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Cursed Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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".Read more ›
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.
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 know...you'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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
***I received this book as a gift
The dialogue is fresh, fun, and hysterical, fueled by tons of emotion and wit. Read more
I really enjoyed this book. The story is so compelling and while I am starting to be too old to enjoy a good teen novel anymore, this book happily read multiple times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angelfishu
I thought this book was really good!!! It warped me in and brought a lot of emotions with it..
I felt so much for the main character, Ember, and what she had to go through and... Read more
this had many twists and turns telling of how the main character and her sister got there special gifts... and the boy that she fell in love with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Denise Sherman
Great story. It has a suspenseful and emotional plot. I love the characters. I am a big fan of Jennifer Armentrout, but this was the first book where I felt dissatisfied at the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adrianna C.
I'd really like to give this 3 1/2 stars, but I don't know if there is a way to do that. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Hayden and Ember, but it frustrated me that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Snarr
This is such a great book, now my favorite. I re-read it all the time. Everything about it was perfect, but I wish there was a second book after it.Published 6 months ago by JMH
I liked this one because it was different from the other series of hers I had read.Published 6 months ago by Tiffany
I got really caught up in the mysterious atmosphere of this story, but the main love interest is very annoying and stalkerish.Published 6 months ago by B. Seawell