Did You Read This Book: Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers?

Did You Read This Book: Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers?

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Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release date: May 8, 2012

Pages: 368

I’m going to keep this review short, sweet, and spoiler-free.

There’s something in Lisa Desrochers’ essay writing uk that sucks you in and doesn’t let go. I’m fairly certain that it’s mental crack. Either way, it’s incredibly addictive. Last Rite, the last book in the Personal Demons trilogy is just as exciting as its predecessors. The story picks up right where Original Sin left off, which is startling and might leave you reeling. But once the memory of book two kicks in, you’re good to go. The final conflict is something bigger than Frannie has ever faced before. Once the villain actually comes into the picture, though, you’ll be surprised by the way Desrochers twists his character.

I think my favorite part of this final installment is the involvement of Frannie’s sisters. I would love to see a spin-off series about them. I was a little bummed at the way they are pushed to the background for a majority of the story (though they seem perfectly capable of protecting themselves, they are constantly being told to go back inside the house/get behind a stronger male character). Frannie’s sisters aren’t the only new characters in Last Rite; Faith is another great example of a strong female who can hold her ground against foes from the underworld. I love the fact that despite Last Rite being the third book in a trilogy, Desrochers manages to introduce fresh faces along with familiar ones.

If you were a fan of Personal Demons and Original Sin, I definitely recommend finishing the series. Those curious about the answer to the “who will Frannie choose?” question will be satisfied, and those who loved the heaven/hell dynamic will certainly be pleased at how that relationship is taken to a whole new level.

4/5 stars

For those who like: demons, angels, good vs evil conflict
Lush by Natasha Friend

Lush by Natasha Friend: “Your alcoholic dad—” Oh wait.

I think I would’ve enjoyed Lush a heck of a lot more if I was 11 or 12. This is mostly because the novel centered around a 13-year-old who is just discovering boys and sex and true friends. Because I’m older, I didn’t find the protagonist and her friends doing secret handshakes and having weekly sleepovers too relate-able.

Still, Natasha Friend did a pretty darn good job of portraying the point of view of a young girl struggling with having an alcoholic father. Really. The book was enjoyable merely because it captured something so awful in such a fantastically real way. Props to you, Ms Friend.

Admittedly, reading Lush was a little depressing, but it was good to read something that doesn’t take place in a fantasy world for once.