Personal Demon

Hope & Lucas

Hope goes undercover into a gang that's supposedly attempting to take over the Cortez Cabal. A Cabal is something like a corporation owned and staffed by super naturals with unique demon/paranormal skills. Hopes special gift, Exustio, is sensing chaos - reading minds to know their thoughts at extreme times like: car accidents, a gun in the face, or in a crowd of party goers. She also knows a lot about breaking into buildings - taught by her old boyfriend Karl (a werewolf). The story line progresses as Hope infiltrates Guy's gang, rob a sweet 16 party, and members start to die off. The suspense is trying to figure out who is killing members of both groups. Karl reappears in hope of Hope becoming his mate, so there's some romance in the story while they work together to solve the murders.

I had to start the story twice to better organize in my head the process the author was using to tell the story. Ms Armstrong's use of headings/chapter breaks separating one characters interactions from another's I think is too distracting especially when there are too few pages in between. At least, I think that is what all those chapters were about! I also had a hard time in the beginning understanding if an event was past, present or future as there are many sentence fragments, but after getting past that issue I finally got a sense of what was going on. Chaos! Yes, I believe Chaos is definitely the theme of this story. Reading Personal Demon is definitely a challenge, but the story line is interesting and the characters have depth. The finale doesn't feel like it's the end and I question myself, "Do I want to find anymore out about Jaz?" Not really!

Book Blurb for Personal Demon

Half-demon Hope Adams has 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. As it turns out, Hope is a little too good at this job, and she soon finds it necessary to unleash her most potent primal instincts---and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears...and desires.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2008 3.00