Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cursed Release Day Blitz + Big Giveaway!

It’s September 18th! That means…Cursed is out today! If you’re a JL Armentrout fan or a paranormal romance reader, don’t miss out on this. I recommend that you buy a copy.

Dying sucks

…and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand.

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy will all living things – including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adoptive father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak of nature may not have been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

To celebrate the release of Cursed, I’m writing a short post why I connected with Ember.

She was the character I related to most in Cursed, of course. She was brought back to life by her little sister who she’s supposed to take care of. Her mother hasn’t been herself since the accident, always staying in her room and mourning the death of Ember’s father. Ember loses her social status, becomes an outcast and one of the usual joke targets. When she met Hayden and start to fall for him, things become even more complicated. Naturally, Ember wants to be close to him because she’s attracted to him. The emotional and sexual tension between them increases. Neither can really touch the other because Hayden can hurt her with his touch and Ember can kill him with hers. That’s SO frustrating. That is another thing that Ember adds to her list of ‘things she can’t do.’ All in all, Armentrout wrote in such a way that I felt what Ember felt, experienced what she experienced and hurt when she hurt. Ember isn't the most perfect heroine out there but she seemed real to me. She has flaws, she overreacts, misunderstands people and judges them. She gets hurt, angry and desperate. But despite being dead, technically, she still lives on with her life and fulfills her responsibility as a sister and takes over her mom's role.

Here's a snippet from my review:

As a couple, Ember and Hayden were probably one of the best. Both had powers that prevented them from touching other people. Ember had the touch of death. Hayden could suck other people’s energy with a single touch. He could hurt Ember but she could kill him just as easily. Talk about complicated. However, that didn’t stop them from being physically close to one another. They learned to touch without touching, and eventually, they gave in to their desire. Skin kissed skin. They pushed themselves to the limit, trying to maintain control while being lost in each other’s warmth. I loved reading about these two. The emotional and sexual tension drove me crazy. It was palpable, something so strong that I could easily feel it stretching out through the novel, binding them to one another.

To read my whole review, click here.
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  1. Can't wait to read this book! I love Obsidian and Onyx, and I can only hope Cursed is as good as those two!

  2. I'm not usually interested in paranormal type books, but the synopsis of the book and your review has got me intrigued!
    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  3. I'll be wanting to be rolling in paper by the end of this. ;)

  4. I haven't read anything by JLA yet. This could be it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I like the idea that the main characters in the book can't touch each other without either hurting or killing the other. What a dilemma!

  6. wow!! Can't wait to read this book. Sounds exciting!! =)

  7. This book sounds amazing and I'm dying to read it!!! Thanks for the chance :)

  8. I shall read this book for the sole reason that Jennifer L. Armentrout wrote it XD

  9. Thanks for participating in this awesome giveaway ;)

  10. I am sooooo excited for this book! I LOVE JLA's books:)