Friday, May 3, 2013

Our Souls to Keep by Gary A. Caruso

Review by Tempest.


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.

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From the start of this book we're thrown into a world where bad things happen, and even worse beings make them happen. It started off much darker then I anticipated, with a lot of graphic details about death and souls being tortured. Once I got over the surprise, I quickly fell for the vivid and lush way Caruso weaves a story together, and more importantly, an imaginary world. It was clear from the get-go that Hell has its own rules and hierarchy to "live" by, which helps make the whole thing believable. I get swept away by the story, and the characters, finding it easy to imagine all of the things that Wake sees and experiences. I think that one of the main reasons this book is so good is because it has a strong foundation; this world that Wake belongs to seems so well thought out and real there's no way I could question anything about it. Annemarie was easy to like from the start, and the way she was presented made me all the more curious about her as the story progressed. The only issue I had with it is I would have liked to see more of Wake as the "bad ass" he constantly claims to have been before the start of this book. We start off with him having doubts right away, so we have only his word that you used to want that promotion, and used to be less hesitant. I would have liked to see that part of him so that his transformation would have had more of an impact on me. Other than that, this was a great story, with a well thought out plot line. I'm trying to keep it vague to avoid giving anything away. Basically, you should really read it, there's action, romance, and a little retribution (in my personal opinion). :)

This book was just recently released so go and check it out! Here's a link to where you can read other reviews, as well as find links to where you can purchase it! :)

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