Saturday, November 26
Book Review: Personal Demon
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Summary: Hope Adams looks like a Bollywood princess, but in reality she is a powerful half-demon with a nose for chaos and an insatiable lust for danger. She can’t help it, it’s in her blood. But Hope is determined to use her powers for good. So when the head of the powerful Cortex Cabal calls in a debt and asks her to infiltrate a gang of bored, rich supernaturals, who have been stirring up trouble, she can’t resist. But then she ends up immersed far deeper than she expected, she has no choice but to turn to her crooked werewolf ex-boyfriend, and heir to the Cortex Cabal for help.
In typical Kelley Armstrong fashion, Personal Demon takes the reader on an energetic ride into a realm where the supernatural and the human coexist on the edge of darkness, romance, and eternity, and collide in devilish adventure.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: While I enjoyed the eighth book in the series, I was also a bit let down with the book, compared to some of the others, it wasn't up to par.
The overall plot and story was interesting and the author tied in Hope nicely, especially from her appearances in the other novels, the character flowed into her own story nicely. She's not my favourite character from the series, but her supernatural powers and her character development were well done and interesting. Although, I did find the author reinforced some her characteristics more than needed, the character was well rounded.
The plot was good, it moved a little slower in the first half of the book, a lot slower than some of the other books, but it was interesting at times, a few things surprised me, while a few other "twists" were obvious fakeouts - especially knowing what and who are in later books, but one twist would have been great if I had read the books before later ones were published. Would have been great if something was never revealed to a later book. One big issue with the plot was that, it switched from Hope to Lucas' point of views, which I liked, because it gave different perspectives on what was happening, but I felt the Lucas sub-plot overshadowed Hope's story line. Yes it was setting up for a future storyline, but this was a book about Hope as the main focus and Lucas as a secondary factor.
A good book within the series, but certainly not the best.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it wasn't the strongest book in the series, but wasn't the worst either.
What to read next: Living With the Dead is the next book in the series.
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge 5, Fall into Reading Challenge, Fantasy Challenge