Happy Book Day to
by Jennifer Armentrout!!!
Today marks the release of Jennifer Armentrout's latest novel, and Spencer Hill Press is celebrating the release of its first hardcover offering with a multi-blog blitz! Stay tuned after my review for a chance to WIN!
(Sorry this is coming so late in the day and I haven't posted anything else this week. This week has been rough on me, to say the least. I'm going to try to bring you more content, though!)
Check out my reviews of Jennifer Armentrout's first two Covenant novels, HALF-BLOOD and PURE! The third novel in the series, DEITY, releases on November 6th. Armentrout also has two books out in her Luxe series with a third coming in December AND a contemporary romance novel under her pen name J. Lynn entitled TEMPTING THE BEST MAN, with a companion novel, TEMPTING THE PLAYER, out next month.
While CURSED by Jennifer Armentrout may not be my favorite of all of the author's published novels, it's still a solid, enjoyable story. It's also a stand-alone, which is great news for anyone who has been hearing all the buzz about Armentrout, but has yet to read any of her other novels. There's enough world-building and intrigue to leave wiggle room for a potential sequel, companion novel, series, etc., but it also works well on its own. I felt more invested when reading the Covenant series than CURSED, but I also kept in mind that CURSED was also written before the series, which means that Armentrout has grown as an author. Her chemistry between character sizzles more in later writing, though she still builds a strong mystery and plot line in CURSED.
CURSED centers around a teenager named Ember with an unusual life. She was in a horrible accident with her father and both were proclaimed dead...until Ember's younger sister Olivia touched her and brought Ember back to life. Ever since that day, Ember's touch will kill anyone she touches, as well as animals and plants. I will admit that at times, I envisioned Ember as Rogue from X-MEN because her skin is always covered and she wears gloves so that she can't accidentally touch anyone. One day after Ember's touch accidentally kills an ex-boyfriend, she and Olivia find themselves in a house among others with them, everyone with his or her own unique abilities. Ember doesn't trust anyone in the house, not even Hayden, a hot guy whose crazy about her. When she learns that the accident that killed her wasn't really an accident, she's determined to get to the bottom of the matter and discover the truth, but someone is desperate enough to do anything to keep it a secret.
I like the way Ember doesn't fall head over heels in love with Hayden the moment she meets him. She doesn't trust him, and she shouldn't, either. He and his father stalked her and followed her around. If I'd never talked to a guy who watched my every move and developed feelings through this secretive interaction, I'd be creeped out, too. If Armentrout had created a situation full of insta-love, I would have hated it and thrown the book across the room. I'm so glad this route wasn't taken. I also enjoyed the way Armentrout creates a compelling mystery that's not as predictable as other books tend to be, though I still caught on to some revelations quicker than most people might.
Overall, CURSED is a solid edition to Armentrout's repertoire, and while it's not my favorite from her so far, I would be intrigued to pick up a second book if she ever makes the decision to return to this world and create more novels.
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