- 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)
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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’ 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.’
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.
There was a lot of back and forth/ hot and cold between Hayden and Ember, and I never truly felt like they clicked. I found Hayden to be creepy in a bad/stalkerish way and never really warmed up to him. Usually I click with her male characters, and he totally didn't live up to the standards. He was a very wishy washy character and I found myself thinking that things moved too fast between them and it really wasn't love so much as an unexplained lust. I dunno, it was all just kind of weird.
The plot was fine, and it kind of reminded me of Maximum Ride(not completely, just in some aspects), but I found there to be a lot of unexplained things, and some plot inconsistencies.
What I think bothered me the most were the characters, honestly. I didn't fall in love with the guy, couldn't click with the girl, and the supporting characters were bland, flat, and boring. Sure, they were people with a past, but they didn't add much to the story more than just to keep the plot going for convenience sake. They didn't actually show up a whole lot, and when they did, I found myself really bored with them. One thing I will say, however, is that JLA did a really good job of making me feel outraged at some of the things that were said or done to Ember, which I was glad that even though for the most part it was boring or slow, there were a couple times when I was able to sympathize with the main character.
Overall, I would recommend it as a quick read to some one if they asked, but it's not a book that i'd pick back up again and again like some of her other works.
The use of 21st century colloquial dialogue made the main character, Ember, a very real high school senior to me -- the swearing and responses. However, I prefer that there weren't any of profanity usage. The build up of suspense, and the mixture of a little mystery with supernatural fiction, left my glued to the book at the start. Many can argue that Ember is annoying and complains too much, but honestly put, I think many teenaged females in actuality would be too in her position. I admit though, she did irk me sometimes with her amount of demands and distrust that I just wanted to tell her to woman-up and handle the situation in a calm, mature manner. Having sisters myself, I felt like I could easily connect with Ember and understand her constant feeling of familial and sister responsibility.
Though this book overall was a good read. I felt the abrupt plot twist very forced, and the character development for characters other than the main two is poor. Because of the poor character development, I often got confused between characters like Kurt and Gabe. Much of the characters felt flat to me. Hayden, overall, is not my taste... so I found the make-out scenes rather cumbersome to intently read through, and found myself skipping along until some more character development progresses. This is just what happened to me and my opinion. If you like the heavy romantic atmosphere, then by all means disregard my comment on Hayden and read on!
I felt unsatisfied when I finished and realized I was expecting something else to happen instead -- something more. Overall, it was a good read.