Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #5.2
In: Otherworld Chills (Kelley Armstrong) & Dates from Hell (Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong & Lori Handeland)
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: The fire.
Kelley Armstrong returns to the Otherworld with “Chaotic,” where a half-demon tabloid journalist’s boring date is saved…by a supernatural explosion? She’s off to save the day—if only her less-than-stellar date wouldn’t tag along! Luckily, the intriguing, infuriating, and just plain sexy werewolf/jewel thief Karl Marsten also appears.
I always wondered how Hope and Karl met each other – and, more importantly, why their relationship continued after their abnormal first meeting. Chaotic not only answered this question, but it also showed how Hope’s first forays into the supernatural world went. The intricate relationships between the characters of the Women of the Otherworld series is shown in Hope’s embroilment with the Cabals, the supernatural council, and ultimately, with the jewellery-thief werewolf.
Ultimately, we all want to find a place in the world that accepts us and a family of our own making. Basically, we just want somewhere where we belong. Hope’s desperation for this is compounded by her special skills, and it is this that makes her so easy to prey upon. Although in the beginning she is incredibly naïve and gullible, she is able to rectify her mistakes and admit where she was wrong. A trait that many people are lacking in.
As we grow up, we are constantly forced to reinvent ourselves, and Hope’s willingness to do so twice within this novella is a reminder of this. Since I’m going through a similar moment in my life, it was nice to see that a character with far heavier burdens than mine is able to roll with the punches and come out stronger than ever. Knowing that she really finds her pace (and happiness) in Personal Demon and again in Living with the Dead gives me hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.