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September 23, 2013

Review: Last Rite (Personal Demons #3) by Lisa Desrochers

In this final installment of the thrilling, edgy Personal Demons series, the battle between Heaven and Hell has become critical, and Frannie Cavanaugh is right at the center of it.

With the help of the powerful angel Gabe and demon-turned-mortal Luc, Frannie has been able to stay one step ahead of the forces of Hell. But when the demons killed Frannie's best friend and destroyed her brother, they raised the stakes. If Frannie wants to keep her family and friends safe, she knows she has no choice but to go on the run.

Their best defense is the power Frannie has been struggling to master, but her attempts to hone her skill go horribly awry. If Frannie doesn't learn fast, the consequences could be devastating--even apocalyptic.

What happens when you can't outrun Hell...or trust the ones you love?
I'll be honest--it took me a little while to get into Last Rite. I'm not sure if it was the fact that the story slowed down a bit at the beginning or just because I was in a personal slump. That being said, once I got through the first third, I was back to reading at a voracious pace. Last Rite is the ultimate climax of the Personal Demons trilogy, one that may not come to a peaceful resolution without some casualties.

Protagonist Frannie Cavanaugh is on the run. Hell will stop at nothing to claim her, so the angel Gabe has no choice but to hide her away. Former demon Luc is present as well, causing tensions like never before between himself and Gabriel. Gabe's master plan involves Frannie mastering her abilities; however, thar scenario will place her right in the face of her greatest enemies, and it's not difficult to assume that Luc will never let that happen to the girl who holds his heart.

My favorite thing about Last Rite is that, after two books of mainly Frannie and Luc's perspectives, we finally get to see the world through Gabe's eyes. As much as I love Luc, I have a certain adoration for Gabe, and I really felt his conflicting emotions in trying to do what was best for Frannie as opposed to what he personally wanted. Of course, with so many points of view, it did become a little confusing, but I enjoyed getting a look into multiple characters' heads.

The last quarter or so of the novel was definitely my favorite. I thought the final fight would be predictable, but in reality, I had no idea what to expect as I read through it. I loved that Frannie finally came into her own when the time was right. One tidbit that bothered me a bit was what happened with Gabe in the end, but I understand why it was necessary.

Overall, Last Rite was a great ending to a thrilling trilogy. I can't wait to see what's next from Lisa Desrochers!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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