Personal Demons is a darkly seductive fantasy that will capture readers' imaginations from the very beginning. The alternating points-of-view between Luc and Frannie keep the narrative fresh and engaging, though the omission of Gabe's perspective make the triangle feel a bit imbalanced at first. However, over the course of the novel, Gabe comes into his own and becomes as mysterious and alluring as Luc. The boys certainly demand attention, but Frannie is the true star of the show with her distinct and believable voice, air of mystery, and deeply troubled past - not to mention awe-inspiring Judo skills that are a brilliant addition to a paranormal heroine's repertoire. Yet, after becoming so invested in the angel and demon, her perpetual indecision became a little frustrating. This tends to be the case with most love triangles, but honestly there is no wrong choice in this tense and highly-charged novel. Be warned: the teenage hormones do occasionally rage out-of-control. Lisa Desrochers cranks up the heat and the tantalizing suspense will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
The striking sensory descriptions that pervade the story - and especially the scents representing everything from emotions and souls to Hell itself - will pull readers headfirst into this vividly detailed world. The world-building in Hell is incredible, and the intriguing mythology is something I would like to see elaborated. Personal Demons challenges expectations: it may seem obvious which side to choose, but Luc makes Hell look pretty good...and Heaven has quite a few issues of its own. The banter between Luc and Gabe is comical and cute - in a deadly sort of way - and Luc's wry sense of humor and increasing exasperation offer timely comic relief to the emotionally-fraught tale of angst and desire. Personal Demons is a gripping and entertaining novel that readers absolutely will not be able to put down.
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Disclosure: I received an ARC of this novel as part of Book It Forward ARC Tours. This did not affect my review in any way.
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