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!
Release Date: September 18, 2018
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Description provided by NetGalley
“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 encounter with the son of the preacher who exorcised her, Clare goes on an adventure through the dark underbelly of her small Southern town, discovering its deep-seated occult roots. As she searches for Her, she must question the fine lines between good and evil, love and hate, and religion and free will. Vivid and sharp, The Good Demon tells the unusual story of friendship amid dark Gothic horror.”
Seriously, 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 person, because her attitude bothered me and I hated that she was using Roy as a crutch. She did have some redeeming qualities, but in the end, I didn’t care for how she threw Roy under the bus knowing full well what would happen to him, even if he betrayed her first.
But, I also felt that as a character, all of her choices really propelled the story forward and made it a compelling story. I also enjoyed the fact that, while there was some romance between Clare and Roy, romance wasn’t the whole point of the story and the happy ending isn’t what the reader would expect.
I think my favorite part of the whole story was the concept of the One Wish Man, and I was pleasantly creeped out when we finally got to meet him.
I’m giving The Good Demon 5 stars. It had me on the edge of my seat, it had a good creep factor, and I felt it was a great story for both young adults and adults.