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Cursed [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Armentrout
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A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war? Learn more | See more teen and young adult books

Book Description

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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Gr 7 Up-It's been two years since the fatal car accident that changed high-school senior Ember McWilliams forever. The accident claimed her father's life but took hers as well. Her gifted younger sister, Olivia, was able to bring her back from the dead, but at a price. Ember possesses the touch of death and believes she is cursed and destined to be alone. Once popular and outgoing, she is now a recluse, ridiculed at school and called a freak by her classmates. Caring for a catatonic mother and a five-year-old sibling, she is nearing her breaking point when a handsome stranger appears. Hayden Cromwell reveals that there are others with "special abilities" and offers help. After an "incident," Ember and her family are whisked away to live with the Cromwells, where only Olivia is accepted. Mistrusted, her only friend is Hayden, who works with her to control her powers. The two become inseparable and, as their relationship intensifies, Ember discovers information that leads her to question Mr. Cromwell, the accident, her mother's illness, and her own safety. Armentrout puts a fresh twist on this occult tale, creating a paranormal setting that has the right mix of suspense, mystery, romance, and adventure. Gripping characters with an X-Men feel drive the plot, leaving readers wondering who is innocent and who is guilty. This stand-alone novel with the potential for sequels is sure to be a hit.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

#1 New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. Well, mostly. She spends her time reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories... therefore explaining her dismal grades in math.

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  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983157278
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CZICQ8
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great JLA book! September 17, 2012
My favorite part of romance novels is the tension and build-up, and Jennifer L. Armentrout writes it like no one else. In my opinion, she is the queen of romantic paranormal YA fiction. In a few short months, I have devoured every one of her books, starting with Obsidian and the Covenant series -- and now with Cursed, she has hooked me again. She just loves to frustrate us readers by erecting barriers - whether society rules and taboos, or in this case, physical issues - which keep young lovers apart. But, that frustration only fuels the fire of romance and keeps us reading to find out how it will all work out (and we know it has to, because YA/paranormal or not, they are all still romance novels at heart!).

Cursed brings us into the world of Ember McWilliams, a high school senior who was killed in a car accident two years ago, and then miraculously brought back to life by the special touch of her younger sister, Olivia. But, that event apparently awakened her own "gift" -- killing anything living she touches. What she thinks of as a curse, has made her an outsider with very few friends and an obvious lack of a love life. Enter Hayden Cromwell. A mysterious boy with a "gift" of his own who promises refuge and help controlling her gift. He gives her hope that maybe she doesn't have to be quite so alone in this world...but only if she can trust him. Which means trusting his family, who may or may not have had a role in the accident that caused her father's death and brought upon her curse.

The beginning of Cursed starts out a bit slow, even though there are some fairly interesting events that occur right away, I found it a bit difficult to get into because Ember's world just seemed so bleak, and it just kept getting bleaker. Ember herself describes it accurately as "desolation".
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of money December 27, 2012
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This was a terrible book. The premise wasn't bad. She kills people when she touches them. Okay, I could see that being interesting. However, that is the only good thing about the book. The main character, Ember, is whiny, unintelligent, and irresponsible. The emotional plot twists and turns were not well developed and weren't believable. Still, I could have dealt with all this if it weren't for the "hero."
Hayden confesses to watching Ember, following her around for two years before she even knows he exists. For some reason, Ember finds this attractive. I have something to say about this. Stalkers are not hot. They're creepy. Teen novel writers need to get that in their heads. None of this "he pays so much attention to me because he loves me" and "he can't bear to be away from me" BS. Stalkers. Are. Not. Hot. Hayden is an overbearing creep who conspires with his family to kidnap Ember and her sister and hold them against their will. Not hot.
I do not recommend this book. The characters were unlikable and underdeveloped, the plot too sudden and unbelievable, and the overall quality of writing was poor. Also, it was way overpriced. I could buy a book ten times better for a tenth of the price. It was a waste of money.
I give it 1 1/2 stars.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NO November 5, 2012
I'm a giant fan of Jennifer Armentrout so when I got this in the mail, I was ecstatic! Sadly, I was disappointed, although I'm pretty sure I'm the only to feel that way. Cursed wasn't as stunning as Jennifer's other series, but it was pretty good anyways.

Character wise, I didn't like Ember. Even when proof was thrown in front of her face, she insisted that it was all a) a dream or b) a hallucination/lie. She had this atmosphere of distrust and despair that irked me a lot. Also, I feel like she had a multiple personality disorder. Yeah. Psycho, then emotional, then normal. Rinse and repeat As the book progressed, so did her attitude and thank GOD for that. She would slowly learn to accept that "gifts" were real and she would try to control her powers. Does she succeed? I don't'll just have to find out yourself!
Hayden, our love interest...he, well, seemed typical and one of those cliché boyfriends. I'm sorry you Hayden fans! But he was a guy with an extremely powerful gift, frightneningly handsome and charming, and interested (*cough* stalking *cough*) Ember? WHAT!? It just struck a nerve reminding me of this love interest (who shall not be named) who I hated. Completely, utterly hated. Hayden just wasn't swoon-worthy to me and well, I kind of wanted to strangle him. Although I'm sure Ember would kill me.

Speaking of, the romance. I'm kind of deciding whether it was good or bad. The romance wasn't insta-love...actually, I'm deciding on that too. Hayden seemed to go insta-lovey from what we read and although Ember didn't, I found it disturbing that she wasn't more wary of some guy who had unnatural powers who was basically stalking her. And even when she was a bit wary, it lasted aabout half a day and she forgave him because he was charming and handsome.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I know that you've heard me go on and on about how great the writing of Jennifer Armentrout is... and big surprise here: I LOVED this book too.
Jennifer has this gift for writing books that make me swoon, fan myself, make sure my husband isn't reading over my shoulder and admire the main character for being awesomesauce.
Cursed is a bit different from Obsidian and Half-Blood meaning no gods, aliens or apple throwing, but it is still captivating. One plus is that it is currently a stand-alone so we get a wrapped up ending that doesn't make me want to pull my hair out because I need more Aiden/Seth/Daemon... Although I do miss Hayden, and definitely wouldn't mind seeing more of him... And more of Ember's adventures of course.
While I totally understood where Ember was coming from and I felt for her, there were times that I just wanted to whisper some sense into her ears. But then I guess the book wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining. Given if I were in some of the situations she was in, I would probably threaten to unleash my deadly touch on them too. That aside, I really enjoyed being in Ember's head. She was so selfless and it was great to be in her head and watch all of the interactions with her little sister Olivia. It was emotional everything that the girls had to deal with, and the guilt and fear that Ember carried around on a daily basis. I can't even imagine having to avoid touching others and it being a life or death situation.
Cursed features quite a few characters and while all of them were not immediately likable, in fact rather suspicious, they still added to the story. There were all kinds of special gifts and powers, and it felt like a teenage X-men moment going on there, with the JLA twist and a much hotter love interest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cursed
Frusturating! If I could sum this book in one word. The only reason that I'm giving it two stars is that the start of the book showed a lot of promise, too bad it failed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by heather
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I wanted a quick read, not a series, and by Jennifer. It misses a lot of the great work many of her other stories has and Hayden didn't have enough give for me as a reader. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Play reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Epic!!!!
This book was absolutely amazing! I have reread it more than once and can't seem to get this sweet couple out of my head. J. really knows how to write
Published 1 month ago by David B Hogge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 1 month ago by Jena M
3.0 out of 5 stars As much as I wanted to like this book
As much as I wanted to like this book, I just couldn't do it. The premise is that Ember died in a car accident and her sister who has magical ability, brought her back to life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Counselor Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Cursed
5 stars - loved the story line. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone loving a mystery, romance and supernatural powers
Published 1 month ago by shirley nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted Win
When I first started this book I was intrigued. The further I read, the more hooked I became. It's a mystery with romance and some extremely unique gifted individuals who are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by julsluvs2read
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
really loved this book! A great book to get caught up in and lose the day! Worth the 5 stars!
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Marie Broz
4.0 out of 5 stars x-men like, but not
story was interesting and def written well. I liked the challenges that the characters faced. if u take out the sci fi part, it's what many people in tough situations can go... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book :)
Published 2 months ago by Melissa Ferrigno
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.

When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) the Lux Series (Entangled Teen) and the upcoming YA Don't Look Back (2014) and untitled YA (Fall 2014) from Disney/Hyperion. She is also published with Harlequin Teen and HarperCollins.

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