The Good Demon
True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demonClare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn’t understand that her demon—simply known as Her—was like a sister to Clare. Now, Clare will do almost anything to get Her back. After a chance encounter with the son of the preacher who exorcised her, Clare goes on an adventure through the dark underbelly of her small Southern town, discovering its deep-seated occult roots. As she searches for Her, she must question the fine lines between good and evil, love and hate, and religion and free will. Vivid and sharp, The Good Demon tells the unusual story of friendship amid dark Gothic horror.

The Good Demon Details

TitleThe Good Demon
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherAmulet Books
ISBN-139781419731273
Rating
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Did Not Finish, Magic, Science Fiction Fantasy, Supernatural

The Good Demon Review

  • Taschima
    January 1, 1970
    I was sort of hoping this would be a weird romance where the demon exercised was a him, and they sort of fell in love, and she must go through hell to get him back...Too weird?
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Clare hasn't been the same since her exorcism.  Her demon wasn't evil; she protected Clare from all the things that have hurt her:  her father's death by overdose, her stepdad's drunken belligerence, and even the guy from school who wouldn't take no for an answer.Her unnamed demon left behind a cryptic note:  -Be nice to him-June 20-Remember the storiesBefore long, Clare is falling in love with the son of the preacher who performed her exorcism and realizing there may be more demons than her own Clare hasn't been the same since her exorcism.  Her demon wasn't evil; she protected Clare from all the things that have hurt her:  her father's death by overdose, her stepdad's drunken belligerence, and even the guy from school who wouldn't take no for an answer.Her unnamed demon left behind a cryptic note:  -Be nice to him-June 20-Remember the storiesBefore long, Clare is falling in love with the son of the preacher who performed her exorcism and realizing there may be more demons than her own in her small Southern town.  Soon she's questioning if her demon was actually saving her or isolating her for sinister reasons.Unwilling to give up her search, Clare remembers the story her demon told her about a being deep in the woods and finds herself on a dark path to locate the One Wish Man.  If she finds him and he grants her wish to be reunited, what will he ask for in return?  And will it be a price she's willing pay?It's up to Clare to choose her loyalty to good or evil and find truth in a tangle of lies.The Good Demon was a truly surprising YA mystery!  Set in a small Southern town, the novel obviously has a lot of religious aspects relating to sin, good vs. evil, and purity.  The Gothic tale blends mystery and horror with an innocent fairy tale quality.  I can't think of too many YA Southern Gothic novels but this is sure to be close to the top of the list!  My only complaint is my usual for the YA genre:  I would've appreciated a little more back story, character development, and in the case of this novel specifically:  more description and history of the town.  This was an exceptional story overall and an excellent read for mature YA readers!  Thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  The Good Demon is scheduled for release on September 18, 2018.For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when you have been part of an exorcism but you want your demon back? The answer is you enlist the help of the son of the preacher who did the exorcism to help you find her and get her back.The voice in this book is what makes it stand out, though (view spoiler)[ in the end, when Clara walks away from her Demon AND her mother walks away from her demon -- Clara's horrible step father -- the fact two women walked away hand-in-hand as the winners really worked for me (hide spoiler)]. Re What happens when you have been part of an exorcism but you want your demon back? The answer is you enlist the help of the son of the preacher who did the exorcism to help you find her and get her back.The voice in this book is what makes it stand out, though (view spoiler)[ in the end, when Clara walks away from her Demon AND her mother walks away from her demon -- Clara's horrible step father -- the fact two women walked away hand-in-hand as the winners really worked for me (hide spoiler)]. Readers who love YA horror will enjoy this. I'm excited to see Cajoleas write more.
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  • Max Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewHoly. Motherloving. Shirtballs. I loved this book. Like full on, no holds bar loved it. A black, gothic tale of possession and power that just oozes a dark sort of charm from start to finish. Cajoleas really hit a home run with this one and I can't wait to see what he does next. The Good Demon is just so compelling that once I started there was no way in hell I was stopping until the end.Possession stories ar Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewHoly. Motherloving. Shirtballs. I loved this book. Like full on, no holds bar loved it. A black, gothic tale of possession and power that just oozes a dark sort of charm from start to finish. Cajoleas really hit a home run with this one and I can't wait to see what he does next. The Good Demon is just so compelling that once I started there was no way in hell I was stopping until the end.Possession stories are played out, see literally any horror film in the past four years, but I firmly believe that they can be good with the right narrative and backbone. And boy does The Good Demon have an absolutely glorious narrative. There's a lot of weird, almost uncomfortable, themes in possession stories many of them sexual. Think about it, a young girl has an unwanted masculine presence, usually forced, but sometimes seduced, into her and then she needs to be cleansed or purified to redeem her. There's a lot of academic and pop culture papers on the subject if you wanna look into it further. But I mention it because in The Good Demon the demonic presence isn't a masculine one, but a feminine one. The demon is female and that gives this story a whole new perspective and opens up a lot of doors.To Clare, the demon was her best friend, her sister, her only confidant, and without her she's lost. She longs to return to how it use to be, just her and Her. And when she discovers a hidden message She left for her, Clare takes it upon herself to reunite with the demon once more. But, on her journey Clare comes to grips with not only the uncomfortable truths about the relationship between her and Her, but about the town itself.What makes this book is the relationship between Clare and Her. Cajoleas had to write with a surgical scalpel, creating a relationship between Clare and this demon that felt not only realistic, but confused. Her clearly loved Clare, but She is a demon so how does a demon love someone? What does it look like? And Clare is lonely without Her, so lonely she searches for meaning, a purpose. What does that person look like? What will she do and how far will she go? There are so many little nuances to both these characters that make this book a joy. Their relationship is compelling, not only because of the bond they share, but this overhanging idea that maybe Her wasn't as good as Clare remembers or maybe Clare isn't as innocent as we think. There are so many great character moments on every page I felt that I truly knew these characters.There's also a proto-romance with Clare's exorcist's son and that is a treasure trove of character insight as well. I liked how they didn't have a "official" romance. Both cared for the other, but they were being used by the other. Roy to explore a world outside his own and Clare because she was lonely without Her and needed someone, anyone to make that hole go away. Roy wasn't as developed as Clare or Her, but I appreciated his character and what he did and where he went as a person. I even understood his viewpoint later on in the book. I was still pissed to high heaven at him, but I understood why he'd think that. Just like I understood Clare's decision regarding him.Let's not forget that ending though, which may be on of my favorite endings of all time. I think I actually shed a tear or two. It was dark and sweet and so sad all rolled into one emotional gut punch. After so much work, after so much effort, Clare's growth comes to a head in the most pitch perfect way ever that really seals this novel into favorite status.Sure, it's not without its faults. The secret society plot was meh and there could have been a deeper exploration of Roy's father, but those are nitpicks compared to what I truly loved about The Good Demon. It's a grotesque and gorgeous story about love and loneliness and the lengths we'll go to find, and keep, the ones we love. So please, pick this up because it will do everything a good book should do for you and more.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Love and faith are put into question as the struggle to reunite with a demon leads to serious consequences. “The Good Demon” follows Clare a young woman who recently became the subject of an exorcism and is grieving the loss of the demon known simply as Her when she reconnects with the son of the Reverend who performed the rite. As she struggles with her loss she becomes determined to get her demon back regardless of the cost and as her jour eh progresses she finds there’s more to her small town Love and faith are put into question as the struggle to reunite with a demon leads to serious consequences. “The Good Demon” follows Clare a young woman who recently became the subject of an exorcism and is grieving the loss of the demon known simply as Her when she reconnects with the son of the Reverend who performed the rite. As she struggles with her loss she becomes determined to get her demon back regardless of the cost and as her jour eh progresses she finds there’s more to her small town and their connection to the dark side than she could ever imagine. This is a paranormal book in nature with dark magic holding center stage but it really serves as a great allegory for abusive relationships and the people who prey on those who are at their most vulnerable. The narration in this book is somewhat unreliable as we go giving us snapshots of the dynamic between Clare and Her and it’s not until the climax of the novel that we finally get the full picture and it begs the question is this a good demon after all? There’s a bit of romance in this but I have to say I like how it ends with the focus shifted to that of Clare and her mother who have been living parallel lives with both actual and human versions of demons and the healing they need in order to move forward with their lives and it’s that love that I hope will be the take away from this book. I know this review is very sappy but I swear this book is dark and twisted in its own way and offers up creatures and sacrificial practices that will haunt your dreams but there’s a lingering message there that I think will be something that will stick with the reader longer than fear. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Tasya Dita
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest reviewThis.... was a strange book. But I haven't decided yet whether I liked it or not. The story was hard to get into until 48% and by then I think it was kinda too late for me to change my opinion.Review to come.
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  • Kota Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Clare has been recently exorcised and unprepared to deal with the world alone, she sets off to get her demon back. Along the way we see the origin story and past stories with Clare and her demon and we also see Clare's developing friendship with the son of the Reverend who took the demon out of her. Clare uses the mysterious going-ons around the town and the hints that her demon left behind to find her demon. I am going to call this a coming of age story and despite the unique premise, I was ver Clare has been recently exorcised and unprepared to deal with the world alone, she sets off to get her demon back. Along the way we see the origin story and past stories with Clare and her demon and we also see Clare's developing friendship with the son of the Reverend who took the demon out of her. Clare uses the mysterious going-ons around the town and the hints that her demon left behind to find her demon. I am going to call this a coming of age story and despite the unique premise, I was very surprised by this book and I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Clare's character is jaded at the least, having spent her childhood and some of her teenage years under the influence of what really cannot be considered the best role model. She lives with her mother, who is geneverally oblivious, and her stepdad, who thinks she's crazy. Clare naturally rebels and it gets even worse once her demon is gone. She believes that she is willing to do anything necessary to get her only friend back and the single-minded obsesssion makes her a very interesting character. Roy is the Reverend's son and witnessed the exorcism. He tries to befriend Clare with she reciprocates after a time and they develop an odd friendship. He is under the thumb of his father, used to a very conservative way of thinking which was honestly pretty annoying, but Clare always challenged him in his beliefs and he let himself be swayed at times. His character was weirdly inconsistent, but I didn't think that distracted too much away from the rest of it, so it was fine. The demon was interesting because you are always kept wondering if it is really a demon on the inside and is just being with Clare so she can exist or if she really believes in their friendship. I think the demon could have had more depth, but it is not a very long book, so in that short time, the characterization was done pretty well.What struck me most about this book was the lesson that it was subtly teaching the readers amid the actual plot. It is an excellent examination of the human nature to seek out companionship and what can happen when that companionship is lost. The depths we go to to get it back and the book asks the question, are you ever really alone? And does being alone mean that you are lonely? This theme is what impressed me the most from the book and I found Clare's character believable and even though you could see her make stupid decisions, I found that every action was justified and watching her grow into a more independent person made it all the more satisfying. I will be recommending this book to others if they are looking for a quick, but fleshed out supernatural read about family and friendship.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAfter Clare gets an exorcism, she's desperate to get the demon (referred to as Her) back because she was her only friend. Clare has a complicated life. Her mom and stepdad drink and are belligerent. Her dad passed away and she's still coping. Clare finds herself on an adventure through town while trying to get Her back.There was an almost fairytale like quality to the story with a gothic atmosphere. I enjoyed the mix of mystery and horror throughout. My one complaint is the rushed endin 3.5 starsAfter Clare gets an exorcism, she's desperate to get the demon (referred to as Her) back because she was her only friend. Clare has a complicated life. Her mom and stepdad drink and are belligerent. Her dad passed away and she's still coping. Clare finds herself on an adventure through town while trying to get Her back.There was an almost fairytale like quality to the story with a gothic atmosphere. I enjoyed the mix of mystery and horror throughout. My one complaint is the rushed ending. I wish things could've been expanded on. This was a great, unique little story I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys young adult horror and wants something a little different. This one was fun.I won this through goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Felicia Allen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very unique storyline. Normally when demons are involved it is the demon that is the horror aspect. In this case, it was a human! Clare becomes possessed by a demon and befriends it. Her stepfather finds out about it and has it excised out of her. From then on, Clare does anything to try to get Her back. The cast is a secret cult/coven, a demon summoner, an old, cranky used store owner, and a preachers son. There were almost like three endings to this book but the last one is definite This was a very unique storyline. Normally when demons are involved it is the demon that is the horror aspect. In this case, it was a human! Clare becomes possessed by a demon and befriends it. Her stepfather finds out about it and has it excised out of her. From then on, Clare does anything to try to get Her back. The cast is a secret cult/coven, a demon summoner, an old, cranky used store owner, and a preachers son. There were almost like three endings to this book but the last one is definitely my favorite. There are not alternate endings, just spots where I thought it was the end but the story kept going. The author uses "said" in almost every line of dialog (just one of my pet peeves), but this book was exciting, mysterious, heart breaking and funny. I loved it!
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  • Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was a very good book. The Good Demon is a tale about a girl and the demon that was taken from her. She’s willing to do anything to get Her back and this is the story of how she does just that. Dark, but not horrific, The Good Demon is one of the most unique novels I’ve ever read. It takes you down twisting paths and makes you look deep inside yourself. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.
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  • Adam Sockel
    January 1, 1970
    This book reminded me of And the trees crept in or Wintersong in the way that it leads you wandering down dark, circular paths of horror and evil. A few strings felt a little untied at the end but my goodness is it captivating. Side note: the main “villain” speaks in creepy rhetorical questions and it freaked me the hell out.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    This was dark, and strange, and... gritty? awful? Neither of those last two are correct, but whatever the proper adjective is, it was all in a really good way. I mean, imagine a book about a girl who has gone through an exorcism, but will do absolutely anything to get her demon back, and that her journey to do so takes a gothic, magical-realism-type turn, and you've got this book.That said, I didn't personally find it gripping, thus the 3 stars. I appreciated how the storyline is definitely not This was dark, and strange, and... gritty? awful? Neither of those last two are correct, but whatever the proper adjective is, it was all in a really good way. I mean, imagine a book about a girl who has gone through an exorcism, but will do absolutely anything to get her demon back, and that her journey to do so takes a gothic, magical-realism-type turn, and you've got this book.That said, I didn't personally find it gripping, thus the 3 stars. I appreciated how the storyline is definitely not your usual one, and it didn't fall into any of the fantasy/romance/horror tropes, and it was dark and mysterious and inexact, and you got to follow the unraveling of what was going on along with the MC. All of that was great. But in the end, I found it just... interesting, not gripping. I would recommend others to give it a try, though. It is certainly a unique read.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    I have no idea what I just read. The Good Demon is dark and weird and totally messed up on so many levels.I freaking loved it.
  • Martina Urbanová
    January 1, 1970
    V tejto knihe boli vynikajúce časti. Potom tam boli nudné časti. A nasledovali vyslovene zbytočné časti. Podľa mňa by si mal autor nájsť lepšieho beta-readera (alebo úplne nového, ak žiadneho ešte nemá), ktorý by mu podaril s tým, ktoré informácie sú v knihe absolútne irelevantné a ktoré by si, naopak, zaslúžili viac pozornosti. Čo sa týka knihy po tematickej stránke, tá ma bavila o čosi viac, hoci musím priznať, že niektoré línie tam byť vyslovene nemuseli. Pretože neboli rozvité a niekedy mi p V tejto knihe boli vynikajúce časti. Potom tam boli nudné časti. A nasledovali vyslovene zbytočné časti. Podľa mňa by si mal autor nájsť lepšieho beta-readera (alebo úplne nového, ak žiadneho ešte nemá), ktorý by mu podaril s tým, ktoré informácie sú v knihe absolútne irelevantné a ktoré by si, naopak, zaslúžili viac pozornosti. Čo sa týka knihy po tematickej stránke, tá ma bavila o čosi viac, hoci musím priznať, že niektoré línie tam byť vyslovene nemuseli. Pretože neboli rozvité a niekedy mi pripadalo, že tam boli len do počtu. Autor sa snažil zbytočne skomplikovať knihu, ktorá by mohla byť geniálna aj vďaka svojej jednoduchosti. Takisto by bolo úžasné, ak by zapracoval na atmosfére, nakoľko táto kniha nemala nič z temnoty, záhadnosti a gotickosti, ktorú mi sľubovala anotácia. V konečnom dôsledku som si z knihy odniesla jediné - že nezdravé priateľstvá je potrebné ukončiť, aj keď niekedy na to potrebujete apokalypsu, veľa krvi a minimálne jeden zážitok na pokraji smrti. Čo je dosť málo. Tá kniha mala viac ako 300 strán.
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    This book is indescribably weird and incredibly written. The Southern Gothic of your dreams.
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    I was able to read more than 30% of The Good Demon and realized that it wasn't for me, despite the interesting premise and fascinating illustrations that accompanied the story.The main character, Clare, felt so alone and only the comfort of her own demon made her feel complete. After she had been exorcised, Clare tried to get "it" back. She discovered some artifacts along the way and started befriending the pastor's son (who also happened to be present during her exorcism). Clare is pretty with I was able to read more than 30% of The Good Demon and realized that it wasn't for me, despite the interesting premise and fascinating illustrations that accompanied the story.The main character, Clare, felt so alone and only the comfort of her own demon made her feel complete. After she had been exorcised, Clare tried to get "it" back. She discovered some artifacts along the way and started befriending the pastor's son (who also happened to be present during her exorcism). Clare is pretty with green eyes but she was surprisingly alone and desperate for a connection with anyone or ANYTHING. Always looking everywhere for her demon. And while I found it incredibly disturbing (I'm a Catholic), I liked how this novel wasn't a generic horror/paranormal story. Unfortunately, I didn't find it "gripping" enough to rate this higher than most readers but there is still something worth reading about this story. The author tends to write in a personal way (as if the character is really speaking to its reader) with the right amount of description. Very expressive. I'm recommending this book to those who like weird stories.*Huge thanks to the publisher at Netgalley for approving my request to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • K2
    January 1, 1970
    StyleThe Good Demon is a book written simple and delivered in a straightforward way. The premise is so basic that it forgoes depicting it - the local preacher and his son has exorcised the demon possessing the protagonist, and the protagonist wants Her back, and we're plopped right in the fallout. Details about Clare's life is explained as it becomes relevant to what's currently happening, so there's a constant livewire of emotions through the whole thing.This book and its sense of mysticism in StyleThe Good Demon is a book written simple and delivered in a straightforward way. The premise is so basic that it forgoes depicting it - the local preacher and his son has exorcised the demon possessing the protagonist, and the protagonist wants Her back, and we're plopped right in the fallout. Details about Clare's life is explained as it becomes relevant to what's currently happening, so there's a constant livewire of emotions through the whole thing.This book and its sense of mysticism in more obscure unknowns - a sort of spinoff from the usual small town gothic - would have been my entire life when I was 14. Now, as an adult, it just hits an old, forgotten sweet spot just right, one of those stories that makes my eyes water out of empathy even when absolutely nothing is going on.StoryThe story has a strong narrative about overcoming loss, dependency, and toxic relationships, and it hits hard. The themes tie together tightly, and use the supernatural events as a powerful allegory.(view spoiler)[Unfortunately, everything about the Conspiracy is silly up until the final leg of the book, at which point it ties back into the tone and themes of the book so cleanly that I feel like every mention of it before that point was just pointless filler used to make the climax make more sense. It is REALLY poorly implemented.That aside, they have a whole creepypasta locked in the attic, revealed in a scene so ridiculous and Narmy I laughed out loud. I want to go into detail but every time I try I lose my mind. I want to scream. I want to type 4 paragraphs on how horrifically bad the delivery on this entire conspiracy is. It's haunting me. The confrontation was so funny (hide spoiler)]Despite delivery problems, the plot itself is still rock solid, and I think it works perfectly for the overall story. I was threatening a 2 or 3 star around 60% through, but by the end I think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It was a close thing, there, though. CharactersThis isn't quite a characterization-rich book, it's a book of...experiences. Clare's POV is involved and juvenile and raw, realistic to the point that I felt exposed reading her experiences, but it's very immediate, in the way simply Living is. I empathized deeply with Clare, and I understood through her why Roy was so engaging as a person., the complicated emotions that motivate her mother, and even the mindsets of less likable characters. Everyone has a sense of texture and life breathed into them that makes them uniquely memorable. Except Miss Mathis, who not only had life and pathos but also was an absolute delight every time she was on the page and she reigns as my favourite character.OverallIf you're age 13~22 and a lover of the gothic horror aesthetic of demons, faith, cults, and mysterious things hiding in the corners of burnt-out houses and dusty small-town thrift shop shelves, this is going to be like catnip to you. I read a digital copy, but I feel like I found this book on the shelves of my local second-hand store in spirit. Shaky middle, but absolutely worth it in the end.ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Memento Nerdy
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Good DemonAuthor: Jimmy CajoleasGenre: YA Fantasy/HorrorPublisher: Amulet Books - Copyright 2018Publication Date: September 18, 2018Review Copy Source: Edelweiss+ Read: August 8, 2018Disclaimer: I received a free digital advanced review copy of the book reviewed below in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Synopsis from Publisher: Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn’t understand that her demon—simply known as Her—was l Title: The Good DemonAuthor: Jimmy CajoleasGenre: YA Fantasy/HorrorPublisher: Amulet Books - Copyright 2018Publication Date: September 18, 2018Review Copy Source: Edelweiss+ Read: August 8, 2018Disclaimer: I received a free digital advanced review copy of the book reviewed below in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Synopsis from Publisher: Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn’t understand that her demon—simply known as Her—was like a sister to Clare. Now, Clare will do almost anything to get Her back. After a chance encounter with the son of the preacher who exorcised her, Clare goes on an adventure through the dark underbelly of her small Southern town, discovering its deep-seated occult roots. As she searches for Her, she must question the fine lines between good and evil, love and hate, and religion and free will.Review: Jimmy Cajoleas captures the spirit of teenage girl angst in Clare, a girl struggling to find her way in both her small Southern town and the larger world. Clare’s home life is less than perfect with a mother and stepfather who are both more interested in the contents of a bottle or where to find their next high. The death of her biological father continues to haunt her, and a lack of friends completesClare’s isolation. This is where the demon known only as Her comes into play. Clare and Her are literally inseparable from an early age until an incident reveals Her’s presence, and Clare is subjugated to an exorcism and loses Her. Clare’s isolation grows daily as she mourns the loss of her only friend. However, Clare soon finds herself at the center of a decades old mystery surrounding the disappearance of another teenage girl, the suspicious death of a teenage boy, a secret society at the dark heart of town, and a budding romance with the son of the preacher who performed Clare’s exorcism.To say Clare’s life is complicated is an understatement, but Cajoleas handles the multiple threads with deft skill, weaving a complex tapestry worthy of the Southern Gothic tradition. Mystery, romance, horror, and dark humor all come together to tell Clare’s story and reveal the corrupted heart of a small town. The Good Demon asks multiple questions regarding the nature of good and evil, the line between dogma and free will, the boundary between dependence (childhood) and independence (adulthood), but most importantly, what defines a friendship.Easily one of the best novels I’ve read so far this year, I highly recommend The Good Demon to anyone who enjoys young adult horror mixed with a healthy dose of dark humor. I read this book--cover to cover--in one day. I couldn't put it down! If you like dark fiction, read this book. Seriously. Read it.The Good Demon hits the shelves September 18, 2018.Review at a Glance:Concept: A+Execution: A+Writing Style: A+Characters: A+Reader Connection: A+Overall Grade: A+Would I Buy This Author Again: Absolutely!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The prose in this novel was so descriptive that I not only read it one sitting, but I felt as if I were transported into the book. This is a classic horror story with a twist. The writing is evocative of either Neil Gaiman or Stephen King. Kind of YA homage to both I suppose. A demon has lived inside Clare since childhood. Once it's discovered a local preacher is called to get it out and the story begins with Clare just desperate to get her friend (the demon) back. For a long time, her demon was The prose in this novel was so descriptive that I not only read it one sitting, but I felt as if I were transported into the book. This is a classic horror story with a twist. The writing is evocative of either Neil Gaiman or Stephen King. Kind of YA homage to both I suppose. A demon has lived inside Clare since childhood. Once it's discovered a local preacher is called to get it out and the story begins with Clare just desperate to get her friend (the demon) back. For a long time, her demon was her only friend and had proved trustworthy and loyal. While reading, I had the same thoughts that you get watching a horror movie; I adore that anticipatory lump in my throat as you mentally prepare for a good jump scare. You know, how you start to suspect one thing and then something worse happens? That's this book- delightfully creepy.Probably an unconventional pairing, but reading this with Good Omens, and maybe some C.S. Lewis would make for some fun discussions about how quickly we humans can be tricked into almost anything by the supernatural or other humans.Recommending this for older kids who like horror as a genre. There is alcohol, sex, and some scary spiritual imagery. Nothing gratuitous but possibly nightmare provoking. (if you love scary books this is a plus)I just one-clicked the author's previous book Goldeline, sight unseen. It's MG, so I'll review it here too. I'm now a big fan,Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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  • Other Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    In the heart of the south, a girl’s best friend is torn away from her as a reverend and his son calls down divine power for an exorcism. The result: an angry teenager ready to crawl into the darkest secrets of her home to bring the demon back. In a twisty story about friendship, faith, and free will, Clare’s life is shattered and only the secret messages from the demon can help put herself back together again, even if it means teaming up with the reverend’s son. The prose is true to its genre, e In the heart of the south, a girl’s best friend is torn away from her as a reverend and his son calls down divine power for an exorcism. The result: an angry teenager ready to crawl into the darkest secrets of her home to bring the demon back. In a twisty story about friendship, faith, and free will, Clare’s life is shattered and only the secret messages from the demon can help put herself back together again, even if it means teaming up with the reverend’s son. The prose is true to its genre, emphasizing the blood in starlit woods and ancient evil that lurks in every corner. Clare is a fascinating character of her own, someone angry and vicious at the world, and Cajoleas seems aware of the genre conventions when it comes to gender. This pays off spectacularly and particularly after she and the Roy become more involved with each other. I love religious horror, but I hate the sexism that is association with the genre – as seen with possession scenes. It was a relief to see the bond Clare and Her had as more of an even dynamic than a mwa ha ha flesh puppet schtick. Other characters, Uncle Mike and Miss. Mathis, have some of the best scenes in the book as they reveal some of the darker strange things in their town. Gothic atmosphere and starving characters aside, what made this book go down a star would be his attempt of writing a Major Conspiracy. The second half delves into it, a cult created by the typical founders of the town and etc., but execution was lacking and so was any foreshadowing. This made the ending rushed because it felt like there was more to say. Lovely writing and gothic feeling, weak second half, but a fun story about how we all crave to feel connected to someone and want companionship. I've received the arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC of The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas in exchange for an honest review. And let me just say right off the bat, WOW! I loved this book!My ThoughtsSeriously, WOW! I loved this book!I had never heard of Jimmy Cajoleas before, but when I read the blurb above, I was immediately intrigued. After reading The Good Demon, I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.I personally didn't so much care for Clare as a person, because her attitude bothered me and I hated th I received a free ARC of The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas in exchange for an honest review. And let me just say right off the bat, WOW! I loved this book!My ThoughtsSeriously, WOW! I loved this book!I had never heard of Jimmy Cajoleas before, but when I read the blurb above, I was immediately intrigued. After reading The Good Demon, I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.I personally didn't so much care for Clare as a person, because her attitude bothered me and I hated that she was using Roy as a crutch. She did have some redeeming qualities, but in the end, I didn't care for how she threw Roy under the bus knowing full well what would happen to him, even if he betrayed her first.But, I also felt that as a character, all of her choices really propelled the story forward and made it a compelling story. I also enjoyed the fact that, while there was some romance between Clare and Roy, romance wasn't the whole point of the story and the happy ending isn't what the reader would expect.I think my favorite part of the whole story was the concept of the One Wish Man, and I was pleasantly creeped out when we finally got to meet him.ConclusionI'm giving The Good Demon 5 stars. It had me on the edge of my seat, it had a good creep factor, and I felt it was a great story for both young adults and adults.Check out some of my other reviews on my blog, Rainy Days, Books, and a Cup of Coffee! https://rainydaysbooksandcoffee.wordp...
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  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars - I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I was intrigued by the concept for this story when I first read the synopsis. It is a clever and creative idea and I had high hopes for the finished product. While I wasn't totally disappointed, the story didn't quite live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, it is well-written and there is sufficient character development...all of the functional stuff is there. For me, the bigger issue is that it lacked a real hook, a reason to go 2.5 stars - I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I was intrigued by the concept for this story when I first read the synopsis. It is a clever and creative idea and I had high hopes for the finished product. While I wasn't totally disappointed, the story didn't quite live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, it is well-written and there is sufficient character development...all of the functional stuff is there. For me, the bigger issue is that it lacked a real hook, a reason to go on reading, and there wasn't enough tension to keep me invested. I knew where it was going almost immediately and the horror part of the story, where the author could have upped the ante and made it super scary, faded away before it was even given a chance to develop. I mean, you have this whole secret society and they should be doing everything in their power to stop Clare, but, other than putting feathers above their doors, they do nothing? They don't chase her, they don't try to stop her, they don't threaten her family...nothing. So much potential there and it was completely dropped. Overall, great idea, good writing, sub-par storytelling.
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  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book from Netgalley. My review is completely my own opinions and thoughts.*I really liked the concept of a girl being exorcised and searching for her lost demon as I haven’t come across something like it. The beginning sucked me in but I felt it fell a little short of what it could have been.At first I liked the main character and felt for her as she was lonely and didn’t belong in the city, but as the story kept going, it got a little old and she didn’t hold on to any belief sh *I received this book from Netgalley. My review is completely my own opinions and thoughts.*I really liked the concept of a girl being exorcised and searching for her lost demon as I haven’t come across something like it. The beginning sucked me in but I felt it fell a little short of what it could have been.At first I liked the main character and felt for her as she was lonely and didn’t belong in the city, but as the story kept going, it got a little old and she didn’t hold on to any belief she had for that long. She was very fickle and didn’t seem consistent about it. As for Roy, he didn’t seem to have much character growth and felt like a severe stereotype of a pastor’s son. I felt like he could have had more depth in this story.The town itself had a lot going on, but I didn’t feel like the story went in-depth enough to really understand what was going on. I barely started to understand the network the author created before it ended. I had problems with the ending as well, but I don’t want to spoil what happens.All in all I would read other books by the author, but didn’t enjoy this one that much as I felt it wasn’t flushed out all the way.
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  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    I had a hard time identifying with Clare, the main character of this story. I am happy the main character is a girl, but I did not really like her as a person until the end. I would say she does redeem herself, and learns to identify the difference between good and bad the hard way. That's the good part of this book. Clare has a hard life because her mom drinks and her stepdad is mean and drinks too, so I feel that I should be more sympathetic, but as with most young adult fiction I am annoyed w I had a hard time identifying with Clare, the main character of this story. I am happy the main character is a girl, but I did not really like her as a person until the end. I would say she does redeem herself, and learns to identify the difference between good and bad the hard way. That's the good part of this book. Clare has a hard life because her mom drinks and her stepdad is mean and drinks too, so I feel that I should be more sympathetic, but as with most young adult fiction I am annoyed with how self-absorbed and shallow Clare acts and thinks for the majority of this story. But I do remember being self absorbed as a teenager, so perhaps the discomfort in reading this book is a reminder that we all went through something similar and looking back it's embarrassing to reflect on those times. I am reluctant to name Clare as a hero, but to herself she is a hero in the end, and that is what matters the most in this story.
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  • Jennifer Jamieson
    January 1, 1970
    Clare has been miserable since she lost her best friend. She's a moody teen who likes to read about John Dee and rifle through the local secondhand shop, and she really only had the one friend.Clare's friend was a demon Clare called Her.When Clare's behaviour became stranger than usual, her mother called the local pastor, and he ripped Her from Clare. Now Clare would do just about anything to get Her back. She was Clare's friend, confidant, and protector.Clare finds clues left by Her on how to g Clare has been miserable since she lost her best friend. She's a moody teen who likes to read about John Dee and rifle through the local secondhand shop, and she really only had the one friend.Clare's friend was a demon Clare called Her.When Clare's behaviour became stranger than usual, her mother called the local pastor, and he ripped Her from Clare. Now Clare would do just about anything to get Her back. She was Clare's friend, confidant, and protector.Clare finds clues left by Her on how to get Her back, and it begins with befriending the pastor's quiet son.The Good Demon is a strange, dark fairytale that reminds us that we should be careful what we wish for, and to never trust strange wizards with magic houses in the woods.I enjoyed this one a lot--it was very different from the usual possession tales, turning some of the old tropes on their ear. It was a bit of classic horror mixed with modern fairytale. The cast of characters is interesting and w
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  • Shanon Millman
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Jimmy Cajoleas, The Good Demon, introduces us to Clarabella or just Clare and “her”. “Her” is Clare’s demon. Through family intervention the demon is taken, and Clare feels she must figure out how to get “her” back, thus uncovering deeper evil within the town. Initially I did not like the book, but I found that I wanted to keep reading it…compelled, if you will. What I found was that by the end of the book I really enj I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Jimmy Cajoleas, The Good Demon, introduces us to Clarabella or just Clare and “her”. “Her” is Clare’s demon. Through family intervention the demon is taken, and Clare feels she must figure out how to get “her” back, thus uncovering deeper evil within the town. Initially I did not like the book, but I found that I wanted to keep reading it…compelled, if you will. What I found was that by the end of the book I really enjoyed it. The Good Demon is not just about a girl and her demon, but a girl discovering she does not really need her demon or others to be a strong and capable young woman. I would highly recommend this book and encourage young women to read it. @PiqueBeyond#TheGoodDemon#NetGalley
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    I was absolutely blown away by The Good Demon. Jimmy Cajoleas's writing gripped me from the first page, and I tore through the book to find out what would become of Clare and her demon.I was completely unprepared for how deeply this story would affect me, and I've spent the last day trying to find the words to convey the power of this novel. It's unsettling and frightening and hopeful and exciting all at once. I felt like I knew Clare deeply, and I was invested in her struggles every step of the I was absolutely blown away by The Good Demon. Jimmy Cajoleas's writing gripped me from the first page, and I tore through the book to find out what would become of Clare and her demon.I was completely unprepared for how deeply this story would affect me, and I've spent the last day trying to find the words to convey the power of this novel. It's unsettling and frightening and hopeful and exciting all at once. I felt like I knew Clare deeply, and I was invested in her struggles every step of the way. Jimmy Cajoleas presents her view of the world brilliantly, and we feel the intensity of her desire to be reunited with her demon and root for her, even as we question the wisdom of that goal. This is a powerful, captivating, mesmerizing read that is not to be missed!
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  • Solana
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this one. The first half was not what I expected, it was the development of a friendship between two kids and hardly any of the creepy small town bits that I was expecting. The development of the friendship felt boring and purely for the development of an important plot that would come in later on, but I didn't care about either of the main two characters while reading this part.The second half was what I wanted from the book, a creepy story with demons and otherworld I have mixed feelings about this one. The first half was not what I expected, it was the development of a friendship between two kids and hardly any of the creepy small town bits that I was expecting. The development of the friendship felt boring and purely for the development of an important plot that would come in later on, but I didn't care about either of the main two characters while reading this part.The second half was what I wanted from the book, a creepy story with demons and otherworldly influences. Unlike the first half, the second part just flew by. The history of the town was horrific and captivated me. I actually started to care about what happened to Clare and Roy.The second part didn't entirely redeem the book for me, but it definitely made it better.
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  • Nicole Wagner
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever finished a book so engrossing that you seriously almost played hooky for work because you wanted to sit still and just think about it for hours after closing the cover? This book features the most realistic, likeable, sympathetic protagonist I've "met" in a really, really long time. Clare, I won't forget you. I am thinking about you. I'm rooting for you. I don't want a sequel, though, because the ambiguity strikes JUST the right tone. This book is SCARY. Like, deeply disturbing. Do Have you ever finished a book so engrossing that you seriously almost played hooky for work because you wanted to sit still and just think about it for hours after closing the cover? This book features the most realistic, likeable, sympathetic protagonist I've "met" in a really, really long time. Clare, I won't forget you. I am thinking about you. I'm rooting for you. I don't want a sequel, though, because the ambiguity strikes JUST the right tone. This book is SCARY. Like, deeply disturbing. Does it delve into a little bit of B-movie circus horror? Yep. But by then, you're in so deep, your eyes ache from reading so fast and you are completely sold on it. How anyone is rating this less than 5 stars is lost on me. This book is incredible!!
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  • Cristin
    January 1, 1970
    Clare just had her demon exorcised. The problem? The wanted to keep her demon and now she's on a mission to find her using the clues her demon left behind.This is a book I normally would not pick up, but I saw it at ALA and thought "why not"? I ended up really enjoying the book. The writing was very well done, I really enjoyed the narrator/main character, and I loved the depth of the story.I wish it was about 30 more pages that would help slow down and then expand on the end.*ARC given for hones Clare just had her demon exorcised. The problem? The wanted to keep her demon and now she's on a mission to find her using the clues her demon left behind.This is a book I normally would not pick up, but I saw it at ALA and thought "why not"? I ended up really enjoying the book. The writing was very well done, I really enjoyed the narrator/main character, and I loved the depth of the story.I wish it was about 30 more pages that would help slow down and then expand on the end.*ARC given for honest review of book*
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