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Personal Demon

(Otherworld #8)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  20,193 ratings  ·  674 reviews
Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life 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 inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos—along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, w ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Orbit (first published March 25th 2008)
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
The last 25% pulled up my rating. RTC :)
Wren (fablesandwren)
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
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Here we have the eighth novel in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. This time the main character being Hope and set in Miami. Lucas and Paige feature huge amounts in this one too. Hope is a half demon that feeds off chaos and I am pleased that we get a new type of supernatural to learn and divulge in. For me this is the second time I have met Hope, the first being in the previous novel where she dips in and out. Early on I got the sense that I was missing something, that bei
Sep 01, 2009 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
Aug 14, 2009 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
Jul 20, 2009 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
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gripping book in the wonderful Women of the Underworld Series. In this book I felt like the demon actively mopping up all of the chaos! It was fantastically surprising!

I love reading books like this one that are full of powerful and assertive women!

I also liked the twist where Karl is humanized and I really enjoyed his dynamic with Hope.

Looking forward to continuing to get lost in this world!
alicat ♡➹♡
This is a hard book to review... at times it was great but the story felt disjointed. I think having Lucas as a POV threw it off, I get he played a large part of the story and maybe that was the problem. It felt like two stories smooshed into one with Hope’s part actually less than I expected it to be.

Hope’s need for chaos is a bit creepy, I don’t envy her that. However she is impulsive and pretty uninhibited but not stupid so her story was fun to read.

I thought Karl and Hope were a interesting
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
This was really good. Though I saw the twist. I’m not sure it was a secret. I loved Hope. I fell for Jazz. I wasn’t sure how things would work out with Karl. That’s the fear with a love triangle but ultimately how I predicted twist. For that reason, because the twist felt like a plot device to solve a problem I can’t give this 5 stars. But I thought this was was far better than the Jamie book that proceeded it. I love to know more what happens with Lucas and Paige and even Jazz. Not happy next b ...more
Beth The Vampire
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 ...more
Angela Han
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd, paranormal
This book is about Hope Adams (half chaos demon) and partially about Luca's involvement in Cabel politics. She can see the past, sense spells, and find chaos. Her powers may not involve physical strength or magic, but it comes in handy in her mission.

She undertakes a mission that involves infiltrating a gang and unintentionally placing herself in Cabel politics. She puts herself in danger to the point where her werewolf lover (Karl) and Lucas Cortez are making rescue plans. Read the book for de
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
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jamie Collins
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Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 13, 2008 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
Hannah Marker
Jun 30, 2011 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
Feb 07, 2009 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
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. ...more
Shelleen Toland
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.
Apr 01, 2008 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
Nov 12, 2008 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
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I've had a lot of people who feel the same as I do about this book.. and while I love Kelley Armstrong and love the Women of the Otherworld series on a completely unhealthy level, this character pairing just... sucks.

I find Hope Adams completely annoying, irritating, and just plain dull. Her werewolf lover, while he is slightly more interesting than Hope, is still boring as batshit.

The one upside to this book was having Lucas in it, and therefore dealing with his dear old Daddy. And that is the
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
Sep 09, 2012 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
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 stupid male pride, so
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban
Stars 3.5
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
3.5 this one was frustrating me. I liked all the the Paige and Lucus stuff more then I did Hope and Karl.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
3.75 stars, for the most original sex scene I've read, and not quite 4 stars due to a bit of a slow start (for me anyway, but I've been reading the shorter novellas lately so a "real" novel seems different, lol), a couple editing errors (a person going from the opposite end of an alley to right beside another character without ever actually moving on-page was a glaring one), and an utterly infuriating fade-to-black sex scene, one between the MC and her true love, their first time, and I felt it ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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