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Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

July 5th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: July 5, 2011

Publisher: Tor

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.

Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.

Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

And not everyone will get out of it alive.

I’m really torn as I sit here thinking about what to say about this book.  I loved Personal Demons (see my review here) and I squealed in excitement when I saw Original Sin in my mail pile.  Sadly I have mixed feelings about this one.  There is definitely a darker edge to it which I don’t mind and the sex scenes are more prevalent and steamy (just a warning they could disturb some as a few of them are quite edgy).  The best part of this book is it gave me a slight feeling of de ja vu of the whole Phoebe and Cole relationship in Charmed-one of the most awesome series and couples!

Even though Gabe still doesn’t play a huge part at least we see more of him and a little more of his personality.   Even human I still loved Luc.  He’s just so sexy, sweet and with the edge of danger.  I feel so bad for the bad rap he gets in this book from Frannie’s brother and the way Frannie treats him at times.

And that brings me to the part I disliked about this book.  Frannie.  She is still kicking ass physically but she was so whiny, made several dumb moves and missed so many obvious clues that something was not right that I just wanted to shake her.    Then comes the love triangle again.  I get when a girl is torn between two great guys but she really takes it too far.  She cuddles in bed with Gabe, tries to make him fall despite knowing how hard he’s trying to prevent just that, moons over him and all the while claiming that she loves Luc.  If she really loved Luc why does she so easily write off Luc as “what do you expect from a demon” and so quickly turns to Gabe.  Then she also claims to love Gabe but constantly tempts him to fall for her own selfish reasons.

The other character that came as a shocker to me was Frannie’s brother.  As an angel I suppose I had higher expectations of him being a good guy and I was ready to fall in love with him but that so did not happen.  I will admit at first I was biased because of Matt’s intense dislike of Luc but then on top of that for an angel he was so un-angelic.  He’s so easily swayed from his duty as a guardian angel and amazingly selfish for someone who was picked to be an angel.  I was shocked at the end and  I wish I could discuss it without spoiling it but I will refrain.

In the end, there were both good and not so good points for me in this book.  Personal Demons made such an impression on me that I will definitely be picking up the next book to see what happens and I am hoping that love affair between me and this story returns in that one.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Michelle

    I still love this series but I agree, Luc gets the short end of the stick in a variety of ways. He never got the love and respect he gave to others in return and that made me a bit sad. I’m extremely interested to see where book three goes given the Matt situation!

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