Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers

Original Sin (Personal Demons, Book 2) by Lisa Desrochers
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)

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.

I really loved the first book in the Personal Demons series so my standards were set pretty high for Original Sin. Unfortunately I was let down a bit. Although the story was good I also found it to be predictable. The problem mostly had to do with the author's penchant for giving characters revealing names (like Luc=Lucifer, Gabe=Gabriel). A new character was introduced and I immediately knew what was going on with her just based on the name. I'm not sure it was the author's intention for it to be figured out so quickly. There were clues throughout the story of the character's identity, and had I not known immediately who she was I would have enjoyed figuring it out over the course of the story. Since I was aware of this character's identity right off the bat, most of the plot was predictable.

Frannie's angel brother Matt is in the story a lot. Actually the book alternates point of view between him, Frannie, and Luc so we get to view his thoughts about his sister's relationship with Luc as well as this new character. For those of you wanting a Gabe fix, I hate to disappoint but he isn't in this book very much at all. If he had been though, most of what occurred in this book probably wouldn't have happened. I doubt he would have been blind to so many clues that were presented.

Luc was the best part of the book. The love, fierce protectiveness, and the fact that he became human for Frannie makes him swoonworthy. I really just can't get enough of him. There were some tough moments for him and I definitely felt his pain. In addition to Luc, some interesting tidbits about Lucifer, a newly discovered power, and Frannie's family saved this series for me. Based on these things I am interested enough to want to continue this series.


I was provided a copy of this book to review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party.

Sounds interesting..THANKS.

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