Book Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Synopsis: Frannie Cavanaugh is special. She has skills no one has ever or will ever have, which is why both heaven and hell want her so bad. When two new boys enrol at school and show an interest in her, Frannie has a hard time deciding which to choose. What she doesn’t know is Luc is a demon and Gabe is an angel, and both are trying to win her soul.

Author: This is Lisa Desrochers first novel, with a sequel in the works.

Cover: Frannie and Luc are in the foreground, with Frannie’s hand resting on Luc’s chest. This may indicate that while Frannie wants to be close to him, she is also keeping the demon at a slight distance… or she has her hand on his heart. Coming down the school’s hall behind them is look looking beyond gorgeous and his wings rampant behind him, as he is always there to be Frannie’s guardian angel.

Plot: The basic storyline vaguely reminds me of Vampire Diaries, but instead of the choice between good vamp/bad vamp, Frannie must pick angel or demon. The difficulty is that, not only does Frannie love them both, though in different ways, she is terrified of love and what it means.

Hook: Who wouldn’t want a pseudo-dangerous bad boy and an angelic love-filled being fighting for their heart?

Point of View: The book alternates between telling the story from the perspectives of Frannie and Luc. I would have also liked to see the tale through Gabriel’s eyes as that would have given more balance to the story, make Luc and Gabriel more equal contenders as Frannie’s love interest. The fact that Gabriel does not tell his side of things may partially be due to Lisa not finding much of interest to say from such a “good” being, and that it is easier to sway the reader into giving Luc more of a chance as the rightful winner of Frannie’s heart even though he’s a demon.

Character: Mary Frances Cavanaugh, also known as Frannie or Fee, hates her name. I remember reading somewhere that Lisa dislikes the name herself, but no other name she tried felt right for the character… and Frannie really is something else. Not only does this girl have some serious super-skills, but also has a black belt in judo to kick teenage boy and hell-demon butt.

Pondering: Frannie says that she does not believe in heaven but she does believe in hell. Her lack of belief in God is due to tragedy in her childhood that made her loose faith in that Greater Being’s existence. Frannie also fears love, says it does not exist. This may be due to the people Frannie loves often being taken from her, but it could be because she doesn’t believe in God. The Bible says that God is love and if Frannie believes that God doesn’t exist than neither can she think that love does.

Character Development: Lucifer Cain goes through an extreme change throughout the novel –physically, mentally, and emotionally. Luc is a demon born of hell who knows nothing but pride and gives no second chances. Yet over time he falls in love with Frannie and is willing to do or be anything just to keep her safe, would willingly give his life just to protect her.

Point of Interest: In the book Luc can smell people’s emotions, their “psyche signals”. Ginger is lust, citrus is fear, garlic is hate, anise/liquorice is envy, rose is sadness, black pepper is fury, vinegar is guilt, chocolate is love, while clove and current is the scent of your soul ready for the taking.

Sidenote: Sorry Luc-lovers, Frannie can keep him because I am Gabe’s girl!

Quote: I let him hold me for a long time, feeding off his energy. If you asked me right now, I’d have to say I believe in love, ‘cause that’s what this feels like: Pure love.

The Verdict: A fabulous novel filled with not only the hell that is high school but the supernatural. There is romance, action, and suspense all woven into one great story. Go read this book… now!

Would you choose Gabriel the angel or Lucifer the demon, and why?

Previous Reviews: The ReckoningDark Flame,   Wildefire

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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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