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Personal Demon: Number 8 in series (Otherworld) [Paperback]

Kelley Armstrong
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Book Description

4 Aug 2011 Otherworld (Book 8)

Hope Adams, tabloid journalist and half-demon, inherited her Bollywood princess looks from her mother. From her demon father, she inherited a hunger for chaos, and a talent for finding it. Like full demons, she gets an almost sexual rush from danger - in fact, she thrives on it. But she is determined to use her gifts for good.

When the head of the powerful Cortez Cabal asks her to infiltrate a gang of bored, rich, troublemaking supernaturals in Miami, Hope can't resist the excitement. But trouble for Hope is intoxicating, and soon she's in way too deep.

With a killer stalking the supernatural hot spots of Miami, Hope finds herself dangerously entangled, and has no choice but to turn to her crooked werewolf ex-boyfriend for help. What started as a simple investigation has spiralled into chaos. And Hope finds chaos irresistible . . .


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500225
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelley Armstrong lives in rural Ontario, Canada, with her family and far too many pets. She is the author of the bestselling Women of the Otherworld series; the highly acclaimed Darkest Power young adult series and two adventure novels about a hitwoman, Exit Strategy and Made to be Broken. For further information visit www.kelleyarmstrong.com

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"A page-turning thriller. Fans of the paranormal will delight in the eighth Women of the Underworld yarn, with its ass-kicking, Bollywood-beautiful, former-socialite heroine and full complement of sorcerers, witches, werewolves, and other paranormal beings."-- "Booklist""Long before American author Stephenie Meyer came on the scene -- four years before, to be precise -- Canadian fantasy novelist Kelley Armstrong began paving the way with Women of the Otherworld." -- "Winnipeg Free Press""From the Hardcover edition."

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The latest book in Kelley Armstrong's fast-paced and wildly entertaining supernatural series

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 8 in the Otherworld Series 16 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
Hope Adams, a rare Expisco half-demon, has inherited a hunger for chaos from her demon father. When Benicio Cortez asks her to go undercover in a new supernatural gang, it's an opportunity to feed her addiction to chaos and to pay back the favour she owes the Cortez Cabal. But before long things are spiralling out of control and Hope is out of her depth. If she's to get out of this alive, she'll need more than her attraction for chaos. It will be up to Karl Marsten (werewolf) and Lucas Cortez (sorcerer) to help her survive.

I have to admit Hope is not my favourite Kelley Armstrong character and the author plays a tight line in this book. Too far one way and Hope loses all sympathy with the reader as it's incredibly easy for her to place her chaos addiction above the safety of her friends. Indeed one thing Hope proves over and over throughout the story is that she's not the best judge of anyone's character. She makes assumptions about Karl's feelings but is quick to accept other people (the gang members) at face value. So I find what I like most about Hope is how her relationship with Karl is explored.

I've liked Karl since his first appearance in Bitten, so love the expanded role he now has in the series. And he and Hope make a great pair, they are two flawed people who ultimately find a home in each other.

"I've never lived with anyone, Karl."
"Neither have I."
"I drool in my sleep."
"I know. It's cute."

Karl is much older than Hope, and it's his experience of having to deal with his werewolf side that allows him to help Hope with her chaos addiction, an addiction she can't get away from because it's genetic. In the same way that Karl can never get away from his werewolf.

Lucas Cortez is the second narrator of Personal Demon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest Link 21 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
Not the strongest book in this series of the novels about supernaturals, which is disappointing because KA has been consistently a 'can't put it down' writer, for me. However, her wickely dark humour keeps my interest alive and I hope this is just a monor glitch in her talent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, But A Low For The Series 9 Jun 2008
Format:Hardcover
The title sums it up nicely - high quality storytelling ( if a little slow for the first half ), just not on par with the rest of the series.

The big negative is the central character Hope being significantly weaker than any of the previous Women Of The Otherworld - both in terms of being less interesting ( I found her angst fairly tedious and frankly absurd when her 'big fear' is revealed ), and also in the sense that her power is plain feeble ( she does nothing any of the necromancer, vampire or even detective characters already established could not have ).
Happily she is marginalized in her own story towards the end, which I can only hope indicates that she will not be considered to star in any subsequent novels.

The other negative is the further 'Laurell K. Hamiltoning' of this series ; No Humans involved was the first book in this series in which I would describe the sex scenes as needlessly explicit and intrusive to the plot - Personal Demon has twice as many such scenes, placed even more intrusively.
This series has been a spiritual successor to the early Anita Blake novels for me, and I would hate to see them follow the same downward spiral.

Personal bugbear ; please no more revivals of the emotionally-stunted-older-man love interests ( especially werewolves ) !
We broke free for a while there, but now they are back again and again !

Just to stress it though : an excellent read once the pace quickens, lots of familiar faces appearing, must buy if a fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not quite there 15 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
After getting fed up with LKH books I looked for other similar books. I found The Women Of The Otherworld series and got stuck in. I couldn't put them down! The previous book I read in one sitting, so I moved onto this one hoping for more of the same. I never got it. Whilst I enjoyed the book I just never totally got into it. The plot seemed slow and contrived until it all heated up 3/4 of the way through. I don't know whether it was the double narrative or the fact I'm just not that into Hope as a lead character but this installment just left me unfulfilled. I'm quite unsure about the next book as it also features Hope again, but the reviews lead me to believe it is better than this one. Too many writers lose the very thing that made them great when writing a series. It seems once they've had success they think they can churn out any old rubbish as long as it ticks the right boxes. Kelley Armstrong isn't quite there yet but I'm scared she's on that road!
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Format:Hardcover
Hope Adams may seem like an ordinary tabloid reporter but she's something rather more than that, being a half-demon whose demon nature feeds on and revels in chaos. When she has to pay off a debt by carrying out a difficult and dangerous undercover mission amongst a gang of young supernaturals she jumps at the chance to prove herself, especially to Karl, her erstwhile lover. However Hope turns out to be rather good at her undercover job and infiltrates the gang deeply, soon realising that all is not well in the supernatural world. When becoming involved in murders and having to try to overcome her own attraction to the chaos of some of the gang's events she finds she has to rely on Karl as well as Lucas and his wife, people who might just see her as a young and silly girl. When the four of them start to investigate a string of murders Hope learns that things aren't always as they seem, despite her talent for seeing visions of events.

The book is told mostly from the perspective of Hope but there are some chapters from the viewpoint of Lucas Cortez. I wasn't entirely sure of the reason for this as I did feel it slightly interrupted the flow of the narrative and that this alternative point of view didn't add a great deal to the story; however it was interesting to read of Lucas's difficulties reconciling his situation as heir to his Father's Cabal (a supernatural business/cult) and his personal opposition to the Cabal system that operates almost like slavery for some.

Hope has appeared in previous books in this series which did mean that sometimes the reader felt like they had missed rather a lot of the plot of this book before it had started.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as other s
This book was not as strong as the other in the series, did not get into the book till Lucas and Paige came into the story then it picked up a little, was ok and did enjoy it but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
getting closer to end of the series boo hoo. do hope that she will write some more soon pretty please
Published 8 months ago by tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelley Armstrong Rocks!!
She is such an easy read and I can fall into her books so easily. I haven't read this one yet but I KNOW it will be fantastic, that's why I have bought it!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. D. J. Garwandoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Bad Reviews!
I had read all the Otherworld series books up to this one, then took a bit of a break after reading some negative reviews of this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nikki Manc
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for fantasy fans
Another great book by this author. I love the characters and I have bought all of her books to replace my paperbacks to put them on my kindle.
Published 13 months ago by rebecca rice
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
am finding 'Otherworld' a great place to go and escape, like how she try's to paint her heroin's and hero's with tainted halo's
Published 15 months ago by Maria Arana
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book in this series. No sooner have I read the one, I look forward to reading the next. Read more
Published 17 months ago by jacq
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Really good book, although i do recommend that you read the previous books, so that you'll be able to fully understand what is happening.
Published 17 months ago by Megz
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelley Armstrong is a genius
I simply couldn't put these books down if you like stephenie mayor you'll love these,a graet way to escape daily chores.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Amanda J Macleod
4.0 out of 5 stars Chaos rules
Hope Adams owes Benicio Cortez a favour, and when he calls it in her hunger for chaos leads her to accept and travel to Miami. Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. Manning
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