Written by Lisa Desrochers
Published September, 2010 by Tor Teen
Genres: Angels & Demons, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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?