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 with 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 adopted 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 may not’ve 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.
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I found the blurb interesting and thought I’d pick it up. This is a stand-alone novel written by one of my favorite authors. As usual, the character development was amazing and the author really does get into different people’s motivations very well. While this is a YA paranormal romance, it isn’t part of a series, and I think it should stay that way, personally. I didn’t get into Hayden as much as some of JLArmentrout’s other boys, but he’s a decent enough type of guy. Ember was as usual easy to relate to and get into and I really did like her. Yet she isn’t like a super awesome character like Kat in the Lux series.
What sets this novel apart really is that there is a lot more mystery in it. It’s a bit of a who-dun-it type novel regarding to certain aspects of Ember’s past – or rather her death. Although, I kind of did see the villain coming a mile away. I really can’t wax poetically about the plot or characters.
So overall, a decent read, but nothing I’d write home about or give fangirl squeals over. I recommend this to any JLArmentrout fan as we all like to read her, but otherwise, it’s a decent read if you want to pick it up. Don’t expect the usual brilliance though. I rate it 3.5 stars!
Jennifer L. Armentrout – website
Anyone else pick this up to read? What were your thoughts? And would you read a book by a favorite author, simply because it’s by your favorite author?