a very special gift, brought her back to life. Now, Ember's touch is toxic, a touch of her skin can kill any human, animal, plant almost instantly. So she makes sure she's always covered up, wearing gloves and long sleeves, which also hide the scars on her arms. At school, she's now known as a freak, with Adam, being her only friend.
Ever since the accident, her mother has been practically catatonic and Ember has had to take over the care of Olivia, and look after the home and finances.
Soon after meeting the mysterious Hayden at the library, she's attacked in her home and wakes up in a strange house. Olivia and her mother are also there. And so is Hayden. Him, and all the other residents of the house are also gifted.
Like I said earlier, this is my first JLA book, but it definitely won't be my last. Curse had perfect pace, fantastic characters, a brilliant storyline and an appealing writing style.
Ember was lovely. She did a really great job of taking care of her sister and herself for the last couple of years and she was so devoted to Olivia. And yet, she thought that she was bad and evil and had no soul. I enjoyed the relationship she had with Hayden and I thought some of their earlier "moments" together were really sweet. There was an insta love kind of feeling from Hayden but I felt it played out well, as he'd been watching Ember for a long time and felt like he knew her.
The rest of the gifteds in the house don't like Ember, and think Jonathan Cromwell, the head of the house, and Mayor of the town, should send her away before she kills someone and exposes them. I felt that Ember dealt with it all admirably considering the state of mind she was already in, having woken up in a strange house with her old life completely gone, showing her strength of character.
Unfortunately, I did find Cursed quite predictable as I managed to work out the bad guy, his gift and his methods almost immediately.
Cursed ended nicely, with no cliffhanger, thank goodness. I'm not sure if there's going to be a sequel, but if there is, I'll definitely be picking it up.
By Katherine Kaynak 27 Aug 2012
Jennifer's done it again! This is an amazing, riveting page-turner. I love being able to read her books early at Spencer Hill Press.
By Darla 02 Jul 2012
Ember is alive after a major car accident. It wasn't some miracle she survived, but because her little sister Olivia brought her back from the dead. Just like the several animals since then. Either as a by-product of being brought back to life or something else, Ember now can not touch another living thing. If she does that living plant, animal, or person dies within seconds of touching her.
Before the accident, Ember was a popular girl with the jock boyfriend, but the accident changed her. She is permanently scarred. Scars run along her arms, chest, and stomach. On top of the scars that she hides under her clothes, her once brown eyes are now a pale blue. Nearly everyone at school avoids her, whispers freak and other things as she walks the halls. Her one and only friend is Adam, who treats her like she is normal. Her one friend in the world.
On top of being a social outcast, killing people with a touch, Ember also has to take care of Olivia. Their mother has mentally checked out since the accident. She just sits around or sleeps all day. She does not acknowledge Ember and believes that she is dead.
After a horrible incident, Ember and Olivia are relocated to a large home in West Virginia by Jonathan Cromwell who finds and relocates gifted kids to his home, where he can give them a better life and help them control their gifts.
Within a day, everything Ember knows is pulled out from under her. She is to stay at this house, it's good for her and for Olivia. I had serious suspicions about Cromwell in the beginning of the book. Everything was a bit too perfect and all the perfectness was pushed onto Ember, even though the majority of the house did not want her there.
The other kids make it clear that they do not like Ember and wish that she would just make it easier on everyone and leave. Ember, being the responsible big sister would rather be dragged out of the house than leave without Olivia.
Moving to a new town, Ember had to start at a new school. Within the first week of school, someone started leaving unwelcome surprises in her locker. I was seriously surprised when we discovered who was behind the gifts in the locker, I totally would have pegged it as someone else.
On top of the unwelcome gifts in the locker, Ember learns that the accident that killed her father and herself, may not have been an accident. Someone wanted Olivia and they were willing to do whatever it took to get her.
The only nice person in the house is Hayden. Hayden who is nice and somehow believes that he is more dangerous than Ember could ever be, the girl who can kill with a touch. I really liked Hayden, he was willing to help Ember when she had no one else. To do simple things like talk to her and not treat her like a freak amongst a house of gifted kids. He was also determined to help Ember get control of her gift.
Watching Ember go from the girl who would not meet anyone's eyes as she walked the halls to a girl who realized she truly had a gift was really enjoyable. Cursed is quite different from Jennifer Armentrout's other books, but it's a great change of pace. I totally loved Dead Hamster Girl.
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. So