Personal Demon (Review)

December 17, 2014

Book cover for "Personal Demon" by Kelley Armstrong.Title: Personal Demon

Author: Kelly Armstrong

Publication Year: 2008

Pages: 544

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

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 a hunger for chaos. Naturally, when she’s chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission that will take her through Miami’s hot spots, she jumps at the chance. But Hope is a little too good at this job. And soon she’s in a little too deep. To save herself, she’ll have to unleash her most primal instincts — and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears . . . and desires.

(This is the eighth book in the Women of the Otherworld series, after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Chaotic (novella), Broken, and No Humans Involved.)

I hadn’t really loved the half-demon characters in the series so far, but Hope turns out to be the exception. I wish I had read Chaotic before I read this one – I kind of skipped the novella by accident – so make sure you do that first if you’re going to read Personal Demon. So many things will make more sense to you than they did to me.

It was kind of fun reading about Hope’s chaos magic. Her power is so different from the other magical powers we’ve encountered so far in the series that it really led to this book feeling original and unique. Hope is such a fascinating character, and we also got to know a bit more about Carl Marsten through this book. Everything was just … fast-paced and exciting, not that the others weren’t, but this one was different.

There’s also the introduction of an unexpected villain in Personal Demon that really kind of shook me. He was sort of this weird mix of a great personality and a really big problem for Hope. He wasn’t the sort of out-and-out evil villain that we’re so used to in this series, and I think that made him more effective. It definitely kept me intrigued by the conflict in the book longer than I usually am.

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