Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

(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. 

Review: First of all, I have a serious question that must be answered: was Luc's name pronounced Luke or Luck? Not knowing how to say it bothered me all through the book. Because I think it's Luke, but I'm not positive. Now, on with the review.

You's think the choice between Heaven and Hell would have people choosing the obvious choice, Heaven, right? Wrong. I myself like Luc much more than Gabe. I found it somewhat odd that Luc and Frannie got to narrate their chapters, but there was no narration from Gabe. But, then again, I've heard talk of chapters in Gabe's POV in the sequel. 

Anywho, I found all of the characters very enjoyable, except for, at times, Frannie. Something about her just got on my nerves at times.

The plot was an interesting one, but a bit confusing at first. I didn't really understand why heaven and Hell were fighting over Frannie until about halfway through the book. But it did have a good pace to it which let us learn about Frannie and Luc bit by bit.

My only real problem with this book was Frannie's "love" for Gabe. Now Luc I understand because she spent time with him and got to know him. But it seemed like she spent one afternoon starring into Gabe's eyes and is now torn between the two. 

Never-the-less, this book was very fun and entertaining and I hope that the sequel will shed a bit more light on Gabe and his history so that we can really get to know him.

Not regarding the ending: Spoiler alert! Highlight to read. I was NOT a fan of the ending. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I wanted Frannie to be tagged for Hell, but I personally thought it would have been more interesting if Frannie had been left untagged. Also, I would expect a little more emotion at seeing my dead brother come back to be my guardian angel. It seemed to me like she was just "Oh your here." I don't think someone who blames herself for her brother's death would be that emotionless over it.

1 comment:

Tara said...

Thanks for the review! I've been wobbling on whether I want to read this book or not, but after this review, I think I'm probably going to have to. I love love triangles, and I love books where the darker guy is enjoyable..

Also - I think it's pronounced Luc, too.


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