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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  13,608 ratings  ·  1,589 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 Cursed stars!

"You have a soul. You aren’t evil. There’s nothing you can say that will make me think that."

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Jennifer Armentrout is one of my all time favorite authors. JLA doesn't write within the typical book formula and marches to the beat of her own drummer, which is refreshing in this day and age of publishing. Whether she is writing young adult, new adult, or thrillers, I have liked or loved everything she's ever written. Cursed is not exception, coming in at one of her most und
✨ Helena ✨
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
“My brain must have felt sorry for me, so it’d created the only type of guy I could touch—a fantasy one.”


This would've been a five-star review, but there were just so many...unresolved issues? Was this meant to be the beginning of a new series or...? I mean, yes, for the most part, the main story arc of the book is wrapped up, but there were still so many unanswered questions. It's honestly a shame because I would've LOVED to have had a series revolved around these characters.

For all
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Ok. Not a bad book, but it feels like Armentrout planned on making this into a series, and then...didn't?
So, yeah. While the ending ends, it still feels like there are too many loose threads dangling for the book to be over-over. But...I mean, whatever.
That's fine, right?


Anyway, the basic gist of the story is that Ember has this Poison Touch power. If someone even brushes up against her bare skin, they're screwed.


So how did this happen?
Well, her entire family was in a car accident, in whi
the burning dreamer.
That horribly corny ending did it in for me- there's just no way I can give this book more than two stars.

Jennifer gave me the feeling that she simply couldn't bother cooking up a more satisfying finish (because merlin knows she's definitely capable of it with all her wonders) and tying up loose ends, and that disappointed me so much to the extent that Hayden and Ember's once thrilling romance build-up now just pissed me off with their immensely cheestastic I Love You's. Seriously, I'm drowning
Kate Kaynak
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
It’s my unofficial booknerd mission to read every single one of Jen’s books. I’m up to date on all her latest releases, so let’s step back five years: to 2012, which was when this book was released. I was a little worried, as Jen has improved loads as a writer and I thought the writing wouldn’t be as good, but I was wrong! This was, just like the rest of Jen’s books, really enjoyable.

It tells the story of Ember. At first, you think she’s just an ordinary high school student, but then you discov
Grace A.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a tough read.
The main character, Ember was absolutely helpless, vulnerable and picked on throughout this book.
The painful scenes were never ending. She didn’t feel like she belonged in school, she was bullied, she didn’t have answers to the mystery that surrounds the accident that claimed her father’s life, she blamed herself for everything, she has a death touch, and on top of that, someone wants her dead and have attempted to do so more than once.
It was hard to read because she coul
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
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
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
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
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love love love this book ❤️
Okay, not that much but still a lot!
Since I was little I loved movies where were people with superpowers. I think the first movie was X-men and my favorite character was Wolverine (he still is my favorite🥰).
This book has also characters with superpowers and so I had to read it.


The story is mainly about girl Ember who is trying to survive with her 5 years old little sister. They are living with their mum, but she is kind of “crazy”, so Ember has to do almost every
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Of course, another amazing JLA book!
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing
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 w
Pam Nelson
In a word this book was emotional. I really enjoyed the ride the author took us on.
Ember is struggling not only with being her sister’s caregiver but because of what her sister can do and the results of the tragedy she has lived through.

I loved the world building Jennifer gives us, it’s never forced it always seems so organic. It makes for an intriguing story and one you won’t want to put down.
I kind of wish this was a series because I would love to know more about some of the other characters a
 Abril Sol
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, this wasn't a literary masterpiece but, as I always say, it's Jennifer L. Armentrout. I can't help but love her books, her stories and romances are always sooooo compelling. I loved the relationship between Ember and Hayden (by the way, I LOVE the name Hayden), he is such a nice guy and eventhough Em was annoying sometimes I could see where all her insecurities came from.
This book was very Shatter Me and I was surprised to find out this one was published before Cursed. I'm not saying this
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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.
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا
This book is so engaging! When you start reading, you feel like you need to just read on, even if it's creepy and cheesy, it's written like spiced seeds, you just go through the bag without feeling! It's not so good or so bad, it's a good light read to pass time.

Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Mar 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022-march
I loved this one. Not my normal genre but this one had a little bit for everyone, teen angst, paranormal, mystery, thriller, romance YOU GOT IT.
This one had a very X-Men feel to it. Ember McWilliams died in a car accident and then was brought back by her sister. But when she came back, she came back different - now her touch kills anything that comes into contact with it. Suddenly Ember finds herself living in a giant mansion with other kids who have gifts, but there's something not right.

I enjoyed this book. I felt really bad for Ember because here was a girl who died and lost her father in the same night. Now, she can't touch anyone,
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Good, angsty YA... but not great.

Has a 'The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer' feel to it. I'll most likely continue the series, but I'm not in any great hurry. It certainly didn't hit me like the Lux series did. Cursed is still a solid YA read that's not totally obsessed with sex, I'd recommend it to like-minded readers.
Caitlin V
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice change to the normal hot arrogant guy and bad ass girl Jennifer normally writes about. Really liked the story, how much darker it was than her usual books. Totally saw the evil guy coming, but not the prankster person (thought it was too obvious... I guess not xD). Not my favorite of her books, but I still really liked it!
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I liked this, not a favorite from this author but it was still pretty good. Full review to come.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2012 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
Starry-Eyed Jen
I don't think I realized that this book featured a cast of characters with special gifts -- rather than just the MC being cursed -- or I probably would have read it sooner. However, the cheese-factor was off the charts with this one, so maybe that's why I put it off? Whatever the case, it was a relatively fun way to pass the time at work, but it's not going on any of my favorites lists. ...more
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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.”
“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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