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.
The premise of this novel and the rest of the series piqued my interest and refused to let go. There’s been stories of the Roanoke Colony circulating through pop culture with shows like Sleepy Hollow, and while that was certainly a unique take, this novel furthers that.
Bringing in elements of Native American culture with a modern twist is a great idea and one that helped this story flourish. The story opens up like a normal tale, with talks of crappy boyfriends and dead-end jobs and takes a dramatic turn when heartthrob Collin enters the picture. Although we are made to think of him as the bad boy from the beginning, what we learn later on makes him all that more intriguing. It seems like he, mores than Ellie, pushes the story along.
Ellie seems like the strong, independent female lead that I love to read about, but for a woman of her age, she still refers to her father as Daddy. This may be just me, but it puts me off. but fortunately, this isn’t a Young Adult or New Adult novel that plays to that type of character. At the beginning of the novel Ellie is with a bland, boring tourist, Dwight, and she struggles internally about needing a sexual outlet and kicking him to the curb. It provides for some great comedy, and a little pity, as it’s a relatable situation.
While we learn much about Ellie and her past, but with Collin, as is the case in stories like this, we know virtually nothing about him other than the fact that he’s needed to stave off a curse. We get snippets here and there that help move the story along, but it’s not enough. Yes, this is a series, and more will be revealed later on, but sometimes, a reader just wants to know.
The chemistry and banter between Ellie and Collin is great and flows easily. There’s no rush or forced words, just a comfortable banter. But I fear that banter leads to Ellie, like some other female lead characters, into thinking that the innuendos and jabs are signs of a stronger affection. Many female characters jump straight to love for an answer to underlying feelings, when the more simple explanation could just be lust.
One thing that I wish was better about the story is the predictability. From the get-go, everything points at Collin as the bad guy, as well as their tumultuous relationship. But even despite this, it helps the story. And with a story with such a serious tone, a comedic break is helpful. Claire, Ellie’s best friend, provides the much-needed breaks. She’s the awesome, supportive, funny best friend that every girl needs in their life. She offers Ellie the advice she needs but doesn’t heed.
The ending left off quite a bit, which creates a strong curiosity to see how the rest of the story plays out after they fail to stop the curse. We know that Collin and Ellie will end up together, but the how is intriguing. Especially with a new character thrown into the mix near the end of the story. He knows more about the Native American symbols around Ellie’s apartment and with their past connection, it seems like he may play a bigger role in the next installment.
[Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
Rating 4/5 Stars