The Curse Defiers by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**I was provided a complimentary copy of The Curse Defiers in exchange for my honest review.**
I understand that this is the third book in a trilogy, so it is the book to close it out. I have not read the first two, so I thought I might be walking a bit blind on this one, but I was...pleasantly surprised.
The story surrounds the facts that demons are slipping through into the human world and there are only two people who can stop their destruction - Ellie and Collin - they are all that stands between earth's destruction and domination, or not.
But we wonder if these two are even capable of working together? Clearly there is a back story here, existing between the two that has a lot to do with lost trust. It's clear that Ellie is worried that she can never trust Collin again after his lies, but he's smooth, working her over with words, telling her how much he loves her, needs her, has to have her. But, it's clear that she fell for the spiel once before and is not in the mood to repeat the mistake.
Instead, she has David (human) who is willing to stand by her side and show her what love really is. But, as always, there is someone behind the scenes playing games - in this case it's the Gods. Unfortunately, when you become a pawn in their game, there's no talking your way out of it. The clock continues its countdown, the stakes rise, hitting closer to home and all the while we are left to wonder of Ellie, Collin and David are up to the battle before them?
But, as the Gods, demons and humans close in on her, Ellie's past is laid bare for all to see. Thankfully, she discovers that she's not the naive girl she used to be - she's a tried and true warrior. The question is, will it be enough? Will she be enough? Will she get there in time? If not, how many will die? What about Collin? David? There are so many questions, so much at stake for her...
That's where the Curse Keepers come in; only they can see the reality of what is happening. Only they have the power to stop it, if they get there in time and know the true meaning of the curse.
It appears that Ellie was once a trusting, possibly a bit weak-natured character and that she has grown leaps and bounds in this novel. The writing is engaging, the characters engrossing, the story enthralling. EEE. And of course, it is filled with loads of action, twists and turns that leave you wondering how the characters managed to survive at all.
As my first read from work written by Denise Grover Swank, I was truly impressed. A great read that I highly recommend!
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