Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Personal Demons
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Publisher: Tor Teen (an imprint of Tor Books)
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Edition: Paperback
*Purchased on my own.

Summary from GoodReads: 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.

My Thoughts

What happens when my internet router dies? I read like a maniac. Anyways, Personal Demons is told from two different points of view--Frannie's and Luc's--and well, it was certainly interesting. Luc was sent to Haden High--nicknamed Hell or Hades High--to tag 'The One' who happens to be Frannie. Needless to say, she's attracted to him--after all, he throws off the bad boy vibe--and just as he's starting to push her a little closer to sinning (with him) Gabe shows up. Yes, Gabe is an angel and he's there to protect and tag Frannie too--which means that yes, they're going to fight for her (minus the actual punches). For the record? I'm definitely Team Luc and the reasons for this I can't discuss without including spoilers, so I'll just say that Frannie has a profound effect on people--or more importantly, Luc. 

Due to Gabe being around too, Luc has his work cut out for him and it ends up taking a lot of time and planning to even get close to tempting Frannie into sinning. Now, the part about this that I loved was that Frannie does judo and she uses what she's learned to keep her emotions from raging out of control which causes Luc to be unable to figure out what she's feeling at times which drives him crazy. As Luc starts to fall for Frannie, Hell steps things up a notch and sends a pair of demons to do the tagging that Luc seems incapable of doing. In a battle of good versus evil, who will manage to tag Frannie's soul and claim her for their side? And well, I'm sure Frannie would like to know what makes her so special too--though she does find out. 

Overall, I really did enjoy Personal Demons and I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop in the next book (Original Sin). And yes, I did like Frannie although I did wish that she could stop getting hit on by the human guys too--and Reefer (yes, he's human, but in particular I had/have a slight problem with him), whom I couldn't help but feel that she needed to let go of, completely (as in tell him off from the beginning). Other than that, if you're into angels and demons fighting over Earth--and souls--you might want to check out Personal Demons. That is to say though, I can see why it's not for everyone, but I personally enjoyed it. 

Overall Rating: ★★★★

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