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Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Kelley Armstrong
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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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"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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"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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZQYG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 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 Chaos rules 2 Sept. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. Benicio needs her to infiltrate a gang of supernaturals who are causing problems for the Cabal, but Hope becomes intoxicated by the danger and soon finds herself in over her head. When Karl Marsten discovers the shared debt is being fulfilled by Hope alone, he tries to rescue her only for them to discover that the conflict between the gang and the Cabal is deeper and more dangerous than anyone could have predicted.

This is the eighth book in the Otherworld series (which started with Bitten) and sees half-demon Hope Adams take the narration role along with Lucas Cortez. I wasn't sure what to think of the joint narration at first as this is the first time a main book in the series has been written like this, but it soon becomes clear that the complexity of the case needs two viewpoints to explore. There are certain things Lucas can't show as he isn't part of the gang and others that Hope can't show as she is external to the Cabal.

Hope was first introduced in the novella 'Chaotic' featured in Dates from Hell and then appeared in the previous book (No Humans Involved) so her backstory has been partly covered before, although this installment gives more depth and shows things from her perspective. Hope's power is an attraction to chaos, which has the side benefit of allowing her to act as a chaos detector.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Otherworld book...
Personal Demon is my least favourite book of this series so far! It has a good plot and interesting characters but after a while I started getting bored and ended up plodding along... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alice In Wonderland
5.0 out of 5 stars her characters are strong and her story ideas keep you enthralled from...
I have read most of Kelly Armstrong's novels concerning supernaturals she has an intriguing concept on the subject. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked in from the start with a great story and superb characters
Totally enjoyable. Hooked in from the start with a great story and superb characters.
I love this author :-)
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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
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