Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publish Date: September 14, 2010
Paperback, 368 pages
Why I read this: The cover, the blurb, availability through a tour site - made it a winner to me.
How is the novel driven: Character mainly - Frannie, Luc and Gabe are the stars of this book. Yes there are dark forces at work and mayhem to be found, but the true story is in the characters and whether it really is good versus evil and whether evil can change.
My thoughts: Okay I try to stay objective in my reviews and not sound like a raving fan girl or someone younger than myself, but I have to say that this book is "hawt"! I can't help it, you'll just have to forgive me this time, but I don't know how else to describe it. The tension and attraction between Frannie and Luc and Frannie and Gabe is just too amazing to describe. And the plot, the plot starts fast and continues that way to the end. I felt so involved with the characters that I hated for the book to end.
So what else can I say - it's a great story of good versus evil and making choices. Everyone has choices even demons. Loved the angel and demon aspect with Frannie right there in the middle. Frannie is part of a devout Catholic family but she has questions about her religion. Luc is the bad boy and Gabe is the good boy, so which one should she choose. It all makes it a fascinating book. Gabe and Luc are at war for Frannie's soul, but things can change and people can too, so how will Frannie decide and can she come to terms with her own demons as well.
See - I mean how can that not be a fascinating story. There is so much going on and the interactions are amazing. Another thing I really liked - Frannie's parents were involved in her life and watching out for her. They didn't like Luc which would be normal reactions for parents. They were in her life just enough to make them good parents, they did let her make some of her own decisions though and were there for her when she needed them.
Great love triangle, great romance, good versus evil, angels, demons, high school angst, muscle cars and so much more. Personal Demons is full of great things, great characters and great plot. I look forward to more of Lisa's books in the future!
And I just went to her website and saw that she will have two more books coming out - Original Sin in July 2011 and Hellbent in May 2012 - I can't wait!
My Rating: 4.75/5.0
About the Book:
If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?
Are you sure about that...?
Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.
Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.
But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them.
About the Author:
LISA DESROCHERS 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 country 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. Personal Demons is her first novel.
FTC Information: I received this book through Book It Forward Tours for review. I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws. I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.