Monday 27 August 2012

Last Rite Review

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 was incredibly lucky to win the last ARC of Last Rite from Lisa Desrochers herself many months ago now and I immediately devoured the book in one sitting.  I’m a HUGE fan of this book series and it goes without saying that if you haven’t read Personal Demons or Original Sin, please go no further as you will encounter spoilers.

If you’re still with me, you’ll know that this is the last book in the trilogy which makes it a bittersweet reading experience.  I mean, I was dying to know what happened but desperate for it not to end at the same time.  Luc had me from his very first line in Personal Demons and I’ve loved him ever since.

Last Rite picks up exactly where Original Sin left off with Frannie, Luc and Gabe on the run from Lucifer and his minions.    Lucifer wants Frannie and will stop at nothing until he has her so that he can use her sway to his own end.  Everyone is lying in order to save each other and at times, you’ll want to knock their heads together.   Gabe is becoming human, Luc is frustrated at still being human as it renders him helpless and Frannie would probably like to be just human at this point!   In the midst of everything, Lucifer manages to trick Frannie into going home and then the mother of all showdowns comes into play.  A lot of authors joke about killing off their characters and how “everyone dies in the end”.  It’s kind of not far from the truth but in a book about heaven and hell, it’s not necessarily being dead that matters but what side you’re on ;) 

Prepare to laugh, cry and generally be a mess by the end of this book.   Last Rite if full of angst and incredible tension with nonstop action and a sense of profoundness.  With one of the best endings I’ve ever read, this book will give you ALL THE FEELS and then some.  I’m gutted to see the end of this series and I’m still hoping that Lisa might revisit it one day but in the meantime, I want to say thank you to her for writing the story as I’ve loved every minute of it.

Last Rite was published on 8th May, 2012.  To find out more about Lisa Desrochers and her books, please click here to visit her website.