Women of the Otherworld Challenge: PERSONAL DEMON

Each month beginning March 1st, 2012, challenge members will read or re-read the title for that month. In addition, challenge members will either post a review, their reading experience, character castings or anything else related to that title. You have freedom to have fun with your monthly post so be creative! Seeing as this series is 13 novels long, this challenge will last 13 months.

As this challenge started in March 2012 and it is already February 2013, you can tell that I am a little behind…

Personal Demon by Kelley Armstong (UK cover)

Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld #8)
by Kelley Armstrong

Published: 25th March 2008

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 mysterious 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 . . .

For a woman who didn’t know what she was getting into, there’s only one way out: it’s time for Hope to unleash her most potent primal instincts and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears – and desires.

As with previous Women of the Otherworld Challenge posts this is not going to be a “normal” review.

The concept of the half-demons that inhabit the Otherworld has intrigued me for a while, which is partly why I enjoy reading Personal Demon so much – it is the first time we really get a glimpse into that world, though there have been hints at it through Eve, Savannah, and Adam. Hope is a really interesting character. She is not what I thought a chaos loving half-demon would be like at all.

One of the things that I most enjoyed about Personal Demon was the fact that the narrative is split between Hope Adams and Lucas Cortez. This is the first time this has happened in the series so far, and I think it adds an extra dimension to the story. I liked the fact that I knew things that neither Hope or Lucas did at the time. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the interaction between Hope and Karl. In fact, I think I just love the fact that Karl gets some serious stage time in this book.

Armstrong does a good job of using the two different narratives to wind two different plot threads through the book, and still keep them linked together. Hope’s plot thread was an intense ride, fraught with chaos – which I guess you would expect from a chaos lover. Lucas’s thread was very taut and full of intrigue. Both plots have interesting implications for future books, I think.

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