Thursday, 12 June 2014

Book Review: Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong (WOTO #8)

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, when she’s chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission, she jumps at the chance….

The head of the powerful Cortez Cabal—a family that makes the mob look like amateurs—has a little problem in Miami: a gang of wealthy, bored offspring of supernaturals is getting out of hand, and Hope is needed to infiltrate. As spells, astral projections, and pheromones soar across South Beach, Hope weaves her way through its elite hot spots, posing as upscale eye candy and reading the auras of the clientele—and potential marks.

As it turns out, Hope is a little too good at this job. And soon she’s in a little too deep, needing to be bailed out by her jewel-thief werewolf ex-boyfriend and by the Cortez heir himself. And when a killer goes to work, Hope is among many targets at the pinnacle of Cabal rule. For a woman who didn’t know what she was getting into, there’s only one way out: it’s time for Hope to unleash her most potent primal instincts—and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears . . . and desires.

My Review: 
Hope is a reporter and has the added talents of a half-demon-seeing the past and having a real lust for chaos. When the powerful Cortez Cabal family ask her for help, she finds herself infiltrating a gang of bored supernatural kids who are causing chaos and violence across the city. The Cabal once helped Hope and now need her help and she may be in over her head.

I read this series originally a bit out of order so this was the first one I read featuring Hope and I liked her. She is tough, resourceful and feisty as you expect in a heroine by Kelley Armstrong, but she has big flaws like her love of chaos which can easily derail her. She has to use her brain and power to pass a tricky entry test to get into the gang and she has to hang out at a club getting rich men to spend their money, robbing people's houses while they are drunk at the club etc giving her a chance to feed on chaos that occurs. Her mission and possible romance with Jaz are under threat when her on-off werewolf boyfriend Karl shows up in town to stop her. I liked seeing Karl in this book and you get an idea of his motivations and personality in his interactions with Hope. I wasn't really a fan of Hope getting with Jaz but I guess I'm biased in favour of werewolves in this series!

Unusually, the narration is shared with Lucas, husband of Paige the witch, son of the Cabal boss who hires Hope. I found this a bit strange when the series is about the supernatural women. It didn't ruin the book or anything but I felt that it wasn't really necessary. I don't think it really added anything to the story. It just seemed like an excuse to bring in Paige and Savannah.
Another good read in the series. As usual you have a fast plot with plenty of action and characters that are interesting and engaging.
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