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Personal Demons (Personal Demons, Book 1) Paperback – September 14, 2010

3.9 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Personal Demons Series

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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

  • Series: Personal Demons (Book 1)
  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Procurement
I purchased the Kindle edition after reading a character interview on Andrea Cremer's blog.

My Grade
Plot: 5

Setting: 4

Writing: 4

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 28/30 = 93% A
Cover/Title Bonus: 3

Overall
Bada$$ demon boy, soft-hearted angel boy and a Catholic girl who's been kicked out of Catholic school team up in a hilirious, action packed YA urban fantasy unlike any other.

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First Line
If there's a Hell on Earth, it's high school.

Plot
I flew through this book! I had to know just what the heck was going on!?! The only thing I can say that I didn't enjoy about the overall theme of the book was that it was very much an adult read, even though it's published by Tor Teen. The only thing that makes this YA/teen is that it's set in a high school and the main character is a high school senior.

Setting
The main setting is the high school that Frannie attends and secondary settings are her home, and the area around her home. While there wasn't anything too awesome going on setting wise, the detail to description was fabulous. I read this book and it unreeled in my head just like a movie. It was a great experience not having any gaps.

Writing
Another book with alternating point of views. This time it's between Frannie and Luc, which was pretty cool being able to see what the demon dude had to say or think. Having both characters narrating helped keep the reader informed about demon happenings but it wasn't completely needed.
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PERSONAL DEMONS is a fun, humorous, exciting, interesting, romantic, hard-to-put-down book. I hated putting it down and couldn't wait to pick it up again to find out where the story was heading. Lisa has created a fascinating backstory of the battle for souls between Heaven and Hell and the angels and demons that are in charge of tagging and protecting those souls. Even the idea of why each side wants Frannie so badly draws the reader into the story even more by feeling the importance of the task. Sarcasm and wittiness abound and make for a more engaging and distinct voice. Because of this, the story provokes some inner-thinking about religious beliefs and what one thinks and feels about both - while also giving a human face to each side. Ultimately, it's a story about love, forgiveness, pure intentions, and redemption and how those can lead to being a "good" person. It looks at the trueness of the soul and what that means for what happens to that soul.

Frannie is a senior in high school, and has her own inner turmoils to deal with, but now she's stuck between Luc (the demon) and Gabe (the angel) as they battle for her soul and she battles to figure out her attraction to each and what's real. The one problem I had with the book was that it's another young adult with a love triangle where the girl seems to instantly fall into crush with the boys involved, but I was okay with it because Frannie is a strong girl who can stand up for herself and fight for what she wants, so I was willing to buy into the attraction - especially because it's hard not to when reading the scenes of the story when she is with Luc. Interestingly enough, I felt the story was really more about Luc's journey than Frannie's.
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