Book Review: Personal Demons

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Released: September 14, 2010
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 364
Series: Personal Demons #1
Rating: 5 stars
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.

This was an excellent start to a new and exciting series about the battle between good and evil and how one girl can change the fate for both Heaven and Hell. Personal Demons is nothing like the typical angel/demon cliche. Sure it still has some of the same features, but with more originality and twists.

After reading the summary, I admit I had some high expectations for this book and overall, I wasn't disappointed. The only thing I had a problem with was Gabe. I know he's an angel and the "good guy" but personally, I think he was a little too "good" and he didn't have much interaction throughout the novel, making him a little mysterious and hard for me to get a good feel of who is character is. Hopefully with the next book, we will get to learn more about him. What made the book so good for me was Luc! I just absolutely fell in love with his character (course I always seem to like the bad boy type characters anyways). Personal Demons is narrated by both Frannie and Luc and I think that was the perfect idea. How often do we see novels narrated by was definitely a nice change. And I really enjoyed reading Luc describe Hell...what a creepy place!

Packed with action, humor, mystery, and of course hot otherworldly guys, Personal Demons is one novel paranormal fans shouldn't miss. Desrochers has written one steaming hot debut and I can't wait to read more! The second novel, Original Sin, is scheduled to release July 2011.


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