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The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CommonMarySueTraits) 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!Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book, I've had it on my kindle for awhile now and I'm glad I started to read it, can't wait to read the next one xxxPublished 1 month ago by Gemma Shepherd
superb story, almost could be true as a novel absolutely one of the best i have read, really well written.Published 1 month ago by edward w.
Easy read but content too bland. Sometimes felt like the writing was sloppy but I enjoyed the story. The elements of native American history was good.Published 4 months ago by Jeremiah Jiagge-Takyi
well written original well thought out story with in depth interesting characters whom you feel a connection too, loved reading this and when the book was at it's end I went... Read morePublished 6 months ago by robert
This was disappointing. The premise was promising but the story was blighted by two of the most aggravating protagonists imaginable.Published 6 months ago by cloud dreamer
I brought this book on kindle £1 deals, first two chapters i was hooked.
A slight mix between mortal instruments, crime thriller & 50 shades of gray.
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