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by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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 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.

978-0-9831572-7-4 (hardcover)
978-1-937053-12-3 (trade paper: 2013)

978-1-937053-13-0 (e-book)

Read the first chapters here (PDF).

Coming September 18th, 2012.

Praise for Cursed:

“[Jennifer Armentrout’s] characters are so strong and real to me that I can't help but roll through the same emotions that they do.  Her stories are unpredictable and impossible to put down.  What's even better, is she just keeps putting out more books that I love.  I could take her books with me to that deserted isle and be perfectly happy as long as I got every new one she ever writes.” – Stuck in Books

“5 stars—Mystery woven between paranormal and love—this book will rock your world!... JLA is my favorite. This book is a classic example of why... DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!”    — Stuck in Books

“There were so many twists that kept me on my toes, some predictable, some out-of-this-world. I had trouble putting this book down, it was so good! I would bookmark my page and then two seconds later, I would be coming back for more.”    — The Bucket List

“Jennifer L. Armentrout writes it like no one else. In my opinion, she is the queen of romantic paranormal YA fiction... For fans of Obsidian and Half- Blood, Cursed is a must read—you will not be disappointed!” — The Revolving Bookcase

“Seductive and enigmatic—Cursed has plenty of thrills and kills to go around!”    — Wicked Awesome Books

“This book was fantastic... I’d definitely recommend it, particularly to fans of Shatter Me who want to try a book of the same flavor minus the dystopian influence. I’d also recommend it to the readers who are hungry for semi- paranormal stories that don’t involve vampires, fairies, or werewolves for once. Finally, all the current YA readers who are dying for another love story without the love triangle influence, like I typically am, should definitely pick up a copy of Cursed!” — Memoirs of a Teenage Bibliophile

“Cursed for me was a no-putter-downer. Ha, I made up a phrase. Anyway, what I mean is that even when I wanted to break, maybe pull out my gameboy and play some Pokémon, but the book it called to me. The book dragged me in with its first two pages and held me tight to the very end.” — Lost Train Of Thoughts

“Cursed is to die for... Literally.”    — Bookittyblog.com

“Jennifer Armentrout has dazzled her fans again in her upcoming young adult paranormal release, Cursed. I am a huge Jennifer Armentrout fan and absolutely love everything she has written, and she has amazed me yet again with Cursed.”    — Always YA at Heart

“After reading Cursed, we are now positive about one thing: Jennifer L. Armentrout is the Queen of crafting novels with kick-butt heroines, drop-dead gorgeous guys and loads of sexual tension! Long live the Queen!”    — YA Sisterhood

“Between the fast-paced, suspenseful plot and complex characters, I could not put this book down. Armentrout kept me guessing the entire time, and that doesn’t happen often. I love the fact that nothing about this book is predictable. Be prepared to lose some sleep with this one.”    — Fall Into Books

“If you love romance, you will love Ember’s and Hayden’s tale. If you love action, you will love to lace up your sneakers and run with Ember. If you love mystery, you will love to break out your CSI skills and try to figure out what is happening to Ember. And most of all, if you love just a damn good book that you can’t put down and refuse to part with (even to pee and eat) you will love Cursed.” -- Tater’s Tall Tails

“Watching Ember go from the girl who would not meet anyone’s eyes as she walked down the halls to a girl who realized she truly had a gift was really enjoyable. Cursed is different from Jennifer Armentrout’s other books, but it’s a great change of pace. I totally loved Dead Hamster Girl!”  -- DforDarla’s Definite Reads

“Jennifer L. Armentrout has once again written another book that I have fallen in love with. I’m already a huge fan of her previous books so I went into this book with high expectations and Cursed was even better than I could have ever expected. Cursed had everything that I love to read in a story: an interesting supernatural element, great characters, and a well developed plot.” -- The Reading Geek

“I was astonished at the perfect combination of sci-fi and paranormal romance. Armentrout has a writing style that makes her books hard to put down!... Jennifer L. Armentrout has stunned her fans again. With heart- stopping moments and a plot that will keep you guessing till the end, you don’t want to miss this marvelous addition to the young-adult genre.” -- Unearthly Reviews

“5 stars—Mystery woven between paranormal and love—this book will rock your world!... JLA is my favorite. This book is a classic example of why... DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!”    — Stuck in Books

“I loved this book so much.... it’s my favorite book of 2012 so far.” -- Sucked Into Books

“From the very first page I could not put this book down. It’s heart-stopping and exciting and every page leaves you breathless and needing more. I think Cursed is my favourite book of all time, yea not just of Jennifer’s but ever. But really no books in the world can top Jennifer’s; her books are just that good. Cursed is a mind-blowing story that is unputdownable and will stay with you long after you have finished the last page... If I could give this book a million stars I would. This book is not to be missed out on. A must-read that I will read over and over again!” -- K-Books

“Even with her deadly touch, extreme situation and physical scars, Ember always feels real and accessible. With her wit, intelligence, resourcefulness and fiery temper, this is a girl that I would totally hang out with and love to have in my corner. I'm a sucker for heartwarming and heartwrenching sister relationships, and Ember and Olivia have such a beautiful, yet fragile relationship that is wonderfully written.” – World Spelunking Review

 “I love Jennifer’s writing style, and will definitely be reading everything of hers I can get my hands on.”  -- Sweet Southern Home

 “How can you not love a story that shows growth, I love Jennifer's writing and has since fallen under spell ever since I picked up her book last year. So when I hear a curse + girl can equal into anything add in a smexy guy and swoon is bound to happen. It grabbed me the moment that Ember was taken elsewhere and had me literally gripping my Arc for dear life.” – Silent T’s Book Blog

 “Bottom line: Intense, both emotionally, romantically and in action. Great characters and love the premise.” – Blkosiner’s Book Blog

 “Armentrout has a knack for tight plotting; not once did I yawn and think to myself, “When will this be over?” or “When will the excitement kick in?”” – The Teen Bookworm

 “So all in all, Cursed is a gripping and heart-pounding read - one that is full of mystery and enjoyable scenes. If you've never read a book by Jennifer L. Armentrout then I highly recommend you do, I promise, you won't be disappointed.” – Book Passion for Life

 “I truly believe it would a crime to JLA fans everywhere if these characters aren’t expanded on (<<shameless emotional blackmail)—because their potential for awesomeness as far as stories go is HUGE!” – Bookaroo-Ju Reads to Review

 “Ms Armentrout is amazing with her story-telling; the mystery, humor, action and fascinating plot kept me absolutely enthralled. Her writing is entertaining and perfectly detailed, you are immediately pulled in to the world she has created and drawn to the well-developed characters.” – Obsession with Books

 “This being my first book by Jennifer L. Armentrout I can definitely say that I will be reading more books by her in the future. “ – Rondo of a Possible World

 “I read this story in a little over a day, I enjoyed it so much. I’m always a sucker for a good mystery and there is a thriller/mystery aspect to the plot that makes it so much more than another paranormal romance.” – Simply Infatuated

 “If you're in the mood for a stand alone novel with an overall contemporary feel, but just enough paranormal elements to keep the story fantastical - then I highly recommend reading this book.”
-- Greads

 “I enjoyed Ember’s story, so if you think you’ll want to see her figure out who is responsible for the accident that destroyed their lives and learn whether she can trust herself or the people around her, then you’ll want to read Cursed when it’s released in September.” – This Blonde Reads

“I loved the romance and the struggle for Ember to take control of her power and self-confidence.” – Some Like it Paranormal

 “Cursed will keep you guessing and wondering what next in Ember's life. What I really like is that Cursed ended on a good note, but has the possibility of becoming a series if Jennifer wants it too. I would like to explore more in the world of the gifted and even possibly The Facility.”  -- Once Upon a Twilight

 “Cursed is and wonderful standalone of 2012 and another amazing success of JLA. I enjoyed it page by page, and finished the book in four hours. A highly recommended for all JLA fans, also for those who craves for romance, suspense and action.” – Pages From My Thoughts

 “Filled with emotional and sexual tension, Cursed delivered hot goods that romantics will absolutely love. But it is also this: tragic. I recommend this to fans of Jennifer Armentrout and readers of paranormal romance.” – Fragments of Life

 “The plot may be one that is fairly on trend right now in YA (girl's touch kills, x-men stuff going on etc.), but Jennifer still manages to make it entirely her own. I think she can make ANYTHING original and fun. I also loved the mystery aspect too, and it was one of the factors why I couldn't put this book down. I don't think I need to say anything about her writing. WE ALL KNOW HOW GOOD JEN IS, RIGHT? Especially her writing and her swoony scenes. Sigh.” – The Book Goddess

 “Once again, Jennifer L Armentrout has written a book that captivated me from beginning to end! “– Once Upon a Prologue

 “I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book! Warning! I will be gushing from here on out, through the rest of this review, because there was only ONE thing I didn't like about this book and that was that it ENDED “ – Booking It With Haley

 “Jennifer you just don't disappoint me! Once I again I am completely enthralled by the world you have created and have fallen in love with your magnificent characters.” – Crazed Bookie

“I have loved everything of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s that I’ve read so I had very high hopes for Cursed. Let me tell you – with one little book JLA blew my expectations out of the water. Cursed is an absolute must read for YA fans. This book has everything! Excitement, mystery, a healthy dose of “what the hell is going on”, a completely kick ass and lovable heroine and a 100% swoon-worthy male lead. What else could you possibly want? Fantastic writing? Well look no further!” – Words at Home

 “I feel like I have waited for this book FOREVER!!!!” – Nightlyreading

 “My first Spencer Hill Press title (of many, I’m sure) and I’m in love... I really enjoyed Cursed and will be reading more JLA books in the near future.” – Reawrite

 “Is this a book I would recommend people to buy and try? YES absolutely this book is a 5/5 stars for me…” – Book-Dessert

 “Jennifer has lived up to her now trademark reputation and has delivered another incredibly amazing heroine and super hot yet mysterious guy who loves her, that all her readers can swoon over and dream about.  Cursed is another outstanding novel from an outstanding author.” – Always YA At Heart

 “Cursed had everything I loved to be in a book. The mystery that kept me guessing, the steamy romance with a very alluring love-interest, and a loveable M(ain)C(haracter).” – Bookworm Recommendations

"What an amazing story.  The characters were unbelievable. You really felt like you knew them. Ember, the main character, was my favorite. Jennifer did an outstanding job getting you to understand their feelings and points of view."

"The overall believability of this story is very high. You can relate to the characters' courage, strengths, and determination in any real life situation. Especially with the help and companionship of great friends."

- The Irish Banana