My Soul to Keep

My Soul to Keep

Tananarive Due / Aug 21, 2019

My Soul to Keep When Jessica marries David he is everything she wants in a family man brilliant attentive ever youthful Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach Soon as people close to Jessica

  • Title: My Soul to Keep
  • Author: Tananarive Due
  • ISBN: 9780061053665
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man brilliant, attentive, ever youthful Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanityWhen Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man brilliant, attentive, ever youthful Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami Instead, David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever Harrowing, engrossing and skillfully rendered, My Soul to Keep traps Jessica between the desperation of immortals who want to rob her of her life and a husband who wants to rob her of her soul With deft plotting and an unforgettable climax, this tour de force reminiscent of early Anne Rice will win Due a new legion of fans.

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      • Tananarive Due

        Tananarive Due is a novelist and a creative writing teacher who has worked as a journalist She won the American Book Award in 2002 for her novel The Living Blood.


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    1. My name is Dah-west. I was born in what is now called Ethiopia nearly five hundred years ago. I am an immortal. There are fifty-eight others like me. Our blood lives forever, and our bodies heal. We do not age. We were not born this way, and our condition is not genetic. We underwent a Ritual. We do not have extraordinary strength, and it is not our purpose to harm others. We are merely a race of scholars. Most of us choose not to mingle among mortals, but sone of us do. We love, and we have fam [...]


    2. More of a 2.5 really but you can't give half stars here soI want to begin by saying that this is a very well written piece of urban fantasy. Considering all the urban fantasy out there that sucks, and all the lame and awful vampire/werewolf/ghost/witch in modern times books out there this one is definitely a winner. It has a broad scope and the story effectively wanders through time from ancient history to modern times (well semi-modern like the 90's so there is a bit of a disconnect there). The [...]


    3. The things we do for love, right?Dawit is a five-hundred-year-old immortal who has loved and lost three wives: one in Ethiopia hundreds of years ago, one who was killed in slavery times, and one he was forced to abandon by his brethren in the 1920s. But never had he loved a wife the way Dawit loved Jessica. One could say he was obsessed with her.Young, brash, and professional, Jessica considered Dawit almost a gift from God, and could never fathom just what this wise older professor saw in her. [...]


    4. I've been hearing the name Tananarive Due for several years, but I hadn't given her stuff a shot until this book. Man, have I been missing out. Here's the thing about Tananarive's writing: From the very first chapter until the very end of the book, you sense this marvelous combination of total authorial control and utter narrative abandon. The former sensation stems from Ms. Due's elegant, evocative prose; the latter arises from the jaw dropping unpredictability of the plot. The writing is so st [...]


    5. I was going to read and finish this for Halloween Bingo 2016, but since this is a DNF, it doesn't count towards the bingo. I finally just gave up reading this after I realized that I didn't like either main characters, and the book pace was so slow, it was positively glacial.We find a man (or is he?) visiting an old woman in a retirement home. The man is sad to see that the woman has grown old (by the way this is really stupid when the reveal shows who he is, shocker dude, people get old) and th [...]


    6. It took me a long time to get into this book. Partly because not a lot happens in the first two thirds of the story and partly because i found the female protagonist intensely annoying and worse, boring. Perhaps it is partly my fault. Jessica subscribes to the type of Christianity that sees god as a big Santa that will give her everything she asks for (including miracles) if she is "good" enough or prays hard enough and I find that a huge turn off in anyone. Plus, for an investigative reporter, [...]


    7. What do you do when you discover the truth of your husband? Depends on what that truth is, doesn’t it?Due’s book is an examination of a relationship that is tested because the man, the husband, is an immortal. That is the main conflict of the story – what happens when the truth is revealed. Jessica is a woman with problems. She is too dependent on her husband, too worried about what he thinks. She fears and worried that she wouldn’t get married, so perhaps she settled. At least, this is [...]



    8. I really enjoyed this story. For a multitude of reasons the story itself was intriguing but for me it was because as I was reading it I wanted to scream/yell at the characters to make better/different decisions (but then it wouldn't be a story if they made the decisions I want them to make --- it'd be smart people doing smart things instead of smart people doing not-smart things). What I liked: The premise of the story was new or at least the way that the premise was attacked; I liked how the i [...]


    9. No matter what I think of a book, the basic question I pose to myself when I’m trying to figure out what rating to give it is: how much did I want to read it. This book started out slow, but by the end, I couldn’t put it down. I don’t have a particularly strong interest in paranormal or urban fantasy, but I think that this book was terrific for the genre. If had 1/2 stars, I'd give this 3 1/2. I’m not sure if I’ll read the other two books in the series or not. I, definitely, would, if [...]


    10. Wow! This was the first book I stopped in the middle because I couldn’t bear to go on. I peeked. I had to see for myself where the author was going to take it in the end. Yes, I cheated! The characters were amazing, the villain, David, surprisingly lovable with all his faults, a truly amazing story that will reach out and touch you no matter who you are, and where you are in life. I’m so glad I read this book!


    11. Not bad at all, just not really my thing, I guess. Maybe I just expected more, different, better. It reminded me, somehow, of Midnight Crossroad which I wasn't hugely enamoured with either. 3 stars because it deserves them, but for personal taste possibly less.


    12. This is my FAVORITE book in the whole world. T. Due is an awesome writer and though I have not read all her books or the latest installment of this triologyI will forever love this book. This is a love story, this is a horror, fiction all rolled up into one. The character of David/Dawit is so fascinating. The love of Jessica and David is captivating. this book keeps you on the edge. I have had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Due and having a personal discussion with her and my book club last year du [...]


    13. I can't believe how much I enjoyed this one. This was my first Due book, so I wasn't sure what I was going to get, but I enjoyed what she gave. Unique characters, story that takes you there emotionally, and a steady slow building story all kept me engaged. What kept me from giving this five stars is the slow parts of the story. There are a few sluggish moments, but they were well worth the overall experience. I can see myself reading this one again at some point and I will be getting the rest of [...]


    14. Ms. Due is a often- recommended author on the WOC lists, which kind of sucks because she should be on the often- recommended because her writing kicks ass list.


    15. Jessica is living a dream life. Her latest investigative piece is getting Pulitzer buzz, her daughter is thriving, her family is healthy, and her husband is perfect in every way. What she doesn't know is that her husband David cannot die. After taking part in a ritual 400+ years ago, even beheading only requires a few days' healing. Since then he roamed the world thinking of mortals as fruit flies, killing or discarding them without thought. But after a horrific experience as a slave in the Amer [...]


    16. Dawit is an immortal. 500 years ago, he was gifted with eternal life. Initially, this meant living life to the fullest, learning, loving, and leaving, as long as he didn't break the rules of sharing the secrets of his brotherhood. This is obviously where our drama come in, because Dawit's love for music draws him to the ever-evolving mortal world where, every once in a while, he falls in love with a soul that speaks to his own. Even though he knows it cannot be forever.Jessica believes David to [...]


    17. David Wolde is an immortal man who has married a mortal woman. She’s a journalist who’s starting to taste success, and he’s an accomplished professor turned freelance writer who dotes on his wife and their young daughter. However, his wife doesn’t know he is immortal. David took a blood pact many years ago in Ethiopia that granted him and fifty-nine other men immortality. They promised to never tell any others of this pact, and they promised never to get too attached to the mortal world. [...]


    18. This is not a vampire book. There are no vampires in this book, only people who have ingested blood and gone through a formal ceremony which makes them immortal. No. Vampires. However - I wasn't looking for vampires, and didn't want them, so I was a-okay with this series. It's an interesting, original take on immortality, and well-done. I honestly think this book is the weakest in terms of characterization, but that could very well be because I managed to accidentally read the series backwards,a [...]


    19. I really admire the way Due has created characters that are compelling and repulsive all at the same time. Sometimes I get bored with the typical hero formula good vs. evil. Due doesn't make it that simple for her readers. As much as I was repulsed by Dawit/David, I was disappointed for him in the end. I love Due's exploration of immortality and how she layers history of the black diaspora throughout the novel. Even though David is immortal, he is not perfect, nor is Jessica. I found I couldn't [...]


    20. A friend reviewed this book - said it wasn't really her thing, actually, but I was intrigued by the book's blurb. For several reasons:Its supernatural base is members of an Ethiopian sect.It has immortality as a theme/problem.It suggests you can be robbed of your soul.I find these things fascinating. In the first place my husband is Ethiopian, and worships at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He, of course, would be horrified at the idea of the sect's immortality and how they came about it, so I w [...]


    21. This series took me by surprise. I discovered it in an airport bookstore and the rest is history. At first, I was afraid it was a romance, but it quickly developed into an unforgettable story that I haven't read anywhere before or since. Best of all, the setting is in my hometown, so I felt an even bigger connection to the characters. My Mom is now reading the third book and I'm reading the fourth.


    22. TOTALLY not my genre. I really disliked the main characters--Jessica and David. I almost gave up, but I'm giving it 2 stars because once I got half way through, the book interested me enough to keep my attention till the end.


    23. WHAT A THRILLER!! The dramatic tension was SO GOOD. Seeing the story from both Jessica and Dawit's perspectives really built the tension, because you could see WHY he was doing things, and how selfish his motives were in spite of him trying to rationalize them as good intentions, and basically the whole time I was like I HOPE THIS THING DOESN'T HAPPEN!! Also, I cried.


    24. I think the author is a fan of Octavia Butler and it shows in this story about magic blood and the life of an African immortal who comes to America. There were some scary moments in this book and it was a good story.


    25. One of the best fantasy/horror novels I've read, totally engrossing and quite original. Due as writer has garnered a high place on my list, right up there with my fave, Octavia Butler. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the African Immortals series. Most highly recommended!


    26. More Fantasy Than Horror A mixture of being black in America, Black American History, ghosts, magic, and spirituality make for an awesome adventure. There are some death scenes but the author doesn't look linger, doesn't make them grisly with detail. This book is a well written page turner that would likely be characterized as suspense if not for the supernatural stuff. Give MY SOUL TO KEEP and the rest of Tananarive Due's books a chance. You won't be sorry.


    27. I received My Soul To Keep in an international book exchange group. This was the first book I received from the group, and it was a good read that kept me entertained for several days. The story begins with a young couple named Jessica and David. Jessica meets David in school and she immediately falls in love with him. He is charming, brilliant and very attentive, and he takes great care of Jessica and her daughter Kira.Suddenly, people near Jessica start dying in mysterious ways. Her dog dies. [...]


    28. 3.5, maybeThis was an absorbing and entertaining read. There was some great tension in there, and some creepy scenes were written to very good effect. It was highly readable. The story was good. Ms. Due is a skilled writer. Given all that, you might think my rating is kind of on the low side, and I agree.I added it to my list after hearing comparisons to Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed. While I think this book is more riveting, possibly even better written, and would probably provide a better exper [...]


    29. This was a bit slow to start but then just sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. Such a rich story and the world is beautifully woven. The question of will she or won't she rules half the book but, thanks to the deepening layers of nuance, I never once felt the need to skip ahead. Definitely continuing!


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