Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Summary: 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.
Woah. Now this book is definitely sizzling. Do you see that cover?! Breathtaking ! I still think that the characters look older than they’re supposed to be, but what are you gonna do? I do have to start off by saying that the summary leads you to believe Gabe will be a main character in the story. He is, but not as involved as I thought he would be.
Frannie is the good girl gone bad (well, somewhat bad). Being in a religious family, you would think she is a good-two shoe, but she’s not. She actually got kicked out of Catholic school and parties pretty often. She may not be a saint, but I really like her. Frannie is intelligent, courageous and pretty kick-butt if you ask me. One of my favorite things about her is her goals of trying to understand other people by taking on a pen pal from another country. The book didn’t really focus on it, but sometimes even the little things can make a difference.
Luc is the bad boy. He’s a demon, which makes him a legitimate bad boy. He’s dangerous, mysterious and hotter-than-hell. Gabe is the exact opposite-angelic (duh, he’s an angel), positive and caring in every way possible. You think it would be cliché for opposites like them to be fighting a way into Frannie’s life, but it’s not. It’s actually really thrilling!
The whole time I was reading, I imagined those cartoons where people have the devil and angel sitting on each of their shoulders. Luc and Gabe are definitely not part of Frannie’s conscience, which makes it even better. The race for her soul is like a seesaw; teetering on each end but never truly decides which way it wants to go.
Personal Demons is insanely exciting. Every page brought new interests and wonders. I also enjoyed having the story be told in Frannie’s and Luc’s point of view. Each take was wonderful written. Never once did I feel the story drag or bore me. Desrochers creates a tale passionate enough that could put Hell to shame. With enticing characters and a thrilling plot, this book really does question which side you would choose. A glorious debut!