The Curse Keepers Collection (Curse Keepers) by Denise Grover Swank ★★★★

The Curse Keepers Collection
The Curse Keepers Collection (Curse Keepers)
by Denise Grover Swank 
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Synopsis: Curse Keepers series, now offered in a single collection containing the full text of all three novels and three prequel novellas, plus:

• An all-new introduction by the author, Denise Grover Swank
• All six works presented in the author’s preferred reading order

The wall between our world and a world full of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than four hundred years…and it’s about to come crashing down. In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank’s epic paranormal romance series, the Curse Keepers, two reluctant yet brave heroes are all that stand between the world’s survival and its total destruction.

The Curse Keepers (Book 1)

A descendent of two legendary spirit banishers from the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Ellie Lancaster dismisses her Curse Keeper role as part of a harmless fairy tale—until she meets the handsome and infuriating Collin Dailey, a fellow Curse Keeper, and realizes they must fulfill their destinies in order to save the world from vengeful spirits.

This Place Is Death (Curse Keepers Secret Book 1)

In this intriguing prequel to the Curse Keepers series, Roanoke colonist Ananias Dare, his expectant wife, and their friend Manteo realize that their settlement faces a sinister force much more evil than the natives who threaten their lives—and their only hope for survival may leave them with hell to pay.

The Curse Breakers (Book 2)

With passion threatening to consume both her and Collin, Ellie must fight the unleashed demons tormenting her. But when she finds herself abandoned, she embarks on a terrifying journey to claim the mark of the god Ahone and finish what the Curse Keepers began in order to prevent hell on earth.

This Changes Everything (Curse Keepers Secret Book 2)

Ellie Dare Lancaster may be only eight years old, but she already knows about her future as a Curse Keeper—and once an unholy force is accidentally summoned, bringing terrible evil into her home, the young Ellie becomes part of the newest generation caught up in the war between the gods of good and evil.

The Curse Defiers (Book 3)

The gate between the human and spirit worlds is open, and only Ellie and Collin can stop the trail of death and destruction—but first, they have to break free from their tangled web of treachery, jealousy, and lies in order to choose their own destinies, even if that means defying the gods themselves.

This Is Your Destiny (Curse Keepers Secret Book 3)

Collin feels trapped by his job, his debt, and especially his destiny as a Curse Keeper. But when the fearsome god Ahone reaches out to him with a tempting offer, it may be the key to Collin’s liberation…if he can survive the ensuing confrontation with his deadly counterpart.

REVIEW

This was a fully engrossing read with dynamic and flawed characters, interesting mythology and a terrific story arc. Based around the Lost Colony of Roanoke (something completely new to this Brit) it embellished and elaborated on the old stories with great sucess making for a very interesting and somewhat educational (for me, anyway) read.

I read each full length book and novella in the author's preferred reading order over the course of a week and thoroughly enjoyed my time doing so. I'd say the first book was the strongest with the most Oh-my-gosh! moments. In fact, there was a cloud hovering over poor Ellie's head almost the whole time that you were just waiting to burst. And when it did? Owie! It pinched quite a lot! It was also great to watch Ellie develop in her role as Curse Keeper from non-believer status (she could only really go up from there, lol) and her interactions with bad boy fellow keeper Collin were first class.

The author then took quite a twist and risk with book two introducing a new character with a very central role. This complicates and confuses pretty much everything and everyone, leaving poor Ellie with a big decision to make

The in between novellas are dinfinitely worth working in as they provide great backstory. The one from Collin's POV at the end being only icing to the cake.

The conclusion of book three saw tremendous character growth from Ellie with some great climactic scenes in the last quarter. I still, however, found myself conflicted over certain matters as the book came to a close and so my satisfaction-o-meter has only been able to reach 4 stars for that reason.

Still, a very good read that I would definitely recommend.

4 Stars ★★★★  A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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