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Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

October 7th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Requested for review

Publication date: September 14, 2010

Publisher: Tor Teen

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?

Are you sure about that…?

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with 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.

I have to admit at first I was turned off by this book due to its cover.  It just did not grab me and I know they say you should not judge a book by its cover.  Fortunately Lisa Desrochers is coming out here for a book signing and I had the opportunity to get a copy to review.  Thank goodness things worked out the way it did because I really enjoyed this book!

The Characters

The book alternates from Frannie’s point of view to Luc’s point of view.  It was strange not to have Gabriel’s point of view as he is the third main character.

Frannie was an interesting character as she is obviously the black sheep in her ultra-religious family.  The one thing that did irk me about her was how she would claim to love Luc but also feel in love with Gabriel and wanting to make out with both guys even while she appears to be committed to one or the other.  But to give her the benefit of the doubt it cannot be easy being around both an angel and a sexy as heck demon.

Luc, sigh, what can I say about a sexy, sweet, smokin’, hot, ummm…did I mention good looking demon?  I loved watching him fall for Frannie and struggling with his assignment to tag Frannie for Hell.  He had a great sense of humor and you just have to smile reading some of his lines.

Gabriel on the other hand just never grew on me and I actually found myself disliking his character.  I have to admit feeling a little guilty about disliking an angel but I think his character suffered because we never really get to see inside his head.  Other than him being an angel I don’t see why Frannie really seemed to fall in love with him and what made it so hard to choose between him and Luc.  In fact, at some points he just comes off as a jerk.  When at one point he admits he would be willing to give up his wings for Frannie that just seems to come totally out of the blue.  I did not feel like there was any indication that she was anything more than an assignment to him.

The Romance

The chemistry between Frannie and Luc was steamy and you could feel the romantic tension between the two.  I loved seeing them together and the conflict each feels about their feelings towards one another.  Like I mention above I just did not get the romance between Gabriel and Frannie.  I really wish there were more there.

The Story Line

The story line was amazing as we find out that Frannie has a power that is likened to that of what people like Moses and Hitler possessed and both Heaven and Hell want control of that power.  I cannot go into too much detail here without revealing too much but I definitely did not want to put this book down once I started reading.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Pam

    I haven’t reviewed it yet. I think missing Gabe as a character is holding me back. I mean obviously he is going through some problems, maybe even about to fall but we only get second hand accounts of that monumental event. However I loved the story line, I am def. Team Hell. :D

  2. Anaiz Martinez

    Oh this sounds good! I have to admit, I also judge a book by it’s cover, but I think it’s important to have a good cover that represents the story. :D Great review.

  3. Kristen

    This is the second review that I’ve read about this book and neither of you really liked Gabriel.. which sort of makes sense when there’s already a romantic interest. May also have something to do with the POV of the book. I can’t wait to read this one and I agree.. the cover is just so-so. Thanks for the review!

  4. dsuzuki

    I went to see Lisa at an author signing and she said she excluded Gabriel on purpose, He won’t have a POV until book 3!

  5. Michelle

    I really enjoyed this book. I’m eagerly looking forward to the second in the series. While I thought the plot was pretty basic I did adore the characters. Gabriel was definitely more vanilla but I wasn’t surprised to see that given the side of the fense he was on. All that rule following tends to make a guy bland I suppose. But like you I didn’t feel the connection between he and Frannie at all. It felt more like she was just under his spell as compared to with Luc who she felt connected to.

  6. dsuzuki

    Yeah, that might be why I lean towards the bad boys. The good guys are too bland.

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