- Copertina rigida: 288 pagine
- Editore: Unknown (18 settembre 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0983157278
- ISBN-13: 978-0983157274
- Peso di spedizione: 658 g
- Media recensioni: 3.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 26.614 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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Il mio amore per qualsiasi cosa scritta da Jennifer L. Armentrout è ben noto, ma purtroppo non ero ancora riuscita a leggere Cursed, uno libro autoconclusivo la cui trama mi aveva intrigato.
Ember è una ragazza che può uccidere con un semplice tocco. La sua sorellina, invece, Olivia, ha il dono contrario, ovvero può riportare i morti in vita ed è quello che ha fatto con la sorella due anni prima, quando un terribile incidente automobilistico ha ucciso il padre e avrebbe ucciso anche Ember, se Olivia non fosse intervenuta. Da allora, però, Ember uccide ogni cosa che tocca ed è convinta di non possedere un'anima. A peggiorare le cose ci sono una madre assente, persa nel suo dolore, e i compagni di scuola che non fanno altro che portarla in giro. La sua vita cambia del tutto quando, per difendersi, uccide per sbaglio un suo compagno e nella sua vita compare Hayden Cromwell ed Ember si ritrova a vivere in una lussuosa villa in mezzo ai boschi.
Qui il padre adottivo di Hayden ha creato una scuola per ragazzi dotati di talenti come la sorella di Ember e vuole che anche loro rimangano. Peccato però nessuno dei ragazzi è felice di avere Ember lì e che qualcuno sta chiaramente cercando di farle del male. Per non parlare del fatto che l'attrazione per Hayden è impossibile, visto che anche un solo tocco potrebbe essere fatale.
Un libro piacevole e divertente, narrato in prima persona, che scorre veloce e si divora in un pomeriggio. Ho apprezzato Ember, forte, testarda, legata alla sorella tanto da sacrificare la sua vita per lei, e di Hayden ho apprezzato la gentilezza e il comportamento galante.Ulteriori informazioni ›
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Cursed and I got off of a bad start. Olivia, Ember's five year old sister, is super annoying. Maybe this is how real children behave. I wouldn't know, but she got on my last nerve. And it seemed like everything revolved around her for the first third of the book. That child is spoiled and misbehaved, and I wanted to learn about Ember! Then when they're in the mystery mansion, things got even more frustrating. Everyone is going on and on about how Ember is sooo dangerous and can't be trusted around people. Um, what? She's spent two years covering up every inch of skin to avoid accidentally killing someone. How is she out of control and dangerous? This just seemed like a forced way to make her isolated even among her "own kind." No.
Of course, there's also a romance at the center of Cursed. Obviously Ember has to be able to touch the strange boy, Hayden. Yes, it's insta-love, but not even believable insta-love. She doesn't trust him, since he essentially stalked her for two years, then kidnapped her and her sister. He does try to help her control her ability so she can live a normal(ish) life, but his method was stupid. He wanted her to believe that she was gifted and not cursed. Unless you're a psychopath or a vigilante, killing with a single touch is not a useful ability. But he believes in her and thinks her scars are beautiful, and he can touch her because he's special. Kissing.
I just didn't care for Cursed too much. It did get better toward the end. Someone is trying to kill Ember, so that was fun, even though I knew who it was. Then the villain gave a several pages long monologue about the why of the situation, and it was just dull.
We all know that the killer touch thing has been done before, but Jenn managed to make it her own. The story will captivate you from beginning to end and you WILL become invested in Ember's story. The plot has twists and turns and when you think you have the story figured out, it turns out you were wrong. While I will admit to correctly guessing the ultimate villain, there was still a lot about the story that surprised me as did the motives of certain characters.
Ember is a great protagonist and reading from her perspective is very enjoyable. She has a great voice that is very easy to follow. She is intelligent and strong, a character that it is easy to admire. She is fiercely protective of her sister and has been taking care of her for the past two years. She deals with things no teenager should have to deal with, and she does it well. However, at the same time you feel bad for Ember. She lives life like a pariah and has practically no friends. It is hard to be liked when you have a killer touch. Even when she meets people like herself, they do not even fully accept her. That is, until she meets Hayden.
First she gave us Aiden, then the gorgeousness that is Daemon, and now we have Hayden who is just as swoon-worthy. Jennifer really has a knack for creating great male leads and Hayden was no exception to this. He is good looking and sweet and truly cares about Ember, but he is not without his flaws and I love that. I am not one for the absolute perfect guy, because it is simply not believable. Hayden tends to be blinded by his love for his family and refuses to consider some obvious evidence. However, despite his flaws, Hayden is still strong and determined and has more faith in Ember than she has in herself.
Cursed is the kind of book that makes you drop everything you are doing just so you can keep reading. The story is addictive and will have you saying "okay just one more chapter" and before you know it you will have finished the book. It is the kind of book where you truly and genuinely care about the characters. The happy moments will have you smiling like a little kid and the heartbreaking ones will literally have your heart in your throat.
Cursed balances romance with the paranormal and mystery perfectly. You will be invested in the romance while at the same time trying to figure out who or what is after Ember and all the while dying to know more about her killer touch. Cursed is easily one of the best books I have read this year and it saddens me that this is a stand-alone novel, I would love to read more about Ember and Hayden. All in all, Cursed is a book that you need to read as soon as you can get your hands on it.
‘Cursed’ hooked me from the first page. A great premise, well-paced, and a fast read. I could see this as a start of a series, though currently it is sold as a standalone. There were plenty of elements introduced that weren’t tied up which could lead to many story arcs over a series. But having said that, it rounds up well enough to leave you with some satisfaction of a fun paranormal read.
I liked the supernatural aspect with abilities, but was wishing for more of the mythology and exploration of this aspect, maybe some origin stories.
Our protagonist, Ember, came off like a big emo/goth chick at first, and I thought I’d have some difficulty relating to her, but overall, I became invested in her story quite early on. She had her girly over-acting moments, which got me a little worried over the direction of her character, though, I found her to be level headed and intelligent.
I still would have liked to have found out about how Ember and the rest of the youngsters at the Cromwell place made up a unit of some kind. It was mentioned, but never fully explored. An X-men style gang sounds like a fun direction for the novel/series.
On the romantic side of things, it had a beautiful build to love, and a cute ending for Ember. Felt like a warm hug.
Her little sister was adorable, but infuriating. It bothered me how she always got her way and was oblivious of the cost… maybe a bit more realism would have rounded her out as a loveable character, other than someone I wanted to strangle.
I was disappointed about Adam – I really liked him and wanted more… We saw so much in the beginning chapters and then… *poof* gone in a cloud of smoke.
The love interest, Hayden, is a character I had a love/hate relationship with. The “misunderstood guy” storyline was dragged out a bit too much for my liking. But fun to have such a swoon-worthy man to drool over. Some of his over-protective qualities and stalkiness were a bit creepy and set of my alarm bells *Warning Will Robinson. Warning* I was really hoping Armentrout was going to deconstruct the trope that we see a lot in in YA, but alas, it remained true to the stereotype.
I definitely didn’t like Mr Cromwell (who ran the Cromwell place,) and I don’t think that will change - the way he operates is a little nefarious and does not match what he says he is trying to achieve. We never do understand why he behaves the way he does, even though his motives are explained.
The plot was mostly predictable, felt a little contrived, where some events seemed steered by the author for dramatic flair rather than unfold organically. It was a little light in tone, and could have gotten darker, angstier with the subject matter; but a lot of those opportunities were passed up – I guess if this was a debut of a new series Armentrout would have gone there, instead choosing a fun, exciting stand-alone. It’s a pity, because with what was set up in ‘Cursed’ it could lead to a great new collection – I say this because as a standalone many things weren’t resolved to my liking, and it would take another two to three novels to explore them fully in an action packed story arc.
Shame about the cover art – it didn’t appeal to me that much – and doesn’t match the Ember described in the pages… more effort could have gone into reflecting the main character and tone of the book succinctly.
Recommend to lovers of the paranormal, Jennifer L. Armentrout. This story is in the same vein of ‘Shatter Me,’ ‘Zeroes’ and ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.’
Cursed is another exciting read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If you know about her novels then you know the awesomesauce that awaits you, and if you don't know then what are you waiting for!?
Typical of Armentrout's heroines, Ember is a strong young woman who's gone through some pretty rough times. The girl died fer crissakes! Then her sister brought her back. A pretty traumatic experience that has left Ember with some deep issues. Also, the accident that killed her also killed her father, and her mother checked out after that, so Ember's been taking care of Olivia all by herself. The accident left her with some serious scars on her body, so she's also dealt with bullying in school. Even after all that she fights on for her little sister. I liked that a pretty face like Hayden didn't sway her so easily. She was and stayed suspicious of him and his father for the most part. After being relocated to West Virginia (when they mention Seneca Rocks my only thought was Daemon! LOL), she's effectively isolated from everything and everyone she knew, but Ember sticks to her guns trying to find out the truth. Even if it means she could lose the only person who might be able to touch her.
The swoon was good. Really. J.L. Armentrout writes some awesome swoon, and I fell for Hayden from the beginning. But Hayden's obsession was a bit creepy at times, and the whole thing with watching her sleep rang to much like Edward `the creep' Cullen. There were also many things that kept me worried, like who was the shadow, and who really orchestrated the whole thing, and what terrible past Hayden had, that I could never trust him completely. Not trusting the swoon is like no swoon at all. I felt exactly like Ember, not knowing if I should give my heart out to this amazing guy.
Ember's struggles, suspicious, and issues kept me turning the pages as fast as I could, but once the `bad guys reveal time' came I was kind of disappointed. One I saw coming a mile away, and the other just made me roll my eyes. As in "Seriously!? And yall gonna do nothing?" Le sigh. I'm a series or trilogy kind of girl. It doesn't mean I hate one-shots but, in this case, I did hate it. Mostly because I was left with so many questions. I mean, what happened to the Mom? Olivia and her powers? The other kids and their powers? What about Squeaky the resurrected hamster? And the Facility and their interest in Project E? Gah!
Initially I liked Cursed it reminded me a little of Shatter Me (without the poetic prose) and I wondered how Ember was going to overcome her curse. When things took a turn for the X-Men and Ember and her sister are moved to Hayden’s father’s mansion, along with other ‘gifted’ teens, I steadily began losing interest. It felt like something I had read before and I didn’t like how passive Ember was.
I also wasn’t very keen on Hayden. He is Ember’s love interest and we are expected to swoon for him but he was so back and forth, hot and cold, that I just wanted Ember to blow him off. But seeing as how he is the only person Ember could touch I felt like she was kind of stuck with him.
Overall, Cursed was a middle of the road read. The writing was okay, the characters were okay, the plot was just okay. It didn’t stand out and that was really the downfall of Cursed.