the curse keepers

The Curse Keepers (The Curse Keepers #1) 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. 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.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

General Overview (No Spoilers).

I liked this book, I was worried that the romance would be too much, it was a little, it did get in the way of the fantasy at times, it did a little but not as much as I thought it would. I really enjoyed the story and the history behind it. The characters were good, but Ellie annoyed me a little, it took her so long to believe what her father had been trying to tell her, her whole life. Also when there was a world to be saved her and Collin just kept having sex when there was so much they could have been doing, I personally think she could have done more to save her friends. Still enjoyed it though. Looking forward to the next one.

4 out of 5 stars

Step by Step Overview (Spoilers).

0% – I am not usually a fan when a fantasy book is categorised as romance as well, but this book looks really good, just hoping the romance is not too mushy.

10% – A curse has been broken, not sure what curse yet. I am entirely intrigued by this curse that split worlds. Already enjoying it greatly.

20-70% –  So spirits have been set loose and they have a gate to close- could they have opened the gates to Hell? The storyline of the curse is intriguing and extremely enjoyable. The romance is not bothering me at all, I am actually quite enjoying the romance side. I would like a little more history on the curse but I am a fantasy not a fantasy romance geek, so they may need a different balance. I would not agree with some peoples classification of it being a YA book, it has a little too much swearing and dirty talk for it to by YA, but as NA it works well. The action scenes are good and I like that the curse is not the only thing getting in their way.

80% – So Collin does have a sweet side, a very sweet side. I like how the romance and the fantasy intermingle, i.e. a romantic gesture is putting salt across a doorway to keep evil spirits out. Collin is looking like he is up to something. Has he sided with the wrong Gods? He keeps wanting to prepare for the worst, does he know the gate won’t close?

90-100% – Was hoping for a little more on the curse at the end, wanted a little more action, but it was still good. It is also only the first one in the series, so there’s plenty of time for that and things to be explained properly. I am looking forward to the second one in the series.

Who would I recommend this book to?

Anyone who likes fantasy, romance or NA. It is a nice read that is full or love, sex, betrayal, and best of all a curse that released spirits upon the world.