Title: Personal Demon
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #8
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘I’d gotten the case, though.
Hope Adams inherited her Bollywood princess looks from her mother. From her demon father she inherited a hunger for chaos – and a talent for finding it.
When Hope is asked to infiltrate a violent gang of supernaturals in Miami, she can’t resist the excitement. But trouble can be intoxicating, and soon she’s in way too deep. With a killer stalking the city’s mystical hol spots, Hope becomes dangerously entangled, and has no choice but to turn to her werewolf ex-boyfriend for help.
What started as a simple investigation has spiralled into chaos. And Hope finds chaos irresistable…
I loved, loved, loved Hope Adams! She is chaotic (literally) and sweet. I didn’t know what to expect from a story about a half-demon with powers over chaos and a jewellery-thief werewolf… certainly not the story that unfolded. But, honestly, this was a novel that was better than anything I could have imagined. It is not only a story about coming to terms with oneself, but also finding a way to work around someone else’s issues and insecurities.
Hope is placed within, yet still outside of her family, and greater society in general. Her secret abilities mean that she can’t communicate truly openly with her mother, whom she is incredibly close to. Yet, her uniqueness even in the supernatural world, means that she hasn’t been able to truly find her place and her home in this society. It isn’t until she finds someone who truly accepts all aspects of herself that she is able to feel comfortable. Not only the public face which she presents to her family and the world, but also the darker side of herself and her abilities. Karl echoes this with his placement in the Pack, he isn’t completely secure, even though it is something that gives him a true place and home within society.
The relationship between Lucas and his father, and the Cabals’ placement within the supernatural world is further explored and investigated in Personal Demon. His own worries and concerns that have been bought up throughout Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic, are shoved into the limelight. Seeing the Cabal and Lucas’ relationship with his father from a different point of view and after time has mellowed some of the conflicts, was a great experience, and a reminder that even the most complicated of situations is filled with reasoning and altering motives.