Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Curse Keepers Series by Denise Grover Swank

Title: The Curse Keepers
Author: 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.

Title: The Curse Breakers
Author: Denise Grover Swank
For more than four hundred years, the Curse Keepers guarded the barrier between the human and spirit realms. All that changed the day Ellie Lancaster met Collin Dailey. Prophecy demanded they defend the world from evil? Even as it ignited a passion that threatened to consume them both.

Now Ellie faces a frightening new life, abandoned by the man she loves and tormented by malevolent spirits unleashing their vengeance upon the earth. Her only shot at protecting humanity?and herself? From the demon scourge is to claim the mark of the god Ahone as her own. Finding it means trusting Dr. David Preston, a handsome professor of Native American studies whose skepticism is surpassed only by his attraction to Ellie. Together they must finish what the Curse Keepers began, defying the forces of darkness to face hell on earth? And unlock the truth of Ellie's destiny.

Title: The Curse Defiers
Author: Denise Grover Swank
For centuries the gods have waited—for the betrayal that will release them, for the traitors who will defend them, for the warrior who will challenge them. Now at long last the gate between the human and spirit worlds is open, and with it, an army of vengeful demons poised to swarm the earth. Only the Curse Keepers, Ellie Lancaster and Collin Dailey, can stop it…if they can break free from a tangled web of treachery, jealousy, and lies.

Torn between two men—her heart belongs to David, yet her soul is bound to Collin’s—Ellie no longer knows who she can trust. Demons slipping through the gate are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake, each death a chilling reminder of the power of the ancient spirits to bring humanity to its knees. Faced with an unimaginable future, Ellie realizes the time has come to turn her back on prophecy and choose her own destiny—even if it means defying the gods themselves.

In the thrilling conclusion to the Curse Keepers trilogy, humanity faces its final battle for survival!

My Review:                            

The Curse Keepers Series by Denise Grover Swank is one of my favorite series. I am usually not a big paranormal fan but this one was recommended to me by a friend so I decided to give it a try. I’ve read other books by Denise Grover Swank from a different genre and I loved them so it wasn’t a hardship to take the leap. And once I started reading, I simply couldn’t stop. The story was so captivating and enchanting that I read each one of the books in one sitting.

There were moments that I really loved the characters and others when I was really disappointed in their actions. In the beginning of the series, the heroine Ellie definitely wasn’t my favorite person. To me she looked a little bit flighty but I loved seeing how she changes through out the series and accepts her destiny. That’s not to say that I haven’t been frustrated with her through the rest of the books.

Of course in addition to the stubborn heroine, there is a hot and sexy bad boy, Collin Dailey. He is the other half of the Curse Keepers duo and he definitely knows how to mess things up. Most of his actions are really surprising and unexpected. And yes, he makes some bad decisions but in the end there is just no way not to fall in love with him. All the same, there is just no woman on Earth who doesn’t crave a bad boy in her life, at least a little bit.

To make things more interesting, Denise Grover Swank, adds the really hot and sexy British professor David Preston. He is smart and a specialist in Native American studies. He is also Ellie’s only source of information. Even though he is quite skeptical about the whole curse story, his attraction to Ellie makes him one of her allies in her fight with the forces of Darkness.

For me a really big winning point for this series, was that it is based on real historical facts. The mysterious Lost Colony of Roaonoke island really did exist and there are a lot of unanswered questions about that historical fact.

So if you enjoy mysteries, suspense, and a good romantic love triangle, I definitely recommend this read. I can guarantee that you will enjoy it J.  The third book in the series is coming out September 30th.

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