First off I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for generously providing me with an ARC copy of Cursed to review on my blog. I always have a great experience whenever I talk to anyone at Spencer Hill Press, you are all the very best.
Okay, onto the review.
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout, while a good book (which is to be expected from one of the best up and coming authors in the past year or so in my opinion) did not blow me away however.
I have read both Half-Blood and Pure and have Deity (from her Covenant Series) to read as well as Obsidian (her Lux Series, yet to read). And from what I have read of them, they are all very strong books with a strong, well thought-out plot line and kick-ass characters. Cursed however was lacking a lot of these traits, which I have come to expect in Ms. Armentrout's books.
Don't get me wrong, it was a good book and a good start to what could be another interesting series by Ms. Armentrout, however, there just wasn't really anything in this book to really keep my attention. It was a struggle at first for me to even get into it, it wasn't until around chapter 6 that things started to move along at a pace that made me want to read more. But after awhile the plot line just seemed to be on repeat. Ember distrusted the people that she was living with, the other "special" kids were all weary of her and only Hayden was there to try and help her learn how to control her touch. That was all that happened for the majority of the middle of the book, over and over again.
There was really no action. Or danger for that matter. And the danger that was introduced did not seem to fit. All the other "special" keeps were terrified of Ember and what her touch could do. But Ember actually has to touch someone to kill them, all the other kids have ways of protecting themselves from her even touching them, yet Hayden has a power where he only has to look at you and he can bring houses crumbling down around you. I am sorry, but if it were me, I would be way more terrified of Hayden then Ember.
Because of these things, I can only say that Cursed was an "okay" book for me. It wasn't horrible by any means, but it really didn't hold the spark that I thought it was going to have. To the best of my knowledge it isn't confirmed yet if there is going to be a sequel, but I truly hope that there is going to be. Because the ending of this book only left one with way more questions then answers.
Here is to looking forward to seeing where this book can potentially lead it's readers.