Thursday, April 14, 2011

Personal Demons (Personal Demons #1) by Lisa Desrochers REVIEW


I had such high expectations for this book because 1) It sounded so convincing, the characters and plot and all. 2) When a friend raves about a book a lot, it's sure to capture my attention. She would always say how once you read it, you wouldn't want to put it down. Honestly, I felt a little bad because I was somewhat disappointed at this book.
Frannie was a stubborn character, and she was always acting tough, and being sarcastic. Sometimes, I was a little annoyed at Frannie's character (haha!), and it made think in my head; just say yes already! Luc's character surprised me a little, being a demon, he sure didn't seem like one at all. So I think that was the interesting part of the story, it's like the characters have an identity crisis... And Gabe, the angel; sarcastic, yet you could tell that he had an angelic charm to him. His sarcasm did put me off though... considering he was an angel and all...

The parts where I was disappointed; sometimes, the author would definitely repeat a lot. Sometimes even in the same exact words. And the characters always felt the same emotions and feelings. Which might not seem as a big deal, but its always those small details in the story that improves it. It was also weird to see how fast Frannie and Luc became friends... It was like Frannie was saying to herself; that guy, I'm gonna be his friend today! A lot of things did resolve pretty quickly, like you could tell that the author was trying to rush the story at some parts. Also, for those who believe in Christianity, you may be offended by this book, because it almost makes God look like a bad guy... o.o

There were also good parts to it too. This book is actually really action-packed, especially in the middle, when Frannie wasn't so confused about this whole "tagging" thing. It was really well described so it really made me feel like I was right there in the story, watching the whole thing unfold. I loved how the story was told in both Luc and Frannie's perspective. I thought that that way, everything would be described a lot better then if it was only told in Luc's perspective, or Frannie's perspective.

Overall, I'm really excited to read the second book in the series, and see what happens next. This was a great debut novel from Lisa Desrochers!

Rating: 3/5
Cover: 8/10
Character(s) I liked: Matt, Grandpa, Riley
Character(s) I disliked: Beherit, Belias, Avaira
FIRST LINE: If there's a Hell on Earth, it's high school. - page 11
SUMMARY: from Goodreads

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance --even her closest friends--and it seems as if her senior year is going to 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 is on a mission. He's been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie's soul. It should be easy -- all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can't be far behind. And sure enough, it's not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more then just Frannie's soul

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay... for all of them.

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