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True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demon 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 encou True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demon 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. Vivid and sharp, The Good Demon tells the unusual story of friendship amid dark Gothic horror.


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True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demon 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 encou True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demon 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. Vivid and sharp, The Good Demon tells the unusual story of friendship amid dark Gothic horror.

30 review for The Good Demon

  1. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    As a life-long horror fan, possession stories have always been some of my favorites. There’s just something so classic and iconic about the idea of a child or teen being taken over by some sort of dark entity, and even though the trope is typically filled to the brim with religious overtones and misrepresentation of many belief sects, they’re just fun. When I heard about this story’s twist—that the girl wants to be possessed and mourns the loss of her demon—I knew I had to read it. I just had to As a life-long horror fan, possession stories have always been some of my favorites. There’s just something so classic and iconic about the idea of a child or teen being taken over by some sort of dark entity, and even though the trope is typically filled to the brim with religious overtones and misrepresentation of many belief sects, they’re just fun. When I heard about this story’s twist—that the girl wants to be possessed and mourns the loss of her demon—I knew I had to read it. I just had to! She was just a voice inside my voice, a body inside my body, a spirit inside my spirit, my demon. When She spoke I heard Her in my blood, and when She moved I felt Her in my bones. Unfortunately, we’ve all heard the saying: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. While the synopsis behind this book caught my attention immediately, I was literally only a single chapter in when I realized that the subpar writing was going to ruin any chances I had of giving this book an excellent review. The narrative voice doesn’t read like a teen at all, and Clare’s internal monologue is so pretentious and angsty that it felt like I was reading some mid-2000s MySpace poetry. (Not in a good way. Is there a good way?) I knew nothing could ever separate us, nothing could ever tear us apart. I was wrong. On top of the narrative voice and the issues I had there, there’s another problem: if you’re a horror fan, you will predict every twist and turn this story has to offer. That said, if you don’t have much experience with horror (or, more specifically, possession and occult stories), then I think you could enjoy this a lot more than I did! I don’t lower my ratings for YA horror when it fails to impress me, because I know that I’ve been desensitized by much of the adult horror I read, but if I had, I think this would have been a 2-star read for me. “It’s not weird,” he said. “It’s just different. Dad holds me and him to a higher standard than the rest of the world. Because we’re men of Christ.” Next, there’s the topic of the religious representation, which was so all over the place. The picture the author has painted of Christians in this book is so over-the-top ridiculous and laughable that I was genuinely stunned to learn from the acknowledgements that Jimmy Cajoleas appears to be a Christian himself—because, seriously, the Christians in this book are terrible. The solstice was when witches held black masses, or maybe the druids slaughtered a virgin or two. Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s just fair treatment; the pagan and witchcraft representation in the story is downright gross. There are multiple comments and implications about all witches and/or pagans being dark, sinister, etc., and like the Christians, they’re all done in these outlandish caricatures that are positively villainous. If it had been toned down a little, it would have been at least a little bit amusing, but it felt like I was being hit over the head with a brick about it. She always had a reason. She did it to protect me. While I didn’t hate this book—I still think the synopsis had major potential, and it was a quick read that managed to keep me just entertained enough to keep reading—I can’t say that I would recommend it to anyone who reads much horror, as I think it would be a letdown. While Cajoleas shows definite potential to improve, I probably won’t rush to pick up any future releases of his. Content warnings for demonic possession (obviously), violence, mutilation, animal abuse/mutilation/death, sexual assault, physical assault, slut-shaming, poor representation of multiple religions, parental neglect/abuse, drug/alcohol abuse, and overdosing/suicide. All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to Amulet Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    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?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Gaarder

    Read my reviews at http://www.jenchaosreviews.com The Good Demon By Jimmy Cajoleas Amulet Books, September 18, 2018 320 Pages, Hardcover Edition Teen Fiction "True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demon 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 H Read my reviews at http://www.jenchaosreviews.com The Good Demon By Jimmy Cajoleas Amulet Books, September 18, 2018 320 Pages, Hardcover Edition Teen Fiction "True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demon 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 exorcized 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." Goodreads Rating: 3.80/ My Rating 4.00 Review: Let me preface this by saying I had no idea that this was going to be a teen fiction. Most exorcism books are adult in my opinion. However, upon reading, I could see why. When you think of possession of exorcism, you think immediately of William Blatty's Exorcist,  a story of a young girl possessed by the evilest demon that caused more than havoc and pain to the victim and her mother. It was the scariest book next to the Shining I have ever read. This book, The Good Demon, however, was not frightening. This book was more suspenseful. That may very well be the point of this story, so I had to change gears in my mind while reading this. The young girl was possessed by a demon that claimed to love her, that was her best friend. In alternating timelines, the girl regales the times when the demon would "take over" control of her and either "save her" from a potentially dangerous situation or do something that was supposed to be beneficial. However, this was what caused the exorcism to take place. A reverend and his son came to the home and "delivered" her from evil, expelling the demon from her body leaving her empty and lost. The plot was sticky and confusing, however, made sense at the end. The small town is shrouded in a cloud of mystery and evil, something that is hidden and never spoken about unless you ask the right questions to the right people. The girl, desperate to get her demon back becomes enmeshed in this mystery as getting her demon back becomes more significant than the ideal goal. She discovers a message in a strange book written not by her hand, but by someone else, which leads her to befriend the most unlikely person and follow a trail to a place that would give her what she ultimately wanted-HER. In this quest, she meets a very evil group in the town that is responsible for the disappearances of people for many years. A group who thirsts for power and money no matter the cost. She is the center of it now, and she realizes quickly that maybe she should try to stay clear of them. But, can she? Who is in the center of this? However, where there are wishes to be granted, there is always a price to pay. Learning of the price, she is appalled and finds that she should try to relish the relationship with the real-life person only to be rebuffed. Anger spreads, and she decides the price isn't so bad after all. However, when the actual events lead to deception and greed, and the person she trusted to help turns out to be as bad as the group running the town's evil, she tries to make sense of all of it and runs. Is the demon her best friend? Are demons good or bad? She must find out. What is more important? People or the demon? Writing: The writing was simple to understand. It was not flowery prose like you would find in adult fiction after all this is a YA. I was not displeased with how it was written. The sentence and paragraph structure was stable enough that I was able to navigate each page quickly and efficiently. This is a well-written book, and, will impress many teens looking to find a book with great writing. Plot: The plot was linear. Though it did have some flashbacks for background information, it did follow a particular pattern. It had a standard plot with twists and turned, several subplots emerged as I read along and became confused as to what the story was about and where it was going. However, at 90% of the book, they all tie together nicely to make an ending that made sense and left no openings or hesitation. What I Liked: I liked the development of the relationship between the girl and the other person in the story. It was not jerky or awkward. It was also, not very unrealistic. I enjoyed how it flourished over time and became more severe as they progressed through the story. It reminded me of when I was a teen. I also thought very fondly of the relationship she developed with her mother toward the end. 16 is an awkward age for girls and having a relationship with a mother is hard for teen girls. This was highlighted more than once. What I Didn't Like: The book was written in a narration form for the most part and contained a little less dialogue than I liked. I would have liked it better had there been more interaction. This seems to be more prevalent in books that are coming out now more than ever. While I did like the story a lot, I would have preferred more dialogue. Overall Impression: The story is solid suspense, not horror as one may think given the subject matter. It was an enjoyable and fun read. The dropping of a point in the rating is only because I would have preferred more dialogue. I am a sucker for conversation in books. I think that progresses a story more and gives characters more dimension and life than straight narration

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    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 stories Before 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 stories Before 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

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I adored this book. I actually wanted to cry at the end. Such a refreshing take on the possession trope. I love Clare, and while I can't identify with being possessed and wanting my demon back, I CAN identify with coping with family trauma, and coping with loss, and first love, and all the ways people you love can disappoint you, and learning that people can be both good and bad, and finding strength in yourself. Such a great story for adolescence.

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I want to extend a special thank you to both NetGalley and Amulet books for sending me an eARC and a print ARC of this book. I know that Halloween Season isn’t QUITE here yet (though honestly, once Labor Day hits I’m thinking about ghosts and ghouls and all things horror), but I just couldn’t wait for Horrorpalooza to pick up “The Good Demon” by Jimmy Cajoleas. I was fortunate enough to get approved for a copy on NetGalley, but then imagine my extra (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I want to extend a special thank you to both NetGalley and Amulet books for sending me an eARC and a print ARC of this book. I know that Halloween Season isn’t QUITE here yet (though honestly, once Labor Day hits I’m thinking about ghosts and ghouls and all things horror), but I just couldn’t wait for Horrorpalooza to pick up “The Good Demon” by Jimmy Cajoleas. I was fortunate enough to get approved for a copy on NetGalley, but then imagine my extra delight when I was at Serena’s and she said that we’d received a print ARC of it as well. I’d been hearing about this novel since this past summer, when it was all over my twitter feed during BookExpo. While I’m not usually someone who is super into demonic possession/exorcism stories (with a FEW exceptions, as you guys probably remember), the idea of a girl wanting her exorcised demon BACK was one that piqued my interest. The demonic possession stories I like usually buck some of the familiar tropes that are associated with the genre, but ultimately they usually still maintain the demon=bad concept. “The Good Demon” sounded like it was going to take that down as well, so picking it up I went in with some lofty expectations. What struck me most about “The Good Demon” was Clara, our main character who is desperate to find her demon, Her, again. In many demonic possession and exorcism stories, the person being possessed is usually passive, and a secondary character that the main character is trying to help. Clara defies these trends, as not only is she the main character, she is incredibly active and entrenched in ‘doing’ within the narrative. Her reasons for wanting Her back are understandable because of how Cajoleas has written her: her father’s death was a traumatic moment in her life, her mother is an addict who has effectively picked her new husband over her own daughter, and Clara has no other friends or support systems in her life now that Her has been exorcised. While there were ample opportunities for Clara to fall into stereotypical traps of a ‘bad girl’, Cajoleas always kept her from teetering, and kept her grounded in a realistic personality. She always felt like a realistic teenage girl who has seen some shit, and her voice was authentic and natural. As she uncovers the mysteries of the small, closed minded town that she is living in, you see her go up against obstacles that aren’t always because of supernatural or occult driven issues; many of the problems she faces are because of misogyny and prejudice that is entrenched within an Evangelical culture. I liked seeing her interact with basically all of the characters, be it within flashbacks to her friendship with Her, to the fraught and sad relationship with her mother, to the complicated and bittersweet relationship she takes up with Roy, the son of the preacher who performed the exorcism. Roy is a particularly interesting foil to her, as her sullenness is matched with his fundamentalist driven optimism, and her bitterness towards his father is in stark contrast to Roy’s submission to him. It was a relationship that felt very teenager-y, with both of them making decisions that feel right in the moment, but may have fallouts that they cannot see. I had more mixed feelings about the actual possession story. I loved the flashbacks to Her, and I liked seeing Clara and Her interact, and have a complex relationship. It sets a groundwork that makes it very believable that Clara would go as far as she would go to get Her back. That was a very fresh take on possession, that perhaps this ‘demon’ wasn’t necessarily a ‘bad’ thing. But by the end, it becomes pretty clear that the full deconstruction of the ‘possession’ story isn’t going to happen. It gets part way there, I will give it that, but ultimately it didn’t take a bold stance on redefining ‘demons’, and why people like Roy’s Dad might conflate something that empowers or emotionally supports girls and women as ‘demonic’. I appreciate that ultimately Cajoleas is promoting the idea that you should feel secure within yourself and to be able to stand on your own, but I think that this message ultimately undercuts the positive female friendship message that I was hoping we would get from it. While it didn’t QUITE live up to my expectations, “The Good Demon” was a fast and fun read, and it’s absolutely one that dark fantasy and horror fans should pick up during the upcoming spooky season.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Max Baker

    Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review Holy. 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 review Holy. 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    I won this book through a goodreads giveaway and was extremely excited to pick it up. We’ve all read books and heard stories about possession, but a story about the exorcised trying to get their demon back? That was new to me and sounded extremely intriguing. The novel opens up with teenager Clare, who has recently been exorcised of her demon. Who is only referred to as “Her”. Clare is depressed and angry and feels like she has been stripped of the only person who truly understood her, and cared I won this book through a goodreads giveaway and was extremely excited to pick it up. We’ve all read books and heard stories about possession, but a story about the exorcised trying to get their demon back? That was new to me and sounded extremely intriguing. The novel opens up with teenager Clare, who has recently been exorcised of her demon. Who is only referred to as “Her”. Clare is depressed and angry and feels like she has been stripped of the only person who truly understood her, and cared for her, since her father’s death. Upon discovering a message that was left by ‘Her’, Clare goes on a quest to prepare herself to be reunited with her demon. The middle is slightly slower as we learn about Clare and her relationship to ‘Her’, but if felt right for what the story was and how we were learning more about Clare and those around her. Of course, Clare isn’t exactly a reliable narrator as we only understand the demon and their relationship through her memories of their time together. There isn’t any real objective view and the entire story is done through Clare’s POV. As Clare moves through the story, learning more about herself and the town she’s grown up in, she must also come to terms with some hard truths and decide what she is willing to sacrifice to once again be reunited with her beloved friend. The end of the story was fantastic, in my opinion, and really brought everything around full circle. And boy did I have feels. Like, all the feels. Angry, happy, disappointed, sad, disgusted. Seriously, all of them. I can’t say that the story ended “happy”, but I do feel like it ended exactly the way it needed to. The writing really pulled me in, which is saying a lot for me as I read this entire book only during a flight to and from a work destination. And I’m exceptionally, ridiculously, terrified of flying. I can’t usually find something to keep my mind occupied from thoughts of falling out of the sky and dying so I must give serious kudos to Cajoleas for taking me out of my reality for a few hours. I’ll definitely be looking for more of his work and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys strongly character driven pieces with hints of the paranormal.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tasya Dita

    I received an e-ARC through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review This.... was a strange book, in a bad way. 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. It was not creepy at all, and the main characters really annoyed me. The female mc was so pretentious and bitter (the latter quality understandable) and the male mc was very naive and gullible. I quite enjoyed the mystery reveal though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Malanie

    This was one of the strangest books I've ever read. I was expecting it to be scary, because it's marketed as being similar to The Exorcism, but really the story was just lovable. THE SMALL TOWN AESTHETIC WAS TREMENDOUS. It takes place in a minuscule Southern town, and Clare, our MC, was just so perfect???? She swears, she's assertive, direct, logical, badass, jaded. It's so hard for me to describe her voice, but to me it has that perfect rugged? thing. I adore Clare and I feel like I'm not describ This was one of the strangest books I've ever read. I was expecting it to be scary, because it's marketed as being similar to The Exorcism, but really the story was just lovable. THE SMALL TOWN AESTHETIC WAS TREMENDOUS. It takes place in a minuscule Southern town, and Clare, our MC, was just so perfect???? She swears, she's assertive, direct, logical, badass, jaded. It's so hard for me to describe her voice, but to me it has that perfect rugged? thing. I adore Clare and I feel like I'm not describing her with justice. *comes back with quotes* "He tried not to give Roy any change either, so I tapped on the register and glared at him." "I lit a cigarette as we sped off down the highway." Do you see what I mean? HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THIS? I'm an English major and istg I suck at descriptive language. It's disappointing. But.Isn't she just The Coolest Person in the World? And the narration is done in first-person, so we get 100% Clare the whole time. She's a gruffer person than the Roy, her love interest. So he's this sweet delicate innocent flower and she's hardcore protective and I was really into their friendship. c: THE CHEMISTRY. I really wish the story focused more on them, and their friendship. I love friendship-driven books. ((plz recommend)) My main problem was with the possession thing. The premise that you could **miss** your demon after an exorcism is so nice, but the whole thing was tied into a complicated, drawn-out plot that I couldn't get into. But I enjoyed this overall!!! I'm fast to DNF anything I'm not into, but I had to see how things turned out for Clare because her voice was so soothing and nice.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    3.5 stars After 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 stars After 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    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!**

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily Craven

    This book was fabulous. I have not read anything like it. It's got a gothic/horror kind of vibe. Considering that it's contemporary but fantasy I'd probably say closest comparable title is Holly Black's Curse Worker series, or maybe her Darkest Part of the Forest novel. I found it incredibly engaging considering the only small amount of fantasy in the mix (more magic realism than contemporary fantasy). The author does a fabulous job of slowly revealing the intricacies of the small town we find o This book was fabulous. I have not read anything like it. It's got a gothic/horror kind of vibe. Considering that it's contemporary but fantasy I'd probably say closest comparable title is Holly Black's Curse Worker series, or maybe her Darkest Part of the Forest novel. I found it incredibly engaging considering the only small amount of fantasy in the mix (more magic realism than contemporary fantasy). The author does a fabulous job of slowly revealing the intricacies of the small town we find ourselves in, and the main character's obsession with getting her demon back after she has been exocised. It examines young friendships, blossoming love, complex relationships, and what we're willing to sacrifice for someone we love (but may not know as well as we'd hoped). Part mystery, part suspense, part fantasy, and full of the occult, I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did, but I'm glad I requested it as I want to recommend it to everyone.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    ***Big thank you to the publisher for sending me an early finished copy in exchange for a honest review*** (Trigger Warning: Attempted rape scene (very brief) and drug abuse) I REALLY enjoyed this book. A lot. I was pulled in immediately and couldn't put it down. I loved the take on the whole demon/possession subject. I think the writing is beautiful and the author does a great job making you feel for the characters, Clare and her demon. I will admit, I wish it had been a TAD bit more scary. I mea ***Big thank you to the publisher for sending me an early finished copy in exchange for a honest review*** (Trigger Warning: Attempted rape scene (very brief) and drug abuse) I REALLY enjoyed this book. A lot. I was pulled in immediately and couldn't put it down. I loved the take on the whole demon/possession subject. I think the writing is beautiful and the author does a great job making you feel for the characters, Clare and her demon. I will admit, I wish it had been a TAD bit more scary. I mean, it was creepy...but not scary. I finished this book pretty late at night, and fell asleep immediately. I'm a big chicken too when it comes to scary stuff, especially demon related things, but this story didn't bother me. Clare is a lonely girl who made a friend when she was little and coping with her mother and father being drunks/drug addicts. Clare's demon, who is known as Her, has been Clare's only companion for many many years. Clare's demon soothes her and keeps her company, She protects Clare. After She saves Clare from a possible horrific event, there is enough proof of Her existence that Clare's stepfather calls for an exorcism. The exorcism, or "deliverance", is a success. Clare's demon is ripped from her and now Clare feels utterly alone. The loneliness is unbearable until one day Clare stumbles upon clues that She left her. Three clues, that's it. Clare has until June 20th to figure out what the clues mean and how to get Her back. Clare digs into the history of the town and the evil that lurks there. She realizes that not everything is at it seems and people will kill to keep their secrets safe. The most disturbing part of the book is towards the end when Clare starts to dig up secrets involving the town. The ending was happy, but there were a lot of loose ends that I wish could have been tied up. I have a lot of questions! This was a great read to kick off my Fall reading. While I still wanted it to be a bit more scary, it all worked and ended up being a great spooky read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)

    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!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Gunderman

    Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! You know, I love books that give me the unexpected when I read them. I love books that are completely unlike anything else I've read, books that completely bend my mind into thinking other ways and give me a great story that I am hooked on from the very first chapter. The Good Demon is one such book - it is a book that I had no idea would be written the way it was, with so many interest Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! You know, I love books that give me the unexpected when I read them. I love books that are completely unlike anything else I've read, books that completely bend my mind into thinking other ways and give me a great story that I am hooked on from the very first chapter. The Good Demon is one such book - it is a book that I had no idea would be written the way it was, with so many interesting elements and plot twists throughout the whole thing. I had no idea that I was going to be so enthralled with the book. The Good Demon was a book I hadn't even heard of until an ARC of it showed up in my mailbox (thank you, Amulet Books!). I put off reading it for a while, figuring that it was going to be good, sure, but I wasn't sure it was going to be something that I would want to finish all in one sitting, quite like it was. I wished I hadn't put off reading it as long as I did, though, because The Good Demon is seriously one of the very best books that I have ever read, hands down. "She was just a voice inside my voice, a body inside my body, a spirit inside my spirit, my demon. When she spoke I heard Her in my blood, and when She moved I felt Her in my bones." Clare is not your typical southern girl living with her mother and stepfather - no, in fact, she is quite different. For years, Clare has kept a secret - she has had a demon living inside her. Only this demon isn't an enemy and doesn't hurt Clare. In fact, Clare has come to love her demon, because she keeps Clare safe and is her friend. She can calm her when she is stressed, she is always there when she has had a bad day, and she talks to her when she feels lonely. Clare loves her demon. Then her father calls the preacher and has an exorcism performed on her, causing Clare to lose her demon. She feels lost and alone without the company of the companion she has always known and loved. She wishes she had a way to bring her back, to set things right and get things back to the way they were, but she has no idea how to go about doing that. And then, she discovers a clue that might really help her bring her demon back, but it's quite vague, and Clare is left to decipher what it could mean. "Be nice to him June 20 Remember the stories" Clare starts off by reading into the clues left for her, starting with befriending the preacher's son. She figures that "Be nice to him" must mean she should be nice to the preacher's son, so she does so - and then she starts off trying to figure out the remaining clues. Soon Clare is sneaking out at night, trying to figure out what the other clues could possibly mean. She wonders if she is on a wild goose chase, and if her demon must not have had any idea what she was talking about, but eventually Clare figures it out - and it's a true ride for her. The Good Demon was such an interesting read. There was huge twist at the end that I didn't see coming, and while I don't know how much I really liked the ending (I was kind of hoping it would have ended differently), I was still surprised. It wrapped things up nicely, and really wasn't the way I expected at all. It was amazing though, and it really completed the story - like I said, plot twists are so much fun. Some of the chapters in this book are flashbacks to times that Clare spent with her demon, such as times that her demon took control of her body and helped her or went around doing this and that. Those chapters are pretty interesting, too, and I think they add so much to the story. The other chapters are kind of like present day, and together both sections really pull the story together and make it complete. Clare's character is interesting. The way she talks on the phone to the preacher's son (their conversations were about deep topics), the way she thinks - it's all different from what we're used to and I think it made Clare seem a lot more realistic as a character. Clare really wanted to get her demon back, and she was willing to do pretty much anything at all to make that happen. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed The Good Demon. I thought it was really well written and it flowed nicely, so I was able to enjoy it. I read this book rather quickly, honestly - like in a single night - because it was the kind of book that kept me on the edge of my seat and wouldn't let go until I finished it. There wasn't a dull moment in this book. If you like your books full of important things going on all the time, and a mystery that you want to try to solve along with the main character, this is the book for you. There are some semi-creepy parts (but with a book with a title like The Good Demon, it's kind of to be expected, right?), but overall this book is about the power of a friendship, even an unlikely one that others don't understand. After I read this, I immediately ordered the hardcover because it's such a beautiful book and I can't wait to read it again. Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    "Like I said, passing through on a sunny afternoon, you wouldn’t see anything was wrong with this place. You have to live here to know it. You have to have spent your whole life drinking its water and breathing its air, taking all the badness and rottenness into yourself, making it a part of you, before you’d ever know anything was wrong at all." Okay, I must admit I was a little taken aback by the turn The Good Demon took about halfway through. I'm one of those people who aggressively avoid blur "Like I said, passing through on a sunny afternoon, you wouldn’t see anything was wrong with this place. You have to live here to know it. You have to have spent your whole life drinking its water and breathing its air, taking all the badness and rottenness into yourself, making it a part of you, before you’d ever know anything was wrong at all." Okay, I must admit I was a little taken aback by the turn The Good Demon took about halfway through. I'm one of those people who aggressively avoid blurbs (a.k.a. the little treacherous bodies of text that look all innocent but end up giving away half of the plot line in less then five sentences). Up until then, it was a fairly wholesome book. Well, it did have an exorcism and an abusive stepfather orbiting the narrative but it was a journey of saving a friendship and finding new ones along the way. Or at least I thought so. When the book hit the 50-percent point, it was like all hell broke loose and out of sudden it was substantially more interesting. You'd have to be blind not to see certain plot twists coming from a mile off. However, and this is an achievement worth nothing because I feel like I've seen all turns YA books can put on the table, there were some moments that genuinely surprised me - not necessarily the-ending-of-Fight-Club-worthy surprise, but it was there. I don't know, sometimes I wonder if reading too many book changes the way your brain is wired and you end up making all the connections long before the book comes with the big reveal. Perhaps the books I keep picking up are just too obvious. Anyway, if are not yet all that acquainted with this genre, I do think this could provide some thrills. The Good Demon was a decent effort. Clare wasn't the two dimensional basic bitch character, that's true. The minor characters were done well enough. Unfortunately, there's a but. The one character that had the most room to grow and expand and morph, was the character that was the least believable. Roy is a sheltered Christian boy, son of the preacher, with innocence forced onto him but with a little bit of a rebel heart deep down, that much is clear. And, in all seriousness, there probably couldn't have been a better choice for the romantic interest. As good as it sounds, he felt more like a 13-year-old kid than a guy in his late teens. At first, I regarded as a character trait that would gradually dissipate as the story progressed and Clare's influence would take root. It didn't. And it was annoying. Roy was just a mere pawn in the story which is the biggest regret I have with The Good Demon. I demand one more minute of silence for the wasted opportunities. (view spoiler)[Also, please tell me since when is having sex with the preachers son a reason to send someone to a mental institution for insanity? Just... C'mon. (hide spoiler)] If someone asked me to name a book similar to this, I supposed I'd hand over Anna Dressed in Blood and The Price Guide to the Occult. I'd liken them to each other the same way I'd liken Lucifer to Supernatural. They are just that kind of books - they the same feel to them. And I undeniably like that kind of books. For some reason, I'm always lured in by the promise of something dark and twisted that takes a long time to uncoil but once it does, it's goosebump-inducing. I enjoy the buildup. The Good Demon does seem like a 4-star read as I'm rereading this review. But something's irking me about it and I can't shake it off. I simply can't bring myself to mark the rating up so I'm keeping it at the middle ground of a three. Just know that it's the better kind of three, the kind that's almost a four but not quite. The Halloween season is round the corner, spooks are in the air - I'd say go for it. Oh, and it has illustrations! Sparse but nice ones. I liked that touch. TRIGGER WARNINGS: attempted rape, abusive stepfather, drug abuse, overdose, animal sacrifices, gore (all sort of minor, but I thought you should know)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Virginia McGee Butler

    The title of the book itself is a contradiction in terms. I read The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas in an advance copy furnished by Net Galley. I moved it up in my reading queue after seeing him do an excellent job as a panelist at the Mississippi Book Festival in August. It goes on sale September 18. How could you not be tempted to read a book with a sentence on the cover that reads, “We all have demons. Clare wants hers back.”? The “deliverance” performed by Rev. Sanders leaves Clare empty of the The title of the book itself is a contradiction in terms. I read The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas in an advance copy furnished by Net Galley. I moved it up in my reading queue after seeing him do an excellent job as a panelist at the Mississippi Book Festival in August. It goes on sale September 18. How could you not be tempted to read a book with a sentence on the cover that reads, “We all have demons. Clare wants hers back.”? The “deliverance” performed by Rev. Sanders leaves Clare empty of the She/Her demon that has shielded her life from a dysfunctional family and isolation from her peers. A mix of religious zealotry and wizardry appear from the beginning. Clare knows she must do everything in her power to get Her back. The demon has been comforter, companion, and champion to Clare. There are three clues that She left behind that can help Clare do that: “Be nice to him,” “June 20,” and “Remember the stories.” But is the price she has to pay worth the return of the spirit? The quirky well-drawn characters of the book sometime have everyday habits like Miss Mathis who dabbles in witchcraft but also watches Jeopardy and Rev. Sanders who wears his University of Southern Mississippi t-shirt. Then there are lines like, “It draws us like a barbecue draws the Baptists.” The black-and-white artwork is both beautiful and pertinent to the storyline. No book, including this one, is for everybody. Language and a few explicit scenes put it in the young adult category. The spirits and occult make it appealing to those who like paranormal stories more than realistic ones.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Estibaliz79

    Thanks to St Martin's Press and Goodreads for the opportunity to win, read and review an ARC of "The Good Demon", by Jimmy Cajoleas... ...it could have been worse. It could have been better. Middle ground, overall. My main complain about this book has to do with the treatment of the plot and the mildness of the whole thing. It's recommended for young adults, 14 and older, due to the themes involved in the narrative (demonic and gory stuff, and maybe some sex too), but I didn't feel those topics re Thanks to St Martin's Press and Goodreads for the opportunity to win, read and review an ARC of "The Good Demon", by Jimmy Cajoleas... ...it could have been worse. It could have been better. Middle ground, overall. My main complain about this book has to do with the treatment of the plot and the mildness of the whole thing. It's recommended for young adults, 14 and older, due to the themes involved in the narrative (demonic and gory stuff, and maybe some sex too), but I didn't feel those topics really had the strength they should have to make an impact and not label the whole story as too teenager-ish and superficial. Clare could have been such a much more interesting character! But she's just ok. There's something in her voice through these pages that it just feels inconsistent and a bit boring at times. Roy is a cute boy that lacks some development and, in whole, the story could just have been the short story it was born to be originally, and it would have been equally fine... or better. Of course there are some positives in the novel. The narrative is not bad and the idea has a lot of potential. The backdrop and atmosphere are full of charm, and the Paradise Society seems like a good start point for tricks and treats... So I guess it's a pity this wasn't a more mature story, but at least it didn't abuse of the romance and there's some sentiment behind the words.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    3.5 stars. This was definitely a book outside my usual genre. I ended up liking the plot, but I think I could have easily gone the other way. It gets off to a really slow start, and then picks up a lot about halfway through, but there were several things that I wished had been developed more, and the first half kind of just feels like a waste of time. I really wish we had learned more about the town earlier and that the ramifications of the past had been explored. I definitely think we could hav 3.5 stars. This was definitely a book outside my usual genre. I ended up liking the plot, but I think I could have easily gone the other way. It gets off to a really slow start, and then picks up a lot about halfway through, but there were several things that I wished had been developed more, and the first half kind of just feels like a waste of time. I really wish we had learned more about the town earlier and that the ramifications of the past had been explored. I definitely think we could have gotten more of that without changing the timeline much. The characters didn't feel like real people. Their dialogue was stilted and awkward, and their actions- especially in the beginning- not well explained at all. But even though their dialogue never really gets better, somehow I found myself invested in them and the story. I really wish I could do fractional ratings, or maybe different ratings for the beginning and the end of the book. This is not some genre-bending piece of art, but I might recommend it to someone specifically asking for some lighter horror.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elle Maruska

    This was so good. Southern gothic YA with demonic possession, arcane languages, secret societies, and ritualistic sacrifice. The MC is incredibly relatable and well written; her relationships with her parents, the demon that's been with her for years, and various townspeople she encounters are all true to life and intriguing. No one in this book is all bad or all good; no one is wholly innocent or wholly guilty. The motivations driving the characters are real and oftentimes heartbreaking. In the This was so good. Southern gothic YA with demonic possession, arcane languages, secret societies, and ritualistic sacrifice. The MC is incredibly relatable and well written; her relationships with her parents, the demon that's been with her for years, and various townspeople she encounters are all true to life and intriguing. No one in this book is all bad or all good; no one is wholly innocent or wholly guilty. The motivations driving the characters are real and oftentimes heartbreaking. In the end, what I enjoyed the most about this story was its overarching theme: that having people (or gods, or demons, or drugs, or all manner of outside influences) make decisions for you in order to maintain a sense of safety never works out very well and though it may hurt, reclaiming yourself, your body, as totally YOURS is the only way to become who you really are.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kota Jones

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Felicia Allen

    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!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ichigos

    This is a great book. From the engaging characters to the conflicts this book brings up. The dark atmosphere was beautifully combined with the splendid illustrations. The plot twists were amazing and the main character was absolutely lovely. I can sympathise with her and fully comprehemd her while the love interest was puzzling and unpredictable. I have researched demonology years ago so the whole demon theme worked great for me. I can say with confidence that this book is one of the best reads This is a great book. From the engaging characters to the conflicts this book brings up. The dark atmosphere was beautifully combined with the splendid illustrations. The plot twists were amazing and the main character was absolutely lovely. I can sympathise with her and fully comprehemd her while the love interest was puzzling and unpredictable. I have researched demonology years ago so the whole demon theme worked great for me. I can say with confidence that this book is one of the best reads of 2018.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa (Books Take You Places)

    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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Rose

    61 of 2018. after being possessed by a demon for most of her life, an exorcism leaves clare desolate and desperate to have her demon - the only real friend she's ever had - returned to her, and as she begins trying to fix her own situation she finds out that her town is a whole mess of evil societies, witches, and s spirits lurking in the woods. i honestly really enjoyed this right up until i read the acknowledgments and "thanks be to god" which honestly kind of ruined things for me. THAT ASIDE, 61 of 2018. after being possessed by a demon for most of her life, an exorcism leaves clare desolate and desperate to have her demon - the only real friend she's ever had - returned to her, and as she begins trying to fix her own situation she finds out that her town is a whole mess of evil societies, witches, and s spirits lurking in the woods. i honestly really enjoyed this right up until i read the acknowledgments and "thanks be to god" which honestly kind of ruined things for me. THAT ASIDE, 4/5. an advanced review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam Sockel

    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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