Friday, September 14, 2012

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout (GIVEAWAY! + Blog Tour)

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date:
Source: Publisher
Rating: I liked it
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 have 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.
The Skinny: While her sister creates life, a girl causes death.

After reading every book that JLA has published, I was excited to discover that she wrote a new book about a girl who has a deadly touch.  Ember must battle her instinct to protect her younger sister while accepting the help of strangers and navigating a new life that seems to be littered with secrets.

Ember is a really interesting character, and I connected to her and understood her emotions. Her fear and frustrations are understandable and her strength is admirable. She not only took care of her sister and mother but also successfully ran a household. Her dedication to her family is incredible. While I liked Ember’s character, I did not connect with Hayden. Perhaps it has something to do with JLA’s other male characters being so otherworldly and enchanting. I mean, who can compete with Daemon?

Overall, I liked Cursed and hope that the story continues. I want to know more about this world and what is really going on. JLA is so good at creating memorable characters and interesting stories. I am in awe of her talent and how she is able to juggle so many stories.

I have an extra ARC of CURSED that I would like to give to a commenter from the US.   
Just leave a way for me to contact you (Twitter, blog, etc.), and I will randomly select a winner in one week. 
Good luck! I really hope you win.


  1. You made me laugh for real - *who CAN compete with Daemon* ?!! LOVE otherworldly and enchanting male characters *swoon* ;D
    I'm all curious about the sinister adopted Father - don't you just love when the plot gets all twisted and nothing is too clear cut?!

    Anyhoo, thank you for the sweet giveaway <3
    GFC: Mary DeBorde M.A.D.
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

  2. thanks for the chance to win :)
    sstogner1 at gmail dot com

  3. I love everything Jennifer Armentrout writes! I cannot WAIT for this book! :)
    yourloveisasong(at)gmail dot com

  4. Oh, this sounds fun. I am DYING to read. Glad you liked it, but shame about Hayden not quite hitting the mark. I think it'd be kind of hard to compare with Daemon ;D

  5. oh yes I love JLA, I only just read The Lux series but have been pining for Cursed since the cover reveal months ago. Your review just makes me even more excited for it!!

    thanks for the giveaway too!!
    email: majibookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  6. I really love the Lux Series and started the Covenant one! Love her writing and would love to win! Thanks for the chance! saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

  7. I haven't read any of JLA's books yet, but I keep hearing awesome things about them!

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Escapingthroughbooks at gmail dot com

  8. This book sounds amazing! Not to mention that I love Jennifer L. Armentrout's books. Thanks for the chance to win!
    readwriteread at hotmail dot com

  9. I'd love to win your extra ARC of CURSED. Sounds like a great read!