Heaven or Hell?

Heaven or Hell? Do you know where your soul will go?

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 than just Frannie’s soul.

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

Paperback:  365 pages
Published:  September 14th 2010 by Tor Teen
ISBN:  0765328089 (ISBN13: 9780765328083)
Primary language: English
Original title: Personal Demons
Source:  I purchased it from Borders :)
Now you hear from me…

I recently gave away a copy of PERSONAL DEMONS by Lisa Desrochers and thought I would go ahead and post my thoughts and feelings on the book as well.  I had seen quite a bit of chatter about this book here and there via the internet and I had really wanted to read it and FINALLY got the chance!

I don’t recall any other book that had me checking my moral compass like PERSONAL DEMONS had…holy hell!  Oh wait, unholy hell!  Seriously…I was totally team Luc!  Quite frankly, Gabe got a little under my skin.  What the hell?  Seriously, I had to discuss this with my bff, because quite honestly, I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school, I go to church, I’ve dipped my hands in holy water, I’m a good girl, the whole nine…what the hell am I doing siding with the devil?  Maybe it is the total bad boy image that Luc encompassed.  OR maybe Lisa is such an incredible writer her words played me just like the devil…yeah, that’s got to be it.  Blame it on Lisa’s incredible skill and ability to capture a reader!  Definitely not my moral compass going askew…nope, not at all.  Although, I guess it could be genetic.  I did have a sister that did get expelled from Catholic school.  No lying, Sister Mary Ann couldn’t take her antics and unruly behavior anymore.  Dead. Stinking. Serious.  It’s ok to laugh, we still get a good kick out of it.

Ok…now that I have disclosed that deep down inside I side with the devil (yes, I have/will repent) …the book…

I found the book to be well-written, obviously intriguing and filled with twists and turns.  I found her descriptions of both Heaven and Hell to be very believable without being over-the-top fictional.  Makes me kind of wonder who she talked to in order to get so believably descriptive of Hell *wink* maybe she has some connections…to be fair, she also had described Heaven and Limbo very believably real.

I really enjoyed the characters too.  Frannie was a very likable girl, not the queen bee, not the creepy goth girl, not the social outcast.  She wasn’t self-depreciating and needy either.  She had friends, teachers liked her.  She was  just an average high school girl, with an average family, being put into a not so average love triangle.  I really began to feel for Frannie and the struggles she faced.  And although I was obviously rooting for the wrong team, I justify it by saying…”so did her friends”…it is kind of funny how that works isn’t it?  Oh hell, maybe that’s satan working me over yet again…I am really going to have to work on that.

I found Personal Demons to be a little bit funny, a little bit scary, a little bit romantic, a little bit sad and a whole-lotta good.  Both Luc and Frannie had quite a few witty bits, which I really enjoyed.  Gabe was well written, maybe too well, he was just such a good guy.  Even when he was trying to be bad, he was still good.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Gabe and his character, I really did.  I just preferred Luc and was quite a bit biased while reading. :)  I did enjoy reading how Frannie had nearly the same effect on Gabe as she did Luc and the struggles of righteousness that Gabe faced and how far he was willing to go and exactly what he was willing to risk for Frannie.

One part of the book that really “scared” me and made goosebumps rise was the first trip to the quarry.  Unholy hell…that gave me the heebie-jeebies!  I could visualize that whole scene and it was at that part that the demons became “real” to me!  Although, it didn’t sway my support for good ole Luc!  Like I’ve said, need to calibrate the compass a little, I promise I will work on that.

I thought the romantic interest was very captivating.  Very spicy, like cinnamon, hot.  I loved how ‘romantic’ Luc and Frannie became without it being even physically romantic.  The thought of the mingling of souls….AH-MAZING!  The contrast of Luc and Gabe was so visual.  It is almost like I could smell the cinnamon of Luc and the summer snow of Gabe.  I could feel the heat and coolness of their skin.  I could even smell all the fragrances that Luc used to describe Frannie and all her friends as their emotions changed.  It all flowed so well.

I wasn’t quite sure how Personal Demons would end.  Honestly, I didn’t know how exactly Lisa was going to pull off an acceptable (to me) ending.  The way it was going left me saying things like, “No way, not gonna happen”…”Seriously, dude, come on”…even an “I cannot believe after all this she (Lisa) is going to do THIS?”!  Then I was satisfied.  Which is good because I was seriously not going to be happy if it didn’t turn out in an acceptable way.

I don’t want to give away too much in the book, I really don’t, so you will probably get more of what I am saying AFTER you read the book!  Which I highly suggest you do.  It was a nice change to read about angels and demons.  I am really looking forward to reading ORIGINAL SIN, which will be released July 5, 2011!  I wonder what a sinner’s got to do to get an ARC of that one?   Hmmm….

Ok, so the skinny….Luc is H-O-T hot!  Gabe is good (but not for me), Frannie is one hell of a lucky girl and Personal Demons is a definite must read!

As I wrap this up let me ask you this…

If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?

…Are you SURE about that?

3 comments

  1. Lisa Desrochers -

    Thank you so much for the lovely review! So glad you’re looking forward to Original Sin. Only a few more months =)

  2. Cici -

    You are welcome! I am really looking forward to it, if that wasn’t obvious :)

  3. Chel -

    Haha. I enjoyed reading your review. I’ve read the excerpts Lisa posted on her blog before the book came out and you reminded me of how excited I was for this book back then. Thanks a bundle for the rec. :)

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