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This is Your Destiny (Curse Keepers #3.5)

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Collin Dailey is a trapped man: struggling to make a living as a fisherman, deep in debt to the gangster he does business with…and shackled to his destiny as a Curse Keeper. Sworn to guard the sealed portal to hell, Collin yearns to escape the dark duty that binds him. But his dream of outrunning his tormented life may be an impossible one. After all, he can’t turn his bac ...more
Kindle Edition, 71 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by 47North
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Denise Grover Swank The first one was released last January. It is This Place is Death and is about the origin of the curse.

The first one was released last January. It is This Place is Death and is about the origin of the curse.

The second is called The Changes Everything, and tell what really happened the night Ellie's mother was killed.

(I have no idea why they are numbered the way they are.)(less)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
This Is Your Destiny is #0.7 in the Curse Keepers series by Denise Grover Swank.

In this short novella we really get a good look at Collins’s life and what made him the man we have gotten to know in this series. I knew his life hadn’t been good but had no idea at how bad it really was. His alcoholic, abusive father who hated his fate of being the Curse Keeper. His mother who struggled with severe depression. We meet his younger brother Conner. I think this shocked me the most. At the man his brot
This is a prequel novella to the Curse Keepers Trilogy. Taken from Collins perspective. We get glimpses of him from childhood to just before meeting Ellie. While this book had me feeling sympthetic toward him it also shows even more information that he knew about but never shared! He must have gotten that behavior from his grandmother. She had many secrets and I felt we just begin to scrape the surface of what she knew.

His father I hate!! I thought I hated him before but with how he treats Coll
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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This is Your Destiny is another amazing short story tie-in to the Curse Keepers series, this time focusing on Collin and telling his side of the story and his involvement with the curse. I loved being able to learn more about Collin and finally see things from his point of view. This short story made me even more excited to get my hands on the 4th book of the series and see how things are finally going to turn out!

I absolutely
Linda Quick
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Denise Grover Swank's books and have loved the Curse Keepers series. In the series, Collin creates strong feelings in the reader. This novella (which is set as a prequel) answers so many questions about why Collin is the way he is. If you are a fan of the series, this is a must read. If you're not yet a fan, start with book 1, The Curse Keepers

As usual, this novella is an exceptional read and one that I could not put down.

Thank y
Jamie Davis
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another Slam Dunk!

Denise Grover Swank nailed Collin Dailey's story with this novella! The puzzle pieces of his behavior and choices click into place with the turn of each page. Collin's childhood paved the way for the young man he would become. He was taught the Dare Keeper would destroy him, but he never had a clue that the parts of him she would destroy would leave room to reconstruct a better man.

I flew through this book - just couldn't put it down. Like all Denise Grover Swank novellas, thi
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free advanced ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This novella tells us a lot more about how Collin Dailey's life was like before he met Ellie and we learn a little bit more about his family.

I quite enjoyed it as we find out a lot of things about Collin as it is in his point of view. Additionally, we are able to understand him a lot more.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy.
Angela Shockley
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**Possible spoilers ahead! Please do not read if you have not read the first three books and two novellas of the The Curse Keepers series!**

**My review is based on my NetGalley copy**

This novella answered almost everything I wanted to know about how Collin F. Dailey ended up in the restaurant with Ellie Dare Lancaster to break the curse in The Curse Keepers. After reading this one, I absolutely understand his intentions in all three books released so far. I also understand why he is always so re
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from 47North and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I used to live in North Carolina and in 7th grade, you are required to take a North Carolina history class. I fell in love with the Lost Colony when I took that class. I have always been fascinated by it and interested in everything about it.

I have loved reading Denise Grover Swank's take on the Lost Colony and what happened to it. The series has been fantastic. The supernatural element that surrounds t
Cindy Reid
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is Your Destiny is a novella that is a prequel to the Curse Keepers Trilogy. It's from the perspective of Collin Dailey leading up to meeting Ellie. I feel that TIYD, although a prequel, is best read after The Curse Keepers first book. It goes into a lot of detail on many things that are brought up in the first two books. If only reading this beforehand, those small snippets may not mean much, but as background to questions I had after reading The Curse Keepers and The Curse Breakers, it wa ...more
little 'ole me
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
well this explains a lot! now we begin to see what a rotten life Collin has had and why he is the way he is. Poor Ellie was always going to be in for a rough time if Collin has always been told she will overpower him in the end and he has been deceived by the gods from the very start.
I loved reading this novella as it gets me thinking what could happen in the next story in the series.
Samantha Malstrom
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! After reading the whole series and seeing what Collin did, it is surprising and eye-opening to see what he was taught and thought about the curse before the series began. It just goes to show you that there are two sides to every story and that two different sides can see one situation so very differently. Of course, now I would love to see at least the first book from Collin’s perspective, and what he thought when he actually got to know Ellie, but I’m so glad that I got to see this snippe ...more
Linda Rout
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
A short story #3 to the Curse Keepers series

Again I think this group of 3 short stories should have been in one book like the first book of the series. Instead of having to pay extra for each little morsel of information. These little morsel fills in a lot of information about the series can be read with out having to spend the extra money. I think the author is wrong for making us pay extra for the complete storyline!!!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like This Changes Everything, this short story gives the reader insight into the characters in the series. This story is told through Collins perspective and adds dimension to his character. We learn how his grandmother taught him about the curse and how the curse effected his family through the years.
It leaves the reader wanting another story, to see where Collin's relationships go with with his brother, and of course with Ellie.
Angela Page
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I love this book. It was about Collin and what happened leasing up to breaking the curse. It made me love and hate Collin. Hes very complicated and so it the role he plays. Its nice to see backstory, it rounds out the picture of the characters. I cant wait for more Collin and Ellie.
Andrea Hastings
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic!! I need more. It was so helpful to get Collin’s story. I have always loved Collin and hope if we get more Curse Keepers stories that Ellie and Collin will end up together. Knowing Collin’s backstory makes me love his character even more. His story explains so much about Collin’s behavior and why he always seemed to be hiding something from Ellie. Did I mention I need more?
Christine Bishop
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the Curse Keepers Series!

Great addition to the Curse Keepers Series! This is a short story that is told from Collin's POV. It tells the story of Collin and why he broke the curse and we also learn a little bit about Collins childhood. If you are a fan of the Curse Keepers Series than I definitely recommend reading this short story.
Mona Brown
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Collin's story

This is the story of Collin before we meet him in Cheese Keepers. It tells us why he made some of the decision he made, and gives us a little bit of his history and what shaped him into the man he became before he meets Ellie. It is very interesting to see his side of things and his family's version of the curse.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well... well... well... in this novella we learn about Collin and his past. It helped me understand Collin's behavior and the choices that he made throughout the series. So happy Denise decided to create a novella around Collin. This was a great addition to the series.
Nicki Pipes
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short story about Collin leading up to the breaking of the curse was great. Seeing where Collin comes from and what the Manteo line passed down. And fitting pieces of the Collin puzzle into place. But I still have more questions and I can't wait for more Curse Keeper books!
Roxanne Dugger-Martinez
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great prelude

I love this series and reading the beginning from each point of view has been great and really helps you understand the rest of them.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, shorts
The Curse Keepers series explores legends surrounding the disappearance of the lost colony of Roanoke. The original Virginian colony disappeared in the late sixteenth century with no trace. There is still no conclusive evidence as to what happened to the colonists.

Author Denise Grover Swank proposes the colony was caught in a battle between this world and the spirit world, ending up trapped behind a curse used to banish the spirits of a vengeful Native American tribe. Descendants of the two men
Maggie Shackett
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
It feels like there should be another one.

You can't just leave the readers hanging like this! It's not fair. If anyone knows of another book in the series, please let me know.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

Publisher: 47 North

Publishing Date: January 2015

ISBN: 9781477872086

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.0/5

Publisher Description: Collin Dailey is a trapped man: struggling to make a living as a fisherman, deep in debt to the gangster he does business with…and shackled to his destiny as a Curse Keeper. Sworn to guard the sealed portal to hell, Collin yearns to escape the dark duty that binds him. But his dream of outrunning his tormented life may be an impossible one.
This is Your Destiny takes readers back to Collin Dailey before we knew him in the Curse Keepers series. Through the series, some background is provided pertaining to Collin's past, but not nearly enough to really figure out what makes him tick. In this novella, so much of Collin's history is revealed and it really paints him in a different light. I've always been a fan of Collin Effing Dailey, regardless of his oftentimes selfish demeanor, and this story really portrays Collin as a much better ...more
This Is Your Destiny is a prequel novella from the Curse Keeper Series by Denise Grover Swank. Story is told from Collin’s POV. You do need to read the series to understand this book.

This time we learn the story of Collin Dailey and his decision to break the curse. The story is good. It put some of the pieces in place for the first book, The Curse KeepersT. You understand Collin more. You understand how and why he made some of the decisions he did. Is it a must read for the series? I don’t know
Paul Franco
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A fantasy story with an intriguing premise, this is part of a much larger series, but you don’t need to have read anything else; it’s confusing on its own.
Basically some scheming gods/beings get locked away by magic hundreds of years ago, but there are humans who can open the portal to let them out. We follow one of them as he goes off in search of another, following the dictates of a mischievous ball of energy rather than his sage grandmother. Other characters are introduced who have no bearin
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
And now you know the rest of the story..... This book filled in so many blanks for me, since Collin was so hard to figure out. Reading his back story unfortunately confuses me about the whole love triangle as I was able to "write him off" before, but now not so much. After learning about his upbringing, the things he was told about the curse by his grandmother and father, and the place he was in when Ahone visited him really pulls at my heart strings for this guy. It helped me understand his act ...more
Shawna  Wood (A Girl and Her Books)
If I didn't need more reason to live Collin 'Effing" Daily, this novella provided more proof why Collin is the bad boy to love.

Poor Collin. He grew up not in a loving environment, but with a drunk of a father he screwed everything up for his family and cursed Collin. I loved how we finally got to know our Colling and what makes him tick.

Collin was told his whole life to fear the other curse keeper as she will destroy them. Heck even Ahone told him if he did not break the curse he would be dest
Kelly Mccurdy
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
~~I received this in exchange for my honest opinion~~

I love The Curse Keepers Series. This little novella make me understand why Collin did what he did better. I am still #teamcollin all the way, but this makes me see why he acts the way he does. This is the novella that explains why Collin went and found Ellie. Because of that tricky God Ahone. This also tells us how Collin got mixed up with Marino. If you have read The Curse Keepers series, then you need to get this book. You will understand m
Ashlee Thatcher
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novella allows for a glimpse into the past that created who Collin Dailey is today. A glimpse back into his childhood shows how the curse started, how the events of his childhood made him into the man he is today, and how they shaped his decision making. This well written novella gives emotional insight to who Collin really is, and why he makes the decisions that he does. If you want to understand Collin, this is a must read! For all the times you were angry with him in the series, this nov ...more
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