Thursday, July 29, 2010

And you thought your high school was hell...

Coming soon!


I was soooooo lucky to win an ARC of Lisa Desrochers' PERSONAL DEMONS. For anyone who doesn't know, that is an Advanced Reading Copy without the final cover. So the Tor Teen book you will find on the shelves in September has the illustration of Frannie with two hot boys who can't seem to stay away.


But I get to tell you what I found on the pages of that ARC. Intriguing.? Yes. Page turner? You betcha. Sizzling? Oh. Yeah.


Frannie has been kicked out of a Catholic school when she meets two new boys at the public Haden High, nicknamed Hades High. They both want something from her really bad--her soul.


I don't like to give away much plot line, and Lisa has posted sneak peaks from the book on her blog, so you can get more of a taste there, but I do love the way she's given a new twist to beliefs about demons and angels. Even the demons and angels are surprised by what finally happens.


Here are some teaser lines to give you an idea of voice.

First lines from bad boy Luc: If there's a Hell on Earth, it's high school. And if there's anyone distinctly qualified to make that statement, it would be me.


First lines from Frannie: Okay, so I'm not generally the swooning type, but Holy Mother of God, I can't believe what just walked into my English class. Tall, dark, and sorta dangerous.


And there is a little scene at a party when someone else new shows up. Frannie has just used judo to toss a guy who groped her but only seems to have enticed the jerk.

I kick myself mentally, lean against the porch rail hanging my head in defeat, and wait for the inevitable hand on my ass.

So the voice, smooth as music, scares the snot out of me.

"Looks like you could use someone to run interference."

I look up into these incredible sky-blue eyes, and, if Heaven had a face, I swear this would be it. His tight white T-shirt shows off his tan and some pretty serious muscle definition. He's leaning on the rail next to me like he's been here all along--like he belongs in this godforsaken place rather than on a beach in San Diego with a surfboard under his arm.


That's all I'm giving up. This book is too fun--and way too hot--for you not to stay up all night reading and fanning yourself.


Tere Kirkland said...

LOVE IT! Devoured Lisa's sneak previews on her blog. This is one I can't wait to read. Thanks for the review!

Palindrome said...

that sounds like a lot of fun! I'm putting that one on my list fer sher!

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds terrific!

Stephanie Thornton said...

This one sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for posting!

Talli Roland said...

Sounds brilliant! :) Thanks for the review!

Liza said...

Great review. Thanks.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi everyone! I'm so glad you're intrigued by the review. Thanks for commenting.

Donna said...

Phew! I agree. Hot! hot! hot!

storyqueen said...

San Diego??? So cool. I am going to have to get my hands on a copy!


Lola Sharp said...

Ooohhhh, sounds FUN!!!

Thanks for the review, Tricia.

Lisa Desrochers said...

Thanks Tricia! I'm in Singapore and just catching up. Glad you liked Personal Demons =)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Nice review. Is this what you do in your spare time?? It looks like another one to add to my "to-reads" and I just remembered I had one on hold at the library and forgot to pick it up!

Marcia said...

The cover matches the book very well. They want her soul? That's great stakes for the plot, but my first thought was they wanted...well, something a little more sticky-outy.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi again all and thanks for commenting! *waving* I'm like a dragonfly flitting about these days.

Shelley: It doesn't take place in San Diego--sorry. But it's a helluva read. ;)

Lisa: I really enjoyed it so much! I hope Singapore's being good to you.

Marcia: Um, yeah, they're drawn by more than her soul...I tell you this book sizzles.

Robyn Campbell said...

*waves to Pat*

Going on the to buy list. Hubby's gonna love you, Pat. hehe

Brilliant review. Sounds like loads of fun. Might even read while riding. Sweet!

Lydia Kang said...

Those were great teasers! Thanks for not spoiling it all. I love it when reviews still leave plenty for the other readers to discover.
Great review!

Mary Anne Gruen said...

This book sounds like a lot of fun! I know some folks hate spoilers, but I really love them. I'm going to look for this one.

I've given you an award over at my blog. Don't worry about doing the whole award thingy if you don't have time. Just consider it a shout out for your blog.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Great reveiw! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Robyn: Read while riding! You have such trust in your mount. :)

Lydia: I always skim over reviews that give away a lot of plot. I just like an idea of story and tone.

Mary Anne: thank you so much for the award. I'll come visiting soon. I've been writing a lot and trying to stay off the internet this summer as much as possible.

TerryLynn: Super! I can't wait to read your book, especially now that I've seen the new website. :)

Julie Musil said...

Awesome teasers! The book sounds like a fun read. I've just started A Great and Terrible Beauty, and I'm having fun with that one.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Great voice.

I just started THE DUFF and has a fun voice so far. Oh, and YOU. That one is just so original and different.

Belle said...

Sounds like a great read!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi and welcome, Julie! I enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty, too. It's amazing how completely different that historical paranormal was to Going Bovine, which I found funny and refreshing.

Karen: Thanks for the recs. I haven't read either one yet.

Belle: Welcome!

Anonymous said...

This is on my wish list and I look forward to reading it.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Medeia! It's such fun, really.

Guinevere said...

Thanks for sharing about this book - it's on my must-read list!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Guinevere. Thanks for stopping by, and I think you'll have a great time reading Personal Demons.