Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Personal Demons - Lisa Desrochers

Synopsis: 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.


I really wanted to love this book. I've seen nothing but raving about it everywhere, so I was really excited to finally get around to it. And I have to admit, I feel a little let down. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, I just think my expectations were too high going in.

This book is told from both Frannie and Luc's perspective, which I was wary about at first, but then I became very glad it was structured that way. The relationship between them was the core of the book and what really made it good. Their changing dynamics that are influenced both by their own personal feelings and the ulterior motives of Heaven and Hell were fascinating to watch. However, Gabriel was a huge part of this book - Frannie is torn between the two boys - but I don't feel like I ever really knew anything about him. I knew everything about Luc, because we get his perspective, but other than knowing Gabrielle's purpose, there's little indication of what he's thinking or feeling. In that sense it felt a little off balance.

I absolutely loved the first half of the book and went to find a copy of Original Sin within the first 150 pages because I was already anticipating that I was going to want to know what happened next. But by the time I reached the end, I felt a sense of closure and I can't even imagine where it's going to go next. I'm not sure if I'll keep reading, just because I think this book was great on its own, and I'm not curious enough to see where it will go from here.

Personal Demons is the first in a trilogy - Original Sin is the second book and the third, Last Rite, is due for release on May 8, 2012.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Personal Demons - Lisa Desrochers

Synopsis: 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.


I really wanted to love this book. I've seen nothing but raving about it everywhere, so I was really excited to finally get around to it. And I have to admit, I feel a little let down. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, I just think my expectations were too high going in.

This book is told from both Frannie and Luc's perspective, which I was wary about at first, but then I became very glad it was structured that way. The relationship between them was the core of the book and what really made it good. Their changing dynamics that are influenced both by their own personal feelings and the ulterior motives of Heaven and Hell were fascinating to watch. However, Gabriel was a huge part of this book - Frannie is torn between the two boys - but I don't feel like I ever really knew anything about him. I knew everything about Luc, because we get his perspective, but other than knowing Gabrielle's purpose, there's little indication of what he's thinking or feeling. In that sense it felt a little off balance.

I absolutely loved the first half of the book and went to find a copy of Original Sin within the first 150 pages because I was already anticipating that I was going to want to know what happened next. But by the time I reached the end, I felt a sense of closure and I can't even imagine where it's going to go next. I'm not sure if I'll keep reading, just because I think this book was great on its own, and I'm not curious enough to see where it will go from here.

Personal Demons is the first in a trilogy - Original Sin is the second book and the third, Last Rite, is due for release on May 8, 2012.

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