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.

  • I've somehow have gotten through life without reading a single one of her books yet. I did have this one checked out from the library at one point because that cover is so pretty and the synopsis sounded intriguing, but I could tell after a few pages that it wasn't the book for me. I'm so glad I didn't try to power through as it obviously didn't get any better. Great review!

  • So I was let down by this one as well… I read it awhile ago but I remember finishing and thinking “that's it?” I had such high hopes… I am so glad that I am not the only one that felt this way!!

  • it always sucks when you really don't get into a book. Ive had similar experiences with this author feel kind of bad about it. I guess that's whats great about books different strokes for different folks lol.

  • Oh dear, this one doesn't sound very exciting at all. I've read some other JLA books and wasn't impressed either, so you're certainly not alone. Thanks for the honest review!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  • Oh I'm sorry it wasn't for you I heard great things about this one and her other books and I was curious to try them but maybe I'll pass for this one.

  • Haha – oh boy, I haven't read any of her books yet, but when I do, it will not be this one.

  • Well, I'll be staying away from this one. I read one of her other more popular books and found it to be tolerable so I feel like I would have a lot of issues with this one. If there is romance, it needs to be good 😉

  • This was my first JLA book and I liked how light and readable it was, but I have to agree. In terms of plot, it was so incredibly obvious and the romance wasn't that great either. I'm glad to hear her other books are better though. Those JLA minions sure are persuasive :p

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  • I have to admit, I can't remember much about this book! I've enjoyed most of Jennifer L. Armentrout's stuff in the past, but this was probably my least favourite of the bunch. I think this was the first book that she ever wrote? I'm not certain if I read that somewhere or heard it from her, but if it's true, I definitely think she's improved since then. Sorry this disappointed, Joy! I hope your next read is much better. 🙂

  • Aw. It's always depressing when the romance sucks. I'm sorry this book wasn't better! <3 I own all the books by JLA. Probably. Though I do not own this one, lol. And I won't buy it. Sigh. I have yet to read any of the books, but one day. Most likely. Anyway. Amazing review Joy 🙂 Thank you for sharing and being honest. <3

  • I´ve this one on ebook, but I haven´t read it yet even though I liked JLA Covenant and Lux series. But there something about the plot that doesn´t pull me in.
    Great review!

  • I am guilty, I am one of the JLA minions of which you speak, but I totally respect you and love you as a blogger even if we differ here. I will say that I enjoyed her covenant and lux series more than this one.