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In her acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series, Kelley Armstrong has created a scintillating realm where the supernatural and the human coexist on the edge of darkness, romance, and eternity. Now Armstrong tellsthe captivating tale of a young woman with an insatiable lust for danger. She can't help it. It's in her blood. Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live thelifeIn her acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series, Kelley Armstrong has created a scintillating realm where the supernatural and the human coexist on the edge of darkness, romance, and eternity. Now Armstrong tellsthe captivating tale of a young woman with an insatiable lust for danger. She can't help it. It's in her blood. Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live thelife of an ordinary working girl. But in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bollywood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half demon-a human fathered by a demon. And she's inheritednot only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos-along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, when she's chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission, shejumps at the chance.... The head of the powerful Cortez Cabal-a family that makes the mob look like amateurs--has a little problem in Miami: a gang of wealthy, bored offspringof supernaturals is getting out of hand, and Hope is needed to infiltrate. As spells, astral projections, and pheromones soar across South Beach, Hope weaves her way through its elite hot spots, posing as upscale eye candyand reading the auras of the clientele-and potential marks. As it turns out, Hope is a little too good at this job. And soon she's in a little too deep, needing to be bailed out byher jewel-thief werewolf ex-boyfriend and by the Cortez heir himself. And when a killer goes to work, Hope is among many targets at the pinnacle of Cabal rule. For a woman who didn't know what she was gettinginto, 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 . . . anddesires. Sexy and suspenseful, Personal Demon is a thrill ride through a world on the wild side of our own. "From the Hardcover edition."...

Title : Personal Demon
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Number of Pages : 371 Pages
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Personal Demon Reviews

  • Fables&Wren
    2018-10-17 15:23

    WrensReads Review:I just want to stop and take a moment to love everything that Kelley Armstrong has written that I have read so far. She is the goddess of writing.So Hope was introduced in the previous book. She is a half demon (father being Lucifer) who takes pleasure in chaotic thoughts and acts. She knows when you are about to pull the trigger, and she probably won't stop you because it is just such a high for her.Anyway, she has a fling with Karl, who was actually introduced in the very first book. He is now apart of the American Pack, even though he won't be coming to the cook outs like the rest of them. He basically joined so he could have legitimate territory. Oh, and he's a jewel thief. What's different about this book is that it isn't just told in Hope's perspective like the earlier books, but also in Lucas Cortez's (who was introduced in book three). The main reason here is because his relationship with his father Benicio Cortez changes a lot in this book. I actually think this book is more Lucas' than Hope's. The major plot is this: Benicio employs Hope to settle a debt she and Karl have with him. He wants her to go undercover with a gang made up of Cabal kids rebelling against their parents basically. He wants to make sure they aren't actually going to do anything stupid or hurt anyone or themselves, so he wants her to go undercover.Obviously things go absolutely nuts. A guy Hope has a fling with goes missing, people in the gang start being murdered, Lucas' half brothers get really aggressive really quickly.. it goes bonkers.I will say that this is not one of my favorite Armstrong books. I liked getting to know Karl more and I like his relationship with Hope. I think really I just miss some of the old characters. It is written just as well and you can tell she put just as much work into it. I tip my hat to you Kelley Armstrong, and the fact you always leave me wanting to read more. I'll be so sad when I read the last book in this series.WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  • Tatiana
    2018-10-20 15:25

    Book #8 in the Women of the Otherworld series and definitely one of the weakest.Hope Adams (originally introduced in the novella Chaotic in Dates From Hell), a tabloid reporter and a half-demon who feeds on chaos, is called upon by Benicio Cortez to infiltrate a gang of supernaturals who have been creating some trouble for Cabal in Miami. Hope fits in very quickly and soon starts enjoying not only the chaos created by the gang's criminal activities but the company of one gang member. The fun stops when Hope's new flame and his friend disappear and all trails lead to the Cortez Cabal. What is happening, who are the bad guys, and what do they want? Hope will find out with the help of her werewolf ex Karl, sorcerer Lucas and his witch wife Paige.Like all Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld books, Personal Demon is entertaining and well-paced and yet it just doesn't hit the mark.More than any other book in the series this story reads like an average mystery and not urban fantasy. My favorite books in the series are those that have a lot of supernatural mythology explored (Armstrong is great at creating convincing lore) - Bitten, Haunted, No Humans Involved. Personal Demon is pretty thin on the lore. Take out Hope and her ability to sense chaos (totally useless in the context of the novel), and you have a mediocre whodunit set in a corporate world. Hope's character is underutilized. She has an interesting background of being a journalist and a socialite, but it is barely explored in the story. Pretty much any woman of the Otherworld could have been placed into this novel - it would have made no difference.The romance angle is also underwhelming. I remember loving Hope/Karl dynamic in Chaotic. In this book it just falls flat. The nature of Hope's "powers" makes her faint at any overload of chaos, thus turning her into a damsel-in-distress and Karl into an overbearing, protective, and possessive grandpa. Not sexy. Even a few smut scenes didn't change my opinion about this couple. More humor and playfulness would have made this book better.Almost half of the book is narrated from Lucas's POV, not sure why. I guess the thinness of Hope's character and her abilities called for some filler. Lucas's chapters are OK, although he appears to be a tad more depressing upclose. Personal Demon is a pretty mediocre addition to the series which I will probably never have a desire to re-read, but not so bad as for me to say I didn't enjoy it at all.

  • Mel
    2018-11-02 19:36

    I love Karl Marsten! Who would have thought? Personal Demon was another decent Kelley Armstrong read. This book is about Hope Adams, a chaos demon, who we've met in a short story in Dates from Hell. Besides Hope, we also get to read Lucas Cortez' POV. In the beginning I felt Hope was interesting enough to have her own book, instead of sharing a narrative voice with Lucas. But along the way Lucas really added something extra to the story and reading about his struggle with his family turned out to be really interesting, eventhough I hadn't read the books centered about him and Paige.The book can be read as a stand alone but reading the other books of the series and the short story in Dates from Hell (about Hope and Karl) really adds more to the excitement. The plot was really good, there were a few surprises I hadn't seen coming. I loved the romance part although I think it could have dragged on a little bit more. But that's just me: I'm a sucker for uncomfortable situations, awkwardness and angst between the lovely couple.I loved the interaction between Hope and Karl. It's nice to see Karl from a different perspective. He's always been the cool, suave, distant loner, not to be trusted and always thinking of himself. Armstrong was good not to totally change him: he still has that selfishness (engraved in him for survival) but he loves Hope so much that we see cracks in that egocentric shell of his. I liked reading Lucas' POV, especially around the ending. I'm really curious as to how things will work out in the Cortez Cabal.A good read, 4 stars.

  • Natasha
    2018-11-10 16:35

    Personal Demon is the 8th installment in the amazing Woman of the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong. Like every other book in this series it kept me entertained and addicited to the very last page.Personal Demon is narrated in first person by both Hope and Lucas. I find with both characters narrating it gives you a better understanding of both worlds in the book and make the twists come together perfect. Hope is a half demon with a craving for chaos. And Lucas is the youngest and distant son of the leader of the Cortez Cabal narrating.I've read Bitten(book 1 in the Woman of the otherworld series) a while back and I've been hooked ever since. Not every book follows the same characters but every few books the main characters reoccur so it should be read in order so you can understand the extra characters and relationships.The depth of character development throughout this story is absolutely amazing and knowing your favorite characters will reappear again in future books makes it even better. I really like Hopes character and find her werewolf ex-boyfriend James well written and refreshing (not to mention, funny and cute). Each book is amazing and I now find it hard to choose who I like more, Hope or Elena. Both are amazing, strong female characters who kick ass and take names. Personal Demon was an amazing installment in the Woman of the Otherworld series that is a awesome edition to the supernatural gendre that has plenty of action and romance with amazing twists and surprises!If you haven't read this series yet, get started! Summary (from the book jacket)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 mystical 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.

  • Beth The Vampire
    2018-11-14 20:37

    The Women of the Otherworld series started with a werewolf named Elena, and soon this world expanded to a whole cast of characters including white witch Paige, orphan Savannah, sorcerer and successor to the Cortez Cabal Lucas, psychic Jamie, alpha werewolf Jeremy, and of course Elena’s on again off again love and resident werewolf psychopath, Clayton. Personal Demon introduced the reader to Hope Adams, half demon and chaos reader. Hope has appeared briefly in previous books (although I couldn’t remember exactly where), and she had her own novella Chaotic, which I read in the Dates From Hell anthology. I like Hope, she feeds off chaos and sees flashes of incidents form the past when exposed to the area where they happened. It is a pretty cool ability, even though Hope tries to fight it in fear of being more demon that human, but I get that.Hope owes a favour to the Cortez Cabal, still run by Lucas’ father, and wanting to pay off the debt she agrees to go undercover in a gang in Miami who are apparently planning something big against the Cabal, and they need to be stopped. So Hope passes the initiation, is admitted into the fold, and tries to find out what the gang is planning so she can finish this job and return to her ‘normal’ life. But of course, things are not that simple, and soon Hope finds herself captivated by one of the other gang members, the death of another member in quite chaotic circumstances, and members of Lucas’ family being in the firing line. Then you add Karl Marsden to the list of things to worry about. Karl has been in a few of the previous additions to the series, and has only recently been admitted into the pack, which is kind of a big deal for him. And of course Karl and Hope had a fling a while back, and it didn’t work out, and now he has to save her from her current predicament because……I don’t know. He didn’t like that Hope was paying off the debt for both of them, he thought what she was doing was stupid, he didn’t want her to be hurt, and he generally hates the Cabal. Something like that.Why did I insist on trusting a man everyone warned couldn’t be trusted? Maybe I did enjoy the chaos of my own suffering, and I was just too deluded to see it.I kind of hated Karl…especially when Hope was talking about the fact that she always had to make breakfast/lunch/dinner for him, and he gave her small hints that basically said ‘get in the kitchen.’ And I know he may look in his 30’s, but that’s doesn’t make the fact that he is actually 50 something to be ignored. It means he has had 50 years on the earth. So it just makes me think why he is chasing a girl in her mid 20’s and just expecting her to follow his every command. Despite Hope trying to stand up for herself, in the end it came down to him rescuing her, and Hope kind of just accepting it. They frustrated me as a couple and given some of the other relationships in this series (Paige and Lucas & Elena and Clayton), this seemed forced and like neither of them are really happy with it in the end.Personal Demon actually cycled between Hope’s point of view and Lucas’. While Hope’s story dominates the first half, Lucas definitely control the second part, which is miles more interesting. The series is called WOMEN of the Otherworld, so I guess you can’t have a book fully from Lucas’ point of view, but the story as a whole meant so much more for him than it did for Hope. In the end she ended up being a secondary player in all this. Hope became more of a passenger, and when everything wrapped up, she got to wash her hands of everything, but Lucas and Paige cannot say the same. His parts were a lot more captivating, and while Hope was cooling off in a hotel room, drinking coffee and reading the paper, Lucas was trying to manage his father’s business, his family’s dwindling numbers, and what his future might look like.I must say I picked out a lot of the ‘twists’ (and I use that term lightly), but they were still enjoyable to read. More for the reaction of the characters if anything else. I still love how interconnected the world is, and how everyone knows each other and interacts. Instead of isolated stories, they are all entwined. The first half of the book really seemed to drag, and funny that this centred more on Hope, but when Lucas and Paige come into the picture the pace picked up quite a lot. The second half saved this book, and while not the strongest in the series, there seem to be some real consequences for the characters and the world in general and it shall be interesting to see what happens from here.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2018-10-27 15:32

    “Remember when we met? Before you left, you said you were going to make a fool of yourself over me. That's still what you're worried about. That you'll find yourself doing things you never dreamed of doing, things you laughed at in others, and you'll make a fool of yourself.”I'm iffy on character head jumping within a series in the first place, but it's been working well so far. Hope was introduced in Broken, but takes the center stage in Personal Demon. Unusually, Armstrong divides a little of the book into another POV (Lucas). It all ties into the same storyline and wouldn't have worked as well otherwise. The book is better off for it, and Luca's chapters primarily take place in the second half.Hope just isn't as sympathetic and likeable a character. She wants to do well and be better, and I don't dislike her, but she's not someone I want to sit in the head of or warm up to much. Not her fault, but she basically gets off on chaos, whatever that's supposed to mean. What it shows if when her friends are about to be killed, she can't help but get excited in a good/bad way. She craves something bad happening to people, even those close to her. Chaos strums from stealing from people, killing them, attempted violence, fighting, anything extreme. She gets these weird visions I can't fully understand when something is about to happen.Karl is...I know a lot of fans seem to dig Karl. I don't much. It rubs me the wrong way how he kills lone werewolves when he goes to a new town. They were there first? It doesn't matter to Karl. He acts like a douche like that. I enjoy Armstrong's pack building in the series but I never got the eltist attitude of the pack, which he's new to, even in the derogatory way non-pack members are called 'mutts.' Some are violent, some not, and even though his father was a mutt who was killed, Karl doesn't seem to care when he randomly kills other mutts he runs into. Romantic wise I like the protective vibe and the age difference doesn't bother me, but there relationship just doesn't hold the same oomph and chemistry. I don't see the strong bond that's hard to break and genuine mating of Elena and Clay, the sweet personality matching of Lucas and Paige, or the understandable and fun bond between Jaime and Jeremy. I skimmed through any bedroom play since I don't care much about them in general. Again not hating, but indifferent.Plot-wise, there's nifty structure. Hope is put into an undercover situation that makes good scenes of over the top characters, and the mystery involved in finding out who is killing who and why was a puzzler. The ending was cleverly done, bringing up a creative new villain.

  • Suzan
    2018-10-19 13:19

    I do love this book but it isn't my favourite in the series, mostly cause while I do like Hope a lot she isn't my favourite! I do love Karl though, plus Lucas gets some chapters to narrate and I loved getting in his head a little when he was dealing with his father, brothers and the cabal. Poor Hope did go through hell in this though most of it was because of her own naiviety, stubborness and refusal to see the truth. She latched onto Jaz to get over Karl and when Karl came back and they got together she still pined over Jaz and refused to accept that he and Sonny could be bad. She was blind pretty much up to the end. Not entirely her fault of course, Jaz was pure chaos, which attracted her demon as he was a veritable chaos feast which left his thoughts impossible to pick up. Whereas she could read the negative thoughts of other characters in the book she never picked up Jaz's thoughts even once cause his mind was too high speed and chaotic to read anything.Jaz was a sociopath, he couldn't see that what he was doing was wrong and even at the end he's still convinced Hope loves him and they'll be together one day! Totally dillusional as well as sociopathic!I loved how she and Karl worked through things and Karl admitting he ran cause he was afraid of the attachment he had to her. How he's fought all his life against his wolf instincts and she's triggered one of the biggest, one he didn't believe exsisted, the instinct to be with his mate, that mate being Hope. I love how she gave him no sympathy over it, instead responding with sarcasm and put-downs to keep him on his toes! She really does know how to ground him and bring his ego down when needed!I wasn't personally upset to see Lucas's oldest brothers killed but I was upset for Lucas and Benecio having to deal with their deaths and their aftermath. I kinda wished that Carlos was killed instead of William! Of all the brothers William seems to be the least threatening as he doesn't have Hector's level of intelligence or Carlos' level of viciousness!I liked that Kelley had two narrators in this book, so you got a more rounded insight to the plot and what was going on. Lucas could fill in plot points that Hope couldn't and give insight she couldn't. Hope is still quite new to investigating and under-cover work, as a result she misses lots of things that the others wouldn't, which is why she needed Karl there to point out the possibilities she didn't want to see due to being too close to the gang. Agreat book overall, not my favourite but not my least favourite either!

  • Cam
    2018-11-01 15:15

    I wasn't expecting much from this addition to Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series from the mild reviews it's gotten since it's release but I decided to pick it up anyway and, surprisingly enough Hope holds her own against previous heroines such as Elena, Paige and more recently Jamie.Though I didn't mind the dual perspectives given (the other being Lucas Cortez) and even understood that it added to a more rounded telling of the story-I felt like the novel wasn't only Hope's novel but a continuation of Lucas and Paige's so I felt somewhat cheated on Hope's behalf, seeing as all the previous novels had been dedicated solely to the heroine the plot is focused on. Not that I don't love Lucas and Paige, far from it seeing as they are my favorites in the series but a cameo would have sufficed. I was interested more in Karl and Hope's relationship, a point of view from Karl would have been better. All in all it was a compelling and enjoying read, the villain was surprising and the romance was hot and sigh worthy at times.

  • Susan
    2018-10-29 13:31

    Of the "Women of the Otherworld" I prefer Elena, then Jamie, then Savannah and her mother, then Paige and Hope. Paige and Hope strike me as being kinda spoiled.1st read-through 3/9/2009re-read 1/15/2013

  • Ellis
    2018-10-19 18:18

    I can't believe that I held off on reading this for so long because I really wasn't feeling the prospect of Hope and Karl being coupled up and now they're a few steps away from OTP territory.

  • ❤Sana❤
    2018-10-31 12:22

    ⭐⭐⭐ stars!

  • jeliy
    2018-11-06 14:23

    Stars 3.5

  • Shelleen Toland
    2018-10-15 12:22

    Book #8 in the Otherworld series. Has Werewolves, Witches and other demons in it. Hope is a reporter and is hired by a group to go undercover and find out what a gang is up to. She sees and hears a lot that puts her life in jeopardy. Was a fun read.

  • Jamie Collins
    2018-10-15 12:35

    This started out dull, got fairly interesting in the middle, then had an irritating ending.I really dislike the inclusion of a surprise "chameleon" character who can assume the countenance of other people. Ditto for glamor spells that achieve the same purpose. These things are acceptable if they are known quantities throughout the book, but sneaking them in at the end is a lame plot device. It's trite and annoying to trick the reader into thinking that a beloved character has been killed and then reveal that it was really someone else disguised by one of the above bits of magic. The trick doesn't even work here because Armstrong isn't the kind of writer to kill off her main characters. Not for one second was I really worried that the death was real.Also, it's not okay to include such incredibly cliched elements as clues left behind on half-burned paper in a fireplace, even if you have your characters recognize the cliche.I don't like Hope very much, so I was glad that Paige and Lucas were in this book. They're my favorite characters from this series. I especially enjoy the relationship between Lucas and his father. Although that brings me to another complaint about Armstrong: I think she gives us too many different points of view. I like Lucas better when seen through the eyes of other characters. His first-person accounts don't ring true for me. The same goes for Clayton; I think he is a better character when you don't know exactly what is going on in his head.

  • Angie (Mind Malfunction)
    2018-10-24 17:35

    Personal Demon is book 8 in the Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong. This story is about Hope and Karl. (view spoiler)[Hope is a young, vibrant, sexy woman who's trying her hardest to get over her past relationship with Karl. Karl is an older, sexy werewolf who loves hope but is fighting his feelings for her. He told her to date other people, other paranormals, to be with someone who's more appropriate for her. Hope is trying to move on and to forget about him. When she's called upon from Benicio Cortez to repay a favour she accrued with Karl, she agrees in order to help her move on. She's going undercover with a gang. She starts dating Jaz (Jasper) and before things go too far, Karl shows up. He's furious that she's taken on the job without him and agrees to help behind the scenes. Jaz and Sonny go missing, gang members are being killed, Lucas' brothers and father have been attacked and he steps in to help lead the investigation. Hope and Karl work out their differences. Karl grew up with his father who taught him to be a loner, not to join the pack, that wanting to be with a family was his wolf instinct and he should fight it. Hope is abducted by Jaz and Sonny (Jason) and they take Paige as a hostage for the plan to take over the cabal.(hide spoiler)]I loved this story and can't get enough of the wolves.

  • Roberta
    2018-10-18 15:14

    Best book in the Women of the Otherworld series so far. One thing I like about Armstrong is that her writing gets stronger the more books she writes. This book was no exception. In this book, we get to learn more about Hope who was introduced in No Humans Involved (I don't think it was earlier, but it could have been). Hope owes a debt to the Cortez Cabal, so when Benicio asks her to do a job, she says yes. In this book, the point of view shifts between Hope, who is undercover examining a gang of supernaturals who have been causing trouble for the Cabal and Lucas, Cortez's son who married Paige Winterbourne, the witch and leader of the supernatural council. There are some surprises and twists in this book including one that I didn't expect.If you've liked her previous books, you definitely want to read this one.I'm definitely looking forward to her Men of the Otherworld book when it comes out.

  • Hannah Marker
    2018-10-17 14:10

    Kelley Armstrong is brilliant as always. Well written characters and good story lines make her books easy to see yourself in and impossible to put down. Personal Demon is no exception. This book is written from two points of view which is uncharacteristic of her and while it is a bit disorientating at first is quickly overcome and proves to make the book only that much harder to put down. As with her other books when you do finally reach the last few chapters the ending is bittersweet; you get to see everything that been building throughout the book unfold but it is sadly the end despite your longing for more. Thankfully the series still continuous and we have that to look forward too.

  • Shannon
    2018-11-09 12:33

    This is the 8th book in the Women of the Otherworld series and I think it's the only one I have given 3 stars to. For whatever reason, I just couldn't get into it as much as I wanted. I partly blame the book cover. I'm reading this on Kindle, but every time I get on goodreads I'm forced to look at this stupid ass cover. It shouldn't sway my opinion, but it did. Also, I really don't like books that have the word, "bro" in it. Unfortunately, this one did. Other than that I enjoyed it. I liked learning more about Hope and Karl and I will continue to read the series. Kelley Armstrong writes strong female characters and I have always appreciated that.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-05 15:24

    Yum! I had intended to knit last night - but that somehow ended up with me lying in bed an hour later than I normally go to bed and finishing this book. This book threw me for a loop at first - The point of view shifts between Hope and Lucas through most of the book. I would normally find this annoying - but I think it was a good way to weave the subplot into the plot. It was all pretty much tied together anyway - so it was just a perspective switch that you had to get over. And I think the stuff that happens with Lucus will ultimatly be more important in the arc of the books than what happened with Hope. Anxious to dig into the next one to see where this leads.

  • Carolyn F.
    2018-11-08 17:29

    AudiobookThis story is technically about two couples - Hope & Karl and Paige & Lucas - but it's really about Hope & Karl mostly and how he screwed up their relationship, tried to fix it, but it might have been too late. There's a 3rd person that is piquing Hope's interest but she needs to figure out whether he's a good or bad guy. Paige & Lucas help her out. This story was pretty good. Hope forgave Karl pretty quickly but then Karl's reason for breaking up with her was just stupid male pride, so I probably would have too. 3-1/2 out of 5 stars

  • Morgan
    2018-11-06 15:36

    It was a good story, and I really liked the mystery. I loved reading a little bit from Lucas's point of view. although his pov was a bit bland, it gave great insight into the cabals and how they work. One thing I didn't like however was Hope and Karl's relationship. I like them in the short story in Dates from Hell... but in an actual story line I couldn't stand them. He acts like he's her dad or something, constantly ordering her around "don't do this" "you can't do that." Please. Hope is a grown adult, Karl. She can do whatever she damn well wants. I usually like the stronger male characters(like Clay), but Karl was just too overbearing. And I know werewolves look younger than they are... but 50? She's 27. There's more of an age difference between them than I have with my dad. So that kind of made it hard for me to root for them as well. I'm super bummed out about Jaz. I thought his character was fantastic, and I absolutely loved him and Hope together(although I couldn't believe she just instantly forgot about him the second Karl decided to step back into the picture- After ditching her for however long btw). I would've liked it better if it had been Carlos behind everything and not him. Yes, he was a bit obsessed with Hope.. But I liked it. It added to his charm.In Hope's position I totally would've gone to the dark side with him.

  • Tori
    2018-11-11 16:15

    RereadReally intrigued by the idea of super powers as addiction as presented through Hope's thirst for chaos and the ever present hunger of the werewolf. INTERESTING FOOD FOR THOUGH. ALSO: (view spoiler)["Don't." The tray's edge dug into my thumb, and I realized I was still holding it--clutching it--and set it down. "This isn't the time--""No, it isn't. But it will soon be the time--""Carlos is alive--and probably innocent. Then there are my cousins..." I heard the desperation in my voice and cleared my throat. "There will be no need for you to make any determination for years to come." "No? If the last few days have proven anything, it's that I don't have that time. We are going to need to talk about this."I turned to him. "Please, Papa. Not now." "When, Lucas? Tell me when I have to do this to you? Shatter your dreams? Make you become someone you should never have to be? Tell you it's your duty?" His voice caught. "When do I do this? Gain my heir and lose my son?" "Not now. Please. I have--" My throat seized up and I had to force the words out. "I have to go."!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!No, wait. That's not enough. HOW DO YOU CAPSLOCK PUNCTUATION????? God, the Lucas and Benicio stuff in this book is absolutely KILLER. I said in one of my earlier reviews how much we see Lucas and Paige grow and how they both have to, in a sense, give up on their idealism and dreams, and this is where we really see it come to a head. There is no other option for someone to lead the Cortez Cabal better than Lucas. There just isn't. And Benicio knows that. Has always known that. And I think as much as Lucas always fought against it and resisted it, he knew it too. That's why he knows so much about how the Cabal works and operates. And yes, it is a flawed institution, but I think Benicio's point about it not being all that different from a human corporation isn't that far off the nose. Yes, the murder and torture is extreme, but we're dealing with an extreme world. A world where human laws don't apply. Can't apply. Do I think Lucas will be the same kind of leader his father is? No, I don't. But if anything, Lucas' story has shown us just how much compromise goes into leading a huge body like the Cabals, and it's a hard lesson for both he and Paige to learn in this book. I think what's really compelling about Lucas is his absolute willingness to do his duty. It's why the above conversation is so difficult for him. He knows he can't leave the Cabal to Carlos or any one of his cousins because it would be abandoning the 450 people who depend on the Cabal for their livelihoods. And even at the end when he's worried about Paige leaving him, I think Lucas would just let her walk away if that's what she had decided. It's his responsibility and no one else's. That's what makes Paige a perfect partner for him, her unwillingness to let him shoulder all the weight on his own. I've said it again and again in these reviews but, god, the supernatural world is going to change SO MUCH in the next fifty years and it's just SO INTERESTING and well done, and the world building in these books is just stellar and understated. (Almost TOO understated. TELL ME MORE, KELLEY ARMSTRONG!!!!!)(hide spoiler)]I should probably talk about Hope and Karl a little bit, but I don't have all that much to say about them, despite loving them and their relationship a lot. FOREVER LOL at their mutual disgust over Karl's dream at taking her to a cabin and raising a family in the woods, hahahahahaha. I think they're another really balanced team in terms of their relationship, despite the obvious discrepancies between their lifestyles and histories, and they're just really well done.

  • Aubrey
    2018-10-21 19:28

    This is the 8th instalment of the Women of the Otherworld series. I think this is the best instalment so far. I had a lot of fun reading this book! Hope Adams is a very rare breed of half-demon - an Expisco demon - a type of demon that many people would like to get their hands on, if only for the novelty factor. As such, she finds herself sometimes dealing with a cast of extremely dangerous characters. This is exactly the situation she finds herself immersed in this time around. While out on a job (as a reporter, very mundane, very normal), she's whisked away by the head of the Cortez Cabal (the mafia of the supernatural world) to work for him undercover in order to squash a potential coup that could tear the Cabal down to its core. This consists of infiltrating a rogue gang of supernaturals who are dead set on screwing the Cortex Cabal over at every turn. While initially reluctant to take the job, Hope owes the Cabal a debt, and this would repay that debt in spades. Watching Hope interact with the gang while undercover is an interesting experience. She has to be someone she's not (as expected), and her internal struggle in dealing with that is fascinating. There's a part of Hope that craves the chaos and danger that comes with the gang (that's part of being an Expisco half-demon), but that's not who Hope is. Hope is not chaos and danger - Hope is stability and safety. Hope can handle herself, very well, in fact, she'd just rather not have to if it can be helped. While we see some action from a pair of characters we've encountered before (Paige and Lucas), most of the action revolves around Hope dealing with her own brand of powers on her own - there are very few Expisco demons around, so she's left to figure things out by herself. On top of that, a steamy fling from the past comes waltzing back in. After leaving her shocked, surprised, and mildly heartbroken, Karl Marsten comes running back once he hears of her working for the Cortez Cabal. There's lost trust there, and extreme caution. However, Karl does everything in his power to watch over Hope, keep her safe, out of harm, and out of as much danger as he possibly can. Hope is hurt, and stubborn, and won't give into his charming wiles so easily. She knows how she feels about him, and she waits, guarded, making sure he's ready for what she wants, and needs, from him. You go, girl! Personal Demon is a riveting adventure, full of twists and turns. I can honestly say, I didn't see it coming, though I probably should have.The undercover work turns out to be way more than anyone had originally bargained for; Lucas has to face his (almost) inevitable future; Paige has to put her own moral code on the line, and; Hope comes to terms with her powers, herself, and where she wants her future to lead. This book is, so far, my favourite in the Women of the Otherworld series. There are more books to come, so my opinion may very well change. However, from where I'm currently sitting, Personal Demon has set the bar higher than expected for the continuation of the series. And that makes me very happy, and very excited.

  • Lisa Paitz
    2018-10-27 13:37

    Personal Demon is a well-written story that integrates the complex world-building and strong female characters common in the rest of the Otherworld series.Having enjoyed six other installments in Armstrong's Otherworld series, I was excited to read Personal Demon. I especially like Armstrong's strong female characters and appreciate the spectrum of female protagonists she has employed in her stories -- everything from woman werewolves and vampires to ghosts and witches. As a half chaos demon who is referred to once as "Lucifer's daughter," Personal Demon's main character Hope Adams is a solid addition to that cast.While I liked the plot, I thought it suffered a bit from slow pacing, a problem that could have been addressed by shortening the book. Hope Adams, who refers to herself as a "gun-toting, chaos demon spy girl," settles a debt with the Cortez sorcerer cabal by infiltrating a supernatural youth gang. From the back cover copy I expected Hope's point of view to carry the story, but she shares the spotlight with Cortez Cabal-fighter and heir Lucas Cortez. Lucas is always compelling, but his point of view takes over the book. I enjoyed having a clear-cut view into how the conflicts with Lucas' father and the Cabal come to head in this novel, but Hope's story suffered for it. The pace and the stakes for Hope pick up at the end of the story, but I would have liked less page time spent on Lucas and more on Hope's conflicts.As a chaos demon, it seems that Hope would have spent at least a short impetuous time in her young life embracing that Loki side of her nature, if only to then realize the error of it. Hope isn't really allowed to make real mistakes and we see that contrast when Karl, who while he can certainly identify with her struggle, admits that most werewolves have killed a few people in their lifetime before they learned to control their animal sides. Without giving away too many details, I can divulge that we're given one real glimpse into Hope's demonic potential, but Karl restrains Hope before she can do serious damage. In one other instance Hope reigns in her demon side herself, but she never really learns what she's capable of because she's never gives in to it. I like that Hope rescued herself in this way, but given her particular demon nature Hope's young adult struggles might have been more outwardly focused than inward. Karl wants to protect Hope from this side of herself and while that's part of his canine nature, it's also paternalistic.Karl Marsten has been part of Armstrong's series since the very first book, and I've enjoyed how his character has evolved. I hope we haven't seen the last of Hope Adams because, though she was a little short shifted in this novel, her internal conflict is a compelling one and we could easily have only seen the beginning of the character's struggles with her own Personal Demon.Full review: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2009...

  • Celine
    2018-10-25 19:15

    The ninth instalment of the Women of the Otherworld series, Personal Demon proves that Kelley Armstrong still spends every ounce of effort on these books. There's no slacking of, no characters that slowly turn into two-dimensional versions of themselves, and the plot is as fast-paced as ever.Hope is a half-demon. Demons have fancy super-powers and a thirst for chaos. Regular half-demons get the fancy powers. Hope got stuck with the thirst for chaos. So when she is called in by the Cabal CEO, basically one of the most powerful people in the supernatural community, to do an undercover job in a gang, Hope is torn between succumbing to the chaos, or doing what is right.It's been a while since a book engaged me so much. It's probably just me being weird, but I loved Hope being undercover in the gang. It was all just so exciting. I loved the new characters we met in there, the danger, the thievery and sneaking... It's all just right up my alley.Kelley Armstrong also writes a crime series, and it shows. Her Women of the Otherworld books, although a series, always contain one kind of adventure or mystery that has to be sold. Even though she has created a whole cast of loveable and diverse supernatural characters, these books are still very much grounded into a plot to keep you turning the pages. I did figure out who was behind it all before it was revealed, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this book to the fullest.The main couple in this book is Hope and Karl. Paige and Lucas also make an appearance, and it's great to see them doing so well, but it's mostly just Hope and Karl. On the romance part I feel like I've been missing something. Were there short stories about them that I didn't know about? Cause they keep referring to happenings that don't seem very familiar to me. They aren't my favourite couple, but I still wanted them to have some kind of functional relationship. It's nice that they're both not perfectly moral, with Karl being a professional thief and Hope feeding off any kind of chaotic emotion including anger, shock and grief. Ms Armstrong is in my opinion, a lovely romance writer, in the sense that she knows how to write a convincing romance sub-plot. She stays away from being so horribly clingy and sweet, but instead shows the crazy little things that relationships are about.Many people didn't enjoy Hope as a character, or at least found her weaker than the other heroines in the series. Once again I'm the odd one out, since I loved Hope. She seemed like such a normal person to me, like she could actually exist. If an author can convince me a character is real, that's a big win in my book.Another strong addition to the Women of the Otherworld series, Personal Demon deserves a place among my favourites in the series, shared with Bitten and No Humans Involved.

  • R.
    2018-10-29 13:13

    I was reasonably interested in both Hope's character and her relationship with Karl going into this book, but I felt like I never really got to know her that well. I thought her relationship with Karl was handled decently enough -- though I have an admitted weakness for reconciliation plot lines -- but Hope's actual arc seemed fairly thin. She's drawn to chaos! She worries that makes her evil! She decides it doesn't! The romantic arc was actually more compelling and even that relied mostly on stuff that went on before that we didn't see.I don't know, perhaps if she'd had more a presence in previous books then I might have felt the conflict a little more deeply. As it is, despite the fact that obviously she appeared in No Humans Involved, it mostly just felt like I was introduced to her conflict and had it resolved in the space of one book. Then there's the issue of having two narrators. I remember reading some author notes at the beginning of one of Armstrong's collections when she said it didn't dawn on her until after Bitten had already been released as the first of the "Women of the Otherworld" series that all of her main protagonists would have to be women. I've never felt her straining against that limitation more than I did here.Honestly, I just felt overall this was much more Lucas's book than anyone else's and Hope was just there because there NEEDED to be a female protagonist. Which I mean, it's only half a complaint. I adore Lucas (and Paige) and am very interested in his relationship with his father and with his Cabal and how he and Paige navigate that. But that being the actual meat and emotional core of the story (the attempt to tie Hope in more tightly by having her abortive romance with Jaz didn't really work for me; particularly since it was 100% clear that she was in love with Karl and only Karl) means that Hope seemed almost superfluous in her own book.It really could have been anyone in her position, and after thinking about it for a while I actually feel it would have been a much more interesting book if it had been Savannah instead as she would also be pretty perfect for the job in question, could believably be drawn in a bit, and obviously would have a much, much deeper emotional connection to the other half of the story. Which makes me really sad to say as Hope is the only woman of color amongst the major protagonists of the series and I have no actual wish to see her overwritten, but on a technical level what Armstrong decided to do with her here just wasn't very strong.

  • Gawelleb
    2018-10-15 16:37

    J'ai moins accrochée sur Hope que sur les autres héroïnes mais Karl ❤️(en fait voilà un bad guy qui devient gentil sans devenir niais ni se renier totalement)Et j'avoue que j'ai adoré la partie sur Lucas. J'adorerais le voir aux prises avec la cabales, va-t-il prendre sa place ou continuer à la rejeter?

  • Wealhtheow
    2018-10-15 16:14

    Hope Adams's demon heritage has given her the ability to sense the supernatural--and a disturbing taste for chaos and darkness. Being a kind and compassionate person is particularly hard for her, when the greater the cruelty, the greater the high she gets from it. To pay off a debt to the Cortez Cabal, she agrees to infiltrate a supernatural gang in Miami. But she begins to find being on the wrong side of the law a little too exhilarating...Will she be able to pull back from the lure of chaos-highs, or will she give in to her demonic heritage?This book would have been a hundred times better without the interference of Karl, Hope's former partner and lover. He is snarly, domineering, thirty years older than her, and completely emotionally unavailable. So of course, he's her love interest. I disliked him and I really disliked that she put up with him. In the short story that introduced these two characters, they had banter and sexual tension. In the novel, there's no banter and no sexual tension--just intermittent hook ups and constant power plays from Karl. Ugh!The non-romantic plot in the novel is much better. It focuses on Lucas Cortez, who works with Paige Winterbourne to create a grass-roots, community-driven alternative to the Cabals. Most paranormal romance books have some sort of ancient organization that secretly rules the world: vampire councils, Hunters, that sort of thing. The Cabals fill that same role, of an organization both keeping supernaturals safe and secret and using their powers for their own less-than-innocent ends. But unlike most authors, Armstrong doesn't use the Cabals as short-hand for a shadowy villain. As self-serving and controlling as they are, the Cabals have shaped the supernatural world for centuries, and simply destroying them would lead to an even worse situation. Each novel in this series has explored the power structures of the supernatural world a little further, and it seems like matters are coming to a crisis point. I'm very interested to see what happens next.

  • Ari
    2018-11-09 16:13

    I thought I would have liked this one more because I was excited for Hope and Karl. And they're great! Their romantic plot was fine. Their conflict pretty quickly resolved which I think kinda did them a disservice even though it was nice to see them get (back*) together. It was almost as if they only had conflict in their romance just so we could have the push-pull understanding of Hope's power and set up of Jaz's attention to Hope. The first half of the book is rather slow but it does pick up. When Lucas and Paige get to Miami. And that's the biggest problem with the book. Hope, our main character, is basically given the B plot of self realisation and playing spy for the A Plot which centers around the drama of the Cabal Lucas, our "supporting" character and second POV. Because after her job spying is over and Lucas is in town Hope tbh really have much else to do in the active plot. That was the main conflict of the story and where all the characters clashed and the more interesting dynamics played out and Hope was kinda shuffled aside during it. *back, but not really since apparently it's been years of UST and One Night. The character motivations made sense but also a little contrived to fit the conflict plot. (KARL IS SCARED OF FEELINGS, pretty much.) IDK. like i said, i thought i would have liked it better. i'd almost say that it should have been a book from paige's pov (seeing as: women of the other world) but armstrong wanted to introduce hope and karl's relationship and paige's pov would have lost some of the history/tension lucas has with his father

  • Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
    2018-11-08 15:10

    This is definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys this series. It is quite different from Kelley Armstrong’s earlier books because instead of having just one female narrator we have one female, Hope Adams (chaos half-demon) and one male Lucas Cortez (sorceror and reluctant heir to the Cortez Cabal). I did wonder why we needed to see Lucas’s side of things right up until a major plot development which will leave both him and Paige with a lot to worry about in future books. Most readers probably won’t know who Hope is, though she is briefly mentioned in Broken. She has her own short story in the anthology ‘Dates From Hell’ so I would advise people to read this before reading Personal Demon. This book brings a few of the series’ minor characters to the front of the stage and in doing so we get to learn a little more about Pack history and a little more on what it’s like to work for a cabal. As for Hope, I didn’t really connect with her though I did feel sorry for her having to struggle with her ability to not only detect chaos but to feed off it as well. This made her feel guilty, getting a thrill out of something bad. I was more interested in Karl Marsten, werewolf thief; Troy, personal bodyguard to the head of the Cortez Cabal and the Cortez family itself.Overall, its a good read with death and conspiracy popping up everywhere you look. I'm looking forward to reading about what happens next for Lucas and the Cortez family.