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1.0 out of 5 starsRape-y main character, no plot, no thanks!
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2018
I love a good urban fantasy, especially with a side of love interest- but The Curse Keepers is none of that. None of the main plot is ever explained. No questions are answered. The main character is hyper sexualized and rape-y and her inner monologue talks about how she wants to force different men to have sex with her even if they are unwilling, and she pouts when they reject her. The "curse" could be interesting but you never get any background for it and you never get any details. Skip this series.
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
Having read the short story prequal to this book, I had high hopes. I really liked the prequal. It was well written and carried the suspense along right to the end (although it ended too abruptly). This story, however, I have to question if it was written by the same author. Granted I'm not finished with it yet so I may have to update this review, but honestly so far it's written like it's trying to follow a formula that's been OMG done soooo many times, ad nauseam.
There's the scrappy main character, working in the menial job whom you just KNOW is destined for greater things if only they could be plucked from obscurity. There's the older, but supposedly still "hip" father/mother/big-sister/big-brother character with the heart of gold who tries to get the main character to "live a little" and "doncha know I just want what's best for you" but uses all the tired tropes these characters display in a billion books and movies: still up with the young person's slang, assigning cutesy monikers to the character who is blatantly obviously the future love interest ("Mr. Hottie," "Adonis," "Mr. Perfect Body" and so on. People don't talk like this in real life, beyond maybe 18 years old), living vicariously through the sexual experiences of the protagonist, and so on. The protagonist is in the mismatched relationship with the guy who just doesn't understand her and/or doesn't get her heart fluttering, but wo-hoo "Mr. Hottie" sure does despite being somewhat of an arrogant jerk.
There's the step parent who tries to reach out the the hero(in) but does little beyond saying "you know I'm always here for you, right?"
And let's not forget the age-old scenario where the male and female leads dislike each other but feel that growing irresistibility towards each other as well....
I swear I could predict every move this story made well in advance because we've all see this a million times.
Now I'm nearly through the book and I'm tired of rolling my eyes. Let's break it down: the gate holding back the minions of Hell has broken open. These baddies are feeding on the life force of everything, small birds at first, but moving up to humans. Our two main protagonists are the only force, combined, who have a chance of re-sealing the gate. They KNOW THIS; the go on endlessly about how they have to seal this gate up again or omg the world is doomed. DOOMEED! One of the protagonists has a best buddy who knows about the curse and witnesses FIRST HAND one of the evil spirits in action. So you'd think all the people in the know would be on one page, united in the urgency and necessity of closing this gate back up. But NO! Everyone instead is pre-occupied with whether or not (and trying to encourage) the two main characters to sleep together. At every turn all these people do is commiserate over when and if the main female character is going to get laid. You'd think that wouldn't be so paramount on their minds, considering the, you know, people dying at the hands of evil spirits. This whole book is beginning to feel like a thin remake of the Twilight series in which the stated main purpose is completely eclipsed by the paramount principle of how important it is to have a relationship above ALL else. Ugh.
5.0 out of 5 starsA fantastic read! Thrilling, funny, and heart breaking (for a good reason).
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2014
It is a beautifully told story about two seemingly unconnected individuals who can't help the feelings of attraction near each other from the first moment they are in the same room. And not any old feeling, but a strong physiological connection rooted deep in the history of a North Carolinian Native American mystery/tragedy.
Ellie Lancaster is a young woman with a broken past, selfless and dedicated, doing everything she can to hold on to her present and keep it from falling apart. Collin Dailey is a mysterious young man who shows up in Ellie's life, never really giving her answers, and lashing out with an attitude as if Ellie committed a personal offense against him. As keeper's of an ancient curse, they will fight supernatural entities, their own past demons, and a charged sexual tension, to keep the world from falling into darkness around them.
It's a thrilling story that will have you hanging on to every word, laughing like a lunatic or screaming at the book, and manage to break a little of your heart. Still to this day I can't go without thinking Collin "F'n" Dailey whenever I think back to this series. I absolutely love this book, as I'm sure you'll have your very own reasons for loving it too.
The ending leaves you wanting for more, but it's okay because you don't have to wait for the second installment, The Curse Breakers, anymore!
I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I had such a difficult time getting into the story. I was ready to give up but I like this author and went back to read the reviews. One of the reviewers said they also had a difficult time but once they got half way through the book it greatly improved. I decided to give it a chance and the reviewer was correct. I ended up loving the story and the characters. I finished the first book this morning, the second book this evening and just ordered the third.
3.0 out of 5 starsTries to do something different with a tired concept... falls flat
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2017
This book tries to do something different with a tired concept. Two people can't be together because of something in the past which isn't really understood by one party. They get together anyway. Bad things happen. That's fine, as structure goes, but the main character was also fairly generic and the narrative was frustrating in that the protagonist demands answers and continually resigns herself to not getting them. Why not just remove herself from the situation entirely? I'm pretty sure I would have. With this in mind, the climax of the story fell flat for me. It was predictable rather than the surprise I felt the author was aiming for. I also found the character's wording a little clumsy throughout, with too many words to describe simple things or attention paid to boring things like waking up. However, I think this story would sit well with a younger reader, someone still getting to grips with the world of fantasy and what's out there.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2018
The Author is a capable writer and provides the less common take on the supernatural involving Native Americans. It's refreshing and the world is engrossing. The characters are for the most part atleast tolerable but usually likable.
My biggest issue is a personal one. And some of you may find it to be a selling point. I prefer my fiction to be free of swearing and gratuitous sex scenes. She makes copious use of both of these which is why I knocked her a star. That said, I enjoyed the book enough where I was content enough just to skip over the objectionable sections.
Book 3 ends on a blatant cliffhanger which will lead to either a spinoff series or a continuations of this series. That said, the author is taking her sweet time in providing us a next book and is instead only offering us 40ish page little mini stories to purchase in this world. Not happy about that.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2014
Ellie was told she was a curse keeper by her father but stopped believing in the curse at age 8. One day while doing her waitressing job she meets a stranger and everything changes and soon after she realises that the curse is true. The story follows Ellie and Collin as they try to do their jobs as curse keepers discovering their powers along the way. I enjoyed this book and after reading it went on to read the first two prequels and these were useful additions to the series. I've also just finished book two and it's even better than book one.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 12, 2014
I enjoyed the world and characters so much that I ordered the next two books - and they were just as good. Not happy that I have to wait until the next book is written. It will be an autobuy in future.
What I really liked is the take on a mythology that I haven't read much about before. I love the idea of the witness to creation, the son of the earth and the daughter of the sea. And of course, we have a very complicated dynamic relationship between our two lead characters.
This is a well plotted, well written book. I read a lot in this genre and can honestly say that they are not often as well crafted as this.