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Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld #8)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  17,660 Ratings  ·  595 Reviews
10 Audio CDs / 12 hours 30 min

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
Audio CD, Unabridged, 10 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Tantor Media (first published March 25th 2008)
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Jul 17, 2010 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Women of the Otherworld series
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2010
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 sto
Mar 07, 2010 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Dec 20, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“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
Sep 26, 2012 Suzan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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 tog
Jan 22, 2009 Cam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 co
Jan 14, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardback, 2013
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 3/9/2009
re-read 1/15/2013
Jamie Collins
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Jan 13, 2009 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranomal fans
Shelves: paranormal, romance
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 o
Hannah Marker
Jun 30, 2011 Hannah Marker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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 t ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
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 lear ...more
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 stuf
Carolyn F.

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 stupi
Feb 08, 2016 Aubrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 j
Lisa Paitz
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
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, bas
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 st ...more
Sep 19, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Hope Adams is a half-demon who thrives on chaos and owes a favor to the Cortez Cabal. To repay the favor, she goes undercover with a gang that’s been causing some trouble for the Cabal. Her prior beaux, Karl Marsten, worries she’s in too deep. Also, Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne (from prior books) get pulled into the mess. (view spoiler) I listened to the audiobook. 4/5
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-hi ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Ari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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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 probabl
Paul Wardman
Jun 18, 2015 Paul Wardman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After struggling to.muster any kind of enthusiasm for No Humans Involved I didn't go into this expecting much. Thankfully this was a much stronger offering.

As well as having a decent story this also felt like I was being taught more about the supernatural world, the characters inhabiting it and the politics influencing it all. Hope's powers are explained more than just "a lust for chaos" and we got to see what she can do as well as the struggle to control her demon half and live a somewhat norm
Heather M
The fact that it ended on a Lucas/Paige moment says all you really need to know. It was his book, and you're left wondering why Hope was brought into it at all. In the beginning it seemed like Hope was taking center stage, but by the time it started to get interesting, it kind of stopped being about her. She was so peripheral outside of the Karl plotline. Again, as with Haunted, I felt like this would've been better as a shorter companion to the series, with just Hope coming together with Karl a ...more
Apr 17, 2008 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy Personal Demon as much as the last few books in the series. That was kind of a surprise, because I liked Armstrong's short story featuring Hope. She has really cool powers, and they're limited enough to keep things interesting.

But while I enjoyed her character in the past, I found her difficult to connect with in this one. Maybe it was the perspective changes, or it could have been that her relationship with Karl was too strained for there to be much of the witty banter that liven
Aug 20, 2013 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This edition to the series is as much about Paige and Lucas as it is about the main couple Karl and Hope. The story is told from first person point of view alternating between Hope and Lucas. As much as I loved parts of the story, the varying viewpoints didn't work as well for me in this one. Even though we got to know Karl and Hope in the last book, No Humans Involved, it seemed like there was a bigger back story that I missed. I don't remember it from a previous book or short story I've read, ...more
I'm one of those people that read this series because of the werewolves. I love Clayton and Elena, they are hot, funny, have brains and can kick ass!!!

I was in the mood for urban fantasy and decided to give this a shot, I'm not a fan of Paige and Lucas, so I wasn't sure about this one but then I read that Karl was the hot male lead and I said "yeah!! I need my werewolf fix, this will be great!!!".

And guess what!!! I was ...

Hope is so frustratingly boring!!!!

Karls was ....... not what I was expec
It's really too bad that Lionsgate bought rights to put this series on the screen and never went for it.

This book was sort of disappointing though. The only other time I've been let down by Kelley Armstrong was with The Gathering and her other YA novels. This one just fell a little flat in comparison to the rest of the series. Part of that could have been the cast of characters.

I wanted Hope to be so much more... demonic? The title made me excited for this one, especially with the chaos thing, b
Oct 24, 2011 Elayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I wasn't too keen on Hope's character in the last book and my opinion didn't change a great deal as we get to know her in this one. As a half demon, possessed with the gift of experiencing chaos she is asked by Benicio Cortez to infiltrate a gang of supernaturals who are stirring up trouble with the Cabal that he leads. More of the characters we have come to know and like become involved, especially Karl, a werewolf and newly made member of the pack, whom Hope has known for some years. Karl is ...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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Women of the Otherworld (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, #2)
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  • Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)
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