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text 2015-02-19 19:29
TBR Thursday #28
Dark Vision - Debbie Johnson
City of God - Cecelia Holland
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer - Laxmi Hariharan
The Curse Keepers Collection - Denise Grover Swank
Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series Book 2) - Amy A. Bartol
Harrison Squared - Daryl Gregory
Shutterspeed - Erwin Mortier
The Thorn and the Sinking Stone (Entangled Teen) - CJ Dushinski
Tookey's Talkies: 144 Great Films From the Last 25 Years - Christopher Tookey

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

Still no success lowering the TBR, so I just keep trying, and hope next week will be better, TBR-lowering wise. It would be a lot easier if there weren't so many books out there that sounded interesting. 

 

TBR pile currently stands at 348. (+20; seriously what happened; except that I added the Curse Keeper's Collection as individual books)

(Netgalley ARCs at 163 (+8))

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review 2015-01-26 19:25
Review: The Curse Defiers
The Curse Defiers (Curse Keepers Series Book 3) - Denise Grover Swank

I got a copy from Netgalley as I have auto approval from the publisher. I seem to have lost interest in this series. I liked the first book but was less than impressed with the second though I did initially want to know how it ended.

 

However at 24% I am just not feeling interested in this book. It's the same plot...only different demons and I have no I interest in Ellie's whining over should I be with David or Collin. And what's pissing me off most us she is STILL referring to her father as 'Daddy. She's in her fucking 20s!! It's just wrong and creepy for a grown ass woman to call her father daddy.

 

So thank you to Netgalley but this book is not for me.

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review 2014-10-07 19:26
The Curse Defiers by Denise Grover Swank
The Curse Defiers (Curse Keepers Series Book 3) - Denise Grover Swank

The Curse Defiers is another great book in The Curse Keepers series.  One problem though- book 4 does not yet have a release date!  According to Denise Grover Swank’s website, we won’t see the next book until SUMMER OR OCTOBER OF 2015!!!  That is such a long time to wait.  I hate having to re-read a series to get ready for the newest release so that I stay caught up.  If it is anything like the last 3 books though, it will be worth the wait.   

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review 2014-10-06 16:39
The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank
The Curse Keepers - Denise Grover Swank

This story was a complete surprise.  The Curse Breakers was one of those cheap stories that I found on Amazon.  Relating to the supernatural, I was hooked from the first chapter and read it in two days.   I initially thought it was a YA, but the main character Ellie is 23, and there is definitely smutty goodness. 

 

Ellie has been taught about a curse relating to her family since she was a little girl.  After a family tragedy, she quit believing in the curse and refused to learn any more about it.  This turns out to be quite the mistake once she meets the very hot but obnoxious Collin Dailey.  Was the meeting a coincidence or was it fate that they met? 

 

I am already in the middle of book three and can’t get enough.    So addictive!  

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review 2014-08-04 16:57
The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers #1) by Denise Grover Swank
The Curse Keepers - Denise Grover Swank

 

Synopsis:

 

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

 

 

My thoughts:

 

This was a rather interesting read for me. I never heard anything of Lost Colony of Roanoke or some of the Native American myths used in this book. So, I couldn’t tell you how much of that is true to the myths or not, but regardless I found it semi unique compared to some of the urban fantasies out there.

The story is fast paced and kept me interested in the book. Once I made it past the 30% mark, I had a hard time putting it down and finished it rather fast.

I liked the characters, in the book a lot with all the learning and the mistakes they made.

Ellie was getting on my nerves a little in the beginning of the book with her denial. But after that she was a fun, to read. She was funny , witty, smart and quick thinking and loving.

Collin on the other hand is a complicated man and there is so much more to him than what you see or how he act. And even though after everything that went down through the book, I liked him a lot.

The sexual tension between them was just crazy and it was just a matter of when and not if it happens.

The book had lot of action, romance, heartbreak and betrayal . All nicely balanced.

Boy oh boy , while I saw the ending coming it was still like being stabbed.  What a cruel end. I can’t wait to read the next one and see how it continues.

Overall I think I can give this book a fair 3 ½ ★

 

 

*I received a free ARC copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

 

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