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In this steamy case of adolescent wish fulfillment, high-school senior Frannie finds herself caught between two impossibly hot new schoolmates who turn out to be a demon and an angel wrangling for her soul. Will she choose dark, thrillingly dangerous Luc (a First Level demon from his namesake’s Acquisitions Department, and her co-narrator) or blond, dazzling Gabe? Rather than go for a metaphorical level—Frannie, as it turns out, is being wooed because she possesses a psychic ability that would be invaluable to “the Almighty” and Lucifer alike—the author crafts a suitable plot for her Buffy-style protagonist, well endowed with innuendo-laden conversation, heavy breathing, and battles with hell-spawn set against a backdrop of shared school assignments and weekend parties. Ultimately, Frannie falls in love with Luc, as he intends, but to his stunned dismay, he finds himself reciprocating—introducing some wild twists in a tale that stands alone well enough but leaves avenues for sequels. Though the theology doesn’t bear close examination, readers may have to take breaks to cool down. Grades 9-12. --John Peters

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"Personal Demons is Twilight with a soul." --B&N Review, Paul Goat Allen

"Lisa Desrochers' debut is fantastic. Full of shivers, surprises, and sultry romance. You'll be laughing one moment and shrieking the next -- such a great read!" --Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of Nightshade

Personal Demons is as scary--and sexy--a book as I’ve read in a long time.”--Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Hourglass

“Fun and entertaining . . . the fight for Frannie’s soul isn’t going to be easy, and the excitement doesn’t stop. Good versus evil shouldn’t be this much fun, but it is! A hot debut.”--Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Fire Study

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765328089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328083
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR, courtesy of HarperCollins. Look for the companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (11/12/13), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (1/21/14), and also her Personal Demons trilogy (Macmillan).

Lisa lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. When she's not writing, she's reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise. Find her online at www.lisadwrites.com, on Twitter at @LisaDez, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LisaDesrochersAuthor.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Katie Dahlberg on September 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Personal Demons is a sexy, intense and action-packed thrill ride that takes us back and forth between light- the sweet angel, Gabe. And dark- the dangerous and seductive demon, Luc.

This novel definitely balances all of the things that paranormal fans will go gaga over; handsome angels, sexy demons, intense intimacy, suspenseful action and love triangle to top all love triangles. And let's not forget that Frannie is a kick-ass character who refuses to take her newly dubbed fate laying down. I really enjoyed her persistency to keep herself grounded, even with an angel and a demon pulling her in two different directions that could mean the end of normalcy for her.

The one thing, and probably the only thing, that threw me off about this book was Frannie's back and forth jumping between Luc and Gabe. She loves Luc one day, possibly loves Gabe the next, hates Luc and then loves him all over again .. it left me so dizzy at times. I did enjoy her conflicted feelings, because it even gave me conflicting feelings of what team I wanted to be on, but I felt like the dance between the two could've been knocked down a few levels.

Overall, Personal Demons is an intense page-turner that's sinfully sexy and edgy and passionate and gah. The lines between good and evil are blurred in this wonderfully written debut, and I urge all of my fellow paranormal fans to pick this one up immediately!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on February 26, 2011
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I found the writing a bit too ho-hum and the whole play on the angel and demon scenario wore thin very quickly. And when your main characters act more like immature kids better suited in grade school and not thousand plus year old supernatural creatures, along with a heroine who is considered to be a rebel on the sole basis of her thinking naughty thoughts, you can't help but wonder what the author is trying to get across. This is a very tame, lacking tween love triangle that strides too hard and fails.

The basis of the plot is that Luc Cain (how about that play on words?) has been sent to Earth as a teenager to tag Frannie Cavanaugh's soul. Frannie comes from a large family with parents who are devout Catholics. Frannie is not into her religion as her parents and some of her siblings are, and was kicked out of Catholic school for questioning the existence of God since her beloved brother, Matt was killed. She goes to Haden High aka Hades High (note the play on the words again) and is partnered up with Luc in her English class. He rubs her the wrong way since he comes across as a bit egotistical, dark (in the literal sense from his hair and his clothes), and too handsome for his own good. And yet she's strangely attracted to him (dare I note the Twilight comparison here?)

But Frannie, who I can't help but compare to a Mary Sue, because she's written that way, has many boys in school who like her. The drama, the angst of who she should pick to kiss and hang out with! She has no clue that Luc has devious plans for her that he can't fail at, or he'll mostly likely burn for all eternity. Things become even more difficult when Gabe (think of the angel Gabriel) shows up to protect her from Luc's tagging. These two boys...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber @ Down The Rabbit Hole on July 4, 2011
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Personal Demons is everything the cover promises. It's steamy, intriguing and addictve. The dual perspectives work to clue the reader in, the writer's invention of Limbo and Hell is interesting and the characters are easy to fall in love with. Reader's beware, Luc might literally charm the pants off you and be grinning about it the whole time.

I'm a sucker for dual perspectives and is an example of a novel that needs it. Luc's head was interesting, intense and just foreign enough to give him that air intrigue. It's great to read character that are full of confidence and Luc's got confidence in abundance, being the spawn of pride and all. His thoughts are generally pessimistic and humorous and his tongue is loose enough to let out some of the quick wit. What I found most interesting about Luc was that he was techinically on top of his game in the beginning and was rapidly losing his powers which is a complete 180 from most paranormal novels. Frannie was a firecracker herself. She's was sure of what she wanted and didn't let things hold her back. I was afreaid she might be too harsh for my taste but then we get the scenes with her grandfather which really work to show her sorrow and soft side. She was the perfect blend of sweet and sour, and it made complete sense why both Heaven and Hell would be vying for her.

While I loved the dual perspective, I think I would have liked to see Gabe's side of the story too. I almost wish I'd gotten three sides-- heaven (Gabe), hell (Luc) and limbo (Frannie). More of a preference and Luc was so much fun, I'm not sure hearing Gabe would have changed my mind. From the beginning there was no question for me who to pick!

The descriptions of Hell were really vivid and creative.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vampires and Tofu on October 3, 2010
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Why I picked it up: Cause I love the whole good vs. evil thing

Why I couldn't put it down: I almost DID put it down, a few times. The first 150 pages or so were downright tedious for me. Let me sum it up for you...

Luc shows up at school, he thinks Frannie is hot, she thinks he is hot.
Gabe shows up at school. Frannie thinks he is hot.
LOTS of tingling going on.
Lockers, lunchroom, lockers, lunchroom.
Frannie kisses Luc, thinks she might be in love.
Frannie kisses Gabe, thinks she might be in love.
Tingle, lockers, tingle, lunchroom.

Oh and lots of Luc "smelling her ginger" whenever Frannie was feeling attracted to him. Was I the only one who found this phrase a little ewwww worthy??

In other words, nothing really interesting happens for the first half of the book. Now granted, I understand characters need to be introduced and things need to be established early on, but by the time any real action gets underway, I was so tired of keeping up with who was sitting by who at lunchtime that I really didn't care about any of the characters. Frannie's so called possible love for these guys was based on nothing more than physical attraction. It would have been nice for her to have something else to go on before she started locking lips with whichever one was in closest proximity. When it comes down to it, I really didn't like Frannie that much.

And as for the boys...Luc's description was NOTHING like the Luc on the cover...did the artist even read the book?? Not to mention that for being a demon, he really wasn't that bad of a guy. And Gabe...well, Gabe felt more like a secondary character than a contender for leading man.

I will have to say things did get more interesting halfway into the book.
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