Friday, May 4, 2012

ARC Review: "Last Rite" by Lisa Desrochers

Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Tor (Raincoast Books)
Pages:  368

From Goodreads: "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 must admit that I had a bit of trouble getting into this book, I, for the life of me, struggled to remember what had happened in the earlier books, despite having read them less than a year ago. I think that this book would have benefited from the first chapter (or prologue) being a recap of everything that had occurred within the series (or a post from the author similar to what Veronica Roth did for the release of "Insurgent", "But I Read Divergent a YEAR Ago!": Your Guide to Remembering Stuff Before You Read Insurgent")- especially considering the fact that there were SO MANY revelations revealed at the end of "Original Sin" to keep track of. 

Furthermore, I had a bit of a problem with the ending- I felt that there was just SO MUCH going on that I couldn't keep track of it all. Despite having reread parts of the ending I must admit that I still don't quite understand exactly what the fate of our beloved Frannie, Luc and Gabe is/ what their new roles are. 

That being said, like with the earlier books I applaud Lisa's ability to write in multiple perspectives- Frannie's, Luc's and Gabe's. Each character is so finely developed, complex, and truly has their own voice. I enjoy reading one POV as the next. Additionally, while God quite literally played a large role in this book not once did I find myself becoming overwhelmed with the religious aspect to it, nor did I find to be preachy in the slightest. 

Furthermore, I really liked seeing more of/ learning more about Frannie's sisters. I was extremely intrigued by what each of them had to bring to the table in the ultimate showdown between Heaven and Hell (can anyone say 'spin-off'? ;) ). 

All in all, despite my criticisms I do think that this is a great addition/ finale to Lisa's "Personal Demons" series. I think that if Rachel Vincent's "Soul Screamers" series were to have a baby with Lauren Kate's "Fallen" series this series would be the result and therefore I HIGHLY recommend it to fans of said series. I'm quite excited to see what Lisa has up her sleeve for future books/ series!

Rating: 8/10

I received this book from the publisher to read and honestly review. I was not compensated in any way for said review. 

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