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.
Frannie is the main character of the story as it all revolves around her. She is a spunky and quick-witted seventeen-year-old girl, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and voice her opinions. But when she meets two equally handsome, but totally different teenaged boys, Lucifer (Luc) and Gabriel (Gabe), she’s completely baffled by them. Both make her feel things she never knew she could feel. Lucifer is wild, sexy and dangerous, providing Frannie with excitement and freedom, whereas Gabe makes her feel safe and warm, like she will fall without his support. Frannie’s family is quite religious, due to her father being very involved in the Catholic Church, but Frannie’s lost her faith in her family’s religion, and has begun to believe there’s no higher power watching and guiding her. Frannie wasn’t always an atheist, there was a time where she was just like the rest of her family, praying and believing in God. But that all changed when her brother died, leaving her feeling guilty and alone. She felt as though no one could hear her pleas, which made her question her faith. Once she meets Lucifer and Gabriel, and finds out who they really are and why they are pursuing her, she starts to regain a bit of her faith.
Luc is a tracking demon sent to tag Frannie’s soul for hell at (The Devil) Lucifer’s request. He’s sly and sexy, and loves to create tension between Frannie and her friends for his own amusement. But when Gabriel comes into the picture, Luc feels threatened and experiences emotions he never knew he had. Luc sets out to be the only object of interest in Frannie’s life, but the longer he’s around Frannie the more he can’t get her out of his mind. He ends up being consumed by her. Once he realises he’s in love with Frannie he changes his mission from trying to tag her for hell to protecting her from his demon brethren sent to do his abandoned mission. And if it came down to it he’d gladly trade his own life, and soul, for hers.
Gabriel (Gabe) is the guardian angel who’s sent down to earth from heaven and is given the mission to restore Frannie’s faith and guide her into the light. He’s angelic and sweet, like the sun that shines through the darkness, giving Frannie light and sanctuary. He helps Frannie with her guilt and past, to help her forgive herself for what haunts her and for what she keeps blaming herself. He’s not there to just purely tag her for heaven but to also help her wake up from the nightmare she forces on herself. Gabe guides Frannie into making the right decisions, even if the decisions are towards the alternative side, ultimately showing her to trust her own heart and believe in herself.
I really enjoyed reading Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers, it was an absolutely unique experience. I was glued to the book and oblivious to the world around me. This book had everything I loved and more. I was never bored while reading Personal Demons; it always had something bigger and better around each corner. I loved the characters and the relationships between them. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book well after I had finished it. For a 2010 debut novel it was brilliant! It’s one of my favourite books and I can’t wait until 2011 and 2012 for the next two in the trilogy.
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Firelight by Sophie Jordan
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Halo by Alexandra Adornetto*
Mercy by Rebecca Lim*
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