The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas

The Good Demon

True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demonClare 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 o...

Details The Good Demon

TitleThe Good Demon
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherAmulet Books
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Did Not Finish, Magic, Science Fiction Fantasy, Supernatural

Reviews The Good Demon

  • 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 storiesBefore long, Clare is falling in love with the son of the preacher who performed her exorcis...
  • Max Baker
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewHoly. 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tasya Dita
    I received an e-ARC through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest reviewThis.... was a strange book. But I haven't decided yet whether I liked it or not. 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.Review to come.
  • 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 a...
  • Laura
    3.5 starsAfter 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 horro...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. ...
  • Leah
    I have no idea what I just read. The Good Demon is dark and weird and totally messed up on so many levels.I freaking loved it.
  • Martina Urbanová
    V tejto knihe boli vynikajúce časti. Potom tam boli nudné časti. A nasledovali vyslovene zbytočné časti. Podľa mňa by si mal autor nájsť lepšieho beta-readera (alebo úplne nového, ak žiadneho ešte nemá), ktorý by mu podaril s tým, ktoré informácie sú v knihe absolútne irelevantné a ktoré by si, naopak, zaslúžili viac pozornosti. Čo sa týka knihy po tematickej stránke, tá ma bavila o čosi viac, hoci musím priznať,...
  • Sami
    This book is indescribably weird and incredibly written. The Southern Gothic of your dreams.
  • 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 p...
  • K2
    StyleThe Good Demon is a book written simple and delivered in a straightforward way. The premise is so basic that it forgoes depicting it - the local preacher and his son has exorcised the demon possessing the protagonist, and the protagonist wants Her back, and we're plopped right in the fallout. Details about Clare's life is explained as it becomes relevant to what's currently happening, so there's a constant livewire of emotions through the wh...
  • Memento Nerdy
    Title: The Good DemonAuthor: Jimmy CajoleasGenre: YA Fantasy/HorrorPublisher: Amulet Books - Copyright 2018Publication Date: September 18, 2018Review Copy Source: Edelweiss+ Read: August 8, 2018Disclaimer: I received a free digital advanced review copy of the book reviewed below in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Synopsis from Publisher: Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn’t...
  • Jen
    The prose in this novel was so descriptive that I not only read it one sitting, but I felt as if I were transported into the book. This is a classic horror story with a twist. The writing is evocative of either Neil Gaiman or Stephen King. Kind of YA homage to both I suppose. A demon has lived inside Clare since childhood. Once it's discovered a local preacher is called to get it out and the story begins with Clare just desperate to get her frien...
  • Other Rachel
    In the heart of the south, a girl’s best friend is torn away from her as a reverend and his son calls down divine power for an exorcism. The result: an angry teenager ready to crawl into the darkest secrets of her home to bring the demon back. In a twisty story about friendship, faith, and free will, Clare’s life is shattered and only the secret messages from the demon can help put herself back together again, even if it means teaming up with...
  • Amanda
    I received a free ARC of The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas in exchange for an honest review. And let me just say right off the bat, WOW! I loved this book!My ThoughtsSeriously, WOW! I loved this book!I had never heard of Jimmy Cajoleas before, but when I read the blurb above, I was immediately intrigued. After reading The Good Demon, I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.I personally didn't so much care for Clare as a perso...
  • 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 is...
  • Dani
    *I received this book from Netgalley. My review is completely my own opinions and thoughts.*I really liked the concept of a girl being exorcised and searching for her lost demon as I haven’t come across something like it. The beginning sucked me in but I felt it fell a little short of what it could have been.At first I liked the main character and felt for her as she was lonely and didn’t belong in the city, but as the story kept going, it go...
  • Naomi
    I had a hard time identifying with Clare, the main character of this story. I am happy the main character is a girl, but I did not really like her as a person until the end. I would say she does redeem herself, and learns to identify the difference between good and bad the hard way. That's the good part of this book. Clare has a hard life because her mom drinks and her stepdad is mean and drinks too, so I feel that I should be more sympathetic, b...
  • Jennifer Jamieson
    Clare has been miserable since she lost her best friend. She's a moody teen who likes to read about John Dee and rifle through the local secondhand shop, and she really only had the one friend.Clare's friend was a demon Clare called Her.When Clare's behaviour became stranger than usual, her mother called the local pastor, and he ripped Her from Clare. Now Clare would do just about anything to get Her back. She was Clare's friend, confidant, and p...
  • Shanon Millman
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Jimmy Cajoleas, The Good Demon, introduces us to Clarabella or just Clare and “her”. “Her” is Clare’s demon. Through family intervention the demon is taken, and Clare feels she must figure out how to get “her” back, thus uncovering deeper evil within the town. Initially I did not like the book, but I found that I wanted to keep reading it…compelled, if y...
  • Catherine
    I was absolutely blown away by The Good Demon. Jimmy Cajoleas's writing gripped me from the first page, and I tore through the book to find out what would become of Clare and her demon.I was completely unprepared for how deeply this story would affect me, and I've spent the last day trying to find the words to convey the power of this novel. It's unsettling and frightening and hopeful and exciting all at once. I felt like I knew Clare deeply, and...
  • Solana
    I have mixed feelings about this one. The first half was not what I expected, it was the development of a friendship between two kids and hardly any of the creepy small town bits that I was expecting. The development of the friendship felt boring and purely for the development of an important plot that would come in later on, but I didn't care about either of the main two characters while reading this part.The second half was what I wanted from t...
  • Nicole Wagner
    Have you ever finished a book so engrossing that you seriously almost played hooky for work because you wanted to sit still and just think about it for hours after closing the cover? This book features the most realistic, likeable, sympathetic protagonist I've "met" in a really, really long time. Clare, I won't forget you. I am thinking about you. I'm rooting for you. I don't want a sequel, though, because the ambiguity strikes JUST the right ton...
  • Cristin
    Clare just had her demon exorcised. The problem? The wanted to keep her demon and now she's on a mission to find her using the clues her demon left behind.This is a book I normally would not pick up, but I saw it at ALA and thought "why not"? I ended up really enjoying the book. The writing was very well done, I really enjoyed the narrator/main character, and I loved the depth of the story.I wish it was about 30 more pages that would help slow do...