Released: September 14, 2010
Title: Personal Demons
List Price: $9.99
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Publisher: Tor Teen
Description (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 than just Frannie’s soul.
But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.
First, Lisa’s pretty cool – and a tad Twitter obsessed (^_^). But, before the book actually came out I basically stalked her and wheedled some information out of her. When she posted the book trailer I looked and squinted and nearly broke my neck, but being the nerd that I am I recognized the title of the book Trailer Luc is holding. I asked if it was relevant to the story or was it a random book chosen for the shoot. (Yeah… -_____- ignore the novice. EVERYTHING is chosen for a reason.)
Turns out the book – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – is a main plot device.
Anyway, in Lisa’s debut novel the protagonist, Frannie, is about to be corrupted and she doesn’t even know it! (Not that many of us know beforehand.) But, when she sees Luc, I don’t think she’s minding the corruption too much 😉 (I know I wasn’t).
But, never fear! Gabriel (Gabe) – also hot – the trusty guardian angel flies to her rescue. Sort of. He doesn’t actively preach to her, but he guides her like a good little guardian angel. (Ever here the phrase ‘good guy finish last’ Gabe?? Hahahaha. Yes, clearly I’m biased here.)
But, the fight between Heaven and Hell, good and evil, Gabe and Luc is on and Frannie’s the prize.
There’s drama, action, romance, and danger. What surprised me most – other than the book being from Frannie and Luc’s point of view – is the book is written in first person, present tense. Guys, if you don’t know…that’s hard. But, Lisa makes it look easy. (Darn you woman!! *shakes fist*)
Frannie’s tale is appealing because it can be taken literally or symbolically. Everyone struggles between good and evil, with making choices. It may not be for our souls, but you know you were thinking about scarfing down that cake and not sharing any o.O
I think a lot of reader will like the book because it address a larger issue, but interjects humor and makes it less of a morality tale and more of a fictional drama.
Basically, the book appealed to me as a reader and a writer. About the info I …retrieved…
Guess what! It’s a trilogy 😛 (If you’ve been following her this information is now outdated since the review is late because of classes.)
Book Two is Original Sin and Book Three is (formerly known as) Hellbent.
Rating: 3 ¾ stars
Trailer for Personal Demons:
Original Sin Book Cover:
Totally random, but up until now all the books I reviewed had blue covers o.O weird…