Personal Demons (Personal Demons #1) by Lisa Desrochers | Review

Posted February 19, 2011 by Kaitlynn in review / 9 Comments

Personal Demons (Personal Demons #1) by Lisa Desrochers | ReviewPersonal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Series: Personal Demons #1
Published by Tor Teen on September 14, 2010
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 365
Format: Paperback
Source: Won
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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.


Personal Demons is a unique take on the angels and demons debate.  I have always been in love with angels but this book has made me rethink that attitude.  I am Team Luc all the way!

Frannie Cavanaugh’s life is perfectly normal until Luc Cain shows up.  Luc is not like any guy she has ever met and she can’t help but be drawn to him.  Then Gabe shows up.  He’s just as mysterious as Luc but where Luc is dark and dangerous, Gabe is goodness and light.  What Frannie doesn’t know is that Luc and Gabe are battling against each other for something; her soul.

At first I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Personal Demons.  I had a hard time getting into it.  There wasn’t a whole lot going on in the beginning but that quickly changed.  After about the first 50 pages I couldn’t put the book down and now I’m dying for more.  Lisa Desrochers knew just how to end the book and leave readers wanting more.

The characters were both the best and worst part of the book.  Luc and Frannie were great and very well-developed.  That is where it stopped though.  Gabe was confusing.  I never felt like I understood him and I didn’t know what he felt about Frannie.  I wanted more depth to him.  Same with Frannie’s friends, Taylor and Riley.  Taylor seemed like a bitch for most of the book.  She didn’t seem at all like a good friend.

Overall, Personal Demons had its flaws but the good parts outweighed them.  Lisa Desrochers has a fabulous debut and the sequel, Original Sin, can’t be released soon enough.

What others are saying about Personal Demons:

Down The Rabbit Hole’s review: “Unique characters, a strong dual perspective and a divine struggle combine to make one hell of a debut novel!”

Forever Lost In Books’ review: “The writing was really well-paced; not too fast and not too slow, which, I like.”

Vampire Book Club’s review: “If you like love triangles and really just want some hot guys fighting over a nice girl, then Personal Demons will be a good quick read for you.”

9 responses to “Personal Demons (Personal Demons #1) by Lisa Desrochers | Review

  1. I just got this from my sister and I’m looking forward to reading it, not for the romance (which I couldn’t care less about) or because of the whole angels/demons thing, but because, to me, it seems like the underlying theme is a girl who must choose between heaven or hell by the way she lives her life. Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but that’s how I read.

  2. I loved Personal Demons too, and I’m glad you liked it. This is one of my favorites right now. I thought it was so well written and just plain fantastic!

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