Monday, September 13, 2010

Book Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Title: Personal Demons
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: Personal Demons #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: Sept. 14 2010
My Source: Goodreads giveaway
My Rating: 4/5

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions—for Hell—and she possesses a unique skill set that has the King of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he’s as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn’t get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay…for all of them.

I've read a few books based on the angel/demon theme, but this was unlike any of them! This book was insanely addicting, and had great characters that I really enjoyed to read about. This books is told from the alternating perspectives of Frannie and Luc. Luc, which is short for Lucifer, is a demon who is coming to take Frannie's soul. If you can imagine, that made it really strange to have half the book be in his perspective. I loved this book because I didn't know what I wanted- The romance between Frannie and Luc was great and as a reader I want them to be together, but at the same time, I don't want it because I don't know if he really likes her, and hello, he's evil! They definitely should not be together! It was such an interesting conflict that was way deeper than just your typical "bad boy". Luc was such a complex character. He was the thing that made it so I couldn't put this book down.

Gabe is the angel sent from heaven to protect Frannie from Luc. There was a love triangle of sorts between the three of them, but I felt like since we never heard from Gabe's perspective, he didn't love Frannie, he was just doing his job by protecting her. And I thought Frannie never did love him, she was just enchanted by his angelic-ness.

I'll admit, the whole Heaven and Hell aspect of the plot was pretty generic- lots of puns, and nothing was really unpredictable. But it ended really well. As a reader, I felt sympathy for Luc, but it didn't make me want to be a Devil worshipper or anything of the sort! Satan was still a really bad guy in this book. And Hell was still a horrible place. I don't want to give anything away about the ending, but I loved what happened to Luc!

This was a very unique and entertaining read (and a bit scary!) thatI would recommend to older readers. It did have some adult-ish themes (Luc is a demon, after all), and I definitely wouldn't recommend it to younger readers.


  1. I'm glad to see that you really enjoyed this one. I'm really excited to read it-- especially since you said the characters were really interesting! Thanks so much for the review.

  2. I hope you enjoy it! Definitely a great book. :D


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