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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,088 ratings  ·  271 reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Amulet Books
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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 ...more
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?
Mel (Epic Reading)
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you want dark, broody teenage angst this is your book. There is magic in the air and most of it is ominous in Jimmy Cajoleas novel The Good Demon. If you take the idea of being at one with yourself and by representing all your emotions (including the bad ones) as yourself, plus a demon that lives inside of you, then this will intrigue you. Two questions then come to mind: What happens when someone takes that demon away? And what would you do to get that part of yourself back?

Jennifer Gaarder
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
2.5 Stars
I love possession stories so I was very excited to pick up this one. I really loved the premise of a possession story that focuses out what happens AFTER the exorcism takes place. However, the execution just did not work for me. I found the writing, characters and general plot to be pretty weak. Such a disappointment because I so badly wanted to love this one.
Rachel Bea
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. ...more
The Library Ladies
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 extr
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
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
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Something's just off about this place. It's like the town has a bad heart--cruel, gone wrong somehow.

So this was a pleasant surprise.

I saw this book in a stack of new ones that my library had acquired. The cover intrigued me, as well as the summary, so I started reading, only intending to skim a page or two. I ended up liking the prose-- especially how the author described the sensations the protagonist, Clare, has when demon-possessed--so I kept reading. And reading, and so on, until I'd fi
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).

Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I've done a review on a book simply because I find this book to be one of the best ones I've read in quite some time.

If you like books about possession and demons and a twist at about every single chapter then you will love this book. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, or how it's going to end, it will change.

The first chapter started a little slow but after that it picked up pretty quickly and I really found that there was hardly anything in there that wou
Tasya Dita
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, horror
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
Jude (NovelReader13)
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Good Demon tells the story of Clare who has her demon excircised out of her against her will and now tries to find a way to get Her back.

The writing had a nice flow to it and it really caotured the spooky atmosphere. I also really like that, when things were seemingly happy and calm, you could still always feel something darker bubbling beneath the surface.

I will say that how Clare comes to some conclusions didn't akways make sense to me, and I would've liked both the character development a
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I loved how the book was written. It kept me gripped, I read it in a short time.

Different from what I’m usually reading, i don’t get the part about the group of crazies because nothing became of them? But yeah, whatever.

Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A big thank you to NetGalley and Amulet Books for sending me an advanced e-copy of “The Good Demon” in exchange for my review.

I love reading thrillers and horror books, but I tend to stay clear of possession story-lines as they really creep me out. For the same reason, I was skeptical to read “The Good Demon” as I thought I would not enjoy it. As I did not have very high expectations of this novel, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would have!

To begin with, the story is really not your ty
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This book had SUCH an interesting premise, I've been wanting to read it for months. I think the fact that I built it up in my head for so long may have made the actual book seem kind lackluster. I enjoyed it enough, some of the writing was like......annoying?? I think there were a LOT of good concepts that weren't explored to their full potential. I tried to get excited for the advancements that COULD have been interesting, but things sort of fizzled out. I enjoyed it for what it was, but I prob ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, I held off on finishing this book so it would be my first New Year's read.

I was surprised by it, and it definitely creeped me out and made my inner Catholic School Girl cringe and squirm uncomfortably a bit.

I ended up enjoying it way more than I thought I would, that is for certain. I am too tired to write up a cohesive review, ah well.

Blue Cypress Books
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
An ARC of this book has been languishing in my TBR pile since September of 2018. YA books are not my first-choice genre choice. However, books like The Good Demon are why generalizations and reading norms are meant to be broken. By the first page, I understood this was going to be exceptionally well-written and highly engrossing story. And it never disappointed. Looking forward to reading all of Jimmy Cajoleas' works. ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-e-copy, arcs
"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
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
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
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
***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
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
Kelly Gunderman
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
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
Virginia McGee Butler
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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