Thursday, June 20, 2013
Our Souls to Keep
Our Souls to Keep
by Gary Caruso
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
After seventeen-year-old Wake Reynolds agrees to trade his life to prevent the damaged soul of his suicidal mother from the fiery tortures of Hell, Satan strips him of his humanity and forces him to become a demonic collector of souls. With no memory of his human existence, Wake preys on defenseless teenagers until they willingly end their own lives.
After many years of loyal service, something inside Wake is changing. Images of a forgotten life, lost human emotions begin to emerge. As Wake struggles to keep these new sensations hidden, Satan orders him to corrupt the soul of a pregnant girl, Annemarie. Beautiful, gentle Annemarie. From the moment Wake sees her, she brings lightness to his blackened heart. If he chooses to defy Satan and spare the lives of Annemarie and her unborn child, his mother’s soul will writhe in Hell’s deepest pit for eternity. Annemarie or his mother? It’s a choice no one should have to make.
This novel was unlike any I’ve read before. I’m a sucker for any books with angels and demons, and I’ve spent a lot of time collecting and reading books with similar character styles that I found in this book. Still, I was really caught off guard by the humanity hiding within Wake, a half demon. I can definitely say that this is a very unique story worthy of five stars! It was so endearing to read about Wake sacrificing everything to protect the ones he loves, both Annemarie and his mother. The choices that he was forced to make are heartbreaking, but it’s easy to see the reasoning behind his final choice.
This book is so completely full of action that it is nearly impossible to put down. Between hordes of demons and vengeful angels, there is not a moment to take a calming breath to clear your head. There’s a sad harshness to the story, as so many people that help Wake along the way met unfortunate ends. What I found interesting about this book is that although there was so much death and destruction, the author counterbalanced that death by instilling so much hope into these characters that I (personally) couldn’t help but root for Annemarie and Wake.
The ending really threw me off! I was definitely not expecting the events that transpired. I will say that I will be watching for the next book! I know there’s still plenty of story left here, and I can’t wait to see more from this author.
This book is worth downloading, and I’d recommend it to anyone that enjoys paranormal romance.
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