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Courage and Other Demons

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  41 reviews
“It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane with him to fly halfway across the world; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as ...more
Paperback, 1st, 362 pages
Published January 19th 2013 by Open Mike Publishing (first published January 15th 2013)
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Maggie Brooke
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Maggie by: EVERYONE
This is the best book I've ever read in my entire, very long, life. No book has been better. I cannot wait for any other books Jill Daugherty writes. I will be the first to buy it. Again.Courage and Other Demons is so magnificent, that no matter what I was doing, I somehow related that to this book. Because this book is so good, I've been laying in bed thinking about it which causes me to get no sleep. Jill Daugherty could not have written it better. Jill Daugherty will always be my recommondati ...more
Michelle Barnacz
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book that pulls you into the fantasy world of Maggie and Simon with incredible ease. Did a complete read in one night! Extremely well written and appropriate for all ages. Can't wait for the next books release. Ms Daugherty hope this is the first of many books, i completely enjoyed it!
Bonnie Grable
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When is the sequel coming out? I loved this one and can't wait to spend more time with Maggie and Simon. the character development in this book is so great that I wanted to meet each of them and maybe go to Ireland with them. Loved it.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Courage and Other Demons, the first book by author Jill Daugherty, was a surprisingly entertaining romp. In spite of falling into many of the common traps of YA novels - old prophecies, reluctant and mildly vapid heroine, it shows a great deal of promise for future installments. Maggie was utterly maddening more often than not, but she realized that she was being such and by the end of the book showed some decent resolve. Simon, th
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a three book series. It was the first teen book that I've ever read; I'm kinda glad that it was. I'm glad it wasn't a cheesy love story that always has a good ending. This book is a great book with a lot of action and just enough romance to keep female readers hooked! I can't wait to finish the trilogy!
I think this book is way better than other teen books (Divergent, Hunger Games, etc.).

Pick it up and read it. You won't be disappointed!
Elly, 12 yrs
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2015-books
Also posted in It's A Wonderful Bookworld.

Courage and Other Demons provided the needed momentary escape in order to restore my sanity. I read this in between a very hectic week and I was glad I did. Granted, I shy away from fantasy novels because my form of escapism does not usually entail books with fantastical creatures but sometimes, for unexplainable reasons, I find myself drawn to the genre if only to give my imagination some needed workout other than, well, work.

Maggie is a character bel
Rae Quigley
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Drunk On Pop

I am absolutely in love with Courage and Other Demons!! The concept of the fae is so fascinating to me, and so I used to read quite a few different young adult novels and series to “get to know them better” I guess you could say. This was easily my favorite of the bunch. I really enjoyed the inclusion of Irish folklore, and liked the idea of this big bad faery being able to cause damage across the World. The idea of a “normal” girl being the one that’s going to s
Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
I received this book in return for an honest review.

This book was AMAZING! I was NOT expecting this book to be THIS awesome, I know that is jacked up to say, but it's true. This book blew me away! Everything about it; the characters, the action, the story line-perfect perfect perfect! And the humor was just straight up amazing and had me cracking up like crazy. I could not find ONE thing about this book that I didn't like.
It actually reminded my a lot of the book Wings by A
Samantha Dalton
Almost not a five, but the second half really did it for me. Plus simon is hot.
Rashika (is tired)
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013, ya, e-arcs, pnr-fae
“That tells me courage is at the core of who you are. When you stop to think, you lose that courage, but when you stop thinking and give in to who you are, the courage is there."

This review is a hard one to write because I have mixed feelings about this book, there were many times where I wanted to bang my head in annoyance but in the long run this book was enjoyable. It started off as a somewhat clichéd book but then again it did have its plus points.

I am not really that big on faeries but I do
Danielle Young
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maggie thinks that she may be falling in love, but when the object of her affection reveals that he belongs to the world of Fey and is indeed a faery, Maggie begins to rethink all that she knows and feels. But it is not just that he is a Faery, but her role in his world that really has Maggie questioning everything.

I have to admit, the story of Maggie O'Neill figuratively swept me off my feet. I was hooked from the prologue and as I read through Courage and Other Demons I was constantly wonderin
Kiara Soleil
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

"Courage is choosing to put aside your fear in order to do what's right."

I really enjoyed reading this book. I was in a depressing reading slump before and this book got me out of it! A very good start to a new series! I recommend going into this book without reading the summary because it spoils a very major reveal that doesn't happen for about 100 pages. Just know that it is a fantasy romance novel with some Irish elements. This review does not contain spoilers.


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Isis Ray-sisco
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Courage and Other Demons by Jill Daugherty is a great young adult paranormal romance read. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline a lot. I have never read this author before but I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to Courage and Other Demons. I really liked Simon and Maggie they were great main characters. I also liked a lot of the secondary characters and look forward to seeing what develops as the story continues.

Maggie is your everyday average
books are love
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a inventive book on the fae. The way of using Irish folklore to have it come to life and have faeries and love combine with this lore is a great fun twist. Simon is great. He is attentive and sweet and in the end with the question of what he is as a fae leaves you questioning things. At times Maggie does get on your nerves. Her temper tantrum and how she treated everyone around her at that time not cool but overall she was a character that evolved. She went from questioning herself to fi ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race and her ski ...more
Alicia at Mean Girls Luv Books
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mglb
This story starts out ordinary. Maggie is an ordinary high school student. She has a popular boyfriend, who she is not sure about, an awesome best friend, and a supportive family (and sometimes annoying little brother.) The one thing that puts a hiccup in Maggie's life is Simon. She has an undeniable attraction to him and the more she gets to know him, the more she likes him.

There is just "something" missing, "something" she doesn't feel for her boyfriend. When something happens to sever the loo
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adult fans
Recommended to Gmr by: Roger Charlie

Maggie is a great leading lady even if she doesn't think so. She's easy to relate to, knows how to choose her friends (her besties is tops!) even though her boyfriend radar (Luke...*grr*) is DEFINITELY off kilter, and will do anything for those close to her heart. When things get tough, Maggie...well, she shuts down a bit but in the end, she's one on which you can depend. Good thing too considering what her future holds. No, we're not talking about Senior year in High School either. Speaking of
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Unwilling Maggie O'Neill, by her ancestry, her hair color, her name, and her love life, can't escape her role as "the one foretold in the prophecy". She wants to hang out at the mall and go to parties with her hot boyfriend, Luke. But she must join the Fairies to save the world from the evil fairy, Balor, who wants to wipe out mankind. Balor has the power to cause natural disasters that wipe out whole cities, so how can one girl from Chicago stop him? Why would the prophecy name her out of all t ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book halfway and quit. There simply isn't enough interest for me to continue. First, the writing itself is clear, but I don't understand why it took over one-third of the story to even mention Simon was a fairy. You get a hint of something in the very beginning, then the entire store reverts to the typical teenage girl angst you can find in any other romance book.

There is scene after scene of Maggie chasing Simon. Maggie and Simon going skiing. Maggie and Simon at the park. None of
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you want a great example of YA paranormal romance, you'll find it in Courage and Other Demons. A well thought out plot, outstanding writing, characters with great depth and a story that keeps you engaged-what more could you ask for. And oh yeah, let's not forget the faeries...just icing on the cake!

I was pulled in right from the start, and read this almost straight through in one sitting. The author has woven a fantastic tale that will totally draw you in to the wonderful world she has create
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Lately if I'm not DNF-ing a book, I'm giving it a rating below three stars. I don't know what's wrong with me. I even thought that maybe after eight years of reading nonstop I actually got tired of it and lost interest. Imagine my relief when I got Courage and Other Demons and ended up, surprisingly, liking it. (Whew)

This book was not what I expected. Granted I didn't let myself expect too much from it but I didn't know it's going to be good. The storyline was solid and easy to get into. Maggie
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, faeries
Faeries are tricky things. Tricky to write about convincingly that is. There are a ton of faery books out there, and very few of them that I actually liked. Maggie Stiefvater's Ballad & Lament, and Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series are two of the best in my opinion, but I'm afraid Daugherty's Courage and Other Demons didn't quite make it to that level. Her faeries are really just humans with some special powers that are pertinent to the story, and the mythology wasn't to my liking.

Despite this
Shayna Griffitts-Lindsay
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

My expectations were misplaced with this one. Based on the synopsis (and the cover), I totally thought I was going into a world where civilization had already been ripped apart and practically ended.

Not so much.

Instead, I went through the normal school days of Maggie. On repeat. For a while. :/ I was hoping since the synopsis flat out tells you what's going on with Simon, we, as readers, wouldn't be subjected to the big reveal of a paranormal creature amongst us. You know
Mara Walters-hooey
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This was written by a fellow DPS teacher, so I was excited to read it. I liked the plot line; I felt it was still creative in this saturated market. Being a middle-aged women and not a teenager (with copious amounts of hormones), I probably am not the best person to review it. I felt it leaned too heavily on the physical longing — rather then romance — of the two lead characters. The lengthy build up between the leads before finally expressing their love felt a tad thin and quite close to being ...more
Christine Manzari
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm fascinated with the idea of faeries and can't resist reading stories about them. Daugherty created a unique version of fey that was completely captivating. She seamlessly wove Irish myths and legends about faeries into the present day world to make the story believable and exciting. I was a little heartbroken at the end of the book with the loss suffered after the faery battle. I was sad to see it end like it did and I worry about what that means for the relationship between the main charact ...more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love a good young adult read and I love this book. Maggie is a wonderful character who you can easily get to know. Her life takes a few twists as her love interest comes into it. I was locked in immediately and hooked until the very end. Any fantasy fan will go head over heels for this read. The romance level is perfect without being overly cheesy and it is also action packed. It's a nice change to read about faeries instead of your basic vampire novel. My favorite young adult read in a long t ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
what a wonderful journey you have begun for us, Ms. Daugherty. I read this book with my teen daughters and we are completely enamored with the characters. the girls identify with the teen situations, challenges, and relationships. Spot on. Could Ms Daugherty actually be a teen? Hmmmmm. this is the perfect combination of reality and fantasy. You are spot on, Ms. Daugherty, in giving us a character that my daughters can emulate by finding their own inner strength.
Kristin Perkins
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-books
This book was recommended to me by a customer, so i gave it a try. She was a teenager so that should have been a clue as to what type of book it would be. Not a fan. I found Maggie to be extremely weepy and boring. I hate seeing weak female characters who reinforce co-dependant stereotypes. On the positive side I am glad that she did FINALLY stand up for herself and left an abusive relationship. I just found the growth of Maggie to be a little slow for me.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am so glad that I waited to read this first book until the other books were out because, if not, the wait would be too much. I love her writing style. Each chapter was a little cliff hanger that made it hard not to go on to the next just find out what happened. One of those books where you find yourself thinking about the characters even when you aren't reading the book. Need to get to the Tattered Cover ASAP to get the next one!
Alexis Schooterz
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was a great book. I'm glad the second one is out so I won't suffer too much. Just waiting for the third one now! I was suprised at how dependent Maggie was throughout the book. I also loved how she didn't really sit there and weep about what she would have to do. She just accepted it. I thought it was great having a strong female who didn't need to lean on anyone. Obviously, you should buy this book.
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“Both of my parents looked at me in a way that said they knew there was more to the story and I better start talking. I resisted sharing all the gory details, but ended up telling them what Luke had done. When I was finished, my mom came and hugged me and my dad started pacing the room.
“Do you want me to kill him?” my dad asked, trying, I’m sure, to sound calm. “Because I will gladly kill him. Or maybe I could just break a few of his fingers.” It was a very uncharacteristic thing for my dad to say. He was generally quite the pacifist.”
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