“Exorsista” by Claudia Mair Burney (2008)
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Fiction
Length: 272 pages (paperback edition)
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 kick and run. But God has his plan, and apparently tonight he means for her to whip some serious demon butt.
Ever since her mom went crazy, Emme’s been wary of the gift they share for seeing demons, but she’s not about to let one get to her. So when an ugly beast lurks into Walgreens behind a dude who’s clearly up to no good, Emme tells it exactly where it can go. Problem is, the beautiful guy beside her at the magazine rack just helped her conquer the nasty duo, and now he wants her to join a group of demon-fighters led by an aging exorcist bombarded by requests to deliver people from evil. (description from Goodreads)
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 burdened by her paranormal (seeing demons) abilities, she strives to keep positive and not let it put her down.
The things I enjoyed the most about this novel was the action scenes, Emme’s (entire) character, the many comedic moments, and the overall plot of a teenager trying to not only find her place in the world, but to control and use her power (for the better good).
“The Exorsistah” is a funny, action packed, and fast paced start to the Exorsistah series. Anybody interested in YA paranormal/fantasy novels will enjoy Emme’s story. 5 out of 5 stars. 🙂