Review: The Curse Breakers (Curse Keepers #2) by Denise Grover Swank

May 20, 2014 Review 2

Review: The Curse Breakers (Curse Keepers #2) by Denise Grover SwankThe Curse Breakers by Denise Grover Swank
Published by 47north on April 29, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 394
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: A few sex scenes
Reviewed by: Libbie
4 Stars

For more than four hundred years, the Curse Keepers guarded the barrier between the human and spirit realms. All that changed the day Ellie Lancaster met Collin Dailey. Prophecy demanded they defend the world from evil?even as it ignited a passion that threatened to consume them both.

Now Ellie faces a frightening new life, abandoned by the man she loves and tormented by malevolent spirits unleashing their vengeance upon the earth. Her only shot at protecting humanity?and herself?from the demon scourge is to claim the mark of the god Ahone as her own. Finding it means trusting Dr. David Preston, a handsome professor of Native American studies whose skepticism is surpassed only by his attraction to Ellie. Together they must finish what the Curse Keepers began, defying the forces of darkness to face hell on earth?and unlock the truth of Ellie's destiny.

When I finished the first book of The Curse Keepers series, I was on the fence about whether or not I was going to continue. When I saw THE CURSE BREAKERS come up on the review list, though, I picked it up without hesitation. For all my meh about the first book, I was intrigued about where the plot would go to pick it back up.

THE CURSE BREAKERS does a good job for a second book of jumping into the story while at the same time reminding the reader what came before it. I didn’t have any problem picking up the threads of The Curse Keepers and remembering what I liked, and didn’t like about it. What I liked most is that it wasn’t all dumped on me in the first few pages. She did a good job of reminding me about what I needed when I needed it instead of all at once. That kept the story flowing well and allowed me to get into the current story. Which, I have to say, was much more enjoyable this time – from the gods to the mystery around Ellie’s fight for good.

I will say that I enjoyed Ellie a lot more in THE CURSE BREAKERS. She was much more focused on her curse and the seemingly never-ending piles of crap and lies heaped onto her than she was about her glands. It was a refreshing change and really helped me to see her more as a heroine bent on doing the right thing while keeping her loved ones, and even complete strangers, safe. I really felt for her and everything she faced.

The new character addition of David was both welcome and not so much. Welcome because he was delightful – especially when compared to Collin. The not-so-much because he represented a descent into triangle-dom, a plot device I’m over in the worst way. I will say this for THE CURSE BREAKERS, though; the triangle didn’t follow the conventional “Team” angle. And, no, I won’t elaborate for fear of descending into spoilers.

The third and final is out in November and I’m definitely on board for the conclusion. With the ramp up of the mystery and the positive changes in Ellie, I’ll not only be reading, but pouncing on it.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Curse Breakers (Curse Keepers #2) by Denise Grover Swank”

  1. Maria D.

    Thanks for the review – I am intrigued by the series

    • Libbie

      You’re welcome! I’m seriously drawn in now, and I’ve even gone back and read a few sections again.