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Apparition

(Otherworld #9)

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  16,942 ratings  ·  626 reviews
Suite à la mort prématurée de son mari, Robyn Peltier tente de refaire sa vie à Los Angeles. Quand sa célèbre cliente, Portia Kane, est assassinée dans une boîte de nuit, Robyn, suspectée du meurtre, est contrainte de fuir. Seule son amie Hope Adams semble de son côté, même si cette dernière sait que ce n’est qu’une question de temps avant que la jeune femme soit capturée. ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published May 31st 2013 by Bragelonne (first published October 21st 2008)
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Araceli Schlosser I would suggest reading at least the book Personal Demon. It deals with Hope and Karl and explains Hope's supernatural powers more. Other wise, as a…moreI would suggest reading at least the book Personal Demon. It deals with Hope and Karl and explains Hope's supernatural powers more. Other wise, as a fan I say "read them all!"(less)
Allison Thom was the father of her baby. (Her view points were incredibly creepy, I skim them now as well when I reread the series.)
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Definitely my least enjoyed of the series - it was actually kind of hard to keep reading.

Armstrong changed writing styles to third person and shifted points of view a lot. Every chapter changed, and short chapters they were. Not only that, but almost all the points of views were from new characters of the series that don't have impact beyond this book. Her technique made her writing style suffer. When she switched from an intimate point of view to a distant one, the writing technique simplified
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Fables&Wren
WrensReads Review:

This is definitely my least favorite of the series, though I never thought to stop reading and it had my attention ENOUGH. I wasn't like dying to know more like most of Kelley Armstrong's books.



We have way too many points of views in this one. We are used to having only one, and the last book we got two which was a nice change of pace, but we got.. four or five if I am not mistaken. And only one of them we knew before this book (Hope) and even though I still felt like she was a
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Tatiana
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Women of the Otherworld series
Shelves: 2010, urban-fantasy
I can't shrug off the feeling that Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld books are shifting more and more from urban fantasy to just plain mystery. But maybe I am just too used to her world and it seems too real to me? I don't know. Living with the Dead is another entertaining but ultimately forgettable addition to one of my favorite series. Let me sum it up.

The positive:

1) This book is just as page-turning as Armstrong's previous novels. Well-paced and never boring.

2) Kumpania - a commune
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~Sofia~
Oh boy, there is a tonne going on in this one!

I love this series, at first I was hesitant but actually they are all really good books. Mainly being the characters and the way that Armstrong makes everything comprehensive.

So, focusing on this one, we follow Hope and Robyn into the insane world of clairvoyants. At first I did not enjoy reading this. This one in the series is taken from the view of so many people. Lots of characters to adjust to, the only one familiar being Hope. I found it all t
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MissM
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2008
I really like this series overall and look forward to them, but this one was just a miss for me. The main character of the book really wasn't a supernatural at all. And the jumpy POV changes made the book feel choppy and lacked cohesion. I liked the Detective character that was introduced but overall, it just really wasn't the high point of the series for me. I'm kinda bored with Hope at this point and I'm ready to get back to more interesting characters in the series. Because Hope's power is so ...more
Steven
Wow, Adele, you're a seriously disturbed individual. Sociopath, murderer, schemer, stalker, sexual molester, manipulator, disgusting all around person. Gross.

Interesting "mystery" but it felt more like a lot of run-around and not a lot of development or plot. Still love the series, but wasn't thrilled with this one. I do like Finn, and I like Robyn as well. I'd be okay if they popped up in a later book. Guess since I'm reading the rest of the series, I'll see if they do or not, eh? :)
Mel
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this ninth book in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series the author brings us something different: the protagonist is a non-supernatural.
Robyn Peltier is a PR consultant with no special powers or abilities what so ever, well… except maybe attracting bad luck. She does know how to pick her friends though, as Hope Adams and Karl Marsten come to her rescue when Robyn's problems evolve from bad to worse.

This is another solid read by Kelley Armstrong. It read like a suspense novel, packed w
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Jay
I have never in my life been this disgusted by a heroine.

No wait, this is way past disgust. I am sickened and absolutely repulsed by her.

First, a little background info for those who are unfamiliar with this series:
Hope is a half demon. In this series, half demons are the offspring of a full demon and a human. A full demon has craving for "chaos" (the negative and/or violent motivations/thoughts/emotions/experiences of people), as well as a "superpower" like fire, telekinesis, teleportation..
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
I don't know who first told me that "assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME," but I do know that I was young enough to be shocked that someone said ass. I think it was my mom. The point is, that I (and probably you too) have been aware of this idea for as long as I (and you) can remember.

Living with the Dead is a perfect illustration of that. One assumption leads to a bad decision leads to another assumption lead to another bad decision, etc. That's basically what the entire book is--assumptions
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Donna
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The beginning of the book was great, but then the characters basically chased each other around for a two hundred pages. There were too many viewpoint characters and perspective shifts, and Hope is probably my least favorite Armstrong heroine. I hope this series picks back up, this is the second one in a row that I've been a bit disappointed in.

Here's my full review.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

This book is the least Otherworld-ly out of the bunch and, as a result, also the one that I only passably enjoyed. Kelley Armstrong switches up her tried and true format in Living with the Dead and that was a big mistake in my opinion. Instead of sticking with her enthralling first person point of views she opts for that of the third person and gives the lead role to a previously unknown, human character. This installment also focuses on clairvoyants which are not a breed
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Now how do I rate Kelley Armstrong's latest in her 'Women of the Otherworld' series? "Living with the Dead" isn't about just one woman. In a lot of ways it's not even about one couple, it's really about two men, two women, a ghost, and the question of what is love.

Robyn is a woman who recently lost her love, her soulmate, to a senseless and stupid crime. She spends her time now just going through the motions of living and keeping a scrapbook about good samaritans who are killed for their deeds,
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Christine
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Beth The Vampire
ACTUAL RATING 3.5

I’ve been grappling with this book overnight, trying to assess the story and the ending, trying to decide whether I liked it. And instead of my decision being black and white, it has turned out more a shade of grey.

Robyn, PR to a popular LA socialite, finds herself the main suspect in her clients murder. Chased by the police, and being followed by a mysterious young woman looking to harm her, Robyn does what any normal human person would do, and freaks out. Thankfully Robyn has
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jeliy
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban
Stars 3.5
Susan
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately my least favorite of the series so far. I didn't grow any feelings for the characters or the storyline.
Jen Davis
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This didn't feel like an Otherworld book. At all. It was deeply disturbing and dark. It featured some characters we know: primarily Hope and Karl, but unlike any of the previous books, this was written in the third person and the real main character was a regular human we've never met before.

It's been six months since Robyn's husband Damon died. Since then, she's moved to LA to start a new life for herself. She's a PR rep for a celebutante, but she's really just going through the motions. Hope i
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Jennifer
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
This review was originally posted on my review blog : Falling Off The Shelf.

Robyn Peltier never knew that moving to Los Angelas would be such a eye-opening experience. It's one thing following around a famous celebutante like Portia Kane, clearly another when your being chased down by psychotic murderers. All she ever wanted to do was move away from the horrible memories of her husbands death, not walk straight into more. When her client is gunned down in the back room of a local night club, Rob
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Celine
In Living with the Dead we continue with the Hope and Karl storyline, this time adding Hope's best friend Robyn. On many points Living with the Dead is very different from its eight predecessors, and in my opinion this is not a good thing.

After being widowed at twenty-eight, Robyn takes the job of being Portia's PR person. When Portia is murdered in a club and Robyn flights the scene to chase after the killer, she is number one suspect on the police's list. Together with her friend Hope and Hop
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Alyssa Nelson
This was the weakest book of this series that I’ve read so far. My guess is that it’s because it’s mainly told from the perspectives of people who don’t know about the supernatural community, but that information has to be present somehow; I also felt as though the story itself dragged. I was about a quarter of the way in when I thought: wow, that’s short, it’s going to end soon! And then I kept having that same thought the rest of the way through.

It’s not a bad book, however, it’s just that the
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Shelley
Hope and Karl return to the next addition to the women of the otherworld. This time they are trying to save Hope's friend Robyn. Robyn, who has no supernatural abilites at all, and who is mourning the recent murder of her good Samaritan husband, Damon, and trying to tolerate her job as a PR representative for Portia Kane, a tabloid celebutante. But when Portia is shot and Robyn becomes the prime suspect, she flees, only to find herself inexplicably in the middle of the supernatural world Hope ha ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This was a nice, refreshing installment in the Women of the Otherworld series. I really liked the twists and turns in this story, and there was sure lots of that and lots of action. In my opinion a very well put together story into an elaborate world.

My only complaint was the fact that we didn't know most of the characters involved, so this could "almost" be a stand-alone story (you wouldn't need a lot of background story to understand it). I did come to like Robyn and Finn. Even though Damon, h
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Carolyn F.
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Am I the only one who didn't like the ending? (view spoiler) So, I've left this book dazed and confused. I'm still going to read/listen to the next book in the series but this was not my favorite of the bunch.
Pam Nelson
If you read my last review in this series you know Hope isn’t my favorite character because she is just trying so hard to deny who and what she is. It just doesn’t work for me but this book I will say she grew on me a lot more.
I would even say I liked her in this book.

Robyn, though she stole the show for me at least I don’t know if it was her resolve to make everyone think she is fine or what but I liked that she wanted to move on only moving on doesn’t happen on a timetable.

Fin oh Fin I hope
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Nessa
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book thoroughly enjoyable, so well written, just could not put it down and didn't want it to end. Really love this authors books :-).

I love getting to know all of the different characters and the parts they play throughout the series.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Another great instalment! Hope is always an interesting character and livens up a story whenever she’s around. Just like Jamie Vegas.
Amber
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Suzan
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This isn't my favourite of Kelley's books, in fact in the series it's my least favourite, however even Kelley's 'worst' book is better then most out there and still very good. Karl is not my favourite pack member cause the favourite positions are commandeered by the surviving original pack members but I do love him! He is the major redeeming factor in the book! That and I love learning more about such an elusive supernatural type. Clairvoyants are one of the rarest supernatural races and general ...more
Tez
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Melindeeloo
Pleasant enough visit to Armstrong's Otherworld


Living with the Dead is not quite what I expected coming on the heels of Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, Book 8), which left Lucas in a quandry that I had thought would lead to some interesting upheaval in the overall story arc of the series. Instead Lucas is a minor off-screen character here and we continue on with half choas demon Hope and her werewolf mate Karl. But Living with the dead is more multithreaded than Armstrong's previous bo
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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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Otherworld (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)
  • Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, #2)
  • Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3)
  • Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)
  • Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, #5)
  • Broken (Women of the Otherworld, #6)
  • No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, #7)
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“What am I? Let's just say I won't fetch a stick for you. I won't beg for treats. And, no matter how nicely you ask, I will not roll over and play dead.” 49 likes
“He leaned her back against the tub, setting her head on the edge, then washed her shoulders.
"I know I left you once."
She opened her mouth, wanting to say it didn't matter, it was forgotten. But it wasn't.
"I know I hurt you."
Again, she wanted to argue. But she couldn't.
"I know I said I won't leave you again, but I also know that's not enough, and that the only way you're going to trust that I won't leave is if I don't".
He slid the cloth over her arms.
"If this ends, Hope, it won't be me that ends it. I think you know that.”
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