Mundie Moms

Monday, September 13, 2010

Book Review - Personal Demons

By: Lisa Desrochers
Published by: Tor Teen/Macmillan
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Source: Author
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars -- I really enjoyed this book.

Synopsis (from Tor Teen):
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.

Dear Luc,
I wasn't supposed to fall for you. You see, you are everything I don't like. I mean let's start with the obvious, shall we Mr. Cain? You are a DEMON. And as a Mundie Mom I prefer my fictional boy interests to be more, you know, angelic?

But then I met you and things changed. I loved how Lisa switched between your point-of-view and Frannie's. I'm glad she didn't show your counterpart's, Gabe's. After all, he is the obvious Good Guy. I didn't want to know anything more about him than what Frannie told me. I know he's pure, can't be tempted and smells (pardon the pun) heavenly.

With the turning of each page, I wanted to know more about you, Luc. When you showed me your home, which just happens to be Hell, my heart ached for you. The heat. The molten rivers. Your fellow demons. I kept thinking what it would be like if I had to live there and work for the Department of Acquisitions tagging souls day in and day out. In fact, I think I did work in a place similar to that, but that's an entirely different story.

Next time you see Lisa please thank her and tell her that Personal Demons is a delicious new entry in the Heaven vs. Hell theme. Now, you may find me in my kitchen cabinet with my eyes closed trying to smell that spice bottle of cinnamon. And Luc dear, I'm sure you know why.

Until next year when Original Sin comes out I remain yours,

P.S. Be sure to thank Lisa for writing that incredible tension between you and Frannie as well as you and Gabe. Please, pass on to her how many times I laughed while reading (there were a lot of chuckles and a few flat out "HAs!"). Also, tell her how very much I loved the character of Frannie's grandpa. Everyone should have a grandpa like that.


  1. This sounds really interesting!
    I have a question though.
    "But then I met you and things changed. I loved how Lisa switched between your point-of-view and Frannie's"
    Is the book written in first person with different characters or smth? I might understand it wrong.

    Yiota @ Splash Of Our Worlds

  2. @Yiota -- Yes, it switches between Frannie's and Luc's POVs. First person, their POV. Back and forth. Good question. I'll see if I can tweak my wording in the review. :)

  3. ^Oh...i love that kind of books!
    Great! One more good thing in it!:)
    Definetelly buying!
    Thanks for reviewing!

  4. @Yiota - I adored the sense of humor throughout. Enjoy and be sure to tell us how you liked it!!

  5. Great review! I really want to read this book!!! :D

  6. Dear Sophie--
    Ahh... I've done my job. One more convert. And, you're too kind. Really. We'll have to do something about that.

    I'll pass your message on to Lisa, but even she admits she had nothing to do with this. She's just the poorly paid help with the laptop.

    If you'd ever like a tour of Hell, please know that I'm ready, willing and VERY able to take you...there.


  7. @Natasha - I think you will love it. Anything that causes me to snicker and smile as I'm reading is always a good story in my opinion. But the world-building was very cool, too.

    @Anonymous (aka Luc) - I think I've gone on that tour before and it involved a handbasket. LOL. Enjoy your debut tomorrow. Mundie Moms may switch allegiance (temporarily). :)

  8. @brandeleigh2003 - Thanks!! Be sure to check it out. It's released tomorrow.

  9. I loved this review! I was on the wall about even reading this book, but you have converted me!

  10. @Joanna - LOL, I had a blast writing it! Thank you for your sweet words. For me, it was truly all about Luc. :] From the beginning, his character made me want to read more...oh wait, I already said that!! :]

  11. Nicely done :)
    you have tempted me to put on TBR list!