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Personal Demon Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2008
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“A page-turning thriller. Fans of the paranormal will delight in the eighth Women of the Underworld yarn, with its ass-kicking, Bollywoodbeautiful, former-socialite heroine and full complement of sorcerers, witches, werewolves, and other paranormal beings.”—Booklist
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About the Author
Kelley Armstrong is the New York Times bestselling author of the Women of the Otherworld series. She 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 in her basement writing-dungeon. To read more about the Darkest Powers trilogy, visit www.ChloeSaunders.com.
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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.
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.
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.
There was a little snuggly but nothing big. No real sex scenes.
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.
"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."
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
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.
I think this is my favorite non-Elena focused book. After a falling out with Karl, Benicio recruits her to go undercover to get info from a gang-like group of anti-Cabal supes. Of course, nothing is ever that simple with Benicio. The story is told mostly from Hope's perspective with an occasional Lucas POV chapter. This increases toward the end.
I can't say much more without spoilers (this one is twisty), but I will say that Hope and Karl are what make this my favorite non-Elena focused book. Not a boring thing about them ;)