Review: The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

Posted 9 January, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover SwankThe Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank
Series: The Curse Keepers #1
Publisher: 47North on November 19, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 314
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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. 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—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’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’s like the air is sucked from the room. Collin’s presence is electrifying… and it’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—and passion—for each other to set things right.

The Curse Keepers are all that stand between the world and its destruction.


Favorite Quote(s):

 “My eyes widened in disbelief. ‘Where did you learn that?’ ‘Casing the Joint 101 at the school for Mischief and Shenaniganry, of course. I think I passed you in the hall on the way to Entrapping the Eligible Billionaire Bachelor.’”

 “‘You must be an enchantress. You have me under your spell.’ He kissed me this time, making my pulse rise. ‘And what does that make you?’ I teased. ‘Yours.’”

Favorite Character: Ellie I suppose.
First Line:

“The moment I laid my eyes on him, I knew he was trouble.”

My Musings: I absolutely adored Denise Grover Swank’s Off the Subject series, so when I saw this novel on Netgalley, I couldn’t help but request it. Although it was a completely different genre than the Off the Subject series, I knew that it wouldn’t let me down.

The Curse Keepers has a very interesting premise: a curse that was set long ago, that resulting in the disappearance of the Roanoke colony. The curse has been passed down until the two curse keepers of the two lines met, and opened the gate. They would then have seven days to close it and save the world from the spirits that were behind it.

Enter Collin and Ellie. The two curse keepers from the two lines. When Collin shows up at the little diner that Ellie works at, all of the air is sucked out of the room. And when they touch, the gate is opened. However, this is hard for Ellie to accept, as she’s sworn off the curse as a fairy tale and not as real. But when Collin is adamant on closing the gate and people she knows start dying, she realizes that the curse is in fact real.

“I wasn’t just a Keeper of the Curse; I was a Keeper of the Manitou of every living thing threatened by the gods and spirits. I felt the loss of the dead birds we’d seen over the last two days, the unbalance it caused. And more I hadn’t even known about. Deer in the forest. Cows on a farm on the mainland. Dogs, cats, raccoons,. The Manitou cried for the loss. It was up to me and the man before me to right the wrongs.”

Ellie was a nice character. She really had no direction in her life. She was a waitress at a diner and helped work at her parent’s bed and breakfast. She was average. She didn’t believe in the curse, or refused to, since her mother died after she told her best friend about it. So when she’s tasked with saving the world, she’s apprehensive. Regardless, once she became serious about it, she became determined to do what was right.

“‘Who are you?’ He stopped and looked over his shoulder. ‘Collin. Collin Dailey. Manteo’s Keeper.’ I stayed in front of the door for several seconds, watching him disappear down the stairs. When anyone else used the staircase, I always heard the thuds of their footsteps, even in my apartment. But Collin’s were silent. That was a great stalker skill.”

Collin was a very…unique character. He was a hard character to read. He was wishy-washy and not at all seeming worthy of trust. He was shady in his actions and the information that he told Ellie, and he just rubbed me the wrong way. Sure, he had some fantastically cute moments where you couldn’t help but love him, but those were few and far between.

“Collin lifted his head, his eyes burning bright. ‘Ellie, you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I can’t lose you.’ His words shocked me and made me want him more. This man, who never committed to anyone or anything, claimed to want me.”

The two of them together literally was powerful. Their power connected on such a deep level–their souls. At first, they tried to deny it–they fought and bickered and everything in between. But they finally gave in to the chemistry that bonded them. And it was steamy. It felt like the only time when they were truly being themselves was when they were together.

“How would the spirits even know who we were? How did one defend oneself against an angry spirit? I wasn’t about to ask the angry human in front of me.”

The world building in this novel was well thought out. We didn’t see much world building in the Off the Subject novels as they were contemporary, but in this novel, it was very apparent. You could tell that Swank did her research on the area and the history of the Roanoke colony, and she used it to weave an intricate world of curses, spirits, and gods.

The Curse Keepers was a fun and fantastic novel to read. It kept me hooked in with its interesting premise and was unlike anything that I ‘ve read before. It’s definitely a book for an mythology lovers, and I can’t wait to see what Swank brings us next.

3.5 Stars

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