REVIEW - The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

Title: The Curse Keepers (The Curse Keepers Trilogy #1)
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Publisher: 47 North
Release Date: 19th November 2013
Source: NetGalley

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.

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 shit!! 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...


Instalove - I know they have a special connection but the sexy time (which is smoking BTW) appeared kinda quickly. maybe I am too much of a prude!

Ellie - God, that woman could be a total pain in the arse, she was told not to do something and you can guarantee she would not pay attention. There was times where she did my head in.

Collin's dodgy past - He may be hot but I possibly wouldn't touch him with a 20ft bargepole as he freely admits he has slept with a lot of women and there is a whole back story involving a pawn shop.

The Cliches - Ellie's mother is dead, Ellie is struggling to pay her bills......

If you are looking for a nice bit of romance mixed with a little bit of the supernatural then you will enjoy this. Happy Reading!!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Random Redheaded Ramblings


  1. I'm all for women blazing their own trails, but I get annoyed with stubborn characters, too. I like the sound of this, though. :)


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