In The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 1) by Denise Grover Swank, Ellie Lancaster works as a waitress and also helps out at her family’s bed and breakfast. She lives in a small town in North Carolina where the tourist attraction is the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Legend has it that the colony of settlers disappeared without a trace when the settlers banished the spirits of an enemy tribe of Native Americans from the material realm. As a descendant of the settlers, Ellie’s father spent his life trying to teach Ellie her responsibilities as a Curse Keeper. Ellie never believed the legend that when two Curse Keepers meet the curse will be lifted – until she meets Collin Dailey.
I read this book on my Kindle when I found it as a reduced price special selection. As with most books formatted for the Kindle, it has its share of typographical errors, but the slight mistakes don’t make it unreadable. I had more of an issue with the author’s attempt to make Ellie tough. To do so, she has her drop the F-bomb a LOT. I’m not averse to cuss words, but I did think this was a little extreme. Whenever Ellie gets upset or gets angry, she swears. I think her strength of character could have been expressed in better ways. There’s also a lot of foreshadowing with Collin’s character. He tells Ellie repeatedly not to trust him, that he will let her down, she’s going to hate him, etc., etc. so you know almost from the start that he will betray her in the end. There could have been a little more mystery there.
I have seen a number of reviews that complain about the ending of the book. There isn’t really an ending, and to finish the story you need to read the sequel (sequels?). It doesn’t really end on a cliffhanger either. It just stops. I will continue on with the story to see where it goes and perhaps get a reason for why Collin seems to be such a jerk 90% of the time. I’ve also downloaded a novella that explains what the ancestors did to create the curse in the first place for some background information.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad book (I’ve read far worse!), but I do think it could have been better. I did appreciate the author’s notes at the end that explained the history of the Lost Colony and gave detail as to what was “real” and what the author created in her imagination to tell the story.
Goodreads rating – 3 out of 5 stars (liked it)