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Personal Demons (Personal Demons, Book 1) Paperback – September 14, 2010
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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
"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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I purchased the Kindle edition after reading a character interview on Andrea Cremer's blog.
Overall: 28/30 = 93% A
Cover/Title Bonus: 3
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.
Watch it on YouTube.
If there's a Hell on Earth, it's high school.
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.
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.
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. The only reason I say that is becuase there's another character, Gabe, that doesn't get in on the action of having a POV and I think he really should have had one since Luc was able to have one. It would only have been fair.
Angels and demons are pretty regular characters in paranormal romance, adult. I haven't read too many demons in YA paranormal but I enjoyed it immensely. His bad attitude was refreshing because you could tell he had a heart inside that thick skinned body. There were several elements that Lisa used throughout that I enjoyed having in the story.
Although Frannie's last name is Cavanaugh, which is the last name that Rachel Vincent uses for her main character, Kaylee, in her Soul Screamers series.
Frannie and Luc are the primary main characters. There's also Gabe who shows up but he's never given the entire scene. Frannie was kind of a bitch in this. I was a little put off by her attitude at first but I later developed a liking for her and her attitude, especially when she showed it to Luc.
Luc was a badass demon but hilirous and loveable. Gabe is just about the opposite of Luc but such a softy it's not even funny. I'd love to see him with some badass attitude in the follow up.
There's all kinds of romance going on in this book! Frannie is quite a mess when it comes to guys. Poor thing. And then having a demon and an angel around to make things worse did not help in the least.
The romance in this gets a little hot and heavy but not too much to make it anything to be concerned about. It was very natural for it to get that way.
The cover shouts adult urban fantasy to me. I guess because it looks so dark and brooding menish. The models look more adult than teenaged, which is fine because these are high school seniors but you can barely make out the lockers behind Luc so it's hard to tell with a quick glimpse. The models are pretty perfect references to the characters though
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. She has her own journey to make to acceptance herself, but it was demon Luc's transformation that I was most intrigued by that made me want to keep reading. That's probably partially due to it being written with alternating perspectives with Luc and Frannie's first person storytelling. I appreciated the way the main characters were written where I was able to discover more about each one as the book went on, and became more invested in what would happen to all of them in this overwhelming holy battle. This is definitely a more mature book in the overall mood of the romance, but is a really good and entertaining read.
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends
This story made me think twice about my own choices between dangerous and safe, Heaven and Hell, and even wrong and right. Luc and Frannie alternate narration in this story and each of them have a different perspective which gives the story more depth. I felt the story's love triangle was confusing for Frannie but there is definitely room for teams in this book (and I would choose Luc any day!) A great story about making decisions and second chances. All the emotions in the book are felt by the reader and you feel equally as broken most of the time as Frannie. The characters in this story change and progress well. Overall, it was a great read and I cannot wait until I get to read Original Sin in July. I would absolutely recommend this book to others but maybe for older teens for parents who are concerned about mature language and some sexual content.
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I am not impressed with Frannie, therefore it's a little hard to...Read more