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Review & Giveaway: PERSONAL DEMONS by Lisa Desrochers

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If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?

Are you sure about that...?

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with 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.

When I first heard the description of Personal Demons, I wasn't sure it was for me. I always tend to lean towards contemporary, and I'd been burned a few too many times by urban fantasies and paranormal romances that just didn't live up to my expectations. Still, something about this one brought me in - perhaps it was the promise that it would be pretty steamy. I like steamy, and this book was hot as hell.


But there's more to Personal Demons than sex appeal, as I very quickly discovered. What I found upon reading this smart, well-written novel was a cast of fun and real characters, a plot that kept me turning pages, and a romance I wouldn't soon forget.

What struck me first about Personal Demons was the character of Frannie. She's small, but tough - I mean, seriously, she can flip a guy over her shoulder, the girl can take care of herself - and she's complicated. Frannie has a lot of skeletons in her closet, things she'd like to forget, and some major, major regrets. She's also struggling with her religious beliefs while living in a very devout Catholic family.

And, as if that isn't bad enough, she's got Heaven and Hell fighting for her soul.

I loved Frannie for her flaws and her complexities. She felt like a real girl, and it made sympathizing with her easy.

Then there is Luc. He's the leading man in this saga, and it's hard not to love him. He's supposed to be tagging Frannie's soul for hell, but even when Luc is being bad, as a reader, I couldn't help loving him. He has a great sense of humor about it all, and it was fun to watch him steadily grow as a character.

Personal Demons manages to be dark, funny, and sexy all at once. I read it from cover to cover - and that's both times I've read it now. Even on a second read through, it is utterly impossible to put down. Hands down, one of the best YA paranormal romances I've ever read.

So, with all that said, how would YOU like a copy of Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers?

YA Highway is doing a Personal Demons giveaway starting right now! Just leave a comment below telling us who your favorite couple in paranormal romance or urban fantasy is. Contests ends on Thursday at midnight EST. Winner will be announced on Friday. (Contest only open to US and Canada residents).

Good luck!
Kody Keplilnger

Kody is the NYT bestselling author of The DUFF, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare, all from Little Brown/Poppy, as well as Lying Out Loud, Run, and the middle grade novel The Swift Boys and Me, from Scholastic. Born and raised in Kentucky, she now lives in NYC.

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  1. This book sounds amazing! (Doesn't hurt that I've been in the mood for more demon/angel books lately, haha.)

    My favorite urban fantasy couple is Jimena and Collin from Lynne Ewing's DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON series. Gotta love a romance where, for once, the girl is supernatural and the guy is human. ;)

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  3. Been covetting this book forever.

    Fave paranormal couple? That's a toughy. Er, most recently Evie and Reth from Paranormalcy.

    But there are so, so many!

  4. I'm so excited for Personal Demons! *woot-woot* Thanks for hosting this contest!

    My fav paranormal romance/urban fantasy couple is Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments. They are wickedly heartbreaking together. :)


  5. Oooh, sounds like a really good book!

    Unfortunately, unable to enter contest as I'm a UK resident :) But I'm going to say my favourite paranormal couple would have to be Clary and Jace from The Mortal Instruments!

  6. This book does look amazing. I've heard so many great things about it! I'd have to say my new favorite couple would have to be Jacinda and Will from Firelight.

  7. This one is definitely on my TBR list.

    May I just say I also LOVE this cover? It's so great to see that the cover model playing Frannie literally looks like she could kick some ass.

  8. I will definitely have to read this one!

    My favorite couple would be Clary and Jace from Mortal Instruments.

  9. This is literally one of THE BEST urban fantasies/paranormal romances I've ever read for YA. NO. JOKE.

  10. I'm looking forward to reading this one. I'll add it to the pile of 13 other books I still have to read (that I own).

    There're too many fav couple for me to list, but Jace and Clary are two of my top favorites.

  11. In the middle of Firelight now, so I have to say I'm loving Jacinda and Will!

    Can't wait to read Personal Demons!

  12. Fav paranormal couple? I'd have to say Clary and Jace from Mortal Instruments series

  13. Great review Kody!

    Fav couple: Eric and Sookie (adult)

    For YA: Rose and Demitri from Vampire Academy

  14. I just started reading the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, so at the moment I'm really enjoying the dynamic between Grace and Sam. It's just so hard to choose between the many couples out there, and whenever I'm reading, the characters in that book are my favorites. Next up, the Hunger Games series.

  15. Oh dear. I think that at the moment, it's Zin and Nic from Raven, but that might be because I just finished it last night.

  16. Can't wait to read this. My favorite urban fantasy is the Dresden Files. My favorite paranormal YA at the moment is Paranormalcy.


  17. I'm really excited for this book!

    I haven't read a lot of paranormal romance/urban fantasy, but I'd say my favorite couple ... isn't actually a couple. It's Nick and Alan from The Demon's Lexicon, because their brotherly love is so much more interesting to me than any romance.

  18. My favorite UF couple has to be Kate and Curran from Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series. Love those two!!


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  19. @Kat: I LOVE your answer. Nick and Alan, God, their brotherly love made my heart thump even more than Nick/Mae, and I love Nick and Mae.

    That being said, I'm also particularly fond of Alexia and Lord Maccon (THE PARASOL PROTECTORATE trilogy).

  20. That book looks so amazing. The cover. . .is just gorgeous. :)

    Hm. . .I'm going to have to go with Maidenveil and all the others who said Jace and Clary. I'm rereading the mortal instrument series, and oh! I just love those two. :D

  21. hard to decide, but probably Jace and Clary too


  22. Great review! My favorite couple would have to be Lend and Evie from Paranormalcy! Love that book!

  23. Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments! (:
    Loved that series (:

  24. Grace and Sam from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series.
    They have the most romantic lines, and they honestly care about eachother.

  25. of today? I'd have to say Evie and Lend from Paranormalcy!

    Can't wait to read Personal Demons!

  26. Um, can I say the couple from my book? ;) Unless they're being stubborn and not taking the story where I want it to go.

    But seriously, I think Sookie and whoever she's with at that moment. There have been a few, so we get to go through that falling-in-love feeling (along with the can't-keep-my-hands-off-you feeling) over and over again.

  27. I can't wait to read this!
    My favorite fantasy couple...this is hard. Either Brigan and Fire or Katsa and Po from Kristin Cashore's books, or Sam and Grace from Wolves of Mercy Falls.

  28. I've heard such great things about PERSONAL DEMONS, but alas, my poor college self can't afford a trip to the bookstore right now. Totally entering myself for this awesome contest!

    I think my vote goes to Nora and Patch from Becca Fitzpatrick's HUSH HUSH. There's some crazy intensity there, let me tell you.

  29. My favorite soon to be (fingers crossed) couple is Toby and Tybalt from Seanan McGuire's October Daye series.

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  30. I've been drooling on PERSONAL DEMONS since I saw the cover. :D

    My favorite couple is Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments. They were so perfect for each other, even in the midst of what seemed to be impossible odds.


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Item Reviewed: Review & Giveaway: PERSONAL DEMONS by Lisa Desrochers Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kody Keplinger