Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Spencer Hill Press | Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Young Adult
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

This book was a bore.

I’ve strategized exactly how I’m going to put my review in a way that it wouldn’t sound harsh, but there’s just no way around it. It was not a bad book. However, it was not a good one either.  JLA has minions of fans who adore her stories so much. Unfortunately for me, I’ve only ever read the first books of her series. I end up having a reading remorse after reading them. Like eating the most decadent pasta dish at the Cheesecake Factory, and then hating myself for its fat and caloric content, I just consumed. The difference with this book is that I never liked it from the get-go. Whereas, I rated those two books 5 stars. I think at this point, I will not be so quick to buy her books next time. Also, that I should quit buying the series when I know it’s going to sit in my shelves, forever unread.

Quick story:

Ember and Olivia has powers. Olivia can revive the dead while Ember can do the opposite. She can kill with a touch. However, while Olivia was born with her power, Ember’s was a result of Olivia’s interference with nature. When Ember accidentally kills the school bully, they were taken by a group of people who claim that they can help. Ember is not so quick to trust, however. There she finds companionship in Hayden, the mirage of a boy she once saw at school, but just like her former life, Ember is treated as if she has the Black Plague.

Hayden teaches her to control her powers, but she also learns the truth about what happened the night of the accident that took her father’s life. Secrets abound, and trust will be even harder to dole out.

My Thoughts:

Like I said at the beginning of this review, this book did nothing to inspire interest or incite curiosity. The characters are a lackluster bunch, and the romance was a cold one – not your typical JLA romance where your hero melts the pages with a look. Though she tried hard to make Hayden a heartthrob, the boy simply lacked intensity. Everything he did was too careful, too cautious. Perhaps it had to do with his power to drain energy, but if a couple of people has the ability to destroy one another with the touch of their hands, then the sexual tension should’ve been palpable. On the contrary, there simply is nothing between these two – no inherent spark.

There is no sense of mystery at all; predictable and more often transparent. Frankly, I didn’t think the plot was developed well.  It was what-you-see-is-what-you-get. And while I’m not counting on a book worthy of a Pulitzer, I’ve just had it with books that feel like I’m just going through the motions.
Simply put, this book left a lot to be desired. At the end of it all, I was just relieved to have finished the entire thing. Even if this book becomes a series, I think I will be giving it a pass.