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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 i 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 i 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. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    DNF at page 100.

  2. 4 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, wanti "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.

  3. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Bookish Austin

    You can read my review here: https://thebookishaustin.tumblr.com/p...

  5. 4 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/>I 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.

  6. 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 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.

  7. 5 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 tab 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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 pro 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.

  10. 5 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 a (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!

  11. 5 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 future that hi 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!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Burchell

    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 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 4 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Namrata

    Sounds very exciting! Can't wait!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    Creepy paranormal horror

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  22. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Gumbman

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Munro

  25. 5 out of 5

    LAURI CRUMLEY COATES

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brien

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Burnam

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz Edwards

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