Nov 5, 2014


by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pub Date: Sept 18 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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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.

My Review: Ember has changed since the car accident. For one, she is alive when she was supposed to be dead and her eyes are so pale she gets labeled a freak. Oh and she wears gloves all the time now, cause any touch from her will mean death. 

Its been a while since the accident. Right  now her mom sleeps her life away, and Ember is left to care for her sister and take care of everything. She is often late to school and her sister has a gift for bringing things back to life. She does like to bring her pets back, though can you really blame that? Who wouldn't want to have their furry friend around forever? 

Ember also has everyone in her school giving her a hard time. She is about to kill her ex, though it was his fault for touching her, and there are two mysterious guys who know a lot about her. Yep, her life is just going to get even stranger for her.

These two new guys are at her place, and the cute one can touch her. He is able to absorb her gift and tells her he has a gift of his own and doesn't mean any harm to her. Well first off, Ember doesn't see this as a gift right now and if you don't mean her any harm, why knock her out? Why do they expect anyone to trust them after that?  But when she comes back around things are explained to her. Ember has no idea what to think at this point. Someone wanted her dead. Something she didn't expect,  but she also didn't expect to be able to touch Hayden without fear. So she has to figure a way to control this, and be able to touch Hayden and be able to hold her sister. But who is she going to trust? 

I loved this story. It was awesome and I just love Jennifer's writing. I haven't read a book by her that I didn't love yet, and I doubt I will.   

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