Original Sin (Personal Demons Series #2)

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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 ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Personal Demons:

“Good versus evil shouldn’t be this much fun, but it is!”—Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Fire Study

“Some wild twists…Readers may have to take breaks to cool down.”—Booklist on Personal Demons

“Lisa Desrochers' debut is fantastic: full of shivers, surprises, and sultry romance. You'll be laughing one moment and shrieking the next—a fabulous novel that promises more intoxicating adventures to come!”—Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of Nightshade

"Personal Demons is as scary—and sexy—a book as I’ve read in a long time.”—Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Hourglass

ALAN Review - Barbara A. Ward
Frannie Cavanaugh has everything she has ever wanted; after all, her love has turned demon Luc into a mortal in love with her. Under his watchful eye and the care of her guardian angel brother Matt, she should be safe. Nevertheless, Lucifer wants his demon back, and he also wants Frannie for reasons that are revealed late in the book. The demons he sends will stop at nothing to do his bidding. In the second book of the Personal Demons series, the battle of good and evil rages on with Frannie's soul hanging in the balance. Temptation surrounds Frannie, and it may be only a matter of time before she falls from grace. Because the story's perspectives shift among the characters, readers know a lot more about what's going on than Frannie and her friends do. Readers will be drawn to this independent-minded teen who vacillates between two angelic guys. Reviewer: Barbara A. Ward
Kirkus Reviews
A demon-turned-human, a lecherous succubus, an angelic—if bratty—brother, an "insanely beautiful" archangel; with all these mystical creatures in her life, no wonder Frannie's overwhelmed.

Frannie turned her demon boyfriend Luc into a human with her magical Sway inPersonal Demons(2010). Now he's living in his own apartment while barely resisting Frannie's seduction attempts. Frannie divides her time between Luc, her summer job and her increasingly distant friends. Frannie and Luc's dating is complicated by the constant presence of Matt, Frannie's guardian angel, who was once her twin brother but died during childhood. Through alternating, brief first-person accounts, all three narrate the continuing saga of Frannie vs. Hell. Lucifer wants to punish Luc for his defection and gain control of whatever power turned him human; luckily, Hell doesn't know about Frannie's Sway. Meanwhile, Matt is distracted from his duties by uncontrollable feelings for Lili, a strange new girl in town. The protagonists pop in and out of Hell like there's no tomorrow; secondary characters are merely damned for all time. The battle against Hell is punctuated by frequent steamy encounters: There's "crippling desire," lust that's "totally raw and all-consuming" and characters who "sink into the sheets, into each other." For all that sex, it's a shame that the sexuality of all the girls other than Frannie is subject to disturbingly intense slut-shaming.

Fans of sexy encounters between celestials and infernals will eat this up.(Paranormal romance. 14-16)

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—This book can stand on it own, but will be more satisfying to those who have read Personal Demons (Tor, 2010). Frannie Cavanaugh has a special ability with such potential that both Heaven and Hell have a vested interest in her. This power has enabled her to turn Luc Cain, a former demon looking to tag her soul for Hell, into a human. Now they just want to enjoy a normal dating relationship that includes going away to college. Gabe, Frannie's heavenly protector, is in love with her but wants to give her a chance at happiness. He leaves, believing that Frannie's twin brother will be the perfect guardian angel for her. But Hell has other plans for Frannie and Luc, which do not include a "happily ever after" ending. What occurs is like a game of supernatural chess, full of calculated moves and countermoves involving loss, disappointment, and the ultimate sacrifice. Desrochers weaves an intense, plot-twisting tale that involves not only an angel and demon love triangle but also complex issues like betrayal, love, redemption, seduction, and forgiveness. The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers eagerly anticipating the last volume in the trilogy.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765328090
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Personal Demons Series, #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 819,253
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Desrochers

Lisa Desrochers is the author of the young adult fantasy novel Personal Demons. She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. She can always be found with a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places and then take her by surprise. Growing up all over the United States inspired wanderlust and Desrochers loves to travel, which works out well since she lectures internationally on a variety of health care topics. Lisa Desrochers has a doctorate in physical therapy and maintains a full time practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2015


    Race: angel/ height: 5'7"/ weight: 120 pounds/ appearance: she wears a silver dress that ends in a short skirt. It has black embroidery on it. She wears silver boots on her feet, and white feathered wings in her back. Her skin is a slightly tanned cream color, her eyes an azure blue. She has short pink hair that droops around her face and always wears a stoic expression./ personality: meet her, it's hard to explain./ other facts: she knows very little about certain things, as she was very recently created. She is a guardian angel as well. Her preffered weapon is a bow, and while she enjoys human food, she is terrible at cooking it. However, she is loyal and will follow her superior's commands to the letter./ anything else, please ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2015

    Luc & Eli's Bio

    Names~ Lucy (Luc) Madigan // Elizabeth (Eli) Madigan.<p>Ages~ 17 // 15<p>Species~ Alphess of Bloodwolf Pack. Werewolf. // Demon and vampire hybrid.<p>Personalities~ Depends on the day.<p>Looks~ A dark-haired girl with orange eyes, and slightly tan skin. Her wolf form is a smoky wolf with the same eyes. She wears jeans, a T-shirt, silver combat boots, and a trench coat. // Eli has the same dark hair as her sister, with deep violet eyes, and pale skin. She has large hawk wings that are usually hidden, and the ability to control fire, wind, and the sky. She wears a short black dress, knee-high black Converse, and a leather jacket. She also has pointed teeth, that grow when she sees or smells blood.<p>Relationships/Crush~ No. // No.<p>Other~ Ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Love Luc

    Can not wait until the 3rd book comes out:) Already have money put aside for it lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012


    I loved both of the books but Original Sin was surprising hard to get through. I really hope that the author (forgot the name sorry) continues with the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Loved it, Can't wait to read the next!

    it was a great book. i didn't want to put it down!.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

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    Awesome read!

    *****SPOILER ALERT*****Finished the book in 2 days!!!...almost as good as the first...a bit disappointed w/ matt's character, he actually annoyed me a bit thru the book...also, was expecting a lil more description between luc n frannie's first time, not full blown details of course, given the book is a YA read but i noticed that the author got more descriptive when frannie trys to seduce gabe and in the parts of the book where everyone else who got it on....sorry for those who havent read it...but all in all an awesome read, really couldnt put it down....again i fell for Luc despite his mistakes, truly hoping for an explanation to wat hpnd w/ him in the end of this book, n hoping he n frannie can work things out....

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Great book!

    To begin with, this book is completely dynamic. Over the top, can't stop reading this book dynamic. Once I started this book and fell into the story, I could not gather myself to get out. I was stuck inside an amazing world that only got better and better as I continued to read!

    The characters in the book go through some major changes. Lots of feelings changed, secrets were revealed (loved those) and betrayals were made. The main character, Frannie has grown up a lot. She doesn't see the world the way she used to. Her eyes have been open and she is much more weary of things than before. I like that cause now she is not as naive. Both Luc and Gabe played a huge part in who Frannie is becoming. They both made sacrifices to get where she needs to be even if it hurts them.

    The secrets in this book are so juicy, I can hardly stop gasping. Let me tell you that Ms. Desrochers sure does know how to pull one over her readers head. Never in my life, have I been so shocked by a book before. If you read the first book, these secrets do give some insight on questions I have been wondering. Ms. Desrochers writing is perfect in describing the characters emotions. I love it when an author can pull you into the characters shoes feeling everything that they are going through. The author definitely made the book easy for you to understand as well as get into.

    There is no secret that there is a love triangle going on here. Ms. Desrochers made it extremely entertaining. It is easy to fall in love with these two boys! Luc and Gabe fight for Frannie. The tension between Frannie/Luc and Frannie/Gabe is so strong, you feel like your in a hot tub. There are some betrayals in this book that I never thought would happen. Friends who aren't what they say they are.

    A sinfully delicious book, Original Sin will ensnare you like no other book has. With lots of mythological creatures and hot boys, you will fall in love with this book.

    *sexual tension/sex (implied)*

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    Missy's Reads & Reviews

    Following in Personal Demons' footsteps, Original Sin is a great continuation of the story that we fell in love with the first time around.

    I'll have to admit that Frannie grew on me a little more, yet at the same time managed to tick me off at some of the completely insane and, quite frankly, idiotic decisions that she would make. It boggles my mind, but somehow she manages to be giving and selfish at the same time... if that makes any sense. I loved Luc in this as much as the last, but I had to give Gabe the silent treatment for a while. Even though I love his character, I wasn't so much of a fan of him disappearing and not being around when it was obvious that he was needed. Yet, I understood his decision and I think I'd do the same as he did - given the circumstances.

    The evil was more vile this round, which I enjoyed and pretty much reveled in. I mean, if they're going to be representing true evil then they really need to represent! I'm censoring myself saying this for those who haven't read the first yet - but the character that I was happy to see come back in the last novel made me regret my decision in this book. He ended up being even more selfish than Frannie herself and not at all giving. Maybe it's because of his prior circumstances? I have no idea, but I think he should have been smarter than how he acted in this book.

    This book was as equally enjoyable as the one it follows and I'm absolutely loving where the story is going. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out!

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    I love Luc!!!

    Lol. I loved this book. It has a bit of everything in it.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    a delightful teen paranormal romantic suspense

    Luc Cain came from hell to collect Frannie Cavanaugh's soul while Gabe came from heaven to do likewise. Neither expected Frannie to have her own guardian angel Matt who was her twin brother before dying in childhood; or that Luc would fall in love with Frannie and shockingly give up brimstone for shaving cuts when her Magical Sway had him obsessed with being become human (see Personnel Demons).

    As Gabe returns to heaven to avoid Frannie's temptation, raging King Lucifer exhales fire over the traitor Luc. He sends a demon horde to bring him the betrayer on a platter. More important to the ruler of Hell is to capture the essence that turned his former loyal follower into a mortal. While Matt has lost concentration because of his attraction to Luc's sexy next door neighbor Lili, the demons attack Frannie and her friends.

    Rotating perspectives between the wins and the former demon, Original Sin is a delightful teen paranormal romantic suspense. Frannie is a terrific character whose magical sway has Heaven and Hell wondering what is going on. However Luc steals the show as he struggles with adjusting to human hygiene. Fans will enjoy encounters of the first kind between mortals and heavenly and hellish guests and hosts.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Awesome, must read!

    Lisa Desrochers is pure genius. I don't think I can muster up the words to express how much I loved and enjoyed reading Original Sin. The Personal Demons series is smokin' hot and a must read for YA lovers! Original Sin makes you feel sad, happy, angry, shocked, and excited all in one book! Lisa's writing is truly amazing and I felt every word and scene as the characters did.

    I'm team Luc all the way, but when Gabe left Frannie it was sad, because she loves Gabe too. Although Frannie knows that nothing can come between her and Luc, she still has that connection to Gabe and she feels as if there is a piece of her missing. I really enjoy the emotion Lisa brought into Original Sin. You feel more of the sadness and pain than you do in the first book, and although you don't WANT sadness and pain, it adds so much to Luc and Frannie's incredible journey.

    A couple new characters are introduced. There is Lili, a shy and reserved type of girl who moves into Luc's neighborhood, and Rhenorian, a demon set on bringing Luc back to Hell. Then there is Frannie's new guardian angel, whose name must not be spoken of because it will spoil the first book. This angel is happy to be helping Frannie and Luc.or maybe just Frannie, until he meets Lili and even he can't seem to focus on what his duties are.

    I loved all the characters, new and old, in this book. There were plenty of demons and I love how they are described in such detail.so much I feel like I am in the book facing them myself! Sometimes I think its hard to picture a character as the author would see them, but when it is done with Lisa's precision, its perfecto!

    I also don't know if I've mentioned that Luc is totally hot *swoon*. I'm a sucker for bad boys and if you were team Gabe in Personal Demons, I think that Original Sin will give you a run for your money.well part of the book anyways, just wait until the second half!!

    Original Sin is filled with steamy relationships, crazy twists, action, and shocking outcomes. I really rate this book a million stars out of 5, haha, but 5 is all I can fit! I CAN'T wait for the next book and I hope you YA lovers pick up your copy of Personal Demons and Original Sin (releases July 5, 2010)!!!

    Review based on ARC copy

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog

    Wow. Yeah, if I only had one word, it would be wow. And then holy hell. And then hot holy Luc. And then summer snow.
    Okay. I think I'm done now. End of review. LOL. Just kidding.
    Original Sin had so much that I wanted and hoped for and then lots of other things that I never expected. Lisa took me on a ride with Frannie, Luc and Gabriel, as well as a few new and complex characters. And it was a ride that I didn't want to get off of.
    So I am still on team Luc. I think. But Gabe. Oh my Gabe. He really shone in this book, and I totally want to pull for him. He's so self sacrificing, and his love for Frannie... wanting what is best for her no matter what, oh my Gabe.
    Luc is hot as ever in this one, although there are some moments that I want to start hating him. Which I think helped in the Gabe train. (Don't get mad at me Luc, I still wanna lick you babe.)
    The action is non-stop and the only thing I can complain about is: I WANT MORE. NOW.
    So, yeah, I definitely recommend this one, and if you haven't read Personal Demons yet, what are you waiting for???

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    review taken from One Book At A Time

    There's a lot that happens in this book. It's a lot to process, but in the end I really enjoyed this book.

    The fact that Luc is now human doesn't please everyone. Hell is bound and determined to figure out how he did it. In fact most of the book is concerning Hell trying to reverse Luc's tag so they can drag him back to hell for punishment. And they really will stop and nothing to get that done. And the demons are much worse in this book than in the first. I actually really enjoyed the havoc Luc causes for hell. It's an interesting twist that I'm sure he wasn't intending. I'll be curious to see how the plays out in future books.

    And even Frannie's new guardian angel doesn't think Luc can overcome his demon past. His behavior is so far from what I think a guardian angel should be like. It was sad to watch him become what he does by the end of the book. I think Gabe should have seen some of that coming. But I don't think he sees straight when it comes to Frannie. Gabe doesn't get near enough book time, but there are parts of that are told from his point of view. We get a much better idea of his feelings for Frannie and what the consequence would be if he were to act on them. It's not small price to pay and I understand why he tries to distance himself from her..."Lead us not into temptation" fits it perfectly.

    I liked Frannie quite a bit more in this one. She seems more adult and is coming to terms with what has happened so far. When Hell pinpoints that she's the one that turned Luc mortal, they really start to reverse her tag as well. The demons, etc do a really good job of isolating Frannie from everyone. They use all those human emotions that don't bring out the best of us and use them against her. There's a lot of anger, distrust, and vengeance in this book. There's also quite a bit of sex. I don't mind that in young adult books, but I found in this one it was different. There's one scene that I would dang near classify as rape. It's one way the demons are using to tag humans for hell, so you can imagine it's not pleasant.

    I devoured this book. It was an excellent read despite some of the sexual aspects, which is why I would recommend it for older teens. It's possible that it could be edited before release as I've read an ARC version. I'm still very interested in reading the next one.

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