Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Personal Demons Review

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Published September 14, 2010 by Tor Teen
Frannie Cavanaugh has always been a bit of a loner. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance, even her closest friends. That is, until Luc Cain enrolls in her school. He's hot, sarcastic, and dangerous -- and Frannie can't seem to stay away.

What she doesn't know is that Luc is on a mission. Because Frannie isn't exactly ordinary. She possesses a skill so unique that the King of Hell himself has taken notice, and he's sent Luc 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.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and he's just started making progress when the angel Gabriel shows up. Gabe will do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for, and his angelic charm might just be enough to keep Frannie on the right path.

It isn't long before Luc and Gabe find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie's soul. But if Luc fails to win her over, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them.

I've been really excited for this book for a LONG time so when I went to Borders I had to have it. I would've bought it based only on the cover. I've been known to just sit in class and stare at it for minutes at a time. I want to cut out the piece of Gabriel, blow it up to poster-size, and stick it on my wall.

The insides were just as amazing as the outsides. When I first started, I couldn't stop reading. I flew through the pages, laughing and swooning out loud (in class). That doesn't happen to me a lot. The first fifty pages made me laugh out loud, get goosebumps, swoon, and black out for an hour. I opened it back up in second hour planning to read a couple chapters and actually jumped when the bell rang an hour later because I'd completely closed out everything around me. I can't remember the last time that happened.

Frannie was a total kickass heroine. I about died laughing when she flipped Jackson. She kind of turned me off towards the end but I think I know why that was.

Luc and Gabe... *swoons* Officially, I'm Team Luc. He's hot, a bad boy, drives a Mustang, listens to Saving Abel, and has a sweet side. I know I really shouldn't love him as much as I do, but I can't help it. Gabe's a real sweetheart but I don't really know him well enough. There's never been a love triangle this hot before.

I'm confused over Frannie's parents. I hope it's explained (soon) why they're acting the way they are. Is it because Luc's a demon and Gabe's an angel or is it something else?

I love multiple PoV stories and in this one sometimes I wished that Gabe had his own parts. I constantly wanted to know where he was, what he was doing, and what he felt. It felt like he kept randomly disappearing through large parts of the stories. It was like he was never around even though he should've been.

I felt like the book started to drag a bit through the third-quarter, but it picked up quickly and took me for a rollercoaster ride. Can't wait for the sequel!

Overall: 9.5/10


I know that Luc and Gabe are literally opposites so I figure that Frannie wants some of both of them and that's why she finds herself torn between both guys, but...she's supposed to be in love with Luc. I don't understand why she keeps letting herself kiss Gabe.

And why he keeps letting her. I figure that will be explained with time.

I also wish people would stop interrupting her and Luc when they try to have some alone time. WHY DANGIT?


Lisa Desrochers said...

Thanks for the great review! So glad Personal Demons entertained, but I hope I'm not responible for missing class assignments. O_O

A few things: Yes, we find out more about Frannie's family in bk 2, and Gabe is demanding a POV in bk 3, so we'll get up close and personal with him soon :p