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4/5 Fans of Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels will enjoy this, as long as they don't expect true love and romance.,
This review is from: The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
OK, please read the book blurb, which is so detailed that it makes it unnecessary for me to go into detail here, before reading this review.
This tale itself was very good - interesting, unique, fast-paced, filled with the unknown and with danger, all of which made for good reading. The reasons for which IMHO it loses a *, are:
1) the female character, Ellie, comes across as slightly unlikeable, and with nothing about her that makes me think that she's lead material. She's 23, in a dead end job, seemingly desperate for a man, and is very prickly; she has several major chips on her shoulder. She's abrasive and headstrong, and though the latter is not a bad thing, said quality got both her and the male lead, Collin (yup, I know, what a name...not) into trouble/bad situations more than once.
2) the male lead, Collin, was made to sound like a manwh***, but I got to know nothing about him in terms of looks or personality, so for me, with a name like that, that made me think of an older guy (perhaps it's a Brit thing, as I'm 44 and the name Colin/Collin is more associated with people a generation older) which was off-putting. He was a tad cruel, but I think that that was out of necessity rather than him being an a**hole. I think Collin was meant to come across as seemingly cold and contained, masking the sacrifices that he'd made because of his pre-ordained path in life, but he came over as cheap, manipulative, economic with the truth, a bullshi**er, a bit of a user - he wasn't IMHO, hero material. I wish the author had written him differently, with some charm and warmth, as as he was, I couldn't see him as a male lead, and I didn't like him.
3) the tale ended abruptly. I was turning over to see how the leads could possibly come back from betrayal, mistrust and where they'd ended up, only to find that I was on the last page, without everything being tied up. It most likely means that there will be more in the series, as Ellie has sacrificed friends and family and may well be on a quest for revenge, but also may now be first and foremost The Curse Mistress, and less Ellie.
What I did like is that the tale is unlike any paranormal that I've read so far, and I do read an awful lot. It introduced (for me) unknown NA lore, and managed to make it interesting. It introduced a storyline and premise that were interesting, and which brought out qualities in Ellie that would have been otherwise hidden: her loyalty to her friends, her love for her friends, for her dad and her stepmum, her caring about others, and her embracing her destiny, without knowing what it will mean for her personally, and only knowing that she has to do the right thing. There was also the mystery of her mother's death in order to protect Ellie, something which was echoed in her father's words at the end of the tale, that would probably make for good reading, if the author went into this in book 2, and might actually provide a decent arc for another tale.
Would I read the next in the series? No, despite this being a 4* read. The leads were too 'pas sympa' - it's a French expression that says it all, that speaks volumes, but that I can't adequately translate into English, sorry.