Books Review

Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

October 2, 2010

Lisa Desrocher’s debut novel, Personal Demons, drew me in first with the synopsis and then with the amazing cover (Come on, that’s a great cover, no?). I tried to stay away from snippets and reviews to avoid spoiling the story, but as soon as I got my copy, I moved it to the top of my to-read pile. Due to life and its time-sucking abilities, I finally finished reading Personal Demons and I’m happy to say that it lived up to my expectations.

Personal Demons is told through two first-person present tense views: Frannie’s and Luc’s. I really enjoyed Luc’s sections, mostly because he was the “bad boy” and readers don’t often get a glimpse inside their heads. The writing between the two narrators is fluid, funny, and descriptive enough to utilize the senses, but not in an obnoxious manner. Still, Frannie and Luc’s voices are different enough that speed readers won’t need to stop and look at the heading to see who’s narrating. What I liked most about Frannie is that she can defend herself thanks to years of taking judo. I loved it whenever she flipped someone over her shoulder. Her unwillingness to confront her personal issues is believable and I definitely sympathized with her.

The plot is what initially attracted my attention. There’s been a recent flurry of angel-related books, mostly dealing with fallen angels. Personal Demons looks more at the other side: Hell. Having a demon be one of the love interests makes the story all the more original and exciting! I kept thinking about Cole and Phoebe from “Charmed”. Haha. Although the angels and Heaven are touched on lightly in the book, those aspects are still present enough to change the focus once in awhile and keep the story moving.

There were only a few things that I didn’t really care for, but nothing to make me hate the book. Some of the actions and descriptions are repeated several times, which makes them lose their initial impact. I also didn’t really believe in the love triangle. Frannie’s connections with Luc and Gabe are, in my opinion, too based on physical attraction and at times I found her indecisiveness frustrating. The only other thing that bothered me was that we didn’t really get to learn much about Gabe, but this should be remedied in the sequel.

Overall, I really enjoyed Personal Demons. Lisa Desrochers has delivered a sexy new story that will have many people swooning over its characters. Her writing is funny, dramatic, and beautiful, which makes for an engaging and fast-paced read. Many people have already fallen in love with Personal Demons and I’m sure many more will! I can’t wait for the sequel and I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

If you would like to learn more about Lisa Desrochers and her writing, you can connect with her through the following sites:

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    Tara SG (25 Hour Books)
    October 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I’m really looking forward to reading this. However, I’m getting a little sick of love triangles (specially ones based on looks). I’m glad to see that you enjoyed the overall story!

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    October 6, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Great review. I love how you mention the good and bad. Like the above commenter, I’m getting sick of love triangles too…but it’s hard to avoid them.
    Alison Can Read

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    October 7, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I felt the same way about the triangle, and the romance in general. It was a bit…disappointing? I mean, I sorta understood that the main draw for the demons was lust, but it seemed like the physical attraction was the only basis for any romantic feelings, at least on Frannie’s part. In that respect I hope the sequels work more on mental relationships (common interests? opinions? conversations?) rather than physical.

    And while I’m definitely on Luc’s side, I’m also hoping for a bit more Gabe insight 😉

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