The Curse Keepers

The Curse Keepers

by Denise Grover Swank

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The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than 400 years. It’s about to come crashing down.

Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Ellie is a Curse Keeper, the direct descendant of one of the two men who banished the spirits of a warring tribe from the material realm. The story goes that if the two Curse Keepers ever meet again, the countdown to the death of the curse will begin, the gate will open, and the raging Native American spirits will be unleashed to seek their revenge.

Ellie has always taken the legend for a harmless fairy tale. Until she meets the darkly handsome, but downright infuriating, Collin Dailey and realizes that he is the other Curse Keeper. The prophecy is coming true. Now Ellie and Collin must battle supernatural forces and their loathing — and passion — for each other to set things right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477808627
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Series: Curse Keepers Series , #1
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 510,062
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank has written 10 novels, including the “Chosen” series and the Rose Gardner mysteries. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At 19, she became a nomad, living in five cities, four states, and ten houses over the next decade before returning to her roots. Her hobbies include making witty Facebook comments and dancing in the kitchen. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads everyone to believe.

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The Curse Keepers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SamanthaLM More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book is so good! The Curse Keepers is about the lost colony on Roanoke and I love the different angle Denise Grover Swank took with her explanation of what happened to it. It disappeared from a curse and the main characters have a lot to do with the curse that happened 400 years before their time. The book flows so well and although it is sometimes nice to have the story told from both points of view, I really like that this is only told from Ellie’s point of view because we don’t really know what to think of Collin or what he is thinking until it is shown to Ellie. I think it helps keep some mystery to the book and there are twists you may or may not see coming but I love how they are there nonetheless. It is a really good book and I can’t wait to read more of the series.
XxTainaxX More than 1 year ago
Just when I thought I was done with YA, I get pulled right back in. Something magical happens when Ellie and Collin touch. It sets off an adventure that sees them grow and develop as individuals. Do opposites attract? Why yes, they do :) I like heroines that kick butt and take names and Ellie does just that. Great story!
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 5 SOLID stars! Ellie Lancaster thought it was all just an elaborate fairytale – a lost colony that disappeared into thin air over 400 years ago – all part of a curse brought on by a member of the Dare Family, part of her family line.  That is until the gorgeous stranger enters the New Moon Diner, and it suddenly feels like all of the air is sucked out of the room.  And of course Ellie’s match-making boss pushes Ellie his way…and upon just a simple touch, her whole world is forever changed…and intertwined with that of the sexy stranger, Collin Dailey, as the two Curse Keepers – her from the Dare family line, and him from the Manteo family line.  They are humanity’s last chance…and they only have seven days to keep the curse or die trying. I couldn’t put this book DOWN!!  From the first page, I was seriously hooked by Ellie and Collin’s story!  Given that with their first interaction, spark were literally felt by the other, you could feel it as the reader.  While they put up a good front and tried to stay away from each other, their red-hot romance was just that…H-O-T – smoldering even! Ellis is smart, spunky, and a kick-butt red-headed young lady, and while she may feel like she is floundering through her life, she is fiercely loyal and protective of her friends and family.  Collin is just an all around bad-ass Mr. Wrong with a lot of secrets – but together, maybe they can save each other and the world. Ms. Swank has hit yet another home-run with the Curse Keepers series (just like the Chosen series –AWESOME!) – if the 2nd and 3rd of the series are anything like this 1st in the series, we as readers are in for some seriously HOT twists and turns on Ellie and Collins quest to save themselves and the world!  Definitely a 5 star worthy book!
romancenovelsincolor1 More than 1 year ago
A story that elicited a multitude of emotions Bold! Sizzling! Spontaneous Combustion Personified! Denise Grover Swank has created a passionate, gripping, action-packed romance with an historical premise. Combine a little history about the lost Colony of Roanoke, Native American mythology, some paranormal activity of ancient curses and trapped Native American gods, and Ms. Swank really did create a distinctive read that stands apart. Ellie Lancaster, our heroine, has lived her whole life on Roanoke Island where the Roanoke colony has been found. Ellie is an honest, feisty, snarky, caring and entertaining character that you will root for. She provides a few humorous scenes. For instance, in an early scene with one of Ellie’s male companions in her apartment, I was literally laughing out loud at her failed attempts to seduce him. Ellie works in the New Moon Restaurant and helps out at her family’s Bed and Breakfast. Ellie Lancaster’s father had tried to teach her about her heritage as a curse keeper, but after her mother’s death in a home invasion, Ellie mentally blocked out all that he had taught her. Now the curse has been broken, her father is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and Ellie desperately needs to know what she blocked in her mind as she and her fellow curse keeper have just 7 days to fulfill their destinies. Collin Dailey, a Native American, is our hero and the other keeper. Collin has been preparing for the responsibility of his keeper duties his whole life. Collin is a bit of an enigma and I had a love/hate relationship with him. He is brooding, secretive, conceited, condescending, handsome and sinfully delightful. Even though Collin makes it quite clear at first that he isn’t the least bit interested in Ellie, those two have so much sexual chemistry, I thought they would literally melt each others’ faces off with the intensity they generated. I’d like to share with you one of my favorite Collin quotes that left me swooning: “I want you to remember this. What you feel with me.” He kissed my mouth again, then met my gaze, his eyes bright with lust and need. “Remember that I am yours for now and forever. And no man will ever give you what I can.” Ellie and Collin were two exact opposites and yet they play off of each other so perfectly. There’s plenty of sexual tension between the two main characters to get your heart racing and your blood pumping. It took a while for the romance to ignite, but when it did, it was erotically sizzling. There is some profanity and the love scenes are very descriptive. Together the two are forced into an uneasy partnership in a race against time as the Curse Keepers are all that stand between our world and its destruction. Warning: There’s a thoroughly surprising twist at the end that will leave you screaming! I actually don’t mind cliff-hangers as long as I don’t have to wait to read what happens next. Fortunately, the sequel, the Curse Breakers, was released on April 29th. There’s also a prequel novella, this Place is Death, that is already loaded on my reader. Bottomline: This was an incredible read. It elicited a multitude of emotions: humor, sadness, fear, and anger. The tie-in to the Roanoke colony is brilliant and creative. The chemistry between Ellie and Collin was realistic and romantic. Their passion was scorching. I am so invested in these characters that I’m obsessed and dying to read more! This was a great beginning to what promises to be an action packed, unique series filled with history, betrayals, and sizzling HOT romance. -Reviewed by Linda
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great book! This was a great book! This is the first book in the Curse Keepers Series, and does leave you with a cliff hanger.  Ellie is a Curse Keeper, which is a guardian that keeps the banished spirits.  Ellie’s father tried to teach Ellie all he knows about the curse. The curse says that when the two Curse Keepers meet and touch, the gate holding in the evil banished spirits with the open. Ellie meets Collin who is the other Curse Keeper while she is working.  Now they must work together to close the gate. This book had a lot of information and leaves you with a cliff hanger, so I am looking forward to the next book in this series.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Urban Fantasy, so when I saw this on Netgalley, I requested it because it looked like something I would enjoy. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. I rarely DNF books because, firstly, I only read things that I think I will enjoy and secondly because I hate to leave a story unfinished. With this one, I just couldn't get excited about the characters and when I found myself doing housework rather than read the book, I knew it was time to call it done. We first meet Ellie as she is working as a waitress in the local restaurant. It is a place that is usually populated by tourists. Ellie splits her time waiting tables and working at her family's local Bed and Breakfast. Ellie lives in Roanoke Virginia, near the site of the Lost Colony. Her family history states that she is a Curse Keeper.  The direct descendant of one of 2 people who really knew what happened to the colony.  Family legend states that when the 2 Curse Keepers touch, the Colony will reappear and they will have exactly 7 days to close a gate and keep their world from being destroyed.  I really wanted to like this book.  I truly did. But I just couldn't stand Ellie or Collin, the other Curse Keeper.  Ellie thinks that when she told her best friend about the legend, that her mother died as a result. Currently her father has Alzheimer's and they are barely hanging on to the family Bed and Breakfast. Collin on the other had takes it all more seriously, but comes off as a cross between know-it-all jerk and a conman. They are supposed to be working together, neither one of them are telling the other the truth or being straight with each other. Watching the lies and deceptions just got old fast. Quite frankly, I just didn't like either one of them and at the half way mark, I gave up trying.  This of course is only my opinion.  If the book sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to get it and check it out for yourself.  My rating stands at 1 star.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Curse Keepers really does a fascinating storyline. I really did enjoy it. The characters were good. I really didn't enjoy the constant foul language throughout the book. It really wasn't necessary to me. The love scenes were quite a bit more spicy than from other books I read. Looking past the cursing and love scenes, the book was worth the read and I look forward to see what happens in the next book of the series. 4 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy for an honest review. A great paranormal story!! The Roanoke colony has been found. Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life on Roanoke island. She's a waitress in the local diner and one day a stranger comes in that not only changes her life but could change all of the world. She finds out that she is a keeper and the stranger, Collin Dailey, is the other keeper. She always ignored the stories her father told her, but now with death surrounding her she can't deny her fate any longer. Together they have to find a way to work together and to banish the gods that have escaped there prison. I could not put this book down. I had to get the second book immediately!! It was such a  fun and exciting to read and I'm happy to find out that the third book will be out soon. I am so invested in these characters I'm obsessed. SBMorales
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Not Your Typical Curse!! The Curse Keepers. 3.5 stars elevated to 4 for the creativity shown in her history and keeping deep respect for the Native American culture. I would like to thank both NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for granting me the chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influences this review. <blockquote>The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than 400 years. It&rsquo;s about to come crashing down. Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the material realm know what really happened to the colony. Ellie is one of those descendants&mdash;a Curse Keeper. Her father took pains to teach her what he knew of the curse and the responsibilities of its guardians. He taught her that if the two Curse Keepers ever meet, the curse will be lifted, the gate will open, and the raging Native American spirits will be unleashed to seek their revenge. Despite her father&rsquo;s seriousness, Ellie has always taken the legend for a harmless fairy tale. Until she meets the darkly handsome, but downright infuriating, Collin Dailey and realizes everything she was told is true. For when they meet, it&rsquo;s like the air is sucked from the room. Collin&rsquo;s presence is electrifying&hellip; and it&rsquo;s not just attraction Ellie feels, but the inexorable pull toward her destiny. The prophecy is real, and now Ellie and Collin must battle supernatural forces and their loathing&mdash;and passion&mdash;for each other to set things right. The Curse Keepers are all that stand between the world and its destruction.</blockquote> Ellie Lancaster works at the New Moon restaurant and at her family's B&amp;B. Her mom died when she was a little girl, sacrificing her own life to save Ellie. But secretly Ellie has always blamed herself for her mother's death because a few days before she died Ellie had broken THE rule, telling her best friend Claire about the Curse and how she'll be a Curse Keeper someday. After that day no matter how her father pleaded she refused to talk about or learn about the Curse Keeper's, but the time has come that she deeply regrets her stubborn refusal to learn from her father. It all starts the day that Collin Dailey shows up in the restaurant during her shift and suddenly Ellie simply can't breathe - a sign of the two Curse Keepers meeting. And since he is the only new person in the restaurant Ellie knows what he is. Legend states that if the two Curse Keeper's ever meet they only have seven days to close the the gate to Hell or the world will be overrun by the angry &amp; vengeful spirits that got locked away. While sitting at his table Collin suddenly reaches out and grabs Ellie by the hand, sending a jolt of electricity through them both. That single touch also leaves them both with matching marks on their palms. From this point on Ellie's life seems to spiral out of control, and Ellie cherishes control. Ellie is a pretty well grounded woman, one who doesn't believe in the nonsense that her Alzheimer-ridden father continues to spout. He may forget who Ellie is, but he still remembers that damned Curse. Living frugally is second nature to Ellie as she works multiple jobs in an effort to help keep the family home. As much as she loves the place, and all the kind folks who stay at the B&amp;B, she simply can't bring herself to move back in. She values her privacy and personal space too much to manage living with her dad, stepmom, and rotating number of guests. But she is a good girl and works herself to exhaustion daily in her attempt to make up for not moving back in. Plus she simply loves her family. She is a pretty solid character, strong and resilient, but not without her flaws. According to virtually everyone her biggest flaw is her taste in men, and when she really thinks about it she has to agree. She always goes for safe, comfortable men - in other words, boring. At least she did until Collin comes along. The two begin with a very contentious relationship, and as they spend time together things go from bad to worse with Collin repeatedly dragging Ellie into dangerous situations. Yet despite all of the problems neither one can deny the electric chemistry flying between them. Though Collin keeps telling her not to trust him, for once Ellie throws caution to the wind and ignores his warnings, assuming he is talking about his ugly past, the one which is spilling over into their present. But he isn't the only one keeping secrets, and their mutual distrust causes them unnecessary problems. Collin is pretty much up front about who, and what, he is. He makes no effort to hide his past from Ellie, or at least not until the day he takes her out to reach her how to surf. After that day Collin becomes even more conflicted about his relationship with Ellie, but feels trapped by history and his role as the other Curse Keeper. Even though he repeatedly tells Ellie not to trust him and to stay away emotionally, he is unable to resist her, and not strong enough to follow his own advice for both their sakes. The question is, will their new-found love survive the test to come? There is a nice balance between the character building and action throughout the story, creating a smooth arc to the story so that you never feel to bogged down in any one section. The ending leaves plenty of unanswered questions and challenges that remain to be met as the series continues.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Ellie Lancaster has heard the stories about her family's role in the Roanoke curse a thousand times, but she has never gave it any credence until the day Collin Dailey comes into her diner. Over 500 years ago a curse to capture the spirits to a warring Indian tribe went terribly wrong. The only two survivors where made into the The Curse Keepers, a magic ability that was passed down to the oldest child for generations. Legend has it that if the two curse keepers ever meet the veil that holds the spirits at bay will come down and they will have only 7 days to stop hell on earth. Unfortunately, I wasn't crazy about Ellie or Collin. Of course there was some electrifying romantic tension, bad boy/good girl stuff going on but they both seemed shallow, keeping me from becoming emotionally connected. What I did really enjoy was the fabulous imaginative telling of Indian mythology. Denise Grover Swank created an extremely detailed and obviously extensive researched story into the Lost Colony of Roanoke. I reveled in the careful orchestrated idiosyncrasies in Swank's story telling. I was captivated by her take on the Lost Colony and enjoyed the shades of gray to the spirit realm. Swank provides lots of foreshadowing to possible extensions to this plot. I look forward to seeing what comes next. I received this ARC copy of The Curse Keepers from Amazon Publishing - 47North in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication November 19, 2013 Written by: Denise Grover Swank Series: Curse Keepers series  Sequence in Series: Book 1 Paperback: 312 pages Publisher: 47North  Publication Date: November 19, 2013 ISBN-10: 1477808620 Genre: Romantic Suspense, Dark Fantasy
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading Denise Grover Swank&rsquo;s work and The Curse Keepers, the first novel in her new urban fantasy series is fan-freaking-tastic!  After reading the book&rsquo;s description and discovering the setting was in my native state of NC, I just knew it was going to be one I liked, and it turned out to be even better than I expected.     This book appealed to me on so many different levels: The Setting/History/Native American Myths The Outer Banks of North Carolina holds a special place in my heart and is one of my favorite places to vacation,  and Swank sets the story on the small tourist island of Roanoke, NC.  Growing up in N.C., I was very familiar with the history and mysterious disappearance of Roanoke&rsquo;s lost colony, and even after all these years, there is still much speculation about what really happened to the remaining colonists after John White returned from England three years later to find the settlement had been abandoned. Swank provides her own unusual theory about the lost colony by weaving its history into a very creative fictitious plot involving Native American mythology, magic, and the supernatural.  She has created a complex plot centered around two descendants, Ellie and Collin, connected to the colony and their secret responsibility to guard the gate separating the earthly and spiritual worlds. The storyline is engaging and kept me enthralled during the entire book, which I figuratively devoured in one day. The Plot When Ellie and Collin meet in the first chapter of the book, the tension between them is palpable and Ellie&rsquo;s visceral reaction to Collin is what hooked me.  Ellie has no idea their encounter has set in motion events that will endanger her life and threaten the future of humanity. Now the clock is ticking, and time is running out for Ellie who must accept the responsibilities given to her as a Curse Keeper and take the necessary measures to close the gate to keep angry, vengeful gods and spirits from entering the earthly realm. The problem? Ellie has no clue what she's supposed to do and is forced to rely upon, Collin, the second Curse Keeper whom she finds both infuriating and desirable to help her survive the next seven days.  The Characters  Ellie Lancaster is the protagonist, and the entire story is told from her POV, which is effective in building suspense since readers only get her limited viewpoint, and when secrets and revelations come to light, I was just as shocked as she as her world spins out of control right up to the very end.  I couldn&rsquo;t help but like Ellie; she&rsquo;s down-to-earth, funny, and witty even though she frustrated the heck out of me at first because she kept denying the truth&hellip;that all those stories her father told her about being a Curse Keeper are true, and now she needs to step up and become the protector she is destined to be.  However, when Ellie does finally get in the game and accept her magical gifts, she is a woman to be reckoned with, and she really steps up to earn my admiration and respect.  Ellie is a gutsy young woman who has the gumption to stand up to the arrogant, drop-dead gorgeous Collin, who tries to intimidate her at every turn throughout the first half of the book. She has the attitude and the snark to put him in his place when he deserves it.  Their witty banter and bickering are engaging and at times downright hilarious. Even in the midst of danger and despair, Ellie finds ways to lighten the somberness of the situation and ease the tension. Collin is a complicated character and what you see is not always what you get with him. On the surface, he&rsquo;s cocky, aloof, and most definitely a heartbreaker.  He&rsquo;s a man with his own agenda and will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He even tells Ellie not to trust him, even though he seems to always have her best interests at heart.  Ellie wavers back and forth over just how much she can trust Collin and early on is so suspicious of his motives, she doesn&rsquo;t want to let him out of her sight. Collin is a mysterious man with many secrets, only some of which are revealed in this first book.  The Romance The chemistry between Ellie and Collin is potent, especially when they link their magic together. Swank gradually builds the sexual tension between them until it becomes clear that it isn't if they will get together, but when. &ldquo;Are you an angel or enchantress, Ellie Lancaster?&rdquo; I kissed him long and slow, nipping his lower lip and licking behind it. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m whichever you want me to be.&rdquo;  *** &ldquo;You must be an enchantress. You have me under your spell.&rdquo; He kissed me this time, making my pulse rise.  &ldquo;And what does that make you?&rdquo; I teased. &ldquo;Yours.&rdquo;  The end of the book is intense, shocking, and left me greedy for the next installment! This is a series I will most certainly continue to follow.   I received an ARC of this book from the publisher to review for an honest opinion. The quotes used are taken from a pre-published copy and may be changed or omitted in the published version.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Really, DGS? REALLY? That ending?! I mean, I totally saw it coming, but hello knife in my chest!!!!! Gahhh! This book! You guys. Amazing. Holy crap. AMAZING. I loved every minute of it! I already knew Denise was one heckuva writer, as I've read and loved her contemporary romances, After Math and Redesigned. But WOW. She has completely blown me away with this one! Urban Fantasy can be a tricky genre to write, but Denise has nailed it! I love how she combined the history of the Lost Colony of Roanoke with Native American lore and her own imagination. I was so intrigued- I had never read a book like this before and I loved the idea behind it- two people, known as the Curse Keepers, who are destined to prevent the gates of hell from opening and releasing the evil spirits into this world. You can really tell DGS has done her research and I was completely fascinated when I read the Author's Note at the end and saw how much she made her own. No aspect of this story seemed forced or that Denise was reaching/grasping at straws to make her story work. DGS mentions in my interview below with her that Ellie might very well be one of her favorite characters ever. I totally see that because I really enjoyed Ellie's character myself. She is tough as nails even though she has known great loss in her life. She isn't the type of girl to put up with any crap and I love how quick/often she calls Collin on his. She is funny, witty, and above all- she's real. She has her insecurities and vulnerabilities, and even though she tries to remain tough on the outside at all times, there are times where we see her fall apart and while she sees it as weakness, I saw a scared girl who is having the fate of the world (literally) thrust upon her shoulders and basically told to have faith in something she has fought so long not to believe. Ellie has not had much luck in the relationship department. She keeps choosing men who are stable and dependable- she isn't for living on the edge and bad boys are not her thing. However, when Collin Dailey walks through the doors to the restaurant she works at- all bets are off. Ellie didn't have a chance in hell in resisting that man. Oh, Collin. Where do I start? I had a love/hate relationship with Collin. He is cocky, arrogant, and a bit unfeeling in the beginning. He and Ellie do NOT get along, and it's clear that after discovering they are the other Curse Keeper, that they are only spending time together for the purpose of doing their destined jobs. I loved their back and forth banter. Even though Collin makes it quite clear he isn't the least bit interested in Ellie, those two have so much sexual chemistry, I thought they would literally melt each others' faces off with the intensity in which they looked at one another. Collin continuously warns Ellie that he is not to be trusted, and while she doesn't at first, spending time together makes her rethink that choice. Watching Collin and Ellie's relationship change and evolve into so much more was such a lovely addition to the novel. Being a romance girl, I loved that the romance played a secondary role in the book. Collin is a bit of an enigma. There is so much more to him than meets the eye- while he may come across as nothing but a cocky flirt, he really does have depth to him. As the book progresses, we see his resolve towards Ellie start to crack and he can no longer hold back how he feels for her, even though he knows he should. &quot; I want you to remember this. What you feel with me.&quot; He kissed my mouth again, then met my gaze, his eyes bright with lust and need. &quot;Remember that I am yours for now and forever. And no man will ever give you what I can.&quot; One of Ellie's greatest character traits is her devotion and dedication to her friends and family. She makes tremendous sacrifices to help keep her father and stepmothers' inn running and in business, and goes to see her father every day, no matter how painful the visit may be. When she finds out she is the one being targeted by the ancient gods, she worries constantly about their safety and her best friend Claire's. Ellie is far from selfish and I liked that she thought about the consequences to her destiny. I feel like I'm going to die waiting for the next book in the series to come out. It's not that this one left off on a cliffhanger per say, but it definitely leaves you ready to discover what in the world is going to happen next. Ellie is going to be back with a vengeance and I would NOT want to cross her. She has experienced so much in this book- from falling in love to making sacrifices for her loved ones, to heartbreak and betrayal- I admire her resilience and I am so ready to see where she takes us in The Curse Breakers!
mayrapreble More than 1 year ago
some of this story was close to my heart my dad has alzheimers so I understood some of what Ellie was going through can't wait to see where Denise takes up on this journey. Felt like this was a foundation for the stories to come setting the stage for lots of excitment!
HeatherMcC More than 1 year ago
GREAT READ We ease into Ellie's busy life with hints of a family curse that has to do with the lost colony of Roanoake. Ellie is instantly relateable and likeable as someone who works beyond hard to help support her family and is loyal to her friends. With family secrets and tragedy hiding in her past, she is nearly as mysterious as the gorgeous, magnetic man who walks into the diner where she works and turns her world upside down. Ellie and Collin do not go gently into each other's arms, they both resist the magnetism between them every step of the way. But the magic between them is more than just chemistry and it won't be denied. This novel pulled me along through the exciting twists and turns at a pace that I don't often read anymore. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would highly recommend it for fans of adult paranormal books.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
History question time: Do you know what happened to the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590? Did they all perish? Leave the harsh environment for somewhere else? Get absorbed into friendly Native American tribes? Or could there have been a curse to protect humanity from the wrath of evil spirits? The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank, may solve the mystery. Two families, one curse, one Curse Keeper in each generation and after over 400 years the curse is broken and the clock is ticking, Ellie and Collin have one week to close the gap between worlds that will unleash Hell on Earth. Too bad they really can&rsquo;t stand each other. Or can they? Ellie has ignored what her father tried to teach her, Collin has believed and absorbed the knowledge passed down. Can he convince Ellie that they must act quickly to save the world? Denise Grover Swank has a great plot, some nasty, spooky spirits, tension between the main characters and can set up a scene that will play out in your mind in Technicolor. What was hard for me was liking the main characters, tension is okay, secrets are okay, and I like some mystery to a character, but I still need &ldquo;depth of character&rdquo; and at least some likable quality with dimension to grab onto! Neither character seemed to do that for me, but, I did find Ellie&rsquo;s father, an Alzheimer&rsquo;s patient to have that dimension, too bad the shallow Ellie referred to his condition as &ldquo;crazy.&rdquo; Ouch. I received an ARC edition in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley and Amazon Publishing - 47North.