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Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Curse Keepers Blog Tour

Title: The Curse Keepers
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Release Date: November 19, 2013


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.

Simone's Review
*ARC received in return for an honest review

I  love paranormal reads and when I read the blurb on this story I was intrigued as I thought this one was going to be different to others I have read, a story with ancient curses and trapped Native American gods.

When Ellie Lancaster was a child her father told her about legends and a curse that will become a big part of her life in her adult years, and tried to teach her about her heritage as a Curse Keeper. But after her mother's death when a intruder broke in and murdered her, Ellie was so traumatised that she mentally blocked out all that her father had told her
. Ellie's father is now suffering with Alzheimer's Disease and she needs this vital information to try and piece the puzzle together to shut the gate before the Native American spirits, who have been trapped for 400 years descend and seek their revenge.

Collin Dailey, a Curse Keeper, is drawn into town to seek the other Curse Keeper of this generation. He is a whole lot of sexy, mean and moody but also really arrogant. To be honest I really didn't warm to his character even though he was hot. I didn't like the way he treated Ellie. But then at the beginning of the story Ellie did not seem to care much for him either, even though there was a definite spark between the two when they first met. They put their feelings aside as both Ellie and Collin know they have to work together and fight against time with only seven days to seal the gate.

Collin has taken his role of Curse Keeper very seriously his whole life but has made some choices along the way that has lead him into a very seedy way of life. One of his criminal connections is a criminal boss who seems over eager to get his hands on Ellie. He thinks she is something of value to him, as he sees how over protective Collin is of her which is very out of character for Colin - he never cares or gets close to any woman.

I began this story not really liking Ellie or Colin very much but Ellie grew on me the further I got in to the story. She stopped whining and became more kick ass, I do like a strong leading lady!! I thought Collin was just very obnoxious and uncaring at times. I find it hard to believe that they can have any kind of normal loving relationship.

I enjoyed The Curse Keepers, particularly the Native American mythology. The characters  are very well written and developed as is the story. The ending is set up nicely for the next book in the series. 

If you like paranormal romance with mystery and some unexpected twists and turns then this is the book for you.

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About Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period.  Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.)  Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks.  She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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