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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  6,379 ratings  ·  901 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
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Sam
In Cursed, the whole touch-of-death issue is one a few of us may have come across before. Ember McWilliams, our protagonist, has the ability to kill all living things with a single touch. Although this idea is not particularly new in young adult fiction, Jennifer L. Armentrout puts her own twist on it to deliver a fairly entertaining supernatural tale.

After having been brought back to life following the fatal car accident responsible for her father’s death, Ember is left to deal with her unrespo...more
Kate Kaynak
Jennifer's done it again! This is an amazing, riveting page-turner. And I'm lucky enough to be her editor, so I get to be one of the first to read her books!
♥Rachel♥
3.5 Stars

Ember McWilliams feels cursed. I think I would feel the same way if I had her ability. Two years ago she was in a car accident in which she died and was brought back to life by her little sister, Olivia. Ever since then her touch kills any living thing. She goes around with gloves to prevent any accidents but also to cover scars all over her arms left by the accident. As if that wasn’t enough, her normally brown eyes were turned sky blue after the accident. Ember once was a popular outg...more
Eunice
3.5 stars

Cursed is a fantastic novel that even though has a pretty common trope - the touch of death - was still able to offer something that is quite different and fresh. And although I did find it not as striking as Armentrout's first two published novels it was still a fairly entertaining read with outstanding characters and fantastic twists.

Embers suffered a lot since the accident that caused his father to die and her to have the ability of touch of death. Her mother had gone into depressio...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Cursed Review on K-Books

"Hayden was kind of drool-worthy. Okay. Not kind of. Definitely drool-worthy."

Wow, I don't even know where to start with this review. Cursed was the first book by Jennifer L Armentrout I ever heard about. It's been added to my must-have list for over a year so you can imagine my excitement when I found out I was getting it for review from the awesome Spencer Hill Press. Since hearing about (and dying to read) Cursed last year I have read all of Jennifer's other books and...more
Rachel
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Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
Between fantasy and reality


Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again. The easiness with which this woman creates fantastic stories and memorable characters really shouldn’t surprise me anymore She wrote a novel with an interesting plot, swoon worthy love interest, kick-ass heroine, a hurricane of emotions and plenty of surprises thrown our way. Again. I really look forward to any book she writes and every time she announces a new book I am so excited that I get on my friends nerves. “Cursed” is r...more
Julianna Helms
Quick Reaction: I feel kind of bad about the two-stars thing. But the truth is, Cursed was at best just a mere okay for me...

**Actual, full review** Original is here on my blog. (Note: due to copy-and-paste, most formatting and links have been lost.)

If you are a frequent reader of book blogs, you're probably more-than-familiar with Jennifer L. Armentrout. She wrote the Covenant and Obsidian series, both of which are quite the hit, especially among bloggers. So I would like to preface this review...more
Isabella
Ok, the end was way better than the whole book! But that can't be THE ending, I mean... There are so many questions that have been left hanging, there MUST be a sequel! D: I NEED a sequel....
I'll be here waiting, Armentrout.
~Tina~
Cursed is a story about a girl named Ember McWilliams. Two years ago she was in a car accident that took away her father and even her own life. But her naturally gifted three year old sister, Olivia, brought her back from the dead, but at a price. While Olivia can bring back any living thing that dies, Ember causes death by a simple touch.
Two years later, their mother isn't right and is still feeling the effects after the lost of her husband, money is running out and Ember has to take care of O...more
Kristy
I am seriously too busy lately. I hate the lack of reading time in my life. And, then when I actually have free time, what have I been doing? Not reading my friends, I have become addicted to this stupid game called Froggy Jump. It is taking over. If I'm not playing that, then I have been a TV slug. What is wrong with me?

Grrrrr-ing at myself.

Brief synopsis for those of you wondering what this is about:
So basically this is about Ember. A girl who died and whose younger sister has the ability to b...more
Carol [Goodreads addict]
I was looking through Jennifer Armentrout's list of books she had written and saw this one. It was published in September, 2012 and I hadn't heard anything about it. I thought it sounded really interesting and boy am I glad I gave it a shot. What a great book! The characters all had so many layers to them. They all had secrets and you just never are sure who to like and who to mistrust. Until the very end.

Ember had a seemingly normal life. She was a normal, angsty teenager, until that fateful n...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review also posted @ Ja čitam, a ti?


It's not a secret that I'm big fan of Jennifer Armentrout. I really, really like her books, especially Covenant series. So I was so excited to read this one.

Few weeks ago I saw a competition on Jennifer's blog and the task was to answer the question about how would I find a way to touch someone I loved if my touch killed? So I guessed that has something to do with this story and I was thrilled to see what. The book really was about it. Here we have Ember the...more
Marie
Another amazing book by Jennifer Armentrout, I wouldn't say I loved it as much as I love her half-blood and lux series but I don't think I could ever NOT enjoy one of her books.

I was fixated by this series when she released the first 2 chapters so I was eager to snap up this book and read more. I could not put it down. Once I started it was like I could think of nothing else.

The whole story had me second guessing from the beginning. I didn't know who to trust, who was innocent and who was the...more
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Two years ago Ember was killed in a car accident but her little sister, who has a mysterious gift brought her back to life. But when Ember came back something was wrong .Now everything she touches dies.

I was lured into reading this book by the blurb on the front cover.

It said “Jennifer L. Armentrout is the Queen of creating novels with kick-butt heroines, drop-dread gorgeous guys, and loads of sexual tension...”

I say “Meh...”

First of all Ember never once kicked anyone’s butt. What she did do wa...more
Nikki
Feb 22, 2012 Nikki marked it as to-read
We all know that Jennifer's books are amazing, but i see something here again. The two books I'v read by her, Half-Blood and Obsidian, both seem to have taken tids nd bits of a few other novels, and I really hate it when authors copy things from other books. So, by the small description of her new book Cursed, I find it similar to the most swoontastic book on earth, Touch (Denazen #1). If after reading Cursed I see that its similar to any other book I'v read, I'm gonna stop reading Jennifer's bo...more
Courtney
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This being my first book by Jennifer L. Armentrout I can definitely say that I will be reading more books by her in the future.

Cursed had me feeling for Ember McWilliams, bring brought back from the dead after a car accident and burdened with a killer touch. She's a strong character even through the constant bullying by her classmates and the lingering remains of an accident that plagues her. Out of the whole novel, I enjoyed Ember's c...more
Suzanne
Cursed is my first book by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I've been told that this isn't one of her best, and yet I'm impressed. So I really look forward to picking up books in her other series.

Ember was killed in a car crash, which also killed her dad. But her younger sister Olivia, who has a very special gift, brought her back to life. Now, Ember's touch is toxic, a touch of her skin can kill any human, animal, plant almost instantly. So she makes sure she's always covered up, wearing gloves and lon...more
Susana
3,5 stars

Well, first of all i have to say that i absolutely adored the way the author wrote that first page! Seriously! From the moment that i finished reading the first paragraph _YES!_ i KNEW that this story was going to be a really good one( the way my eyes popped out, as i was reading that first sentences, was really a good indication of how i was going to enjoy this book).

I liked the idea of a character who had (view spoiler)...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
It's no secret that Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favourite authors, so it was a given that as soon as I heard about Cursed - I knew I'd read it. And after reading it I can say, it's another great story from this fantastic author!

After a fatal car accident Ember McWilliams died, well that is until her little sister bought her back from the dead, and now Ember's life has changed forever. Anything Ember touches - dies, so she goes out of her way not to touch anyone. But when she accidentall...more
Jessie
Sounds a bit like Pushing Daisies. I loved that TV show.

Paranormal meets sci-fi in this book about a girl who dies, and is brought back to life by her sister. Olivia's touch heals things, but now Emerson's touch kills. For two years she tries to continue normal life wearing long sleeves and gloves and being called a freak by people who were once her friends. Then one day, Emerson and her family are kidnapped by a man who claims he wants to help them. Emerson doesn't trust him, or any of the othe...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Spencer Hill for sending me an ARC copy of Cursed. I have to say so far every book I have received from Spencer Hill has been a hit and I absolutely love receiving books from them. Cursed has been on the top of everyone's reading list because Jennifer knows how to write. That girl can sit down and spin out a book in no time and have you so hooked you order take out for diner and let the kids run wild and allow hubby to do the laundry minus the color...more
Jennifer
Ember died in a car accident and was brought back to life by her sister, Olivia. But ever since she was brought back two years ago everything she touches dies, the plants, and even her cat. :-( Her dad died during the crash and now her mom isn't the same. Ember has to take care of Olivia and try to survive high school where she is now known as the freak. She notices a new boy named Hayden hanging around, then after making a deadly mistake, she comes home to find out they plan to kidnap her famil...more
Jessica
Cursed is kind of like X-Men, but with a hotter guy and no funky costumes.

Jennifer Armentrout (who I met at BEA and is a doll)'s latest novel follows our "cursed" heroine Ember McWilliams and her little sister Olivia as they struggle to survive on their own. Their mother locks herself in her room and leaves Ember in charge of, well, everything, so that she can avoid dealing with her husband's and daughter deaths. Her depression is so severe that she doesn't realize that she only lost her husband...more
Kandle
I had reservations about reading this book after being horribly disappointed with Armentrout's Half Blood. However, I found that I actually enjoyed this book. A lot more than her Half blood series. I gave this book two stars because, even though I did like it quite a bit, the main character (Ember) had her own pity party going on for more than half the book. I mean, I can totally sympathize with her crappy situation and I think she was entitled to her self pity when she was (sort of) kidnapped,...more
Valerie
My Summary:

Death was the last thing Ember thought she'd have to deal with in high school - at least not her own. But there was a car accident 2 years ago that killed her father and ....her. Brought back by her gifted younger sister, Em now has a killer touch. To complicate things her mother has checked out on the responsibility thing, leaving her to take care of her 5 year old sister. Everyone at school thinks she's a freak what with her long sleeves and gloves but how can she admit that her tou...more
Eileen
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Cursed is my fifth Jennifer L. Armentrout book and I do feel like this one slipped a bit under for me. I'm a really big fan of her previous books, especially the Lux series, but I felt like this one wasn't as great as I had carved it my mind to be. However, as a whole Cursed was tender, sweet, and endearing standalone novel to add to Jennifer's collection of works.

When we were first introduced to Ember McWilliams I got the bro...more
Kimba
I am a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout and was delighted to be given the opportunity to review her newest novel Cursed. Armentrout brings her own spicy twist to death and kids with supernatural powers. This tale has mystery, suspense and an oh so sweet romance. I quickly consumed this and hope it becomes a series.

The tale begins when we meet Ember McWilliams; at first glance she is a responsible daughter, taking care of her five year old sister Olivia. We quickly learn there is so much more t...more
Aprille
3.5 STARS!

Cursed is kind of like X-Men-slash-Shatter-Me. Eh?

I was browsing thru JLA's works when I came across with this one. I wouldn't say I loved it as much as I love her other books. But I don't think I could ever not enjoy one of her books.

If I had Ember McWilliams' ability I would also feel like I was cursed. After the horrible car accident two years ago in which she died and was brought back to life by her little sister, Olivia, her touch kills any living things.

I felt like there was a lo...more
Blythe
Jul 18, 2012 Blythe marked it as to-read-maybe
So, the main character dies from a car accident, and someone brings her back to life (in this case her sister)... Sounds like Unraveling.

Anything she touches dies... Sounds like Shatter Me.

I don't know about this, but if I found two pretty big similarities between this book and other books of the genre in the synopsis alone, I wonder how many similarities I'll find in the whole book... I'll wait until the reviews start to come in, but as of right now, I'm wary of reading this.
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“What are you still doing up?”

I twisted around, spotting Hayden in the doorway. “Watching the… uh,” I turned back, frowning at the screen, “the… way tigers mate.” I sighed. Damn you, Discovery Channel.

He chuckled deep in his throat. “Didn’t know that kind of thing interested you.”

“Oh. Yeah, always wanted to know how they picked their boyfriends.”
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“You quoted Oscar Wilde.” I smiled.

Hayden laughed. “Yeah, that was, like, the height of geekdom.”

“No. It was kind of cool.”
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