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Publisher's Summary

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.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things - including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming that Ember's 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 weird even her out.

When Ember learns that the accident that turned her into a freak 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 gets to losing not only her heart but her life. For real this time.

©2012 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Armentrout puts a fresh twist on this occult tale, creating a paranormal setting that has the right mix of suspense, mystery, romance, and adventure. Gripping characters with an X-Men feel drive the plot, leaving readers wondering who is innocent and who is guilty."----School Library Journal

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  • 18-11-19

Why did I wait so long to listen to this GEM!

In a word this book was emotional. I really enjoyed the ride the author took us on.
Ember is struggling not only with being her sister’s caregiver but because of what her sister can do and the results of the tragedy she has lived through.

I loved the world building Jennifer gives us, it’s never forced it always seems so organic. It makes for an intriguing story and one you won’t want to put down.
I kind of wish this was a series because I would love to know more about some of the other characters and even more Ember I mean the way the book ends it could lead to so much more.

I loved the narration Saskia gives the emotion the inflection and the heartbreak in her voice it's wonderful and keeps you gripped in the story.

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  • Kristin
  • 30-12-14

Wonderful!!

It's a mix of mystery, intrigue, and romance. And excellent listening experience. Your heart will wrench one moment, and skyrocket the next.

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  • Lizi McKibben
  • 19-05-15

Awesome

Favorite author. Never disappoints. I hope this one gets a sequel but still great as a stand alone. Also it's not about what you expect.

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  • Donna
  • 30-12-14

Great

Great story! I enjoyed listening to this book. Narrator did a good job. Crazy twist and turns in the book.

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  • James
  • 30-09-15

Couldn't decide if the family was good or bad

Ember's gift was triggered by her death & resurrection. Her new life sucked but she did everything possible to care for her little sister. Not being able to simply touch her sister w/o gloves is heartbreaking. All that I could empathize with but being immediately attracted to a guy who is clearly dangerous, especially when all Olivia has is Ember to care for her. I don't understand but maybe that's just my wariness showing. Then the whole kidnap/adopt thing, again hard to believe & the family just seems off, morally ambiguous, broken, etc. The one redeeming thing about the Cromwell family is that they love each other. Hayden, is a stalker & totally messes with Ember's head. She is so vulnerable after being unable to touch or get close to anyone for two years. Add hormones to that & Ember was in trouble. Hayden didn't act like a gentleman. The story was interesting in a read once kind of way. The narrator was good but I prefer the males to sound more male. This definitely isn't one of my favorite books but I did like the book.

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  • One Happy Mom
  • 27-09-20

Not Bad

Not the worst read. The narrator's voice was a little bland at parts, but it was easy enough to follow. The plot was predictable, but made for a fun, fluffy read.

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  • Cassandra
  • 13-09-20

Definitely recommend

LOVED it. first audio book since Harry Potter that I've liked and have been able to finish. Jennifer L Armentrout's novels are beautifully written. I just wish there was more to this story.

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  • Heather N.
  • 27-01-20

Amazing!

Jennifer L. Armentrout did it again with my emotions! k honestly did not think I would like it for some reason, but it's quite the opposite! I LOVE it! Great story and characters! Love the Narrator as well! She did amazing!

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  • Gary Floyd
  • 08-10-19

Captivating!

I think I have found a new author to binge. I love the way she tells her story. I binged this book in two days. Narrator does a great
Job at keeping you engaged as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-19

No swearing

The story was great, and the reader was great, but I don’t approve or like swearing in young adult books

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  • 28-01-15

Yet another irritating female lead

I really wanted to like this story, but unfortunately that was made almost impossible by the female lead character. She's yet another whiny, infuriatingly weak-willed female character that just lays down and takes all the abuse and rubbish that is thrown at her, rather than stand up for herself. It's impossible to like her or feel and kind of sympathy for her. You just want to shake her and tell her to grow a pair.

The narrator did a really good job, and I would be happy to listen to another title narrator by her.