Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Tor Teen
September 14, 2010

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 dosen’t get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

For some unknown reason I had never heard of this book until I was contacted by the publisher. I was a little turned off by the cover just because it made it seem like a book I wouldn't enjoy. Also possibly the people on the cover look way too old to fit the characters. So why was the universe so against me reading this book? Oh, I know! It knew I would become flipping obsessed with Personal Demons! I finished last night and I cannot get it out of my mind!

Lisa Desrochers' writing is pure genius. I cannot believe she is not a teenager! There was realistic teen lingo without it being overdone or cheesy. Frannie and Luc's voice was just incredible. I found it so easy to put myself into their shoes and feel the same emotions as they did. I absolutely adored the duel narration from Frannie and Luc! It was so much fun being inside their minds as they found themselves falling for one another.

I can't even count the times I laughed my butt off while reading. I loved the play on words(especially from Luc) and just the all around hilarious dialog.

Luc and Gabe were, to put it lightly, perfection. Seriously it's like if the angel and demon on your shoulder were come to life as total studs and seduce you with their charms. They were the complete polar opposites, hot and cold (okay well hot and hotter, but you get what I'm saying).

Not only did Lisa pull of amazingly swoon worthy boys, but she created the perfect leading lady. Frannie was strong, yet vulnerable at times. She was stubborn and knew how to defend herself. Frannie had all of the characteristics of an actual teenage girl. After reading Personal Demons you can't help but fall in love with Frannie! All of the characters change and develop throughout the story making it really awesome to go on this journey with them.

The plot was incredible. There was just full-out shockers that I had never seen coming! There's enough space and explanation to each twist so I didn't get lost going from one to the other.

The ending was everything I could have ever asked for. It kept you on the edge of your seat to the literal end! It perfectly closes the story and had me immediately wanting more!

Awesome Quote:
"I bite back the next remark that pops into my head, which has something to do with Mystery Girl's bra size being larger than her IQ."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

As if finding an actual boy was hard enough Lisa Desrochers made it even harder to accept that fictional boys are not real. So that means there is no Luc waiting to tag my soul for Hell. Darn! Personal Demons is a laugh out loud read that will leave you wanting more. If you haven't picked this one up you seriously must! It has romance, action and humor to entertain lovers of any genre.

So since I'm completely obsessed I made buttons to show the boys some love. Feel free to grab one! Team Luc all the way baby!

Crazy Katie


  1. Okay, okay I was totally turned off by the cover too! But I'll give it a shot if you say so!

  2. You should make a Team Miles button for Torment! Great review and I also didn't plan on reading this one, but I might now.

  3. Hey Kate! You're so right! I really should be some Miles buttons for us! I'm definitely going to now! haha
    Thank you! I hope you do end up reading it, it's so fun :)

  4. At the top of my list ... thanks to you ;) !!

  5. Thanks for the PD love! So glad you enjoyed it. Just goes to show you--don't judge a book by it's cover =)

  6. Yay Elodie! I can't wait to hear what you think of it! :)

    Hi Lisa! You're so welcome! It's amazing! You're totally right! :D

  7. I also didn't like the cover:P But I really want to read it now! :)

  8. Yay! I hope you love it as much as I do Beth! :)

  9. i love your review - it's so awesome.

    i have this on reserve at the library (it's taking forever to get to me!) so can't wait to check it out.

    also - have i ever told you i love your stars. they just look really cool and unique and funky!


  10. Thank you so, so much Nomes! :)
    I can't wait for you to read it!

  11. KATIIIIE! I'm so taking your TEAM LUC button :) *squeee*

    Flippin' awesome review!

  12. I'm so happy you like the button Momo!! :D Thank you!!

    Thank you Juju! :)

  13. Katie, what a fabulous review! And I love your buttons! I'm totally going to steal them for my blog (I'll give you credit, promise!). So glad you loved it :)

  14. Great review! I would never have given this book a chance (the cover really is awful) if not for this. Thanks! :)

  15. Awesome Review! I wanna buy this book now. Yeah, I felt like I didn't want to read it at first because of the cover until I kept hearing great stuff about this book. Like they say "Never judge a book my its cover" <- I never listened to that. haha. I always end up judging a book by its cover. Anyways! a great review!

    - Naj of Unputdownable Books"

  16. Hey Selfcentered! Yay! I'm so glad you want to read it now!
    I'm the same way! I don't consciously judge a book by its cover, but it does happen! Thank you so much Naj!

  17. This is in my TBR pile... I can't wait till I get to it. I'm also really excited about the second in the series as well!

  18. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did Jessi! :)