Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
September 18th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
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.
Ember was once a regular teenage girl or as regular as a hormonal teenager can be. She had a boyfriend and friends and a life that she enjoyed. That is, until a car accident took the life of her father, crippled her mother, and left Ember to care for a little sister. Olivia is now five years old and Ember is her sole care giver. Their mother is of no use laying in her bed day after day, showing little to no sign of life. Embers has been surviving off the family savings but as she sees that it is running out, Ember is feeling the pinch. To make matters worse, Ember's ex-boyfriend now totally jerk face assaults her and touches her. Unfortunately, Ember's touch is deadly. Just touching her will drain the life out of a person. So now that she is looking death in the face she has no idea what to do and Olivia is counting on her.
Hayden Cromwell has been keeping an eye on Ember and her family for a while now. He can not help but be impressed by Ember's strength. He knows everything she's struggling with and he has his own experiences so he knows strength when he sees it. After Ember's ex dies Hayden, his father- Jonathan Cromwell, and his eclectic family steps in to help. Covering up the death, kidnapping mom and sisters, and clearing out their family home is just the start of Ember's new life.
I could not help but feel for Ember. She's just a teenager trying to keep family glued together. Everyday is a struggle especially because Olivia is a gifted child as well. But as Ember fights to understand her place and the Cromwell's place in this world she uncovers secrets, motives and intentions that could shatter or build her strength. I do not want to share too much because that'll take the fun of reading Cursed for yourself.
All in all, Cursed is a fun YA novel. I am a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan and at this point I will read anything by her- grocery list included. Although Cursed is not my favorite of her series it is still a good read for YA lovers.
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