Book Review: Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

Last September, Lisa Desrochers's debut novel PERSONAL DEMONS hit shelves, and it was one of my favorite YA paranormal romances of the year. With steamy romance, a smart heroine, and a nice dose of danger, it was a book I couldn't put down.

Which is why I was so excited to read the follow up, ORIGINAL SIN. I was prepared for the book to be good, of course, since I'd loved the first so much. I was not expecting it to be nearly this good.

PLOT SUMMARY:

Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.

Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.

Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

And not everyone will get out of it alive.


ORIGINAL SIN is a brave, unique, and unflinching novel. YA can get dark, we all know that, but this book went darker and deeper than any other paranormal romance I've read. The emotions are raw and the themes of sex, trust, and betrayal are compelling. I intended to read a few chapters and ended up staying up all night, unable to tear myself from Luc and Frannie's story.

Personally, I love dark, twisted things. And while this novel was much darker than PERSONAL DEMONS, I thought that the shift in tone still fit well with the characters and the series. The demons are scarier this time around, which means the stakes are higher. At points the book was painful to read as characters I've grown to love suffered and were put in some awful, awful situations. Desrochers didn't shy away from tough subjects, and no character is safe here. For the heartache that gave me, it also made the novel that much better.

ORIGINAL SIN isn't a book for all readers. I can already hear the outcry from some librarians and the WSJ staff *eye roll*, but fans of PERSONAL DEMONS who aren't afraid of the dark, honest story ahead won't be disappointed. This novel is even better than its predecessor! And I can't wait for the third book!




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