Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Product Information:
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765328089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328083
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  • Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance - even her closest friends - and it seems like her senior year is going to 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 is on a mission. He's been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie's soul. It should be easy - all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can't be far behind. And sure enough, it's not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for.
But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay... for all of them.
Angels, demons, a girl and the fight for her soul. Great idea for a story. I was hooked on this book even before reading it. There had been so many great things said about it that I had to get my hands on a copy. Glad I did. Personal Demons starts out from Luc's point of view. He's there to corrupt Frannie for Hell. The quintessential bad boy, Luc is hot, dangerous and sardonic. He's evil with heart made of brimstone and has never failed in his job. I was always looking forward to Luc's narration. He kept me entertained with his dialog and his actions. Frannie is the female lead. She's strong, compassionate, and just a little naughty. I liked her character quite a lot. She was a change from the usual. I liked her fire and the interaction she had with Luc and Gabe. She wasn't one to back down often. Luc starts off his and Frannie's relationship as the premise for her downfall. The only thing is he starts to fall for her. I enjoyed the way their relationship progressed and how the author didn't skim over the sexual parts of the story. I felt it added that little extra realism. Then there's Gabe, who's heavenly, hot, charming and will do anything to stop Luc from getting Frannie. I didn't really feel for Gabe, even though he has Frannie's best interests at heart, and is there for the same reason as Luc. I never once felt like I wanted him to be with Frannie. He just seemed like he was there help Luc's character progression. I wasn't sure why Frannie was drawn to Gabe. 
Personal Demons is a great debut. It's fun, sexy, and exciting. The ending left me wanting to know how the story is going to progress after everything that's happened. Bring on book two! I give it 3.75/5.


  1. I read this a few weeks back but I thoroughly enjoyed it too!
    I really prefered Luc to Gabe as well!
    Gabe was there but was sort of in the background.. we didnt really get his voice because we never read anything from his pov. It was always about Luc and Frannie!!

    I cannot wait for book two either!
    I really liked her power.. I didnt expect it! Sway!!