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Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, Book 8) epub

by Kelley Armstrong


Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, Book 8) epub

ISBN: 1400025214

ISBN13: 978-1400025213

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Category: Thriller and Mystery

Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense

Language: English

Publisher: Seal Books (September 30, 2008)

ePUB book: 1709 kb

FB2 book: 1110 kb

Rating: 4.1

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Women of the Otherworld is the name of a fantasy series by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong. The books feature werewolves, witches, necromancers, sorcerers, and vampires struggling to fit as "normal" in today's world

Women of the Otherworld is the name of a fantasy series by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong. The books feature werewolves, witches, necromancers, sorcerers, and vampires struggling to fit as "normal" in today's world. The series also includes novellas and short stories, published online (and one in an anthology). Note: all publishing information is for . However, the books have been published in the United Kingdom and in Canada. Book 01: Bitten (published October, 2001 by Viking Press).

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. Personal Demon is pretty thin on the lore.

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1) This and the next concern Elena, Clay, Jeremy and the were wolf pack. Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, Book 2). The next books concern Page, her adopted daughter Savannah (powerful witches), and Lucas (a sorcer) and the Cabals (mafia like organizations of sorcers).

Part of Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. At the foot of the cenotaph, a shrine had started, with plucked daffodils and scraps of paper scrawled with "We'll Miss You, Brian" and "Rest in Peace, Ryan

Part of Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. At the foot of the cenotaph, a shrine had started, with plucked daffodils and scraps of paper scrawled with "We'll Miss You, Brian" and "Rest in Peace, Ryan. Anyone who knew Bryan Mills well enough to spell his name was still at home, in shock. The people hugging and sobbing around the shrine were only hoping to catch the eye of a roving TV camera, say a few words about what a great guy "Ryan" had been.

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

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 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.

The series began in 2001 with Bitten, featuring werewolf Elena Michaels. The book series wrapped up in 2012 with a trilogy featuring Savannah Levine, who joined the cast in book two, Stolen, as a twelve-year-old girl and grew up throughout the series, taking her place at the end as a full-fledged Woman of the Otherworld. After the final novel, Thirteen, the series continued with short fiction and novellas, finally concluding in 2016 with the novella, Driven, and short fiction collection, Otherworld Chills.

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 tells the 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 the life of an ordinary working girl.

Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong follows No Humans Involved with a new, sexy, action-packed, Women of the Otherworld novel featuring a wickedly beautiful, supernaturally gifted heroine who may love danger a bit too much.Sending readers into a dazzlingly entertaining world of danger, vice and romance, Kelley Armstrong’s phenomenal Women of the Otherworld novels mark her as a trailblazer of paranormal romantic suspense.Hope Adams, tabloid journalist and half-demon, looks like a Bollywood princess. Like full demons, she gets an almost sexual rush from danger and chaos–in fact, she thrives on it. But she is determined to use her gifts for good. When the head of the powerful Cortez Cabal calls in an old debt and asks her to infiltrate a Miami gang of bored, rich, troublemaking supernaturals, she can’t resist the excitement. As she becomes dangerously entangled in the plot she has no choice but to turn to her crooked werewolf ex-boyfriend, and the heir to the Cortez Cabal, for help. In typical Kelley Armstrong fashion, Personal Demon takes the reader on an energetic ride through the supernatural world and the human one, bringing them together to create one huge devilish adventure.From the Hardcover edition.
The "Women of the Otherworld" series is one of my favourites. Armstrong's choice of a different narrator every couple of books (although each narrator is an integral part of the supernatural world, and has a connection, however slight, with the characters from the previous books) helps keep the series fresh, and her characters generally are well-rounded and three-dimensional.

In this instalment, the narrator - half of the time - is Hope, who was introduced in the previous book, "No Humans Involved." For the first time, though (as far as I can recall) Armstrong uses alternating narratives, and certainly this is the first book featuring the perspective of one of her male characters. It's an interesting change from the previous novels, but unfortunately, I didn't feel that it totally succeeded. In the past I could barely put one of the "Otherworld" novels down once I started, and have re-read the early ones at least once. This instalment was a real struggle - I actually put it aside halfway through for several weeks, before eventually finishing it - and I can't see myself rereading it.

My main problem was I couldn't really care about Hope as a character. Because she first appears in the preceding book, and I really did not get a firm sense of her, I did not have the same sentimental connection to her as to some of the previous narrators. Furthermore, Hope herself is comparatively rather dull and insipid. I would have been more drawn in, I think, had the story centred on characters who have made more than one previous appearance, and who are much more vibrant and three-D - for example Elena, Savannah, or even Cassandra the vampire. The relationship with Karl Marsten also didn't quite ring true, in contrast to the other pairings in this series.

What did partly succeed though was Lucas as a narrator, which gives me high hopes for the forthcoming "Men of the Otherworld."

As always, Armstrong writes vividly and evocatively, and I have no real complaints about the plot and narrative structure. It was the choice of protagonist for this book that made it hard for me to get into it. Maybe there's something in a previous reviewer's theory that it was rushed to meet a deadline.

Finally, for those who are encountering the "Women of the Otherworld" series for the first time: while each book theoretically can stand alone in terms of plot, the series will not make complete sense unless read in chronological order, and the reader runs the risk of missing out on some of the more subtle developments of plot and character that connect the novels in the series.
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At a Glance
Personal Demon was good but not great. I am not a huge fan of Hope so it was hard to care about her story. But there were some redeemable qualities that made this book enjoyable.

The Good
I really was excited when I first started reading this book. With Hope infiltrating a gang, how could that not be an awesome plot? And I wasn't disappointed for most of the book on that regard. The plot was action packed and suspenseful. I really loved reading about Hope working jobs for the gang and her banter with Karl was just all kinds of fun.

Though Hope isn't my fav character of the series, I was excited every time she and Karl got together to fight, make out, or just irritate the hell out of each other. I liked their relationship and how it built up. How Karl finally realized how important Hope is to him. It was all very sweet.

I also liked how Armstrong handled Karl. We know him to be selfish, distant, and untrustworthy. But he always had this aura of cool around him. He still had all that but Armstong just made him a little more likable by showing his sensitive side. Hope is good for him, she makes him a better person.

The mystery was spot on. Personal Demon actually had a more mystery feel than an urban fantasy feel. I liked that change up. It kept me on my toes.

The Bad
I was hoping this book would make me like Hope more but nope. I fell in love with Karl more than anyone. I think Amrstong could have done a lot more with Hope.

Armstrong wrote half the book in Lucas's POV. I did not like that at all. Those were the most boring parts for me. I think Armstrong really can't pull off a male POV in general.

The second half the book focuses a lot on the Cabal family story and I lost interest. I no longer find that plot line entertaining.

The Snuggly
There was a little snuggly but nothing big. No real sex scenes.

Overall
This is an average read for me. It filled the time and I mostly enjoyed it but I wouldn't reread it. There are a lot better books in the series, but for anyone who follows the series, this is a must read. Recommended.

Quote
"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."
Another great book in the Otherworld series. Offering dual points of view was great, I love how each new book contains plots that have continued from book to book from other characters.
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This 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