Our Souls to Keep (Our Souls to Keep #1)

Our Souls to Keep (Our Souls to Keep #1)

by Gary Caruso

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After seventeen-year-old Wake Reynolds agrees to sacrifice his soul to protect 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 spends years in loyal service�but something within him is changing. His stolen human emotions are beginning to return.

As Wake struggles to keep his 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, dampening his loneliness, fueling his passion. 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016431963
Publisher: Inertia Publishing
Publication date: 04/17/2013
Series: Our Souls to Keep , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 285
File size: 457 KB

About the Author

Gary Caruso lives in northern Virginia with his wife Jill, but their favorite place is in Ohio with their three beautiful grandchildren. Although Gary is exhilarated when he sits down to write, teaching middle school science is his first love. He�s passionate about empowering students to make thoughtful decisions and positive choices in life. Gary enjoys reading, especially fiction that blurs the line between what�s real and what�s fantasy. He never imagined becoming a writer until an ordinary car ride on a spring day jolted an unlikely thought into his head. Gary�s early experience writing is a reminder that no matter how intimidating the challenge, action and determination are the foundations for fulfilling any dream. Gary has an insatiable love for writing, a blessing he�s excited to share with his readers.

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Our Souls to Keep 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author, Gary Caruso, for gifting me with a copy of Our Souls to Keep in exchange for an honest review! Quite honestly, I loved this book. It was wonderful in every sense of the word! I first want to talk about the prequel and background it provides. If you are thinking of starting this series, I highly recommend reading the prequel - The Promised Land - before you start this book. It provides so much more background and I understood Wade, the main character, so much more. You really have an idea of his background and how his mind works. He really gets screwed over in this book but also has some amazingly happy moments. I also really loved the concept of human emotion and free will and how that was all integrated. The idea that demons are walking around among us an they're the ones who influence us is interesting. What's even cooler to think about is that we are in charge of our own destinies, no matter what anyone else says. That's free will for you. Now for Annemarie. She was actually the only part of the book I didn't connect with. She was just this modern day Mary sort of character and that was all. Perhaps if there had been a chapter from her perspective after she found out everything or before she did? She just felt slightly alien to me and her problems at home seemed really distant. Even better would be a chapter from her perspective during her normal life living with her dysfunctional family. As for the ending, OH MY GOODNESS. It was all okay and then it all went to hell. Literally. I can't say much more than that but let me tell you - it was epic. I loved the way it ended even if it did break my heart into tiny pieces. But bonus! There's another book coming (presumably)! The Final Verdict: Overall, a very addicting and exciting book to read that left me breathless. I felt like I was actually there and all of the characters had such contrasting personalities! Quotes: "No demon should smell like lavender"
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prismseven More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this story in exchange for a honest review. This young adult story started out with a very dysfunctional family scenario. The main character is a 17 year old alter boy who is called home after his mother commits suicide. The teenager is given a choice to save his mothers soul. He chooses to give his soul in exchange for his mothers. He is tricked by the devil and heads into a wild adventure to save himself and others.
faz3345 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and added it to my favourites as I will definitely read again in the future.  I can’t wait for Our Souls to Keep #2 to be published because there has to be one!!! This is the story of Wake, a 17 year old boy who returns home one day to find his mother has committed suicide and meets a demon named Nevin who has come to collect her soul.  Wake agrees to give his soul to Satan in exchange to save hers (but Satan still has control of her soul) and he becomes a Soul Collector, he is now half human/half demon, his job is to encourage young people to commit suicide and take their souls to Hell.   Satan gives Wake a special assignment - Annemarie, if she commits suicide her soul and the soul of her unborn baby belongs to Hell.  God and Satan are on the brink of war, Armageddon is coming and the baby will play a major role.   Satan threatens to torture his mother’s soul unless he completes his assignment. As Wake begins to experience human emotions again his attitude changes and when he meets Annemarie he has to make a choice, the question is Will he complete the task to save his mother from Satan’s torture or help save Annemarie and get to the safety of St Augustine’s church where she can give birth to her baby which will prevent a war and possibly save humanity? I was intrigued by the synopsis as I love Angel and Demon stories but I have to say this wasn’t the typical angel/demon story I expected, it was so much better and nothing like I have read before!  This book has everything a reader expects in a novel, from start to finish I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster ride that I didn’t want to get off.  It was addictive and will have your adrenaline pumping - the action and suspense starts from the 1st chapter and continues throughout the book, it has fantastic twists in the plot that will keep the reader guessing.  The fight scenes are amazing and include a Demon fighting Demons, Angels fighting Demons and Demon Hunters fighting Demons, which made this novel an exciting page turner. The love story is beautiful and there are some real touching moments on the life lessons of love, hope, inner strength and making the right choices.  I got so lost in this story that I was feeling the same emotions as the characters, I sobbed a lot near the ending so have tissues at the ready!  In the Authors notes Gary said he likes to blur the line of reality and fiction and I believe he has achieved it with this incredible story.   His writing speaks for itself, this story was fast paced, descriptive and all his characters fall into the category of love them or love to hate them.  Wake is now one of my favourite male characters in a book, I love the fact the story is told from his point of view as we get to see both the demon (terrifying and shocking) and the human side of him (loving, protective and selfless) and still fall in love with him as his story unfolds.  Annemarie’s kick ass attitude and her use of a shotgun had me giggling.  I also enjoyed the details Gary provides for the supporting characters such as Gabriel and Vinny, all of them made me cry happy or sad tears and I loved to hate Satan and even Nevin who is one frightening demon.  I couldn't find a fault with this book and look forward to reading more of Gary’s novels. 
Tink1113 More than 1 year ago
Our Souls to Keep is a non-stop action packed thrill ride. From the first page to the last this story had me on the edge of my seat never knowing for sure which team I was fighting for the most. The fact that this story is told from the "bad" guy point of view was so interesting. I felt like I was watching a Die Hard movie play out right in front of me as I read. Gary Caruso does not skimp in any way on the details nor making you feel as you could not connect to the characters in this book. Wake is the character you know you should hate but you just can't. Annemarie is a sweet loving girl that just makes you want to take a hold of and never let go. These two together are a force not to be reckoned with. I won't tell you who wins out in the end or if there even is a winner. I will tell you that Wake is left with a decision that leaves you having your heart strings pulled just a little bit and it's not a decision I would want to be left with to make. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more books by Gary Caruso. I would recommend you go pick up a copy and read it today!
Cuanam More than 1 year ago
This is definitely different than other supernatural, heaven vs hell stories I've read. This book doesn't happen from the pov of view of a good guy, it happens from the pov from a demon hybrid named Wake. Wake is a soul collector. To live he must feed on the on the souls of those who die. He collects the souls for Satan. What makes his job so difficult, is the souls he collects must come from people that have committed suicide. I spotted a handful of small errors in the work. Nothing major, just a few overlooked things. I was impressed that the author did his research on the different kinds of demons, including the different names for males and females. The painted a very vivid image of what hell looks like that will have the reader see it clearly, the reader may even be able to smell the sulfur that permeates the air if they let themselves that far into it. Being what Wake is, I enjoyed seeing how he tried to manage his demon self and his human self. I did spot a couple of small wording errors... For instance, the plural os Cactus is Cacti. But the errors aren't major and there was literally only a couple. This story is fast paced and will have the reader on the edge of their seat. There are parts that will make the reader smile, as well as parts that will make the reader tear up. I look forward to seeing what else this author comes up with. I give this book 5 of 5 paws Reviewed by S.Cu'Anam Policar Freaky Fiction Writing Author Cu's Ebook Giveaways Owner Fae Books Tour Host/Reviewer Girls <3 Books Tours Host LadyAmber's Book Tours Host B3 Book Tours Host I Am A Reader Not A Writer Blog Tour Host Shades of Rose Marketing Tour Host GWR Tour Host As You Wish Tour Host Literati Lovers Tour Host
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first chapter hooks you.....the descriptive writing is so well done that the characters seem real and the situation so plausible that I had trouble sleeping that first night. The ending leaves you begging for the sequel which I do hope will be coming soon. This book should definitely develp a fan base of the older "young" adult readers or anyone interested in the paranormal genre. It might be too intense for the jr high crowd but certainly kept the interest of this over 60 reader. I highly recommend giving this new author a try and I can see the book as a movie blockbuster!
D_Ann More than 1 year ago
This premise has been done time and time again but Caruso managed to keep it interesting. From the first time Wake starts questioning his existence, which is pretty much within the first few pages, I wanted to how it would effect his work. How would his new found human emotions change the demon inside? My one beef with this story is the romance. It was just too over the top for me. For the story to work it makes sense that they need to fall in love that quickly, Annemarie's soul depends on it, but it was just too much. They profess their undying love for each other after knowing one another for a day...I mean really, I don't care how many demons are after you that seems a little too crazy. I ended up skimming over the portions with the love scenes to get to the action. But besides that I liked the story. I even liked Annemarie and Wake as individual characters. They actually grow as people throughout the book and they are really easy to emphasize with. Both have gotten the short end of the stick of life but they've done their best to survive. Annemarie is really a sweet girl who, when things get ruff, can take the blinders off and fight for her family. Wake was just trying to do what he could to save his mother, and when he finds out what truly happened, he decided to stop being a puppet. They do battle with the question of doing what's right over doing what's easy. As much as I liked them my favorite character was Gabriel. I was really surprised that I liked Gabriel but he just grew on me. He's only in a few small scenes but he's just such an awkward angel.  He tries to connect in his weird angel way but he doesn't do it that well which made me like him even more. Our Souls to Keep is compelling. Caruso does a good job of describing the world, the demons, and getting the reader inside Wake's head. The ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel though it could potentially stand alone. I'm hoping there is one because I really want to know what Satan is going to do once he get's his hands on Wake again. **I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.**
justine23 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those novels where, going into it, I had high expectations. Guilty as charged for judging the book by it's (awesome) cover. Not to mention, I am a huge fan of everything supernatural, especially the tensions and battles between angels and demons. This is also one of those novels where my expectations are completely met, exceeded, even. Our Souls to Keep is breathtaking from the first page. Caruso's writing is brilliant, the plot is exciting, and it is a story that I literally could not put down. It is a non-stop masterpiece for fans of the paranormal. As I mention a lot, I feel there are two main goals when you are writing or reading. One, to be able to affect the reader's emotions to the point where you change a piece of them, and two, to give them an escape from reality. Our Souls to Keep blows these goals out of the water. It is like Caruso writes with a direct line to your heart, and knows exactly how to twist it. Why is it that all of the stories that aren't completely focused on romance end up as having the best romance? Because this novel is a perfect example of that, as well. The characters are extremely well-developed. How refreshing is it to have a protagonist who isn't perfect? Who has a dark side to him, even if it is not of his own fault? And a pregnant love interest? When the pregnant teenager is one of your favorite kick-butt characters, it is clear that something went very right. Personally, I am a believer in villains with a degree of class (don't the wicked always have great quotes?) and even the demons - and Satan himself - are excellent characters. I feel that I mention this a lot as well, but one of my favorite themes to explore is to question and challenge the distinction between good and evil, and Wake's character fits that bill perfectly. Instalove critics, beware. Because I haven't known this novel for more than two days, yet I am in love. Our Souls to Keep is powerful, emotional...a truly remarkable read. I would highly recommend this novel to any fans of Young Adult, Paranormal, Supernatural, Romance, and reading in general.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story, the plot was interesting, good verses bad, heaven verses hell, demons verses angels. The writing was easy to read, the words flowed nicely. The only reason I did not give higher star was I was thrown off the love aspect of the story between the main charcter Wake and the girl Annemarie within hours of meeting they are professing thier love to each other, that aspect of the story did not work for me, I understand that teenagers are fickle, but that was a put off for me. Look forward to reading more by this author, this is his debut book, and hopefully he will be writing more in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi im zach swett and gary caurso is my science teacher so im sure this is a good book