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The Curse Defiers

(Curse Keepers #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,184 ratings  ·  251 reviews
For centuries the gods have waited—for the betrayal that will release them, for the traitors who will defend them, for the warrior who will challenge them. Now at long last the gate between the human and spirit worlds is open, and with it, an army of vengeful demons poised to swarm the earth. Only the Curse Keepers, Ellie Lancaster and Collin Dailey, can stop it…if they ca ...more
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by 47 North
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Curse Defiers by Denise Grover Swank is book three in the Curse Keepers series. Ms. Swank has done it again with this book. It is full of history, demon magic, love, lies and deceit, and one tough curse keeper determined to save the world and all those she holds dear to her heart.

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Ellie is sick and tired of being pushed around by Ahone and Okeus. They are both determined to own her and both are manipulating events to bend her to their will. The demons are loose and people are dying.

Barbara Mills
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
He'll of a ride! Hold onto the edge of seat because this book was exciting and suspenseful. The story holds you the entire time. I felt drained and exhausted after reading it. Denise has done it again. So many questions are answered from the first two books in this incredible series. Looking forward to more from these beloved characters.
Emily Pearson
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My love for this series is never ending. I have been engrossed since book one and Denise has done it yet again. My heart. My poor, fragile little heart. Ellie is such a dynamic character. She makes you laugh and she makes you cry and she makes you frustrated. She is tough and by far my favorite all time heroine. The Curse Defiers picks up with Breakers left off and boy does it take you for a ride through hell and back! Between the lies and the deceit Collin and the Gods left in their wake, Ellie ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle

Just when you think you have things figured out.... NOPE
Just when you decide you're team Collin or David.... NOPE
Just when you realize you need to get to sleep because you work in 6 hours... NOPE
Book 3 in the Curse Keepers series was absolutely amazing. I can not wait to see where Ellie and her growing entourage will take us next!!
I absolutely LOVE the changes in the characters as they are maturing and finding their way. (also the addition of Tsagasi, I kinda love this little dude)
Marina (Living In Our Own Story)

I love this series so I was extremely happy when I got the chance to read the book early. I was waiting for this one since I finished the second part on release day and I can tell you that were a torturous few months.

Considering my high expectations of the book, I was extremely happy that it didn't disappoint. Not that I expected it to. Come on, it's a Denise Grover Swank book ;)

I loved all the intrigue and suspense in this book. It really kept me glued to my couch with all the revealed s
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this novel, since I had some mixed feelings about the last one, but I definitely wasn't expecting The Curse Defiers to be the best book in the Curse Keepers series yet! Though I was under the impression this was going to be the last book in the series it looks like there's going to be even more books about Ellie and Collin and I can't wait to get my hands on them!

The Curse Defiers was
Jamie Davis
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Defying Limitations

Moments ago I finished The Curse Defiers, and my mind is a jumbled heap of thoughts and emotion. I'm excited by every single book Denise Grover Swank writes, and each time I finish one I think I can't possible love a book more than that one. Then she writes the next book, and I'm swept up yet again. This book, however, felt as though you were reading and feelings bits of Denise's own heart and soul more so than usual. She always puts so much into every book, whether a full le
In the interests of full disclosure, you should know that I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I promise you, this is a really honest review!

Let me start by saying that this is my favorite book in the series. As the clues come together and the curses, prophecies, and secrets all point in the same direction, I finally understand what the heck is going on here!

First of all, Denise Grover Swank gets better with every book she writes (which, when you consider
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ellie, the main character, has certainly come a long way with me. In the first book, she frustrated me with her naivety and ignorance. By the end of this book she is one to be proud of. Strong-willed, independent and has lost her ignorance is bliss attitude.

This book is more violent than the last books in the series. Ellie, David and Collin need to step up to the plate to survive. New twists are thrown at the reader. Sides are taken but which side is good. Or, for that matter, less evil? Ahone,
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely my favorite book in the series! It was PACKED full of revelations and was non-stop action. There seemed to be something new we were learning at every turn. Ellie continued to grow into her Curse Keeper role and became a heroine you can't help but love. We were introduced to some interesting new "other worldly" characters throughout the installment as well. I especially loved how Collin came back into the story and redeemed himself in my eyes. I can't wait to see how the story ...more
Kelly Mccurdy
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone that can read!!
~~I received this in exchange for an honest review~~

This is the third installment of The Curse Keepers series. This book wrapped up so much, but it left me wanting a whole bunch more!! Ellie, Collin, and David are still on the quest to shutting the gate to Hell. But, along the way, they hit a snag, well, not just one snag, several snags. Ellie and David have to take a trip up to Chapel Hill in order to go to the University Library. Ellie is looking for a little R&R and just get to know what som
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are a lover of Urban Fantasy, and you haven't found this series yet, you're missing out!

If you have started this series, and wanted to know if it was worth getting the third book, Hell Yeah!
Don't worry if you can not remember all the details from the previous two books, Denise cleverly and quickly revises the major parts in the first couple of chapters, then it is full on excitement from there.

It has you on edge wondering what is next for Ellie and David and Collin. There were times I was
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Curse Defires picks up right where the last book left off and takes you on one exciting ride. Just when you think you have things figured out, another twist is thrown in there and will have you questioning everything. The search for answers is more and more urgent now. David and Ellie use every resource they have to try to get those answers. But, answers come at a cost. Will the cost save humanity prove to be too high?

I think all of the characters have grown a lot since the first book. Ellie
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This series just keeps getting better and better! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Learning so much more in this book then we have before. The growth of Ellie and Collin was so magnificent to see, especially Collin. With all their relationships strengthening I can only imagine how the next one will be even more fantastic. I was saddened at so many parts between the struggles and the deaths but as always Denise has a magic in her words that she can give you a bit of humor to bal ...more
JoAnna Morris
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I wanted.. and more. The surprises and twists kept me glued to each page until I (sadly) came to the last page. I've said it before and I'll say it again Denise is brilliantly gifted! She has such a way of crafting her words to reel you in and hook you before you even know what hit you. The Curse Keepers series is truly one of my favorite series, I cannot recommend it enough. I love love love Ellie and Collin and I need more!! ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW....Denise has done it again keeps u glued to the story ellie is AWESOME! She has grown into a formidle heroine her warped sence of humor keeps u laughing while u are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Be prepared for this rollercoaster ride exhausting when u read keeping up with all the trials that Ellie has to endure but well worth the lack of sleep to read the whole story could not put it down! ...more
Kathy Rice
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Denise does it again! Love the way she's move forward in this series. This book opens so many different possibilities, I can't wait to see what she has in store for Ellie, Collin, David, Claire and Tom. Yet another reason i love this author.
A must read
It’s begun. Demons are slipping through into the human world and there are only two people who can stop their quest for death and destruction. Ellie and Collin are all that stands between earthly devastation and salvation, but can these two work together? Can Ellie trust Collin ever again after his lies, deceit and treachery? He says he needs her, loves her, but she fell for that once and besides, she now has the perfectly human David by her side and she knows what real love is. Being a pawn in ...more
Tabitha Rogers
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Curse Defiers is the third book in the Curse Keepers series. In this book we start with Ellie back to working in a restaurant and trying to keep her inn afloat. After all she's been through and seen, it doesn't make sense for her to have to worry about these day to day mundane things. David wants to help more financially, but being the stubborn independent woman she is, Ellie refuses. All that will be a moot point very soon as she and David take a trip to his home in Chapel Hill to meet with ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
I was both excited and upset about the release of this book. I am elated to read more about the curse and what Ellie and Collin were going to do with all the demons running amok. At the same time, I don't want the story to end. I love these characters and I like the roller coaster ride that they took me on. It was actually hard for me to believe that Denise was going to be able to wrap everything up and give Ellie, Collin, and David a happy ending. Well, I'm not going to spoil anything for you r ...more
Lorraine - Rainey Day Book Reviews
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
The Curse Defiers (The Curse Keepers, #3)
by Denise Grover Swank

I received an Advanced Release Copy in exchange for my honest review.

This is the thrilling conclusion to the Curse Keepers trilogy, humanity faces its final battle for survival! This is no joke. The gate between the spirit and human worlds have been opened and with that being said some very vengeful demons swarm the earth. These aren’t garden variety demons that cause havoc. Oh no, these baddies have been locked up for over 400 yea
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was extremely wary of David once he came on the scene, and I think had I not been I would have enjoyed this a bit more. I like him now at least. It's just between him or Collin, as far as scenes with Ellie, with Collin the chemistry is an inferno. With David, it's like a flickering candle flame in comparison. Also, after the things David says to Ellie and how he treats her in a specific scene, when she's already beating herself up and feeling a million shades of guilt, he doesn't do himself an ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Book 3 has blown away all my preconceived thoughts on who I thought Ellie should be coupled with. "Curse Defiers" builds on the relationship of Ellie and David, as Ellie develops and grows into her powers. David is the perfect match for Ellie and helps to keep her grounded, focused and open to new ideas and thoughts.

Ellie's best friend, Claire, is a big surprise in this book when she admits to Ellie that she sees
Theresa Kay
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After staying up way too late on a work night to finish this, my brain has finally woken up enough to write my review.

And I have no clue where to start.

Simply put, everything about this book was just perfect. Denise Grover Swank has such great talent for chracter development and it really shows in this series, especially in the main character. Ellie started off the series as a little meek and a lot lost, but she ends this trilogy as a strong-willed woman and a force to be reckoned with. I loved
Lori Clark cook
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone that enjoys a solid story
The Curse Defiers

Great book! Great Adventure! Great Job Denise!

BAM! This one knocked it out of the park!

Gods, demons, ghosts and helpful/mysterious little people, all are woven into the story and it's so much fun trying to figure out who is going to do what next, but THEN, duh, duh, duh....a body invading meanie. Yep, just when you think you have it all figured out, Denise throws in the twist to end all twists.

It was so nice to see the growth in Ellie, the complexities of her relationship with
little 'ole me
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I originally thought this was a trilogy series so was very happy to find out this is not the last one! I was given a copy to read in exchange for a honest review and hear it goes. ..... Arrgghhh I love it, and still secretly and madly in love with Collin f***king Dailly. I love how this story has progressed Ellie, Collin and David into maturing their relationship with each other and building strength as a team and realising the positives for doing that. Also kicking the gods butts and thrashing ...more
Heather andrews
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Okeus is one blunt mofo, "there's no need to be so dramatic, Ellie. I don't plan on stealing your virtue today, although I have to wonder how much virtue you actually possess." He placed both hands on the arms of the chair and grinned. "You were about to eff Collin on a public beach in front of families and children." David he's still swoon worthy, "he pushed me back down. "Did I mention how sexy you looked standing in my doorway last night, wearing my shirt with nothing on underneath?" Collin h
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First, just let me say, I am Team Colin Fucking Dailey. Now that that's out of the way, I really enjoyed reading this book. My biggest complaint would be that I don't want to wait a year for the next one. I want it now!!!! I feel like Ellie is finally coming to the realization that this is her life like it or not, and, honestly, it's about time!!! She wasted precious time fighting her need for Colin, and now that they've both renounced Ahone and Okeus, they can move forward as the duo they were ...more
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Well, all I can say is that I didn't see that one coming! This is what I love the most about Denise's writing, she is able to keep me in suspense without the ability to predict what will happen throughout the story. I really enjoyed how this novel added additional information to what we already learned in book 1 & 2, but still kept some mystery to the situation that way it proceeds in book 4. I found myself saying "Ohh..!" In some parts and in others I was completely surprised by the details tha ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was never a fan of urban fantasy books...that is until I came across The Curse Keepers series. I anxiously awaited each book and have not been disappointed yet! The books in this series get better and better with each new release. Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down. I love the character development as well as the twists and turns this book takes.

If you're not a huge fan of urban fantasy, give this series a chance. You will not be disappointed. If you are a fan of urban fant
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