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Review: The Curse Keepers

curse keepersThe Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Source: eARC courtesy of 47North via NetGalley

Denial. I’m sure everybody has gone through some sort of denial over one thing or another. I know I certainly have and results, as always, are disastrous. I really should have learnt my lesson by now to face it first up or suffer the consequences but I never do… So when it comes to reading a book where a character is in some sort of denial, I’d know where she’s at but at the same time got totally frustrated that she just won’t accept / face the situation as it is.

Ellie Lancaster, understandingly, did not believe in her father’s stories about the legend of the Roanoke’s Lost Colony. However when supernatural things were starting to happen around her and to her, it took her quite a long time to face up on what’s real. And when she did, she’d insist on doing things her way even though she doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing. There was a lot of up and down and I supposed she was confused which therefore means I got confused then frustrated.

The backdrop of this book certainly sounds promising. Whilst I only vaguely know about this mystery, I thought it somewhat unique. I haven’t come across many Native American’s legend in this type of genre (paranormal) so it was a pleasure to read something different even though I got totally confused about who’s good or evil or if there was actually good and evil involved! This seems to be something to be explored later on.

This was a pretty average read for me, whilst I didn’t particularly like Ellie, I did like the tension between her and Collin. I like their humorous clashes and the sparks between them; this is exactly what kept me reading. I wanted to see where they got to and how. Just like everyone else though, I got so taken in by the ending. I knew something was up but still, it was a heartbreaking head-banging hair-tearing type of moment. I’d really like to know where Denise Grover Swank will be taking Ellie.

Thanks to 47Noth for copy of eARC via NetGalley

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Blog Tour: Chosen -a Review + Giveaway

Book Blurb

Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will.

Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake’s proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn’t know she has.

Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it’s too late.

My Blurb

I really wasn’t expecting the book to be so fast-paced!  I’m not complaining; I love it!  Emma & Jake have been on the run for years although usually they have been able to avoid being captured.  One day, as they were about to run, Will practically jumped into their car and forced his help on Emma.  Hhmm, suspicious much?  Emma did not have time to argue and when she did object, Jake insisted that she needs Will.  There are powers at play of which no one knows much of, except maybe Jake.

It was a thrilling read when things kept happening one after the other with nearly no breaks in between.  There is, of course, a bit of romance & humour to lighten the mood but the chase, shootings, overall actions kept the suspense pretty much throughout.  Close to the end, the chase kind of peter off but that’s where we find things are a lot more complicated.

Umm, seeing that it’s only book 1, I really still have no idea what’s going on – on the paranormal side of things, the secret society side of things, and I really do not have a clue where it’s going to go!  What I can tell you though, that I’m really interested.  I have really enjoyed this book, an action-packed thriller with a touch of the supernatural, and a dash of romance.

About Author

Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She 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 and her other books at www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at denisegroverswank@gmail.com

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Giveaway

Denise will give away a digital copy of her paranormal YA, Here, to one commenter at each stop and a $50 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter from the tour.  So, comment away (here & other stops too to increase your chance of winning!).