Nov 27, 2013

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in The Curse Keeper tour by Denise Grover Swank. Hosted by the awesome InkSlinger PR.

The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

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 was so captivated by Denise Grover Swanks On the Otherside series, that I was thrilled to reader her latest New Adult series The Curse Keepers. Swank keeps the same intense plot line that I loved about her other series, plus being teamed up with some fantastic mythology I knew I was hooked. I will definitely be continuing this new series.

The Curse Keepers follows Ellie Lancaster a local of a popular tourist town called Roanoke. She lives her life waiting tables and helping keep her families bed and breakfast afloat. But when a stranger comes to town everything about her life changes when he touches her. Collin Dailey isn’t easy to get along with and makes Ellie’s life more complicated when she finds out her families history is true. Ellie and Collin are Curse Keepers and together they must close a gate that will release angry spirits into the world. But they only have seven days to close it and seven days to trust each other.

Ellie is a girl that doesn’t really have a goal planned out for herself. She has always known about the family history of the Curse Keepers but always thought it was a fairy tale, that was until she meets Collin. What I liked most about Ellie was that she was spirited, she had a spark about her; she showed her love to her friends and family and would do anything for them. When ever there is danger she thinks about others before herself. Her only major flaw is that she doesn’t want to believe wants right in front of her and her libido sometimes gets in the way. Her families past unfold through out the book and I loved the differentiation between her family’s traditions and Collins. Plus I couldn’t get enough of the passion and intense moments between Collin and Ellie; these two have some serious tension. She has to make some tough decisions and learn about a life that was forgotten, I can already tell she’s going to be a great fighter.

Collin is extremely complex, it was hard to figure him out and he is definitely hiding something. His demeanor toward Ellie is anything but friendly when they first meet but after finishing, I now know why. His side of the story fascinated me; he is full of secrets both good and bad. I did feel for him at certain points because I knew he was going to do something extreme, but in the end he really cares for Ellie. I’m going to root for him no matter what; I’ll just hope that Ellie can figure out what to do next.

Overall this was another win for Swank, she is a wonderful writer who always knows how to keep her plotlines super intriguing and the suspense all the way until the final page. The mythology was really well done; I love the history of the Curse Keepers, along with the gods and spirits. There are still many questions I have but mostly the end closed up a lot of the loose ends. There is a cliffhanger but not one that will have the readers going crazy for to having wait too long. But nonetheless I seriously can’t wait for the next book. The mystery, romance, mythology and paranormal elements that make up this story will hook anyone from beginning to end.


This is a new adult book with some sexual content meant for readers 18 and older. Fans of Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series and Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series will love The Curse Keepers.

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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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