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The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Grover Swank
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Book Description

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 North Carolina 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.

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank has written 10 novels, including the Chosen series and the Rose Gardner mysteries. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At 19, she became a nomad, living in five cities, four states, and ten houses over the next decade before returning to her roots. Her hobbies include making witty Facebook comments and dancing in the kitchen. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads everyone to believe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C6NK7XO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Denise Grover Swank is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She writes urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves, romantic comedy mysteries set in the south, and sexy new adult contemporary romances. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

You can find out more about Denise at or email her at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is this popular? HOW!? 30 Dec. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a review across all three books.

I am currently on the lookout for books with an interesting and imaginative premise which are well-executed. This one caught my eyes as it was being advertised on my Kindle home screen, and the author is apparently a New York Times best selling author.

It is not the first time I have wondered how someone became a best selling author. The premise may be OK, it's certainly different though I don't find it very compelling, but the writing is poor and Ellie is the Mary-Suest of Mary Sues I have ever come across, at least in published fiction. ( We are unreliably informed that she is 'smart' and 'funny' (claims more often refuted than supported), and as for 'beautiful'... well, it's writing: if someone says a character is physically attractive, they are. I don't think I've ever met someone her age in my life who is so difficult and quick-tempered. Worse, the author portrays it as justified and a sign of self-respect and independence (this happens a lot in similar fiction), rather than the immature foolishness it actually is. ('You can't tell me what to do, I'm not going to do it, just *because* you told me to, even though it's completely reasonable and sane and ADVISABLE, like jumping in the car and getting far far away from the mafia-guy whose creepy office we just left'.) And the love interest always secretly finds it attractive and appealing and refreshingly different even though it drives him crazy, whereas any normal person would be wishing for a screaming three-year-old instead, because at least a screaming three-year-old has an excuse.

Collin's personality and character just bend around her, way too quickly and for no convincing reason (ah, Mary Sue!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read but with some reservations. 9 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Curse Keepers Denise Grover Swank.

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews
well, I’ve read and loved a couple of Denise's books, and yet read another that didn't work for me so...this one...should I request it? Well, I did and it was a fun read.
It's based around the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Denise has taken the legend and compiled this gripping tale from it. In her version it disappeared as a result of a curse, and the two families involved have a gate keeper in each generation, and must keep the artefacts needed for the future, and the story a secret. Ellie was brought up as a gatekeeper being the only child of her gatekeeper father but after a family tragedy in which her mum died when she was eight, she's given up on the whole story, nothing has happened in the past 400 years and she thinks its just one of those long held, but untrue tales. Then she meets Collin....and everything changes, literally with a bang.
So, I liked Ellie. She's a lovely lady, working hard to help her dad and step mother, a loving daughter and good friend. Who wouldn’t think this was just a family tale after so many years, and now her dad has Altzeimers just when she needs his help she's stuck. Luckily Collin, the other gatekeeper, knows what they need to do. He's a conundrum though, drop dead sexy and a self admitted man whore, he tells Ellie not to trust him, and its clear he skirts around the edges of the law. He takes his gatekeeper role very seriously though. He's a real jerk to Ellie, and to be honest even though she knows something extraordinary has happened it seemed to me incongruous that she'd say “ I'm on shift for another 20 mins” or “ I mustn't be late for work/have to visit dad, have to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, fun read 30 July 2015
By hross42877 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was fun, for me it was a nice easy read full of suspense, sexy time and scary gods. Set in a town located close to lost settlement of Roanoke on the east coast of America we meet Ellie Lancaster, a young woman who has lived her whole life here, barely exploring the world outside.

Well she cant, every time she tries to get further away something pulls her back, she works as a waitress and one day a customer comes in who leaves more than a tip, he leaves behind the knowledge that she has met her match.

Ellie has met Collin and he is a Curse Keeper, how does she know this, well she is one too and she was taught from an early age if she ever met another Curse Keeper that bad stuff will go down!

The bad stuff in question, oh nothing more serious than some scary spirits escaping their prison and creating merry havoc everywhere.....oh s***!! Together with Collin, Ellie discovers she has seven days to put the spirits back in their place unfortunately her and Collin have hate at first site plus those spirits are not going to go quietly.

Can Ellie and Collin get them back in their prison or is the world going to be over run with demonic spirits hell-bent on causing death and chaos?

Curse Keepers was a good quick read, however (and I don't usually do this) I have some pros and cons!


I love the setting around the lost colony, I didn't know much about it but it has been interesting doing a little research on it (in other words looking up Wikipedia).

This is not a serious book, it is a fun, light read with the appropriate scares and thrills where appropriate.

Nice supporting characters such as Ellie's best friend and Ellie's father and step mum.

Collin is hot but see below...
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