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Minor Prophets

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  29 reviews
After their mother’s death, two siblings must navigate the strange world of the occult in this thrilling YA mystery
Lee has always seen visions: cats that his mother promises aren’t really there, a homeless man who he’s convinced is out to get him, and three men who give him ominous warnings in the woods. His mother and his sister Murphy try to keep him grounded in the
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
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Hannah Greendale
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at page 100.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Cast away the bones."

I literally just finished reading this and my mind is reeling. As soon as I read the first line to this book, I knew I was going to enjoy it and my god, I did. I really, really did.

Lee is prophetic. He sees haunting visions in strokes of hell, shambling figures, and technicolor animals. One day Lee dreams that his mother dies gruesomely and when she does, he and his sister discover that their long lost grandmother is out there waiting for them, wanting to see them. They go
J.L. Slipak
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

At first I wasn’t sure I liked the cover, but once in my hands… it’s actually very clever!

Creepiness at its best. A kid who has visions, hallucinations… is bad enough. But those visions are enough to give you chills and say: “That’s just… wrong!”

This isn’t a book I’d recommend to everyone. You have to like the bizarre horror, not the guts and gore type, but the kind that leaves a bad taste in your mouth after you reel back from wh
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A kid has visions, or hallucinations. His mother is murdered by his stepfather, the local sheriff, so he and his sister steal the man's car and flee to their grandmother's house. She owns a farm in small town Louisiana. The visions become more frequent, and people treat them like they're special. The kid really likes it.

Pretty tame for what seem seems to be a horror story. Not even very creepy or eerie.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.75

I received this book as an eARC through Netgalley in return for a review, which I am incredibly grateful for. This review is completely my own opinions.

You can go to my full book review here on my blog.

This book is definitely not a book for everyone.

I was intrigued enough by the book, mostly the plot, to finish it. The characters weren’t particularly well developed, none of them are likable, and the narrator is extremely unreliable. His unreliability actually made it more interesting
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the arc in exchange for a review.

This is a eerie read without even getting to the eerie part of the book. The atmosphere of this really brings out that autumn oooo vibe.

I really like parts of the premise for this, especially the fact that the main character has visions - you don't get a lot of books with this ability displayed.

I think one of the issues was that the two main characters, Lee and Murphy, sounded much younger to begin with - more like children than teenagers
The Bookish Austin
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can read my review here: ...more
Aryn O'Connor
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, dnf, 2020
This was not the book for me. I had a hard time connecting to the characters and found the writing a little more disjointed than I usually like. I also was not anticipating the amount of gore this book has. There is nothing wrong with gore necessarily, but some of it felt unnecessary and I probably would have been able to enjoy it more without.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review: Minor Prophets
By Jimmy Cajoleas
Genre: YA Fiction/ Horror
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams Books
Release Date: September 10, 2019

I received a copy of this from the publisher and edelweiss+, and Netgalley(Thank you!) All opinions are my own.

This was one of those books that I like to call a “what in tarnation?” book, which happens to be my favorite type. The kind where you think you know what’s going on, but you also feel like you might be the only kid at the table that doesn’t get the joke.

It cent
Lisas Books, Gems and Tarot
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-2019
Firstly, I want to thank Abrams and Chronicle Books for this review copy.
I loved this book. It is full of mystery, it is dark, it makes you want to keep reading. Excellent book. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Jonas Lee
I had a hard time categorizing this one. It's not really in the horror genre in my opinion or sci-fi, not fantasy. I guess a little religious-supernatural is about as close to a sub-genre one could get. It had great descriptions and writing throughout the novel. Cajoleas has a way of making his scenes heavy enough to touch and move through. My issue with the book were the characters in terms of their build up. The MC never really amounts to a whole lot in any direction he could go, which might a ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jimmy Cajoleas is what we Southerners call a "damn fine writer" and Minor Prophets is no exception; if anything, you'll be astonished by just how good he's gotten. Minor Prophets is the story of Lee, a teenage boy with visions that only sometimes come true, and Murphy, his tough-as-nails sister, and the aftermath of their mother's untimely death. Running away to the grandmother they've never met, Lee is drawn to a greater purpose than he ever predicted when he gains a following as a powerful pro ...more
Cara M
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a super awesome story, but only an okay book. It shouldn't have been in 1st person, or if so, it needed to be tighter in to Lee. He is not a great narrator of his own experiences and it removes the excellent viscerality that this story should have had. The first chapter or three was really great and then it dragged for the next 50%. It picked up again at the end, but it was thin in places like it was a sketch rather than the actual novel. Needed another 2 drafts. ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting novel about a young boy (Lee) who has visions. His mother (he believes) was killed by his step father. So, he and his sister tale off to live with their grandmother in the South. Grandma lives in an area where she was part of a now defunct spiritual commune. Grandma sees the boy because of his visions as the person to reestablish the commune. He loves the attention but his sister resents him. Things however are not as they appear to be. Good book.
Daniel Cuthbert
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
(I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I very much appreciated the opportunity to review this story and give my honest opinions on it!)

For many folks, seeing visions would be absolutely terrifying. But for Lee Sandford, these visions are rapidly becoming just a way of life for him, regardless of whether they are worrying, like the mysterious hobo who seems intent on harming him, or downright terrifying, like seeing his mom die and then having it actually happ
Mandi Schneck
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I absolutely adored Jimmy Cajoleas' last book, The Good Demon, so I was really excited to discover he had another release coming out. Minor Prophets follows Lee and his sister Murphy after their mother dies, leaving them to defend themselves against their step-father and flee to their estranged grandmother's house.

To make matters worse in this tense and terrifying situation, Lee isn't a normal kid. He has visions, visions that tell the
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Minor Prophets drew me in with its premise of a supernatural mystery. We follow the story of Lee who has always had visions. When his mother dies in a car accident, Lee and his sister Murphy flee their stepfather for the refuge of their grandmother who lives at the Farm. Once there, Lee learns what his mother fled from in her childhood. For the first three quarters of the book, I was sucked in to the story. The intro moves at a thriller like pace before slowing down to explore the mystery of Lee ...more
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Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, ya, arcs
Dangit, this is the first Cajoleas book I haven't liked. 😭 Weird pacing (the plot is still rising until just 20 pages from the end); unlikable characters; stilted dialogue; confusing plot -- the whole thing felt out of joint, and not in a good way. It took me forever to get through it and I still don't think I buy the ending. ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This book sounded weird, and it actually was. But it was also fascinating. The idea that you have visions and should be leading a cult, with already groomed followers, would be a lot for anyone to try to take in. This is a different sort of cult book than the others that I've seen and/or read, and if you're at all interested in weird cults this might be a book for you. ...more
Tricia Nociti
Jul 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
It was "ok". I was curious to finish and wasn't bored. I felt the characters were a bit undefined and undeveloped. I'm not sure I found many of them to be believable. It's not a book I would be pressing into many hands but I'm also not sorry I read it. I was entertained. ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
It is a dark, haunting story of wanting to belong. How much will you believe and accept when it means sacrificing your own sister? It is a harrowing story that will appeal to readers who like the dark side of life, but for others it can be unsettling read.
Sounds very exciting! Can't wait!!! ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
a wild, compelling ride through a waking nightmare. fantasy elements that support a very real world of well-developed believable relatable characters. excellent prose.
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest.

Gifted the book to an avid reader friend for Christmas.
Stephanie Tournas
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Creepy paranormal horror
Meaghan - H&WR
“Life is not lived in shoulds.”

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



CW: loss of a loved one, car crash, animal death, gore, smoking, domestic abuse, child abuse, body horror, nudity, self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicide, alcoholism, underage drinking, violence (including gun violence)

Maybe, with a little more care, Minor Prophets could have been a better book. I was definitely intrigued by the premi
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jimmy Cajoleas impressed me immensely with his debut The Good Demon and his second YA novel Minor Prophets indicates he has arrived in the big time. If you haven’t come across this seriously quirky oddball writer, you need to seriously check him out ASAP. After the mysterious death of their mother two siblings, Lee and Murphy, seek out their long-lost grandmother who lives in deepest darkest Louisiana in this highly original occult thriller. Lee is not a normal teenager and has always had strang ...more
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