Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*Mild Spoiler Alert
Personal Demons touches on a lot of different issues; primarily brought to light is the whole Heaven vs. Hell theory so many struggle with.
The story revolves around Frannie, one of five sisters all named Mary that use their middle names to distinguish themselves. They are brought up in a strict Catholic home and Frannie attended Catholic school along with her sisters until she was kicked out for being argumentative with the nuns during religion classes.
Frannie stopped believing in God when her twin brother died as a child, something that Frannie has carried a tremendous amount of guilt over. Her thoughts are that if there truly was a God then he wouldn't let bad things happen to good people, especially children. Despite that, Frannie does her share of good deeds; She initiates a pen pal program with teens from Pakistan so that they can understand each others different cultures and she empathizes with the hardships that the teens experience in Pakistan.
Make no mistake Frannie is definitely her own person. She rejects love because somewhere in her heart she doesn't believe she's worthy. She dated a boy name Ryan, a boy in a band that Frannie used to sing in and once Ryan told her he loved her she dropped him like a log. Along with her side kick, Taylor, her best friend and Riley another close friend, they have a predictable and fun life.
Then, Luc comes to her school, Sin on a Stick! He has every girl in school panting after him but for some reason, he wants Frannie. Frannie is flattered yet cautious but soon she is feeling the effects of his `nature' and finds herself wanting to spend more and more time with him even though she knows there isn't something quite right about him.
Luc, also known as Lucifer Cain is on a mission, he needs to lead Frannie down the path of sin so he can `tag' her soul for hell. He knows she is important to the big guy down below but he doesn't know why. Luc finds himself putting off the tagging of her soul and also finding that he's feeling new emotions; new emotions that demons don't feel. Things like love, compassion, caring, etc.... he doesn't know what's happening to him but he knows that he wants to be with Frannie forever but not at the cost of having her drug down to hell.
Now enters Gabriel, a hot Angel who also brings up romantic feelings in Frannie. He is just as mysterious with Frannie and gives her the same `something's just not right' feeling but she is drawn to him as well. Where Luc is dark, Gabriel is light, in every sense of the word.
The story entails some really bad demons, a lot of edge of your seat action/suspense, moral/religious issues and a lot of teen angst! I can't tell why Frannie is such a wanted soul in both Heaven and Hell but it's pretty amazing! It has a great ending that was both satisfying and also left hope for a sequel.
My favorite kind of ending!