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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 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 real world. But when his mother dies in a car accident and her horrible husband tries to adopt them, Lee and Murphy flee to their grandmother’s ranch, which they’ve only heard about in stories. But is there a reason why their mother never brought them there? And what horrid truths lurk behind Lee’s haunting visions? Thrilling, twisty, and poignant, Minor Prophets will keep readers guessing until the final page.  


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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 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 real world. But when his mother dies in a car accident and her horrible husband tries to adopt them, Lee and Murphy flee to their grandmother’s ranch, which they’ve only heard about in stories. But is there a reason why their mother never brought them there? And what horrid truths lurk behind Lee’s haunting visions? Thrilling, twisty, and poignant, Minor Prophets will keep readers guessing until the final page.  

30 review for Minor Prophets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    DNF at page 100.

  2. 5 out of 5

    J.L. Slipak

    MY THOUGHTS: 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 MY THOUGHTS: 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 what you’re reading and screw up your face. Once there, if you feel all dirty and nasty, like you rolled in vomit… then you’re at the spot perfect for reading this book. You’ll love it! Secondary character, Murphy, is a delight and not about to let her brother get all the spotlight attention. She’s strong and outspoken and a force to be reckoned with in her own right. Southern bizarre keeps you turning pages finding out more and more about this family’s history. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, the two kids flee from one bad situation into another and in doing so, learn more than they cared to. There’s a reason for the MC’s visions and what’s going on at Grandma’s will give you the creeps and twist you up in knots! Loved this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    amanda

    "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 "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 to where she lives in a small town of Louisiana and Lee learns about his destiny, his family, and more importantly himself and it is horrifying beyond belief. This book was amazing. The prose is beautiful and I was more than a little afraid of the visions Lee faced. The characters are either creepy as hell or downright terrifying. My favorite has to be Lee's sister Murphy who takes no shit. Not her grandmother's, not her brother. She discriminates against nobody. I love horror and this is the first horror novel to really creep me out like this in a long time. It isn't exactly gory per say but the visions alone are weird enough to make your skin crawl and you always have that something isn't right thought lurking in your mind. And your brain is correct, nothing is right. Everything is very, very wrong. I wish I could sing my praises about this forever but I'm still processing it and you should really read this yourself to experience this with me. Thanks very much to Edelweiss and ABRAMS for this DRC. All opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Bookish Austin

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    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 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, however, in addition to his unreliability he is completely unaware of anything going on. The book also mostly takes place in his head. Most of the narration is just trains and trains of his thoughts, some of them completely irrelevant to the plot. This made the book pretty hard to read. The writing style is not my cup of tea but that may just be my personal preference. It was rather wordy though. All in all, it was… fun I guess? Parts of it at least. Mostly it was weird. I was confused half the time about a number of things and by the end I feel like not all of them were explained. It’s not a bad book so someone will definitely enjoy it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    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 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. Another thing was, it wasn't that special to me. It didn't particular wow me in any sense. It does dips in places especially in the middle of the book and I was a bit like 'okay, now what? What's actually happening? Not much...' Classed as 'horror' but it's really not. Spooky? A little. Horror? Nope. Not a bad read but not amazing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    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 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 centers around teenage siblings Lee (our narrator) and his spicy sister Murphy. Lee has always been a bit odd, plagued with visions that “only sometimes” come true, spending most of his time alone and feeling misunderstood by the world as a whole. After their mother’s untimely death, they’re forced to flee to a place their mother NEVER talked about: their grandmothers place, “The Farm”. They’re welcomed with open arms, and Lee questions why their mother kept this part of her life from them. This is where the plot starts taking us on what I can only describe as akin to watching a car crash in slow motion. The tables have turned here for Lee. The town welcomes him with what can only be described as reverence. Grandma dotes on him, encouraging him to hone in on his visions, he has a purpose, she says. Murphy is no longer the golden child, and a rift begins to form between the two siblings. As each day passes, you begin to see Lee’s thoughts cloud (or is it clarity??) as the truth of The Farm, its past events, and Lee’s true “purpose” are revealed. I myself was constantly questioning what was reality vs. delusion. (Remember, the only narrative we have is from Lee’s own mind.) If you’ve ever been someone that’s struggled to fit in or find a purpose, you’ll find Lee a very relatable character, even as things turn bat-s*it crazy. This book was a ride! I loved the contrast of Lee’s amicable personality against the sinister undertones throughout. If you feel like cracking open a dark, occult undertoned, supernatural, cult-like vibed great read, this is it. Here it is. Jimmy Cajoleas also wrote The Good Demon in 2018, which I haven’t had a chance to read. But I want to now! #minorprophets #netgalley #piquebeyond #abramspublishing #amuletpublishing #bookreviews

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Rowe

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sami

    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 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 prophet. There's a lot to say about the way Cajoleas tackles faith, family, and purpose, but let this suffice: this novel is extraordinary and you'll be sore if you miss it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Cuthbert

    (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 (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 happen. Mistrusting his abusive father (and county sheriff), who comes to call on them not long after her passing, Lee decides to take off with his sister Murphy, and wind up at the home of his long estranged gradmother, who encourages Lee to explore the visions that occupy his days. But this trip to Grandma's will turn out to be much more then just an opportunity to practice his talents. It may just wind up being life or death. This is an interesting take on the idea of figuring out who you are and how to deal with feeling like you don't fit in, wrapped in a blanket of horror that would not be too far removed from a number of solid, PG-13 horror films. In many ways, what goes on in this reminded me favorably of Wilder Girls, in that while this is aiming for a 13+ teen audience, it doesn't shy away or water down immensely, its thrills and chills, and many adult readers will find alot to like in these Louisiana backwoods. Jimmy Cajoleas does a really great job of leading you down a certain path, making you feel like you will get the twist but then proceeding to yank out the board that you thought would hold steady underneath you. There are points in this where the characters go a little blue in their language, so any parents sensitive to that kind of thing should take note, but I feel like the decisions taken in this were done in ways that encouraged and effectively created an authentically eery piece of horror that I would be surprised if it wasn't picked up for a film adaptation within a few years. This is definitely one trip to Grandma's you don't want to pass up!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Schneck

    Review also available at http://www.booksandwildflowers.com/ 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 Review also available at http://www.booksandwildflowers.com/ 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 future that his mother has always discouraged him from sharing or acting on. But now that she's gone, his grandmother is encouraging the visions, pushing Lee to the destiny he never knew he had. And his sister Murphy doesn't know what to think, other than that something is seriously wrong with their grandmother, her farm, and the residents of the small town they now call home. Based on the fact that this story is full of things I typically love, like spooky atmospheres and creepy cults, you would think I would have really enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, I didn't. It was just entirely too much, and while the overall plot was good, the execution left much to be desired. I couldn't stand the main character Lee, or his sister and grandmother, and everything they did or said just made me angry. Some parts were pretty disturbing and shocking for YA as well, and while that normally doesn't bother me, I don't think they added anything to this story. The plot had a lot of American Horror Story vibes which I absolutely adore, but it just didn't work and I think the potential was wasted here. Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars Thanks so much to Abrams for an ARC of this read! Minor Prophets by Jimmy Cajoleas is out now!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    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 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's family. Lee makes for an entertaining protagonist and Murphy is pretty badass and hilarious. I liked the gothic atmosphere and the small town paranoia, but once the cult thing came into play, I was a bit more skeptical (then again I'm not a fan of cults). Nonetheless, I liked the thematic exploration of loneliness and belonging. As for the ending, unfortunately Minor Prophet falls into the common trap of an exposition dump. Other than that, the writing and characters made up for those plot pitfalls. Overall, Minor Prophets was one of the better and darker YA horror books I've read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 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 attest to what happens throughout the novel. But he isn't very likable or envied or pitied either. Everyone else just kind of falls into a supportive role of that mid-range and I kept hoping for a push in one way or another. At the end you finally get it, then he rolls back down again... What can I say? Good effort.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC. I enjoyed this book, it got off to a good start and I was instantly gripped. I was compelled to find out more about the visions and the death of Lee's mother. Lee was a very well thought out character and the book is told from his perspective so you really get to know him along the way and you're finding out what is going on in his head. The other characters were also written well and they were compelling too. Although I enjoyed this book I Thank you the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC. I enjoyed this book, it got off to a good start and I was instantly gripped. I was compelled to find out more about the visions and the death of Lee's mother. Lee was a very well thought out character and the book is told from his perspective so you really get to know him along the way and you're finding out what is going on in his head. The other characters were also written well and they were compelling too. Although I enjoyed this book I didn't think it did anything ground breaking and it didn't seem like a fresh new idea as I'm sure that there have been similar stories written to this. I did read it fairly quickly as it was easy to pick up and get back into. Not much thought had to be put into reading along. Overall a good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cara M

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. From the synopsis, I definitely wasn't expecting that storyline. It wasn't bad, but there definitely seemed to be malevolent forces at work corrupting Lee and that was not fully addressed. The Spirit wasn't simply a way for Lee's family to con people. What was the Mastermind behind it? Demons? Vengeful gods? I wanted clearer answers and acknowledgement of the supernatural forces at play. But good voice and flow.

  18. 5 out of 5

    wade

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    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. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Rowland

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Nociti

    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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Namrata

    Sounds very exciting! Can't wait!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    a wild, compelling ride through a waking nightmare. fantasy elements that support a very real world of well-developed believable relatable characters. excellent prose.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    Creepy paranormal horror

  26. 4 out of 5

    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. EXPECTED SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 2 STARS 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 “Life is not lived in shoulds.” DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. EXPECTED SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 2 STARS 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 premise, which seemed to promise murder mystery and fantasy in the same breath, and I do love a good story about characters choosing family that’s best for them rather than family that would treat them poorly. And in some ways, I did get that. A question lingers over the death of Lee and Murphy’s mother, one that takes the span of the novel to solve. Meanwhile, Lee in particular goes through a tumultuous journey of understanding what family means to him, what it means to him to be loved and accepted and cherished, and what forms that can take. Toss in the workings of a utopic cult, a hint of magic in an otherwise normal world, and the pressure of a small town, and you end up with Minor Prophets. The problem is that you also have to add failure to interrogate power systems, flat characters, and an incredibly weak take on abuse. Starting with the characters is easiest, since it doesn’t require spoilers in any shape, not even the vague kind. Unfortunately, no one beyond Lee, the first person narrator, really has any outstanding dimension to them. Murphy, his sister, is the rough and tumble gruff girl. Grandma is a spiritual, stubborn old woman set in her ways. The townsfolk are just bare sketches, caricatures of what could have been actual people inhabiting the town of Benign. Overall, it makes for a novel where Lee rambles on at length, and the reader can’t bring themself to properly care about anyone at all. The supporting cast is too flat, and the main character too self-absorbed (and too self-pitying rather than proactive, in a lot of cases, it felt like). When you couple flat characters with power structures like the ones that emerge in the latter part of Minor Prophets, you end up with characters you don’t care for possessing power you don’t think they should have, and it doesn’t go well. Keeping spoilers to a minimum, I found that Lee’s ultimate role in the book went straight to his head, and the last twenty-odd pages were full of internal “did I do the right thing” questions in order to pretend that there was any significant growth. I didn’t see much change in character behavior, though, especially where I think it should have counted, in the relationship between Lee and Murphy (especially given what they learned about their own mother’s familial relationships). And to cap off family relationships, I’m incredibly irritated that this book gave us an on-the-page abuser (just because it wasn’t physical abuse doesn’t mean it wasn’t emotional abuse; throwing out your child’s possessions and destroying them is abuse, and treating them like less than dirt is also abuse), and then proceeded to justify his actions because he loved Lee and Murphy’s mother. I’ve seen a thousand apologies for Snape’s behavior because he loved Lily Potter, and I’ve hated every one because they don’t excuse the truly horrible things he did to her and her loved ones. This is a similar situation. The abusive character can say whatever he likes, but that doesn’t change the way he has treated Lee and Murphy, doesn’t change the way he treated their mother sometimes. And not only that, what the hell is up with your abusive character also being a product of abuse? That really doesn’t sit well with me at all. I think Minor Prophets could have been good if it had one more thing in spades: nuance. As it stands, though, it felt two-dimensional at best, with only halfhearted attempts to flesh out characters and really explore the uses and abuses of power present in the story. Maybe the finished copy will be slightly improved by the time it comes out on September 10th, but I doubt this is a book I will purchase for myself or recommend to anyone I know.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    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 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 strange visions which often come true and after the death of his mother they begin to escalate. The prospect of being adopted by their mother’s boyfriend is too much and the siblings go on the run as Lee’s visions get wilder. Part of the story revolves around what horrid truths lurk behind Lee's haunting visions. But there is a lot going on in this twisty, and poignant thriller in which family secrets lurk at the centre of its dark beating heart. The vision sequences were outstanding, and Lee is able supported by the brilliant character Murphy who has his back all the way. This will not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for the fan of oddball and highly original horror look no further. It can equally be enjoyed by adults. Jimmy Cajoleas are you genuinely as cool as you write? I bet you are. AGE 13+

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Gumbman

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