Lisa Desrochers's Personal Demons didn't strike me as YA. And being the idiot I am, this prevented me from reading it at first. Even the hubby saw the book on my nightstand and said, "What? You're reading porn now?" (Ok, hubby is definitely NOT an expert on all things literary). All I'm saying is, listen to your mom and don't judge a book by its cover.
Personal Demons is the best angel/demon book I've read. I loved that we got two perspectives: Fanny, the heroine's, and Luc's, the demon who's trying to tag her soul for hell.
I also loved that--unlike most paranormal romances--we don't spend half the book trying to figure out what kind of paranormal creature the hot new guy at school is, and what he wants. We know on page 2 that Luc is a demon and he wants Fanny's soul in hell. Fair enough.
It's hard for one's personal theology not to influence the reading of a book about hell, demons, angels, and heaven. Luc is such a steamy character and the chemistry between him and Fanny is so hot, that it didn't take long for me to root for the demon. Even when Luc himself hesitates in marking Fanny for eternal damnation, I was thinking, "Come on! Just drag her to hell! You can burn eternally together!" Maybe more devout readers didn't go that far.
This book definitely gets better and better, the farther you get into it. At first I was annoyed because Fanny's brain seemed to turn to mush when she was around Gabe and Luc (the two hot "new" guys in town). I kept thinking, "OK, no one's THAT hot that you can't form coherent sentences." But then I realized that it was Gabe's angelic and Luc's demonic powers that set Fanny's hormones
and thoughts all a flutter.
Then Luc started acting funny too and I thought, "OK, in his thousands of years of existence, this dude has to have seen a pretty girl, what's his deal?" And this is the best part. Luc acts strange around Fanny because she has a power that blows both his and Gabe's abilities out of the water. You know I love me a powerful female.
The potential of Fanny's power and the spicy hot scenes with Luc kept me up at night reading. Again, it was kind of strange rooting for Fanny to turn to the dark side. "Come on Fanny, sleep with the demon already! Commit the mortal sin of lust! An eternity in hell is SO worth it! He's so hot!" This is definitely one of the sexiest YA novels I've read in a while.
Personal Demons does not read as young as other YA books, but since I'm a grown-up reading YA, I really didn't mind. But if you're a 15-year-old looking for a story with prom, cheerleaders, and tons of teen angst, then this might not be the book for you. Other than that, I'd recommend Personal Demons to any fan of the paranormal romance genre.
I can't wait to see what Fanny does with her power in the sequel, Original Sin.