November 4, 2010

Personal Demons (Lisa Desrochers) Audiobook Review

Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan (September 14, 2010)
Paperback: 364 pages
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.

Review
PERSONAL DEMONS, by Lisa Desrochers, has just become one of my favorite YA books of the year. I  can't give enough praise for this phenominal story of lust and passion that will melt your socks off.

I started off "reading" the audiobook version (narrated by Michael Nathanson and Sara Barnett). I got about six hours in (total 10:57) and these two could not read fast enough. I got my paper copy and sped through the rest. Just a note on the actual audiobook though. I really liked these two narrators. They were both very lively and gave off the young adult "feel" of the book. There were times while listening to the book that I laughed out loud too. These narrators were really good with timing the sarcasm and jokes that Desrochers creatively constructed.

Right from the beginning, the passion play between Frannie and Luc began. And it was insanely hot between the two, even before they began a relationship. Then came Gabe, the angelic side of this triangle. Even though he was pretty much perfect, even he strattled the line into lust. There was a point where I had a feeling that there was something more that added to these relationships other than hormones, and when it was revelaed, the trouble that brewed truly made this book fantastic.

When I realized that only Luc and Frannie's perspective would be shown I was disappointed but soon realized that it was okay. With Gabe as an angel, I can only guess his thoughts were perfectly gentleman-like, unlike those of demon Luc. Desrocher's took it one step further when she showed us Hell and how Luc felt about his home. And I really liked the added element of how emotions were protrayed through smell. Luc's descriptions of borderline sinful emotions (envy, lust, etc.) was extremely creative.

The end of this book really surprised me. I am excited to read the continuation of the relationship between Frannie and Luc, and how her special talents will be used for good..or bad..

For more info, check out Lisa Desrochers website

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