Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance-even her closest friends-and it seems as if her senior year is going to 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 is on a mission. He's been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie's soul. It should be easy-all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can't be far behind. And sure enough, it's not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie's soul.
But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.
About the Author
Lisa Desrochers is the author of the young adult fantasy novel Original Sin. 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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If there’s a Hell on Earth, it’s high school. And if there’s anyone distinctly qualified to make that statement, it would be me. I draw a deep breath—mostly out of habit since demons don’t have to breathe—then look up at the threatening sky, hoping it’s a good omen, and pull open the heavy security door. The dingy halls are quiet since the first bell rang almost five minutes ago. It’s just me, the metal detector, and a hunched wisp of a security guard in a rumpled blue uniform. He hauls himself out of his cracked plastic chair, looks me over, and scowls.
“You’re late. ID,” he says in a three-pack-a-day rasp.
I stare him down for a few seconds, sure I could blow him over with a whisper, and I can’t suppress a smile when beads of sweat sprout on his pasty forehead. I’m glad to see I’ve still got the touch even though I’m getting really sick of this job. Five millennia in the same gig will do that to a demon. For this trip, though, the fact that failure will result in dismemberment and the Fiery Pit is all the motivation I need.
“New,” I say.
“Put your bag on the table.”
I shrug, showing him my hands. No bag.
“Give me your belt. Studs’ll set off the detector.”
I pull off my belt and toss it at the old man as I walk through the metal detector. He hands it back and hacks, “Go straight to the office.”
“No problem,” I say, already walking away.
I slide my belt back on and push through the office door. It bangs sharply off the cracked wall and the ancient receptionist looks up, startled. “Can I help you?”
The office is just as drab and poorly lit as the halls except for the brightly colored notices that cover every inch of plaster like psychedelic wallpaper. There’s a nameplate declaring the receptionist is Marian Seagrave, and I swear I can hear her joints creak as she pulls herself out of her chair. She’s got more wrinkles than a shar-pei and the requisite short, blue, curly hair of all hundred-year-old women. Her round body is clad in the uniform of the ancients: turquoise polyester slacks and a matching floral blouse neatly tucked in.
I meander up to the counter and lean toward her. “Luc Cain. First day,” I say, flashing my winning smile—the one that always keeps mortals just a little off balance.
She stares for just a second before finding her voice. “Oh . . . welcome to Haden High, Luc. Let me pull up your schedule.”
She bangs on her computer keyboard and the printer buzzes to life. It spits out my schedule—the same schedule I’ve had for the last hundred years, since the advent of the modern education system. I do my best to feign interest as she hands it to me and says, “Here it is, and your locker number and combination too. You’ll need to collect an admit slip from each of your teachers and bring it back here at the end of the day. You’ve already missed homeroom, so you should go right to your first class. Let’s see . . . yes, senior English with Mr. Snyder. Room 616. That’s in building six, just out the door to the right.”
“Will do,” I say, smiling. It won’t hurt to stay on administration’s good side. You never know when they might be useful.
The bell rings as I make my way out the door into the now bustling halls, and the scents of the sea of teenage humanity hit me in waves. There’s the tangy citrus of fear, the bitter garlic of hate, the anise of envy, and ginger—lust. Lots of potential.
I work in Acquisitions, but it isn’t usually my job to tag them, just to sow the seeds and start them down the fiery path. I get them going on the little ones. Starter sins, if you will. Not enough to tag their souls for Hell, but enough to send them in our direction eventually. I don’t even need to use my power . . . not that I’d feel guilty if I did. Guilt isn’t in the demonic repertoire of emotions. It just feels more honest when they come to sin of their own volition. Again, not that I care about being honest. It’s just too easy the other way.
In truth, the rules are clear. Unless their souls are tagged, we can’t force mortals to do anything out of character or manipulate their actions in any way. For the most part, all I can do with my power is cloud their thoughts, blur the line between right and wrong just a little. Anyone who says the devil made them do it is feeding you a line.
I stroll the hall, taking in the scents of teenage sin, so thick in the air I can taste them. All six of my senses buzz with anticipation. Because this trip is different. I’m here for one soul in particular and, as I make my way toward building 6, a crackle of red-hot energy courses through me—a good sign. I take my time, walking slowly through the throng and scoping out prospects, and am the last to arrive in class, just at the bell.
Room 616 is no brighter than the rest of the school, but at least an attempt has been made at decorating. Prints of Shakespeare’s plays—only the tragedies, I notice—grace the walls. The desks are grouped in twos and are nearly full. I walk up the center aisle to Mr. Snyder’s desk, holding out my schedule. He turns his slender face toward me, glasses perched just at the tip of his long, straight nose.
“Luc Cain. I need an admit slip . . . or something?” I say.
“Cain . . . Cain . . .” He rakes a hand through his thinning gray hair and scans down his class roster, finding my name. “Here you are.” He hands me a yellow admit slip, a composition book, and a copy of The Grapes of Wrath and looks at his roster again. “Okay, you’ll be seated between Mr. Butler and Miss Cavanaugh.” Then he stands, pushing up his glasses and smoothing the unsmoothable creases in his white button-down and khakis. “All right, class,” he announces. “We’re shifting seats. Everyone from Miss Cavanaugh up will shift one seat to your right. You’ll all have a new essay partner for the rest of the semester.”
Many of the good little lemmings grumble, but they all do as they’re told. I sit in the seat Mr. Snyder motions to, between Mr. Butler—a tall, skinny kid with glasses, bad skin, and obvious self-esteem issues—and Miss Cavanaugh, whose sapphire-blue eyes stare straight into mine. No self-esteem issues there. I feel the play of hot electricity under my skin as I stare back, sizing her up. And her size is definitely petite, with wavy, sandy-blond hair that she’s tied in a knot at the base of her neck, fair skin, and fire. A definite prospect. Our desks are grouped together, so it looks like I’ll have plenty of opportunity to feel her . . . out.
Okay, so I’m not generally the swooning type, but Holy Mother of God, I can’t believe what just walked into my English class. Tall, dark, and sorta dangerous. Mmm . . . nothing like a little eye candy in the morning to get the day off to a sweet start—and possibly rot my brain. And, bonus. Apparently we’re gonna be essay partners, ’cause obsessive-compulsive Mr. Snyder is having me move down a seat to make room for him. God forbid we should ever be out of alphabetical order.
My eyes work slowly over his black T-shirt and jeans, not to mention the body underneath—very nice—as he saunters over and sits to my left. He folds his tall frame into the attached desk and chair with the grace of a sly black cat, and I swear the temperature in here just shot up ten degrees. The dim classroom lights glint faintly off the three steel bars piercing the outside corner of his right eyebrow as he stares at me through silky black bangs with the blackest eyes I’ve ever seen.
Mr. Snyder paces the front of the room for a moment, taking silent roll, then says, “Pull out your composition books and The Grapes of Wrath. Since Mr. Steinbeck was unable to find a convenient place for a chapter break in the seventy-one pages of chapter twenty-six, you’ll recall we arbitrarily imposed one at the end of page 529. Today, we’ll be reading the rest of the chapter in class and outlining Steinbeck’s major points.”
Mystery Boy looks away, finally, and I feel like I’ve been ransacked—but not in a bad way, if that makes any sense. I feel like he just checked me out from the inside out and maybe kinda liked what he saw.
“Miss Cavanaugh, care to join us?”
Mr. Snyder’s voice is like a bucket of cold water to my face—which I probably needed, ’cause things were getting kinda steamy inside. “Um . . . what?”
“Nice write-up in the Boston Globe yesterday. I think they captured the essence of your program nicely. I especially liked the picture,” he says with a smile. “Will you start the reading off, please? Page 530.”
I look around and everyone has their books open, even Mystery Boy. Mine’s still in my book bag. So, I’m also not usually the blushing type, but I feel my cheeks burn as I pull it out, flip it open, and start reading. My mouth articulates Steinbeck’s description of the preacher Casy’s death at the hands of a pick-handle-wielding stranger as his friend, Tom, looks on. But my mind only vaguely registers any of it, ’cause I’m keenly aware of Mystery Boy, sitting only a foot away, staring at me. I stumble on the words when he leans closer and I catch a hint of cinnamon. Mmm . . .
Mr. Snyder comes to my rescue. “Thank you, Miss Cavanaugh.” His eyes scan the room.
Pick Mystery Boy.
He smiles at me, then his gaze shifts to Mystery Boy. “Mr. Cain, will you continue please.”
Mystery Boy’s still looking at me, a wry smile just turning up the corners of his lips. “Certainly,” he says, and his voice sounds like warm honey, smooth and sticky-sweet, as he starts reading. But his eyes don’t shift from mine to the book right away. “Tom looked down at the preacher. The light crossed the heavy man’s legs and the white new pick handle. Tom leaped silently. He wrenched the club free. The first time he knew he had missed and struck a shoulder, but the second time his crushing blow found the head, and as the heavy man sank down, three more blows found his head . . .”
He seems like he’s enjoying the gruesome passage. Savoring it, really. Mr. Snyder closes his eyes and looks as though he’s meditating. He lets Mystery Boy read through the end of the chapter, which is much longer than anyone else has read all year. I glance around the room and everyone—even tough guy, smart-ass Marshal Johnson—seems hypnotized.
“Would you like me to continue to chapter twenty-seven, Mr. Snyder?” Mystery Boy asks, and Mr. Snyder snaps abruptly out of his trance.
“Oh . . . no. Thank you, Mr. Cain. That will be sufficient. Beautifully done. All right, class, the chapter outline on Mr. Steinbeck’s major themes in the second half of chapter twenty-six is to be finished before class tomorrow morning. You have the rest of the period to work.”
Mystery Boy turns toward me, closing his book, and I get caught in his eyes for a second. “So, Miss Cavanaugh, do you have a first name?”
“It’s good to meet you. That was a nice little trick.”
“What?” His eyes flash as a beautifully wicked grin spreads across his face.
“Reading without looking at the book.”
He shifts back in his seat, and his grin falters slightly. “You’re mistaken.”
“No, actually, I’m not. You didn’t even glance at the book till you were on the second sentence, and you were behind turning the pages. Why would you memorize Steinbeck?”
“I haven’t.” He’s such a liar, but before I can call him on it, he changes the subject. “Why a Globe article?”
“It’s no big deal. Just a thing where we send letters to kids in Pakistan. Kind of like pen pals, I guess. Mostly, it’s a way of helping us understand each other . . . you know, our cultures and stuff.”
There’s a cynical edge to his expression. “Really.”
“You want a name?” I shuffle through my bag and come out with a folder. “I have a few more.”
“Let me think about it. I’m assuming we’re essay partners, whatever that means?”
“Guess so.” Despite the freaky reading-without-looking thing, I’m not about to complain. He’s definitely a step or twenty up from Aaron Daly, who has taken his bad sinuses across the aisle and is now sniffling all over Jenna Davis’s composition book instead of mine. “We’re supposed to discuss the reading and come up with a chapter outline with all the major points. Mr. Snyder’s big into discussing things,” I say, rolling my eyes. That’s all for show, though, ’cause I’m seriously into discussing things with Mystery Boy. “So . . . what do you think of Tom’s conundrum?”
I write “Frannie and Luke—Chapter 26-2 outline” on the top of an empty page in my composition book.
He raises an eyebrow, slides my pen out from between my fingers, crosses out “Luke,” and writes “Luc” above it.
I watch her write “Frannie and Luke 26-2 outline” in her composition book, and for some reason it really bothers me that she spelled my name wrong. I fix it before answering her. “I think he made some choices that he’s now got to pay the consequences for.” One of which is eternity burning in the Abyss.
She looks at me, all incredulity. “Just that simple, huh? No extenuating circumstances. No second chances?”
“Nope. Don’t believe in second chances.” The Underworld’s not big on that concept.
She shifts back in her chair and folds her arms across her chest, scrutinizing me. “You’ve never made a mistake? Done something you were sorry for?”
“Everybody has something they wish they could undo.”
I lean toward her and gaze into those sapphire eyes. “What do you wish you could undo, Frannie?”
She shudders when I say her name, and I realize I’m being unfair. I pushed a little power at her without really meaning or needing to. But I like the reaction.
When she replies there’s more than a hint of pain in her tone, and the faint scent of rose—sadness. I search deep in those eyes to find the root of it. “Lots of things,” she says without breaking her gaze.
For some reason, out of the blue, I don’t want her to hurt. I feel Hell-bent on making her happy. Just the tiniest push is all it would take . . .
Stop it. Where the Hell did that come from? I don’t even recognize the sensation that passed with that thought. Demons don’t have feelings. Not like that, anyway. This isn’t a charity mission . . . I’m here for a clear purpose, and Miss Frannie Cavanaugh is showing promise. Lots of promise. As a matter of fact, I’m starting to hope she’s The One. And as the bell rings I realize, to my own astonishment, that it’s her eyes holding me locked here instead of the other way around. This is going to be interesting.
She blinks as if startled from a dream and looks down at her empty composition book. “So . . . I guess we didn’t get too far.”
“I wouldn’t say that.” I push my book across the desk.
She reads the ten bullet points listed there in block print under the heading “Frannie Cavanaugh and Luc Cain, Steinbeck’s Themes—Chapter 26-2” and scowls.
“Oh . . . well, I guess these look okay.” Incredulous again. She’s fiery for sure. I like a little fire. Makes me feel at home. “Have you found your locker yet in this rat maze?” she says, throwing her books into her book bag and standing.
“Haven’t looked for it.” I hold up my only possessions: my composition book and The Grapes of Wrath.
“Well, it’ll only get worse, so unless you wanna lug all your stuff around with you, I could help you find it.”
I pull the slip of paper with the locker number and combo on it out of my back pocket as we walk together to the door. “Number . . . hmm.” I smile. The mortal world is so droll sometimes.
“666,” I say, and she looks at me funny.
“Oh. That’s right there.” She points across the hall. “Right next to mine.”
And even though I know fate is a crock—nothing but an excuse for mortals to make choices they wouldn’t otherwise make—this is a sign. I look at her more closely. If she’s The One, which is starting to look more likely, I need to tag her soul for Hell before some filthy angel beats me to it. Which roughly translates into now. Because the fact that she’s been so difficult to locate probably means she’s being Shielded by them. If they’re Shielding her, they’re watching her. It won’t be long before they know I’ve found her. I scan the crowded hall. So many prospects, but no angels—so far.
She starts across the hall to her locker and I hang back to admire the view for a few seconds before following her. She is petite—maybe five-two. Nearly a foot shorter than my human form. But she’s no little girl. There are curves in all the right places.
I laugh at myself. Although lust is one of the seven deadly sins, it’s not the one that got me where I am and not something I’ve experienced often in the seven millennia I’ve existed—though I’ve used it to my advantage a few thousand times. This is going to be fun.
I stride across the hall and catch her just as she reaches her locker. I spin the lock on mine a few times, and it springs open.
“How’d you do that?” she asks, like she could possibly know I used my power.
“I had that locker at the beginning of the year and switched ’cause the lock was broken.”
“Hmm. They must have fixed it.” I’ll need to be more careful. This mortal is extraordinarily observant. I slipped up in class by not keeping my eyes on the book—which she’d noticed because her eyes weren’t on the book either. And again with the locker, because as I try the real combination, I find she’s right: it is indeed broken.
She looks skeptical. “Yeah, I guess, except they never fix anything around here. Welcome to Hades High.”
What the Hell? “Excuse me? Hades High?”
“Yeah, get it? Haden High—Hades High. It’s just one letter, but it so much more accurately describes this hellhole.”
“Well, wouldn’t you agree?” She gestures to the cracking plaster, peeling paint, burned-out lightbulbs, gouged gray linoleum, and dented gray metal lockers surrounding us.
“Well, it looks like I’ve chosen just the place, then.” A grin stretches my face. How perfect is it that my target goes to a high school nicknamed Hell? This is too rich.
She looks away and reaches into her locker, but she can’t hide the smile playing at the corners of her mouth. “If your ‘just the place’ is this crappy, washed-up fishing town, then you’re more pathetic than I would have guessed.”
I laugh—I can’t help it—and then shudder when I catch a hint of Frannie’s ginger. Mmm . . . pathetic must be her type.
“How come you had to change schools a month before graduation?”
I smile inwardly. “Business.”
“Your father’s?” she presses.
“In a manner of speaking.”
She looks at me and her brow furrows as she tries to figure out what that means. Then she pushes her locker shut with a crash. “So . . . what’s your next class?”
I pull my schedule out of my back pocket and shake it open. “Looks like calculus, room 317.”
“Oooh, you have Mrs. Felch. Sooo sorry.”
“Why? What’s the deal with Mrs. Felch?”
Just then the bell rings. She cringes. “First, you get detention if you’re not in your seat at the bell—so, sorry—and, second, she bites.”
“Mmm. We’ll see about that.” I kick my locker shut and turn to head to building 3—and don’t try to hide the smile that pulls at my lips as her eyes burn a hole through my back the whole way down the hall. A good start.
Copyright © 2010 by Lisa Desrochers
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Personal Demons, while it wasn't an original concept, was pretty interesting. I liked how Frannie, the M.C., thought. She was funny, and I liked her mind. But, if I liked Frannie, I LOVED Luc (short for Lucifer). I prefer the types of novels that are written in boy/girl verse, rather than just boy or girl. Really, I can't read a guy's POV because it's harder to relate to a dude when you're a girl. Anyways, the book, if anything, is never short of action. It seemed that something interesting was going on at all times. Be it Luc visiting his demon boss, or something else, you are sure to be sucked in. I have little complaints, but one of them is Frannie. I know, I know, I said I liked her. But, here is my pet-peeve: She has to choose between Luc and Gabriel. One minute its, "Ohh, Luc, I LOVE YOU!", two pages later, "Gabriel kissed me and ohh I loved it." Obviously, she didn't really think that (if she did, the book would've earned a spot in my burn pit with the rest of the crappy novels I've read in weeks past), but she did seem to have a wishywashy mind about things. The writing was brilliant, and Desrochers did a great job describing situations, places, and people. I felt like I knew the characters by the time I closed the book. And hell, I'm dying for a sequel!
If you've been following me on twitter you've heard about my little issue with getting a copy of this. I went to 3 different book stores and 2 different libraries before finally getting Personal Demons. It was worth it with all of that Luc and Gabe though! It all starts with a simple task for Luc as he's suppose to tag just another soul for Hell. But when things get a bit out of control with his feelings for Frannie things get hot. Hot like Hell. (Yeah, that was a bad pun) Luc is that guy that turns heads. He's arrogant, dark, as well as being really passionate. When there's one guy there's always another. This guy happens to be Gabe *swoons*, who's literally an angel. He's after Frannie for the same task to tag her soul, but for Heaven. In a way Luc and Gabe are kind of a like. It's just that Gabe is a bit more caring and gentleman-like than Luc. Either way, both guys would give up anything for Frannie. The story was told in two points of views, Frannie's and Luc's. While in Luc's point of view I really looked at Frannie differently. I started off thinking Frannie was just going to be some kind of week gal who falls for these two guys. But when I got deeper into the story I found Frannie developing into a different person who's struggling to get out of that secret dark spot she's in. Personal Demons was a very enjoyable book that made me laugh and scream and then repeating my strange cycle.
This book is non stop from beginning to end. Until the end you don't know what to expect. My only issue here is Franny's hesitation through out the book. It gets old. We know who she picks, so why still hesitate... anyways, I still read it cover to cover in no time and enjoyed every word, so I would MOST definitely recommend this read.
Personal Demons pleasantly surprised me with its take on the age old battle between angels and demons. This one isn't just about good vs. evil, it's more about the fight for a soul; Catholic school reject Frannie Cavanaugh's soul, to be more specific. And Frannie's soul is worth fighting for, since there's something just a bit different about her. She has a sarcastic and fiery attitude, a no-nonsense take on love - it's not for her - and a deep-rooted belief that there is no God; that last one is with good reason though. As much as I liked Frannie as a character, I felt the need to slap some sense into her often and with force. A pet peeve of mine is repetition in dialogue. It's different if a character has a catchphrase, but Frannie says 'whatever' all the time! It drove me crazy, but halfway through, her usage of the word dissipates. Then when the boys come around, she's a goner. For a girl who is strong-willed and independent, she tends to turn into a babbling, lovestruck girl when the dark, sexy, bad boy Luc is around and then again when the light, sweet, and gorgeous Gabe pops into her life. She's more than willing to have a 'thing' with both guys, for better or for worse. Her attitude goes from smart and spunky, to a mess of lusty emotions. Some of it I understand, because Luc sort of forces the emotions, but most of the time Frannie can fight it off, she just chooses not to. Her flip-flopping feelings can be grating, but it's contrasted very well with steamy scenes and both the Heaven and Hell backstory, as well as Frannie's backstory regarding her disdain with God. I was more interested in some of her personal issues with religion and her family, than with her complicated feelings for both boys, but the reveal of it all is satisfying enough. We all know that when a love triangle is present, readers pick sides and Personal Demons is no different. And even though Luc gets much more page-time than Gabe, I'm firmly on Team Gabe. There's just something about the underdog that tends to reel me in. Gabe is almost perfect too - I think it's the angel thing - so he was pretty hard for me to resist. Personal Demons is a guilty-pleasure book with a fairly predictable plot, but stands as an addicting read nonetheless. Frannie got on my nerves some, as did Luc and a few other characters, but overall, I enjoyed how everything progressed and I'm looking forward to reading Original Sin soon.
I guess you could say that I'm obsessed with books about "good versus evil". Personal Demons is one of the best books I have ever read! An engaging plot, fascinating characters and Lisa's ability to weave the perfect words overcame me in a way that doesn't happen too often. I absolutely adore this book and I can't wait to see what else Lisa has in store for readers!
I have been meaning to get to this book for quite some time, but had put it on hold for many reasons including other reviews. However, I was sent its sequel by Tor to review so I thought it was in my best interest to read this one first. I'm glad I did. I will go ahead and get the obvious con of this novel that I saw - the love triangle. Yes, I was a teenager once and yes, I had a lot of boyfriends... but I never led to guys on at the same time. It just seems wrong to me because, inevitably, someone is going to get hurt - either you, or one of the guys. And either way, it's something that's completely avoidable as long as you don't follow your hormones. Just sayin'.... With that out of the way, I can say that everything else I really liked in this novel. Frannie is a great character that is very much a teenage girl, which I like, but she also has some spunk that sets her apart from other YA female characters. Her wish-wash lust for both Luc and Gabe is really the only thing I can see as far as character flaws go, but that's not necessarily a character flaw for everyone - just me and my personal morals, really. Luc and Gabe are both equally swoon-worthy. I found their names (Lucifer and Gabriel) to be quite amusing considering where they're both from, but they both lived up to those names... except one little thing. Gabe, who is an angel no less, has this weird habit of saying "sh-t" on several occasions. This just seems a little out of place to me and had me scratching my head as to why the angel from Heaven was the one that had an issue with a potty mouth. But, again, it amused me more than anything. I want to talk about another character but I can't because I'm afraid that will give some unwarranted spoilers to the story, so I will just say that I'm glad he came along and I want to know more about his mysterious issues that he has with Luc. And just so you know, Frannie's grandpa rocks. The villains were pure evil and I liked that their characters didn't sway. I sometimes wish they were a little more evil and vile, but maybe that will come with the next book - or that's me just letting my mind go a little morbid for a YA series. The story is good. The plot was well thought out, with many twists that I didn't expect and I'm excited to see where this trilogy is going. If you're a paranormal lover with a thing for angels and demons, this is definitely one you will have to pick up if you haven't already.
Hot, HOT, HOT! Personal Demons was the sexiest and most enticing book I think I've ever read and to be honest, it has moved up my list to my #1 favorite book! The story is so unique and it draws you in on the first page of the book. I couldn't stop reading it, I didn't want to stop reading it! There were no cliffhangers and honestly I was surprised by how it turned out.and that's a great book! Gabe and Luc are here for one reason and that reason happens to be to tag Frannie's soul - for Heaven or Hell, whoever gets her first. Frannie has a special something and both sides want it desperately. Frannie was different than what I would have expected. I liked that she wasn't 100% innocent and that she could kick butt. I enjoyed learning about her internal struggles with life as well as what's happening with Gabe and Luc, it adds something special to the book and something the reader's could possibly relate to. Luc Cain is smokin' hot! I know I said that three times already, but the word hot just isn't enough to describe Luc Cain and his relationship with Frannie. Luc is a demon sent to complete his latest mission to tag Frannie, but he starts to question his intentions with her. Gabe is the sweet one, he's an angel - literally! Gabe is hard to resist too, but in a completely different way. I wish I could have learned a bit more about Gabe, but I think he will show up more in the books to come, which I can't wait for! I really enjoyed how Lisa wrote from the perspectives of Frannie and Luc. It kept the story fresh and never boring. I really loved reading from Luc's perspective, it's awesome to be in the mind of the demon! ;) I was completely absorbed by Personal Demons and I recommend this read to anyone (older teens and up) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Okay if this continues for too much longer, I will soon be over my very recent YA craze. What is with the obligatory love triangle in every YA book? I mean its getting really old and just annoying and makes the heroine unlikable and seem fickle. Is there a rule book somewhere that every YA author is reading from and rule number one in this book is "There must be a love triangle"? Gosh its exhausting and is really making me question why I am reading YA. Okay rant semi over lets get to the meat of the book...Frannie is in her last stretch on her path to graduation from high school and just when she thinks she has it all figured out, UCLA in the Fall and a life spent dealing with international crises, in walks Luc. Of course he is drop dead gorgeous(because lets be honest The Hunchback of Notre Dame would not suffice here). Frannie is immediately drawn to him and cannot get him out of her head. Luc is of course a bit jerky to her at times but Frannie cannot help herself, she wants to get to know him. At almost the same time she is meeting Luc, Gabe shows up, of course straight off the pages of an Abercombie and Fitch catalogue. And before you can say hail Mary, Frannie has the hots for both guys. But there is more than meets the eye with each gentleman. Luc is on a mission to get Frannie's soul for hell while Gabe aspires in the other direction. Apparently Frannie is the possessor of a great talent that both heaven and hell want to get their hands on. Despite each's dedication to fulfilling his mission, neither realizes the way in which Frannie will affect them. Though Luc has spent many centuries roaming earth and the nether world, he finds himself oddly drawn to Frannie and this compromises his ability to get his job done. Gabe also finds himself concerned with more then just Frannie's safety and despite his best intentions, he is falling for her. So what is to become of Frannie, her soul, her gift and the one she loves? I found this book maddening. At first I really thought that Frannie was going to be a strong character and one who would have a hold on her emotions but alas, a false hope indeed. One minute she is pinning away for Luc and cannot understand why he does not want her, the next she is making out with Gabe. Then for a girl who proudly proclaims her disbelief in love, she thinks she might love Gabe, by the way this is after just about two or three encounters and all the while she is thinking of Luc and how much she wants him. Then when Luc finally seems to be coming around she is making out with him like there is no tomorrow and voila, she is definitely in love with him. We then pass a refreshing amount of time with Luc and Frannie happily together and just when you think that is finally established, Gabe kisses her in a weak moment and she reciprocates and she is confused and does not know how that happened cause Luc is the one she loves. Lord, it was exhausting. I am tired of reading these books where the woman seems to have no back bone as well as being allowed to play around with people's emotions. I want to ask this question, if a hero was placed in these circumstances and he was going between two girls, seemingly confused, I somehow doubt that everyone would be eating it up. People would be up in arms calling him unprintable names but somehow it has been decided in the YA genre that this is all the rage for the heroine? I wanted to like Frannie, I really did but I walked away from this shaking my head and loosing respect for her with each make out incident. And these men, seriously, grow a back bone as well. Walk away, if she is that confused, give her some time to see how it turns out when you are gone. Oh and don't get me started on Frannie's parents. Their behavior is downright disturbing. They hate Luc on sight because according to them there is something just not right about him. But they love Gabe immediately. I swear it almost seemed like they would not mind leaving for the weekend with Gabe and Fra
WOW! So much smexy hotness in one book, I¿m surprised the book didn¿t burst into flame! Frannie is the "rebel" middle sister in a Catholic family. By rebel I mean, she doesn¿t go to Catholic school (actually she was asked to leave) and she definitely doesn¿t believe in God. After a tragic loss when she was a child, Frannie keeps everyone at a distance and doesn¿t believe in love¿until Luc Cain enrolls at Haden (Hades) High that is. Luc is as tempting as they come, and Frannie, well she can¿t stay away. Then there¿s Gabe, a blue eyed, golden boy, who also shows up out of nowhere. Let¿s just say there¿s a bit more at stake than who Frannie should date. Personal Demons has a lot going for it: a smart, strong, take no nonsense leading lady, parents that are present and involved in their children¿s lives, two awesome love interests, angels, demons, snarky best friends, action, and romance. The story sucked me in from the beginning with Luc¿s commentary about going back to another high school and kept me hooked right until the last sentence. The basic premise of good verses evil isn¿t new, but Ms. Desrochers put such a unique spin on it that it felt like an entirely new concept.One of the best parts of Personal Demons is the characters. Frannie is a great example of a girl that has brains and strength, both physical and emotional. But she wasn¿t intimidating as a character; you know those characters that are just too perfect, that if they were real people, you might be too intimidated to talk to, totally the opposite of Frannie. She was instantly relatable and it felt like she could be a really great friend (I went to Catholic school all the way through high school, so to me Frannie felt like a long lost school mate). Luc was a tough guy to really pin down. It was clear from the start that he was more than just a demon doing a job and his character arc was the most fun to witness. Gabe, what can I say about Gabe, except that I wish there was more of him. But, seriously, it was easy to see that he was the good guy, who maybe didn¿t always want to go by the rules. The secondary characters were just as fascinating as the main three and really helped to fill out the story. I have to take a moment and talk about Frannie¿s family. I love that Ms. Desrochers included a family where the parents are present and seen more than once. Even though they did not have big parts in the story, it was clear that they loved their children and cared what happened to them. Their suspicions about Luc and overwhelming pro-Gabe feelings let the reader know that they were more perceptive than Frannie would have liked them to be. And Frannie¿s grandfather was possibly my favorite character in the whole book. His relationship with Frannie was wonderful and it really made her a more complete character. Throughout the book, Frannie had a few tough decisions to make, one of which was of course the choice between Luc and Gabe. This choice really was more than just the choice of which boy to date. By choosing between the, Frannie was really choosing a side, good or evil. For most of the book she¿s pretty much set on one guy (um, yeah not going to tell you who) but the other guy, she still had feelings for him too. She does make a decision at the end of the book, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the rest of the series.Normally, I¿m not crazy about books that have more than one point of view, but having both Frannie and Luc¿s points of view really works in Personal Demons. You get to see certain high stakes situations from both sides, plus it¿s fun to see into both Frannie and Luc¿s heads. But, it also makes me wonder about Gabe and his thoughts, especially towards the end. Overall, Personal Demons was an excellent book. I really enjoyed reading it and can't wait for the next book in the series! If you're into paranormal books or like books with lots of action with some romance, definitely read Personal Demons. Even if you're not, you should read P
Wow. This book is basically 300+ pages of failed potential. The plot is intriguing enough. A teenage girl (Frannie) finds herself in a love triangle between two new boys in school. One is a demon named Luc (Lucifer, OMG) Cain (get it Cain...as in Abel?) and an angel named...get ready for it...Gabe. Gabe wants to tag Frannie for Heaven....Luc wants to tag her for the burning down under. The story alternates between Luc and Frannie's points of view. Where the book wins: Well it doesn't `win' much but I liked Frannie's Grandpa and the story did move along at a brisk pace. Again, the basic plot is nice in theory. Where the book fails: For a demon Luc is never very demonic. I also had trouble believing after a millennia without love, Luc would suddenly find love with someone like Frannie. Gabe, the angel, doesn't have much personality at all. And Frannie just isn't likeable. It bothered me how Frannie was madly in love with Luc but the minute she was near Gabe she was madly in love with him instead or still or whatever. Not to mention that towards the beginning of the novel, we are told that Frannie doesn't believe in love. I quickly became annoyed by the overused phrases describing Frannie as "tickling" or tickling `down there' to describe when one of the boys got her turned on. Since Frannie is hot and bothered 90% of the book, you can imagine how quickly this phrase became unbearable. By the last quarter of the book I was snickering each time I ran across it. Frannie is in such a rush to get rid of her virginity, its hard to believe she was a virgin to begin with. Frannie is written as being perfect at a great many things and yet we never see her do anything but think about boys. She is mean and disrespectful to her friends. We are told that she is a good person inside and that she is going to do big things with her life but we never see anything to back that up. Even her gift to `sway' people seems like a joke. And her guilt over her brother's death years ago feels forced. Overall the book isn't terrible, just terribly annoying. There is more sex talk and innuendo that in similar YA novels. Fans of Twilight may or may not go for this title.
I have been meaning to get to this book for quite some time, but had put it on hold for many reasons including other reviews. However, I was sent its sequel by Tor to review so I thought it was in my best interest to read this one first. I'm glad I did.I will go ahead and get the obvious con of this novel that I saw ¿ the love triangle. Yes, I was a teenager once and yes, I had a lot of boyfriends... but I never led to guys on at the same time. It just seems wrong to me because, inevitably, someone is going to get hurt ¿ either you, or one of the guys. And either way, it's something that's completely avoidable as long as you don't follow your hormones. Just sayin'....With that out of the way, I can say that everything else I really liked in this novel. Frannie is a great character that is very much a teenage girl, which I like, but she also has some spunk that sets her apart from other YA female characters. Her wish-wash lust for both Luc and Gabe is really the only thing I can see as far as character flaws go, but that's not necessarily a character flaw for everyone ¿ just me and my personal morals, really. Luc and Gabe are both equally swoon-worthy. I found their names (Lucifer and Gabriel) to be quite amusing considering where they're both from, but they both lived up to those names... except one little thing. Gabe, who is an angel no less, has this weird habit of saying ¿sh-t¿ on several occasions. This just seems a little out of place to me and had me scratching my head as to why the angel from Heaven was the one that had an issue with a potty mouth. But, again, it amused me more than anything. I want to talk about another character but I can't because I'm afraid that will give some unwarranted spoilers to the story, so I will just say that I'm glad he came along and I want to know more about his mysterious issues that he has with Luc. And just so you know, Frannie's grandpa rocks. The villains were pure evil and I liked that their characters didn't sway. I sometimes wish they were a little more evil and vile, but maybe that will come with the next book ¿ or that's me just letting my mind go a little morbid for a YA series.The story is good. The plot was well thought out, with many twists that I didn't expect and I'm excited to see where this trilogy is going. If you're a paranormal lover with a thing for angels and demons, this is definitely one you will have to pick up if you haven't already.
Personal Demons started out in such a way that reminded me of one of those Christian romances I devoured like potato chips when I was in high school ¿ the ones where a hot date meant getting together to read the Bible. Frannie, the high school girl who is the principal viewpoint character, comes from a large Catholic family and seems, at first, to be intent on remaining true to every bit of her Catholicism. In my own large Catholic family, that would most definitely include allowing no boy to touch me between my neck and my knees before my wedding night. So I settled in for what I thought would be a conservative young adult novel that would make its points about morality by having the persuasive swain be, literally, a devil.Fortunately, Lisa Desrochers completely surprised me by giving Frannie a mind of her own that is all modern teenager. When she first meets Luc Cain (please note the name), her first reaction is that he is hot, especially since he seems somehow dangerous. In fact, he is well nigh irresistible, and there isn¿t a girl in the school who doesn¿t want to make a play for him But it¿s Luc¿s job to seduce Frannie, for reasons unknown to him ¿ but he¿s seduced high school girls over and over again, thus ¿tagging¿ them for Hell. It doesn¿t appear that he will have any more trouble getting his job done this time than he has on countless other assignments.But Frannie is wanted not only by Hell; Heaven also wants to tag her. Gabe ¿ short for Gabriel, naturally ¿ also shows up at Frannie¿s school, also seems very interested in her, and is also extraordinarily gorgeous. Frannie¿s circle of friends can¿t figure out why these two very appealing guys are both so attracted to her; it¿s not like she¿s a great beauty or an outstanding personality or the most popular girl in school. What¿s the attraction?It turns out that Frannie is special in a frightening way, and that her tagging would give a major advantage to whichever supernatural power she chose to align with. In fact, her power is so strong that it causes real problems for both Luc and Gabe, and interferes with their abilities to do their jobs. And when that happens, both Heaven and Hell unleash their fury, and it¿s all Frannie can do to survive. And really, all she wants is to make out with these two fabulous guys.Personal Demons turned into a much more interesting book than I originally expected. While Frannie is a blushing virgin, she isn¿t the pure and innocent creature suggested by that description; she just knows what she wants. Her Catholicism, while a major theme in the book, is very much a modern American Catholicism; conservative Catholics would say she isn¿t even close to following her faith, but it¿s a realistic depiction of an average teen. High school is depicted in rather more glowing terms than the reality for most of us, but that¿s not a problem for a book that focuses on the supernatural¿s invasion of reality rather than on reality itself.Once Frannie realizes that her plight is much more serious than merely choosing between two hot guys, it becomes more like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and less like Sabrina the Teen-Aged Witch. And just as I enjoyed Buffy, I enjoyed this novel. The moral dilemmas posed here are worked out with as much care and interest as they were in that television series, and the supernatural effects are equally well thought-out. A warning for parents: sex is treated as desirable in this book. Frannie takes her choice of who to sleep with very seriously and with the expectation that it will have lasting consequences, but she is nonetheless making that choice as a high schooler. This is depicted as normal and proper, and not as immoral. This seems like real life to me, but the more conservative among you might object.
Wow. Personal Demons blew me away. I am in love with this book. Personal Demons kept me franticly turning pages and staying up way too late, but in a good way. A stunning debut from Lisa Desrochers and definitely one of my new favorite series. What can I say about Personal Demons? I spent a day when I was sick reading this whole book. I was addicted. I love the whole concept of Personal Demons with demons and angels vying for a person¿s soul. I¿m so glad this book focused on demons as well as angels; demons deserve some more attention in YA lit in my opinion. While I¿m usually not a fan of dual point of view, having split point of between Frannie and Luc worked so well. I really enjoyed seeing the story unravel from both Frannie and Luc¿s point of view since they were such different characters. Frannie and Luc were also well developed characters and each had their own voice that made the dual point of view really work. I felt Luc was a strong character than Frannie and better developed but it makes sense for Frannie to be a bit less developed since Frannie is battling her own ¿personal demons¿ and very torn on who she is. Overall, I felt the book was completely spot on with narration throughout and I found myself enjoying the two different point of views more then I thought. At first, I was worried that this book would have a religious tone since it is a battle between heaven and hell for Frannie¿s soul and because Frannie is from a very religious family. However, though the plot is focused on the battle for Frannie¿s soul, I felt the story was more focused on the characters and the characters internal struggle more then anything else. I loved that the characters and the choices they have made and make through out the book drove the plot and book. The characters were such great characters and really three dimensional it was hard for me not to like them or relate to them. While Luc is a demon, he has that cocky, bad boy attitude, but he begins to question himself and his mission throughout the book and I love seeing him battle his own ¿personal demons¿ along with Frannie battling other personal demons and real ones. Frannie was a very complex character and I loved being able to see what was going on in her head and why she felt so guilty. Lisa Desrochers did a great job writing great characters that were interesting and fun to read. I could go on and on about my love for this book (and my love for certain characters) but I won¿t. This book left me wanting a lot more. While the ending of the book didn¿t answer all the questions I had while reading, I hope the next book in this series will answer them. I cannot wait to find out more about Frannie and her power that makes her soul such a valuable commodity, about Luc, who I loved, and his relationship with Frannie. Personal Demons is one of my favorite books published this year. I¿m excited to see where Lisa Desrochers takes us next in this series with these wonderful characters.
Quick & Dirty: Unfortunately, Personal Demons delivers unlikable and clichéd characters, which does nothing to help the formulaic and underdeveloped plot.Opening Sentence: If there¿s a Hell on Earth, it¿s high school.The Review:Luc Cain is on a mission. Luc is a First Level, 7,000 year old demon sent from the underworld to tag Frannie Cavanaugh¿s soul. Frannie, a ¿good¿ catholic girl is going through a rebellious phase, battling her ¿wicked¿ streak. She¿s ripe for the picking. As events unfold, Frannie soon discovers that she¿s not just an average teenage girl. With her ability to shift the balance of power between good and evil, Frannie has the celestials and the infernals vying for her soul. Gabriel is an angel sent to foil Luc¿s attempts to tag Frannie¿s soul so that he can tag her soul himself for the good cause. Frannie quickly becomes enamored with both angel and demon, making it hard for her to function, and for them to do their respective jobs. Tag, you¿re it!Personal Demons turned out to be a rather disappointing read. I was initially intrigued when I first heard about this series. I loved the premise and thought that the setup would make for a compelling story. The first two chapters setup what appeared to be a titillating, seductive, and all-consuming read. Unfortunately, Mrs. Desrochers settles into a dull and clichéd rhythm, which leads to a series of painfully predictable moments. Personal Demons starts out with a sizzle, but quickly turns into a fizzle.Personal Demons is told in first person narrative with alternating POV¿s between Luc and Frannie. The narrative voices aren¿t particularly distinct from each other, making it hard to really care about or feel attached to the characters. Luc doesn¿t ever seem worldly let alone evil. I certainly didn¿t expect a 7,000 year old demon to be so immature and unsure of himself. I initially thought the idea of incorporating scents with emotions was great, but it quickly turned annoying as I couldn¿t remember them all. These are just some that I remembered to flag as I read along: Anise = Envy, Bitter Garlic = Hate, Black Pepper = Fury, Chocolate = Love, Citrus = Fear, Ginger = Lust. But uncharismatic characters and contrived scenes aren¿t Personal Demons¿ greatest sins.There¿s nothing dark or dangerous about this story. On the surface we are told what could happen and about the ¿evil¿ beasties involved, yet it¿s not clearly shown to the reader. Fundamentally, this story lacks that sense of real danger and fear given the fact that the ¿evil¿ overlord himself has sent various henchmen to tag Frannie¿s soul.Frannie isn¿t terribly sympathetic or likable, and the frequent use of the words: ¿`Cause¿, ¿Whatever¿, and ¿Mmm¿ literally drove me mad. Frannie is driven by lust and paralyzed by ambivalence when it comes to making her own decisions. I don¿t have an issue with her sudden lustful fits and teenage angst because it¿s actually one of the only believable aspects of the book. The major issue is that there isn¿t ANYTHING else to Frannie. Her character is completely vacuous and superficial on every level. But for the fact that Frannie¿s ¿innocence¿ is mentioned in the book, she would be known as the town bicycle. Her constant falling all over and making out with Luc and Gabe at seemingly the most random moments felt shallow. I never felt that necessary romantic and emotional connection. Beyond the fact that Frannie is just a horny, annoying, selfish, and immature person, she¿s just not that interesting. I simply couldn¿t find one redeemable quality about her.It¿s a shame that Luc turned out to be such a lackluster character because he had the most potential to be interesting. Luc is supposed to be an ¿evil¿ demon sent to seduce Frannie and lead her down a sinful path so that he can tag her soul for his boss, but he NEVER does anything evil. Imagine watching a movie about a serial killer who never kills anybody. Preposterous, right? Luc is pr
***May contain spoilers*** While I had seen this book here and there in the blogosphere world for some silly reason I never had any inclination to read it, however when I saw a few glowing reviews of both it and its sequel a few weeks back I was convinced. And now after having read it, I can only shake my head at my earlier stupidity. This book exceeded all of my expectations and is hands down one of the most satisfying books I have read in quite some time. While this book possesses some characteristics that almost always drive me crazy when reading YA paranormal books (ie. love triangles, the female lead constantly playing with both boys hearts, a somewhat slutty best friend, etc.), I did not find that these bothered me one bit. Why? Because Lisa did everything in an entirely unique and un-cliched way. Frannie was such a well-developed character (unlike those mindless female leads which seem to pop-up in YA books more than I would like) and could hold her own (seriously, after reading about her kick-buttness I kinda want to study Judo). As for Luc? Well, I think that he is definitely up there with Jace, Dimitri, and Jay (and I must admit that typically I am all over angel-boys, so to like demon-boy more than angel-boy? Inconceivable!) . I love when male leads are unafraid to show their emotions and boy, was he full of them! If I had to pick one thing to criticize about this book it would have to be Gabe's personality. While he did have one, I personally didn't feel that it was quite as developed/ in-your-face as Luc's. I just had a bit of difficulties seeing why Frannie was so attracted to him when, in my opinion, he showed so little of himself.All in all, this is by far the best YA book I have ever read that involves angels (and let me tell you, I have read quite a few. Angel obsession? You bet!). I cannot express to you how much I loved this book. You must read it (and once you start it I guarantee that it will only take you a few hours to finish because you will be unable to put it down!).
Meet Frannie Cavanagh¿the middle of 5 girls from a ¿good¿ Catholic family. Only Frannie got kicked out of her parochial school for asking too many questions. So Frannie goes to public school. It¿s her senior year and Frannie finds herself in the position of having 2 very gorgeous boys vying for her attention, and unbeknownst to her, her soul. There is tall, dark, and handsome Lucifer ¿Luc¿ Cain, and tall, blonde, and gorgeous Gabriel. Luc is a demon from Hell and Gabe an angel from heaven. And they both want to ¿tag¿ Frannie¿s soul for their respective leaders. Why is the question! And trust me¿the answers will blow your mind!I was surprised by this story. Once again I thought, ¿oh this will be a pretty straight forward good vs evil story¿¿WRONG! While parts of the story are predictable¿the answers to the BIG questions are NOT! The story is told from the shifting perspectives of Luc and Frannie. The story worked so well because we were in the heads of Luc and Frannie. We needed to know why Frannie didn¿t believe in love¿and we needed to know what Luc was experiencing and feeling with this ¿mark¿ versus previous ones.My only complaint was Frannie¿s BFF Taylor¿girl was a beyotch! Frannie is a straight forward kind of gal¿level-headed, smart, with a firm sense of right and wrong. Why the hell she put up with Taylor is beyond me¿unless Taylor was part of a self-inflicted punishment of sorts???Ultimately this is a story of redemption¿I love stories of redemption! I think everyone deserves a second chance as well as to forgive and be forgiven. And this is one of those stories!
I had a hard time figuring out whether I loved it or just really liked it. In the end, there were several reasons for which I just could not give this 5 clouds. I'm going to list them later on. First though, let's just talk about the things I absolutely loved!Like in most cases, I loved the "bad" guy. If Luc isn't simply to die for, who is? Although I've got to admit: Since I took French for about 7 years, I kept pronouncing the name "Luc" French in my head, instead of like "Luke", the way it seemed to be intended to be pronounced. In any case, I loved Luc.I also liked Gabriel, and Frannie of course. I liked that while Frannie was obviously flawed, it was not enough for me to hate her. She handled the whole situation very well I think, especially with the twist at the end! However, the love triangle was too clichéd, in my opinion. Two supernatural beings, who've either been above love or have never respected love suddenly fall in love with Frannie because she's so damn unique? Sorry, but this just doesn't happen in real life. This really put me off, much more than it probably should have. I guess it's because in books, the totally average heroine gets the hottest guy on Earth (think Twilight). I'm kind of over that.Still, I'm excited for the sequel, Original Sin - which I will start reading exactly one second after finishing this review. I want to find out how everything plays out, what will happen if - ... oh sorry, I don't want to spoil you!
Hot, HOT, HOT! Personal Demons was the sexiest and most enticing book I think I've ever read and to be honest, it has moved up my list to my #1 favorite book! The story is so unique and it draws you in on the first page of the book. I couldn't stop reading it, I didn't want to stop reading it! There were no cliffhangers and honestly I was surprised by how it turned out...and that's a great book!Gabe and Luc are here for one reason and that reason happens to be to tag Frannie's soul - for Heaven or Hell, whoever gets her first. Frannie has a special something and both sides want it desperately.Frannie was different than what I would have expected. I liked that she wasn't 100% innocent and that she could kick butt. I enjoyed learning about her internal struggles with life as well as what's happening with Gabe and Luc, it adds something special to the book and something the reader's could possibly relate to.Luc Cain is smokin' hot! I know I said that three times already, but the word hot just isn't enough to describe Luc Cain and his relationship with Frannie. Luc is a demon sent to complete his latest mission to tag Frannie, but he starts to question his intentions with her.Gabe is the sweet one, he's an angel - literally! Gabe's is hard to resist too, but in a completely different way. I wish I could have learned a bit more about Gabe, but I think he will show up more in the books to come, which I can't wait for!I really enjoyed how Lisa wrote from the perspectives of Frannie and Luc. It kept the story fresh and never boring. I really loved reading from Luc's perspective, it's awesome to be in the mind of the demon! ;)I was completely absorbed by Personal Demons and I recommend this read to anyone (older teens and up) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Title: Personal DemonsAuthor: Lisa DesrochersGenre: Fantasy, YAPublisher: Tor TeenPublication Date: September 2010Paperback: 364 pagesBook 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.**BEWARE THERE MAY BE SPOILERS**Book Review Review: When Luc comes from hell to tag Frannie's soul he ends up falling in love. Something that is supposed to be impossible for a demon. Things get even more complicated for Frannie when Gabe a dominion angel comes to tag her soul for heaven. It's fight for both good and evil, angel vs. demon, and of love. Luc finds out the real reason that Frannie is wanted so much by hell. I'm gonna leave the rest unsaid, so go read the book. I absolutely loved this book. The whole demon vs .angel thing was great. I liked how it was written and the whole plot of the story was really well done. I thought that Luc was the best leading male character. He had the whole bad boy thing going and he was interesting. I also liked how part of the book was done from his part of view, for this gave me a better connection with the characters. I thought that Gabe was a little too good and I didn't like how he was so sure that Frannie believed in God and all that. Also he was a little boring. This wasn't a big deal and I actually thought this made the book better. Frannie was an amazing leading female character. I loved reading about how she was dealing with the death of her dead brother even though it was a long time ago. I also liked how she had her struggles and her share of flaws. This detail made her more believable. I also liked how with this book you could really connect with the characters on a personal level. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy/ teen romance novels. Overall I thought this was one of my favorite books that I have ever read. It had a little bit of everything. Romance, action ect. The Hell vs. Heaven was the very best part of it. The epic battle of the ongoing war between good and evil. JUST AMAZING!!Rating: A++ amazing
I mentioned on twitter that I was going to put this book on my TBR list. Almost immediately I received a response from Momo over at Books Over Boys and Katie from Call Me Crazy YA Book Reviews singing this book's praises. A few weeks later I was in a bookstore shopping for Christmas presents when I came across Personal Demons and bought it. A week or two later I was finally able to read it. Now I'm able to tell you that I will start singing with Momo and Katie. This book is fantastic!!! Frannie, the main character is spunky, smart, and she can take someone out with her Judo moves. Frannie is also having doubts about her faith. I liked this element of the story because I think it's something everyone can relate to. The story is told through the eyes of Frannie and Luc. I liked this aspect of the book. It was interesting to see the different points-of-view. Luc is a spawn of the devil. He's evil, conniving and hot in every sense of the word. Then there is Gabe. Gabe is well, Heavenly. He makes Frannie feel safe and secure. Frannie is being hunted by both Heaven and Hell. She has untapped powers that she doesn't even know about. Frannie is also plagued by a traumatic event from the past. All of these elements made a phenomenal, fast passed, don't want to put it down, story. I loved seeing the internal struggles of all the characters. One thing in particular that I appreciated about this story is that Frannie had parents that were present in her life. So many times I've read novels and the parents are nonexistent. I also hope in the next book we get to see a little bit more of Gabe. There were parts of this story that had me screaming "NOOOOO!" and there where parts of this story that made me want to cry. I love books that evoke my emotions. On a side note, when I started to read Personal Demons, Lisa Desrochers tweeted me saying she hoped I liked it. I am happy to say that I really did. Now comes the hard part....... waiting on the next book Original Sin.
About~ Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance---even her closest friends---and it seems as if her senior year is going to 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 is on a mission. He¿s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie¿s soul. It should be easy---all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn¿t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can¿t be far behind. And sure enough, it¿s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn¿t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie¿s soul.But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.My Review~ This book was so good. I got hooked in the first chapter. It¿s been about two months since I last read this book. I have just been so busy with school work that I have forgotten all about writing a review for it. So here I am writing about the things I remember best.The first thing I remember best are the characters; Luc, Gabriel and Frannie. Frannie is the girl who both guys need to tag her soul. Luc needs to tag her soul for Hell and Gabriel needs to tag her soul for Heaven. And soon enough, both guys want her, but not just for her soul. And Frannie can¿t help but feel the same way. But now she has to choose between them. Luc or Gabriel? Heaven or Hell? If I was in Frannie¿s shoes, I would have a pretty hard time choosing between Luc and Gabe too¿This book is told from two different perspectives. One of them is Frannie and the other is told form Luc. I have to say though, I loved reading more from Luc¿s perspective more then I did with Frannie¿s. Although, it would have been nice to read through Gabriel¿s point of view too. It would have been interesting to read how he saw Frannie, how he felt for her, and what he thought of the situation with Luc and all.What surprised me the most was of course, the ending. I loved it, hated it, and everything in between. I loved what happened, hated some characters, and felt so many emotions pass by. I am proud to say that this was the first book I have read, that included demons and such, and I LOVED it!!! I can¿t wait till the next book Original Sin comes out. But for now I recommend readers to read the book because they won¿t be able to put it down¿Plot: ¿¿¿¿¿Characters: ¿¿¿¿Ending: ¿¿¿¿Cover Art: ¿¿¿¿¿Pages in Novel: 365ISBN: 978-0-7653-2808-3Other book in the Series: N/A
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 CharactersThe 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 RomanceThe 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 LineThe 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.
Personal Demons is a quick and exciting read. There are mouth watering guys, a fiesty main character, and a well paced plot. This is the age old good verses evil tale told in a relatable, suspensful, touching and funny story.I really enjoyed Frannie, she was a strong character and I liked hearing things from her point of view. I like that she questioned her feeling and didn't just blindly accept Luc and Gabriel's presence in her life or how they made her feel. I also like that she wants to have control over her life and has valid reasons for the decisions she makes.There is a love triangle, but Gabriel never felt right, like he was a valid option in my opinion. I am glad that he was there for protection and guidance, and I understand that the quickest way to have him connect with Frannie and gain her trust is that attraction.Luc was always the choice for me. He is the ultimate bad boy who is changed and transformed by love. It really made me smile to watch him change, question the view points he once though ingrained. All of the heaven and hell jibes and jokes were amazing too!Also, I just wanted to put in that I am a cover fanatic, and for a while was put off by the cover(s) of this book. DO NOT let that deter you if you, like me, are not crazy about it. There is an awesome story behind it! Now that I have read the book, I have actually found things about the cover that I like and appreciate, but it did originally turn me off.Frannie's journey to finding love, forgiving herself, healing from her brother's death of which she blames herself, and ultimately taking control of her life is a wonderful story. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I recommend that you give it a try.
Heaven or Hell? Which would you choose??? This question does not inlude me. I know which I would choose. Heaven, of course. But still, two hott guys from two different places and you can only pick one.I like that this is once again a different type of book. Demons and Angels fighting for one thing. A girl that has the fate of the world in her hands. And if you ask me, that is a whole lot of pressure. Frannie is suddenly bombarded by two guys with the same cause. She is completely unaware of what they are both after, her soul. Both need her soul to be tagged. Which will tagged her first?The book was written perfectly. I love how Ms. Desrochers was able to write both sides really well. She was able to capivate me, hooking to both Heaven and Hell. The fight for Frannie's soul is just divine! I love how she was pulled in every direction and of course all the choices she has. This book also proves that no matter what side your on, you always have a choice.The plot, the drama and the way everything tied in was great. Personal Demons was a great October read and left me hanging for more. Though the question stands, what are your personal demons???
Let¿s begin with the plot. It was rather simple, which isn¿t necessarily a bad thing, since it makes for a light, breezy read. Sadly the downside is that for the first half of the book, nothing really happens. The three main characters have varying interactions with one another but not in any truly meaningful or riveting way that made me want to care. Sure, there was a lot of flirting, raging hormones, glaring, obsessing, and kissing, but no real substance. When the action did pick up and Frannie was finally faced with some serious conflicts and dangerous situations, it all happened at warp speed with not much built-up of suspense and almost immediate resolution.The love triangle felt very artificial. The romance altogether was rather shallow and heavy-handed. I will admit that I¿m probably biased when it comes to the subject of love. I certainly don¿t believe in ¿love at first sight.¿ For me love is something that develops over time; its roots taking hold and growing deeper with nourishment. In this story, Frannie ¿falls in love¿ in a span of just a few days, and her heart jumps back and forth between the two guys with hardly any effort. She barely has one meaningful conversation with either one of these guys and learns virtually nothing about them, before she falls head-over-heels and ends up spending countless pages obsessing over which one makes her heart beat faster. Frannie goes on and on (and on) about how hot they are, about the naughty dreams they invoke, and about the tingling sensations she experiences in certain unmentionable areas of her body. Yeah, that¿s not love, that¿s lust. At the midway point of the book, the romance did improve and gain more depth¿at least in regards to Luc¿s reasons for caring about Frannie. Nonetheless, I still could not emotionally connect with any part of the love triangle and found myself not caring who Frannie chose.Then there are the characters. I did like Luc quite a bit. He had some funny and snarky lines that made me chuckle. Despite being kinda stereotypical, he was probably the only character that truly developed and grew as the story progressed. On the other hand, Gabe, the other contender for Frannie¿s heart and soul, was rather two-dimensional. For the first half of the book, he had zero personality and no meaningful purpose or involvement in the story. Frannie was also a disappointment. At the start of the book, she spoke her mind, stood her ground, studied Judo, was a good student, and had some admirable goals & aspirations. I was psyched. I said to myself, ¿Finally! Here¿s a strong-willed, smart, ambitious young heroine that can kick butt.¿ And then the guys entered the picture. As I flipped the pages, Frannie was reduced to a horny, immature, whiny adolescent that was either crying or obsessing over the hotness that is Luc and Gabe. She became a rather crappy friend to her two supposed besties. She almost completely forgot about school. Also, despite years of martial arts training and a 6-degree black belt, Frannie did very little butt kicking. More often than not, she was the damsel in distress in need of being protected and rescued.Bottom Line:I could not relate to the characters and was unable to get emotionally invested in the story. I think there was a lot of wasted potential. The concept of a devil and an angel competing for the heart and soul of mortal holds so much promise of suspenseful conflict, emotional turmoil, and engrossing character evolution. I feel that the author only explored the surface of this. I needed more¿more substance, more depth, more challenges, more consequences, etc.