Publisher: Spencer Hill PressRelease Date: 18 September 2012Format: PaperbackSeries: UnknownSource: BEA 2012Dying sucks...and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister broug...
Publisher: Spencer Hill PressRelease Date: 18 September 2012Format: PaperbackSeries: UnknownSource: BEA 2012Dying 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 absolutely love Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing! Obsidian was the first book I read by her, and I have been an Armentrout Addict ever since. I am able to read through the pages effortlessly, and I am always intrigued by the story and the characters. Cursed wasn't any different. I felt like I knew Ember inside and out. I knew what she was feeling, thinking, seeing, and it transferred over to me. I felt, thought, and saw what she did. It was like I was living through her, instead of reading about her. That is a good book.I love Ember's personality. She is fiercely protective of her family and Adam. She sacrifices all of her wants and needs to make sure they are taken care of. She also isn't one of those characters that gets thrown into a skeevy situation and just accepts it. She remains cautious and untrusting, and that's how normal people would respond to a crazy situation. Armentrout doesn't let the fact that her characters can do abnormal things take away from the reality of their lives. They are still human, they still need the basics from life, and they live in a normal world. I love that she can combine paranormal and contemporary so easily.Hayden is a delicious treat that Armentrout has so graciously given to us on a platter. He's gorgeous, and has an unflinching loyalty to Ember. He's there for her when her world is turned upside down, and she has no idea which people she can trust. He cares about her in every way possible, and he's always willing to do what he can to help. He doesn't even seemed phased by her touch of death. That is a good friend.The other characters have strong traits of their own, but I am more interested in their histories. We know a little about Hayden's past, but what about the twins? Gabe? I want to know why Cromwell chose to take them in instead of sending them to the Facility. I want to know what makes them so special in his eyes, and how they got to where they are. Armentrout said this book was going to be a standalone with the possibility of becoming a series. I really hope she decides to make it a series! I would love to know more about the world she has created.
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