Review: Cursed-Jennifer L. Armentrout

3.5/5 Stars

Cursed-Jennifer L. Armentrout


“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.”


Olivia turned her head, drooling on the front of his shirt. “Uh, is that supposed to happen?” I laughed, but was unable to look him in the eye. “It means she likes you.” “What can I say?” He started out of the room. “Girls are always drooling over me.” “It must do wonders for your ego when it’s a five-year-old.”

I absolutely adore Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing, not only are the stories always interesting and thought-provoking, they keep you on the edge of your seat and there’s always a steamy, complicated relationship that has you begging for more. My favorite part of reading any JLA book is the witty, usually sexual, lively banter between characters. No matter how dark, how twisted and depressing the story becomes, there is tons of light, love, and fantastic dialogue.

+If you’re an aspiring writer, the only advice for dialogue I can give you is READ, READ, READ, and try to make your encounters realistic. The more exposure you have to great dialogue, the easier it is to understand what works and what doesn’t.

Plot: Ember is cursed with a mysterious power, one that has her distancing herself from the world, unable to touch. Ever since the tragic accident that left her fatherless and broken, Ember has suffered from the terrifying ability to kill through skin to skin contact. As if that’s not bad enough, her mother thinks she’s dead and refuses to come out of her comatose-like depression to take care of her younger sister, Olivia. Olivia is a fiery hurricane of energy, just as likely to throw a tantrum as to cuddle in a loving embrace. Olivia too has a power, one that is coveted and awe-inspiring; Olivia can bring people back from the dead and heal the gravest of injuries. Olivia has already used her powers to bring back family pets and Ember herself. As the money starts to dwindle from her father’s social security, Ember is at a loss for what to do. Ember doesn’t know how to complete school and take care of both her mother and sister in addition to keeping a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, at school Ember is mocked and ridiculed for the scars that mar her body, she used to be popular and now she’s known as Frankenstein. When a gorgeous boy randomly appears and is interested in her, Ember is weary, but his persistence and ability to quote Oscar Wilde is more than just a little intriguing. Hayden is far from what Ember expected, he’s sexy, compassionate, and most importantly, seems to care about her. After a horrible accident, the next day Ember goes to pick her sister up from school and is sickened to learn that her mother picked her up. Sensing that something is off, Ember hurries home to find the entire house cleared out and a strange man waiting for her. Ember puts up a fight but is knocked out and wakes up in an unfamiliar house. Kidnapped and confused, Ember is even more startled when she wakes to find Hayden. As the truth about her past, her abilities, and her sister comes out Ember must learn to control her powers or put her sister in danger.


  • The dialogue is fresh, fun, and hysterical, fueled by tons of emotion and wit. You will find yourself laughing at even the most bleak of times and smiling at the adorable flirtations.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout is a master at bringing chemistry to the page, the energy and attraction between the Hayden and Ember is blush-worthy and scathingly hot.
  • Ember is a powerful protagonist and incredibly real. She deals with rejection, heartbreak, and torment with more strength and perseverance than expected. She’s strong-willed and unafraid to speak her mind and fight for what she believes in. She can be rash and is prone to violent temper tantrums but her love for her sister overshadows this fault.
  • The cabin scene is one of the most beautifully revealing, poignant and raw moments in literature that I’ve ever encountered. The unsure, shy, and fearful glances, the pained honesty, and wonderful acceptance will answer to the buried insecurities in every girl’s mind that they’re afraid to bring to the surface. The cabin scene is easily one of my all time favorite book moments ever.


  • The plot is slow and convoluted, you’re left with far more questions than answers.
  • If you’ve read Jenny Pox there’s a lot of the same stuff going on.
  • Many of the characters are neglected, you don’t really know much about them but tiny tidbits that only add to the sinister suspicions Ember has about them.

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Pleasant reading,