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Review: “Personal Demons,” Lisa Desrochers

October 12, 2010
Review: “Personal Demons,” Lisa DesrochersPersonal Demonsby Lisa Desrochers
Series: Personal Demons #1
Published by Tor Teen on September, 2010
Genres: Angels & Demons, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 364

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

A good debut, but really not up to my tastes. Little things annoyed me until it was all too much and I struggled to finish it.

I really wanted to like this one, really. I did ‘like’ it I guess, I finished it? But I wasn’t particularly enjoying it as I did so. I guess my main annoyance centers around the female lead, Frannie. She really grated on my nerves and I found it so hard to relate to her and get inside her head. She did stupid things and felt stupid things and her constant use of the word “’cause” instead of “because” made me want to lash out at something. She never said because ONCE. I didn’t feel she was a real person.

Luc and Gabe? Well, I like Gabe slightly more than I like Luc, but neither really struck me. I didn’t lust after Luc like we are all supposed to and I actually questioned why Frannie preferred him to Gabe. And I didn’t understand at all why they both loved her so much. She was nothing special! She was rude, insensitive and cracked like a twig whenever something didn’t go her way. Not to mention she was kissing mostly anyone who dared to get near her. I don’t know how an Angel and a Demon stood it! Surely they would’ve thought something along the lines of ‘idiotic mortals!’

So what did I like about this book? Ah… well I liked that *SPOILER* her brother appeared to be her guardian angel in the end even though it was done with a hint of cheese. I also liked how ‘original’ this story was in parts. Of course, lots of the usual plot twists were here: hunter falls in love with the hunted, brooding sexy guy comes to school, best friend wants dibs on hot new guy but lead girl manages to snag him because he’s only got eyes for her… you know the drill! BUT the bits about Hell were interesting and I think it added a good twist, especially the ‘tagging’ process which turned out to be not so dramatic after all.

So although it seems like I’m focusing more on the downsides of this book, it has some merit. I’ll let you be the judge (because really, it’s your own opinion that counts) of Personal Demons. It looks like there’s going to be a sequel but I think I’ll bow out gracefully. It was just too… unorganized… for me? It felt like the story was going a million places at once and Frannie wasn’t exactly the ‘heroine’ I wanted to explore that story with.

Recommended to: Fans of the Good vs Evil stories. Handsome angels and sexy demons?

About Lisa Desrochers

Lisa Desrochers lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. If you'd told her five years ago she'd write a book, she'd have laughed in your face. As it turns out, she'd owe you an apology. When she's not writing, she's reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.


  • Reply AsherKnight October 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Yeah…I feel bad sometimes, because I think about how it must feel for the author especially to come across such reviews…it must totally suck!

    Wow! Really? That’s great. It was really nice to meet you, especially because I feel I can relate lol.

  • Reply Asher Knight October 13, 2010 at 3:05 am

    I know what you mean. I’ve seen some of them and I agree. It’s fine to be honest, but one shouldn’t cross the line. Oh and you’re welcome. I was looking through some other blogs and caught whiff of yours, so this is my first visit. I really like the set up. I just started blogging myself, so I like to look at all sorts of different ones. (:

    • Reply Brittany October 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

      Yes, I don’t think it’s very polite to completely TRASH a book… the author and a lot of people have worked hard on it and it’s just not a kind thing to do. It may not be up to your tastes, but you don’t have to be horrible.

      Thank you so much! I’m a new blogger, too! I only started last month :)

  • Reply AsherKnight October 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Although your review was very critical of the book, I actually enjoyed reading it. You have a lot of good points that I don’t think I looked at, partially because I’m biased when it comes to Personal Demons. Nice review, I liked it. (:

    • Reply Brittany October 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      No, that’s great, I like when people have different opinons! I saw some reviews on goodreads after I wrote my review, which were even MORE critical (and downright rude) Thanks :)

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