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My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sean Hayden
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Book Description

It was only a wish. 

Connor Sullivan was painfully average. The very highlight of his existence was going to school, doing homework, and playing video games. He thought nothing
would ever change that. Unfortunately, homework usually screws everything up.

A cut, some blood, and a hastily scrawled promise to sell his soul for his fondest wish...and all hell breaks loose. Literally.

The Demons take him up on his offer.

In a last ditch effort to keep his soul, he wishes to become one of the demons, or Fallen as they call themselves. Connor thought he had found a solution
to his problem. He never fully understood the meaning of the phrase, "From the frying pan into the fire," until his wish was granted. The biggest catch?
Never ever fall in love with a human...

And then she walked into his school. Beautiful, red-haired, funny...and blind. Connor's heart didn't stand a chance. Neither did the Fallen's rules.
He had saved his soul, but could he find happiness without hurting the girl he loved? Or would secrets Jessica didn't even know she had destroy them all?

Don't miss book 2, Your Soul to Take! Available now!


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"For a quick, action urban fantasy/paranormal romance story, My Soul to Keep is fun, unique and has a surprisingly exciting ending.  I can't wait for the next one ." My Parahangover

"This is a unique story unlike any that I have ever read before.  I LOVED it!!" Sinful Thoughts Book Blog

"This is a YA paranormal read that is absolutely wonderful." Eva's Sanctuary

From the Author

Other works:

Rise of the Fallen Series
My Soul to Keep
Your Soul to Take

Demonkin Series
Origins
Deceptions

Lady Dorn (steampunk novella)
The Ghost of Christmas Last (Short story)
Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales Vol 1&2 (paranormal anthologies)
A Very Scary Christmas (anthology)
Her Majesty's Mysterious Conveyance (anthology)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1947 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Untold Press (May 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080N68AA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Teen Urban Fantasy romance May 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Connor is a fairly typical teen. He loves video games and hates math, so what possesses him to make a wish, written in blood and burned over a black candle? Maybe the math homework drove him to it. Connor's wish propels him into a world he had no idea existed and turns his ideas of who the good guys and bad guys are upside down. You might think the Fallen are demons and the Chosen are angels, which, mostly they are, but the angels aren't necessarily the good guys and the demons aren't necessarily the bad ones. Fallen, Clarisse befriends Connor and teaches him about his new powers (from his wish). A new girl, Jessica, moves to the area and seems to like him. Before, Connor couldn't find a girl interested in him to save his life, now he has two beautiful girls hanging out with him, and crazy cool powers. Oh, and he gets his first, very unexpected kiss ever--what could go wrong?

This is a very fast paced story full of adventure, love, heartbreak, and strange powers. I really enjoyed Mr. Hayden's clean writing and compelling characters. Connor is a very well told main character full of real teen insecurities and strengths. You really feel Connor's emotions, are happy when he's happy and torn up when he's hurt. The story stands alone, but the ending hooks you in and leaves you anxious for the next book. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves YA Urban Fantasy with a nice touch of romance.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a "keeper" May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Badass biker babes from Hell? Check. Demons galore? Check. Hilarious dialogue, crackling danger and enough twists and turns to name a roller coaster after it? Double-check. My Soul to Keep is another great entry in my Sean Hayden library. What, you don't have one yet? What are you waiting for!?!? This book is a great place to start...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My soul to keep rise of the fallen Great Book! June 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story is set in modern day Pennsylvania but the town that Connor lives in is strange, strange, strange. This story will make you laugh (a lot!), cry, will leave you begging for more and never wanting to story to end! This is a great read and I would recommend it to any sci fi or paranormal fiction reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun June 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well I have been getting into teen lit lately (I am way beyond teen years). This was fun as hell. I had a great time reading this, the author is awesome at helping you get into the main characters head and feeling what he is feeling.

I love this even though its partly a love story (ick). I am hoping that he will continue this as a series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Spin on Angel/Demon Mythology August 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
"My Soul to Keep" by Sean Hayden is book one of the Rise of the Fallen series and it is a very unique take on Angel mythology. In fact, I think I can say with complete confidence you've never read anything like it! This story is about a teenage boy named Connor Sullivan and how one night he sold his soul for one wish, however idiot that he is, he thinks it's a joke. Well, at least he does until a very beautiful woman riding a motorcycle shows up to grant said wish. To outsmart her, he wishes to become like her. So Connor, average, idiotic, stupid high school sophomore that he is, becomes a Fallen. What does this mean? Well it means that he is no longer human, he is immortal, and he is - for lack of a better word - a demon.

So it's been a while.....no let me rephrase that....it's been a really long time since I read a book from a male perspective and I have to say that not only was it refreshing but absolutely hilarious! I thought going into this book that it probably wouldn't be very funny and it would be more on the serious side. But I forgot to take note that the main character is a teenage boy who is a sophomore in high school no less. So with that in mind, the humor is all guy humor, very dry and very funny, like laugh out loud and wake my husband up in the middle of the night funny! Don't believe me? The below quote is during one of the more serious parts of the book. Connor is trying to learn how to control his image, more on that later, but his teacher tells him to focus on being human. Here's what he comes up with...

"It's not about pretzels, it's about being human. Finding what you really like, doing it, and remembering what it is you love. I just happen to love soft pretzels."

Me too, Connor, me too!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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You've seen the title before, right? It's not the same book. I have to admit, the title is slightly used but it actually goes along with the story extremely well and I can't imagine another title that would fit as appropriately. For a quick, action urban fantasy/paranormal romance story, My Soul to Keep is fun, unique and has a surprisingly exciting ending. I can't wait for the next one ;)

Connor is a 15 year old self-described loner. His parents both work so his typical day consists of coming home from school, faking through his homework and then jumping on his PS3 all before his pain-in-the-ass sister comes home from cheer leading and disrupts his quiet "me time". But on one such day, Connor gets a "wacky" idea to perform a ritual involving a black candle, a contract written in his blood and an oath spoken out loud to no one in particular. He's just promised his soul for a wish and he has no clue where the idea to do this came from. Turns out, it didn't just pop into his head all on its own.

I was originally interested in reading and reviewing this story because I wanted to read a romantic hero's POV actually written by a guy. I wanted to see if there was difference between a female author and a male author. Honestly, I really couldn't tell a difference but it definitely lend credibility to Connor's POV.

At first, the story kind of lost me with its "teenager-isms" (example: fart fan - the fan in the bathroom) but after the first chapter the story picked up and took off very quickly. I've noticed that first books in UF series tend to be heavy in world building. My Soul to Keep stayed balanced and evenly paced with the added humor, crazy action and some light romance.

As for the characters, I really fell for Connor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
My Soul To Keep was a wonderful story. It put a new but familiar twist on angels and demons, or rather the Chosen and the Fallen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hayley Guertin
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite keeper!!
I wish I could find a way to add two reviews on here because my 11 year old daughter and I read this and LOVED IT!! The book moves right along with out missing!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by rose mezera
4.0 out of 5 stars be careful what you wish for
15-year-old Connor impulsively creates a spell with a black candle and his blood. He makes a wish and grants his soul to whomever will fulfill his wish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kamilah S. Bryant
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars
If you like fantasy, this is a really fun read. I really enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by R
2.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but...
2 1/2 STARS
This book has a fresh new twist on vampires and angels (both Fallen and Chosen). The plot moves very quickly and keeps the reader wanting to know what happens to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by steve
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. It was exciting to see the plot unfold and I was not disappointed! The language is a little rough for younger readers I would probably not let my 15... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Fanatsy Read!
My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen, Book 1) had me at the very beginning. I love the relationship between Connor and Jessica; but I love the relationship Connor has with Clarisse... Read more
Published 4 months ago by karnett
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
I have to admit that I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I like that the book is supernatural but believable at the same time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amy Lewman
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, strong and full of humour and sarcasm.
I discovered Sean Hayden's work through Jen Wylie when she was looking for reviewers for their anthologies of stories Flashy Fiction & Other Insane Tales 1&2. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Azahara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read!
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review and I can honestly say I loved it!!!! My Soul to Keep is different than any other book I've read, the idea that the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by DaniGirl
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More About the Author

Born the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire. His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive creativity. Writing is his latest endeavor.
Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in this genre, he found, fell in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He has always wanted to rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity.
Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author. He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a starring role in his own television sitcom.

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