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The Exorsistah

(Exorsistah #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  33 reviews
She just wants a home, a hootie, and some kickin' boots. Does she realy have to fight the devil to get them? After the creep who's married to her friend Kiki tries to assault her, Emme Vaughn finds herself in an all-night Walgreens at 3 a.m. with a quarter in her pocket and a rumble in her stomach. She sure does wish she'd gotten to eat her french fries before she had to k ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Pocket Star (first published 2008)
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I've always thought of myself as having an easy going sense-of-humor - I don't take offense easily, laugh at the small stuff, laugh at some of the offensive stuff, get amused by the ironies of life. Strangely I'm picky when it comes to comedies for movies. Most of the modern celluloid pieces are nothing more than obnoxious, try-too-hard toilet humor fests that just aren't funny. Give me an 80s or 90s comedy any day that dares to have ironic or sarcastic humor. The same can be said for books. I f ...more
Raenice Weakly
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

In The Exorsistah, Ms. Burney introduces us to Emme (pronounced Emmy) Vaughn, a feisty 17 year-old who can see demons. All she wanted was her plate of just-cooked french fries, but instead, she was attacked by the no-good husband of her friend, KiKi. She escapes and finds herself at a 24-hour Walgreens, pissed and hungry, with only a quarter to her name. To make matters worse, a demon has just walked in behind a suspicious looking man. Despite being tired and hungry,
Jennifer Wardrip
Quick true story: when a kid I work with began about a year and a half ago, I realized that I could only understand about 2 or 3 words out of every 6 or 7 he said. Finally, I had to ask another co-worker: "what the heck is this kid saying?" This was my first introduction to Ebonics. The definition of Ebonics is "African American Vernacular English," and if you've never heard of it, don't worry - as soon as you start reading THE EXORSISTAH, you'll know exactly what it is.

I give the book 5 Stars,
Kaylan K
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Exorsistah" by Claudia Mair Burney is a very cute, sassy, but meaningful book. Emme Vaughn is a seventeen year old girl, just on the cusp of becoming a legal adult and being free of the foster system. Emme's dad is not in the picture, and you find out later on in the book that her mother is inside of an institute for the insane.In essence, she is like almost every other kid trying to ditch the system. Only Emme can see supernatural beings. Specifically, demons and devils. One of the joys of ...more
A'ndrea Wilson
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exorsistah follows the journey of Emme who has a chance encounter at a local Walgreens that completely changes her life. After fighting demons twice in one night, she is rescued from her homelessness by Francis, a demon fighter in training who can't help but be drawn to the tough yet fragile Emme. Emme finds herself learning more about her special gift of seeing spirits and how to use it to help both herself and those she cares about.

I don't read too many young adult books, but this book is so a
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarylove
How could you NOT want to read a book called The Exorsistah? And it's set in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, and I'm definitely missing home. However, this is a very Christian book, which was hard for me to read sometimes, especially when it equated non-Christian religions with inviting demons in. It was still entertaining and I think people who are strong Christians would find it entertaining. It has a nice love story, but to me it's sad because it seemed like their strong beliefs got in the way of ...more
Meshia Chatman
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
did not like this book, and would not be continue this series.
I had mixed feelings about The Exorsistah (I love the title! It's so cool!). I loved the characters and the execution, but I hated the religious-related stuff in this book. That's what ultimately, put me off. Even though I'm Catholic, I still didn't like the religious references in this book. It seemed like everything had to do with religion. Some people might get offended when reading this book.

The characters in this book were exciting and unique. The protagonist, Emme, was a sassy, don't-you-m
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Emme Vaughn is a homeless seventeen-year-old who has been in and out of foster care for years. Her mom is certified insane in an asylum and Emme has always had her own problems. She sees demons and devils. They've often tried to hurt her, but she can repel them by praying and asking God for help. At a Walgreen's, she discovers another man who can sense evil, and the he convinces her to join the cause of exorcising evil. Emme's childhood friend is possessed and needs her help to get rid of the de ...more
Lydia Markos
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so inspiring. Real reminder of the power of the supernatural. Loved it.

I really liked that it was written from the point of an African-American, because I don't get many opportunities to read books like this. It was something new for me and I found it a gripping read - After I finished I then had to go research all about demons and listen to all these latin hymns on youtube for the next thirty minutes.

My favourite character was Penny Pop - She was party atmosphere and attitude in
H.P. Holo
This is one of those books that I picked up based upon the title alone, and by the end of it, I was glad that I had, though not entirely excited by what I read. The first few pages are absolutely hilarious; after all, they do include such exclamations as "I was 'bout to have a spiritual experience with my fries!" Unfortunately, once the focus shifts to the main conflict of the book, the story loses most of its early snap. The most important characters in the story seem to be little more than cli ...more
Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
So I got this book years ago as a present and I am just now getting to it. After reading it, I wished I had read it sooner. Sometimes reading paranormal/fantasy/YA fiction can get boring. Novels in these genres can blend together, and each book sounds the same. The thing that made "The Exorsistah" stands out amongst many previous reads was Burney's main character of the novel, Emme. Emme is our sassy and fierce narrator that has been through good and many bad times. Though she feels mostly burde ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well I have officially read a book called the Exorsistah and can safely report that it was terrible. I had a really difficult time truly paying attention to this book, it just wasn't captivating. Even during the climax I found myself thinking of other things, like man I want to be in a band called the Monk Funk Experience. The author obviously had some skill and quite a few good lines, but unfortunately it just wasn't a great book. It's a bummer, I had such high hopes for a book with such awesom ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im so happy I picked this book up! The cover caught my attention and the wierd name pissed me off enough to pick it up and read what it was about. And right at that moment I was caught up in Emme's crazy demon kickin' world. I couldn't set it down and eventhough I literally HATE ebonics in a book that didn't keep me from reading this lovely book. This is the first book of three in the Exorsistah series. I can't wait to read the next two.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a joke!

I couldn't get past the first 2 chapters. I'm not from the hood and couldn't understand half of what the girl was saying. (She just sounded ridiculous to me.) And maybe she wouldn't be homeless if she didn't spend whatever money she had on Apple Bottom Jeans (do people really wear these??) and Prada boots.

I just couldn't identify with, relate to or understand this character.
Claudia's a good friend of mine; she lets me read her work in advance. I tend to the cherish the experience b/c her books are always a sort of emotional and suspenseful roller coaster. You're always bummed when you've gotta step out of the car and join the end of the winding line of readers, waiting on her next publication.
Beth Kakuma-Depew
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Hot and So Creepy! All the action is at the beginning and end, with romance in the middle. Also, there's a lot of explanations of Catholicism, faith, and demons. So it's kinda Christian supernatural romance, but in a good way!
I read this book years ago and I reread it at least once a year. I love this book. X is such a tough young woman, and I like the relationship she develops with Frankie. All of the characters were so colorful and well described, especially penny pop! This is a great book.
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is good if you believe in any exorcism and christianity,catholic,or even if you don't believe in god.It tells you how to follow your path and is occasionaly funny of what you refer is "ghetto".
Dec 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
From the very first page, I realized this was not the book for me. I hated it from the start and tried to like it, because I really love the title- "The Exorsistah," how cool is that? Ugh, I haven't had much luck with my book selections lately :-/
Laura Perry
Jul 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get past the first few chapters. I definitely judged this book by the cover and ended up not liking it at all.
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, this is the awesome story, mystery, a bit of a thriller and battle with Satan. Get out! How original!
I liked it, but i felt it was kinda slow.
Daphne Birchfield
Not what i expected from Mrs. Burney. I loved the attitude! A bit creepy, but overall okay.
Kesha K.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Th Exorsistah was an interesting read.
 *~Flyy Princess~*
this is such a great book
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a rough read with all the Ebonics, but once you got past that, it was quite the enjoyable book.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Blech. I tried, I really tried, but I couldn't even finish it. The overly religious aspects were just too much for me.
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Claudia Mair Burney is the author of the novel Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White, as well as the Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries and the Exorsista series for teens. Her work has appeared in Discipleship Journal magazine, The One Year Life Verse Devotional Bible, and Justice in the Burbs. She lives in Michigan with her husband, five of their seven children, and a quirky dwarf rabbit.

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