Aug 23, 2010

Personal Demons Is My Personal Hooker

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Released: September 14, 2010

Title: Personal Demons

Author: Lisa Desrochers

Publisher: Tor

Hardcover: 364 pages

Synopsis from GoodReads:
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.

Brent’s opinion of the novel:
        Let me start of this review by saying that Lisa Desrochers is one cool as fuck person. After a few email exchanges, I immediately thought “Damn. This is my kinda writer person.”  She threatened to unfollow me on Twitter!! … and confessed her psycho-ness to me.  So, I had pretty much already decided Lisa was one of my most favorite writers!!!
       Frannie Cavanaugh, the sweet Catholic girl having doubts about her faith, doesn’t know what in the hell to do with herself when she starts catching an eye for the two new boys in town. There’s Luc, who works in the acquisitions department of Hell, tagging souls to be sent to Hades. Both Luc and the King of Hell want her bad… but so do the Angels, and they’ve sent one of their best to get her. Gabe. But does Frannie know any of this shit?! No. All she thinks is, “Damn, Luc’s pretty dark and sexy, but Gabe’s gotta nice ass.”
      Frannie is one lucky mofo. Two hot guys at the same time?! I mean, get real! There’s no way that happens without luck! (Unless you wear a lot of eyeliner… but that’s another story altogether.) I’ma be honest with cha: I was jealous of Frannie, at some points. Even though she has been through some rough stuff, she had a pretty cool family and  amazing friends and TWO HOT GUYS. I mean, damn. Send one over to me. Frannie be rollin’ all up in ‘at hot-boy-dough. But really, I’m not saying her life was perfect! Just that she had a lot of stuff that should’ve been appreciated more. I loved Frannie, I really did. (Is the word “really” experiencing a renaissance in my vocabulary? I think so…) She’s a character easy to relate with. She’s not  perfect, she makes mistakes, just like us. Lisa Dez crafted Frannie perfectly. ;)
       Luc! Gurah! Omg. Hot. Sexy. Bitchy. Sarcastic. Bad to thah bone. Hot. Hot. Sexy. Hot. YES! Luc! He has got to be one of my favorite men of 2010 YA Lit. And I don’t even know why! In real life, I go for really hot, sweet boys. And that’s usually what appeals to me in books, as well! I seriously hate bitchy sarcastic dudes. But I loved Luc. Even though he was all “I’m so cool and hot, Mr. Acquisitions of Hell.   Everyone wants me” I could tell he had a soft side. And, as he grew closer to Frannie, that soft side came out.  Yes, I think Gabe is equally alluring, but I AM SO TEAM LUC! Suck it, Gabe.
       I loved the use of humor in Personal Demons. It kind of keeps it from being melodramatic, while still upholding the high tension levels. Lisa Dez did that perfect, as well. She added new elements to an old storyline, Heaven vs. Hell. Good vs. Bad. Which is eaxactly what writers are supposed to do. Each story has already been told, so writers tell these stories with a new spin and original voice.  Lisa is definitely an author I’ll be following. :)   
     I know this sounds corny, but I loved every page of Personal Demons. (Please don’t call me a YA blogging hooker! I try not to sound corny, but sometimes I’m unable to!) The characters were real and funny, the plot was “Damn, girl,” and the ending was like “Fuck, now I gotta go hooker myself out to the publisher  so I can  get the sequel SOON!”

13 comments:

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

LOL! I just found your blog over the weekend and I think you're my favorite. Loved your review, and I cannot wait for this book. Sexy men....bring it on!

Lisa Desrochers said...

Who knew all I had to do for a good review was threaten to unfollow you? Too easy!

Seriously, so glad you liked :p And Luc says hi, but Gabe's pretty pissed. It took me a while to talk him down, but I don't think he'll smite you now. ;)

suzie townsend said...

This is seriously one of my new favorite reviews!

Julie said...

1. I think I may love you.

2. I LOVED this book too. <3 Luc. And I totally have a girl crush on Frannie. *pets book more*

Collin Kelley said...

A great review. You had me at the headline. lol

Melina said...

You are so silly.

amilner78 said...

As if I wasn't already convinced that this was a book that I had to read, now I know!
You are seriously funny Brent;)
Why does September seem so far away?!

Bella said...

This review is made of much awesome sauce.

Tere Kirkland said...

Ha!

As if I didn't already want to read this book, your review has me salivating for it!

Thanks, kitten!

Anne Royce said...

AHAHAHAHAH!!! LOLOLOL. You're awesome! I love this review! EPIC! 8D

Jon Michaelsen said...

Brendan, I'm SO proud of you! I'm beaming like a silly school-girl with a high-school crush! When you mentioned that you'd be contributing for Lambda Literary, I had no doubt readers would immediately be drawn to your witty reviews and unique insight at such a young (mature!) age for reviewing YA novels; congrats, my boy - you've impressed this fan more than you know!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

found you on Lisa's blog. Newest fan and follower.

Talei said...

Oh this is funny! Love your review and really happy to have found your blog! ;)