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Rachael has traveled to Whitehaven to visit her father, a trek she can not help but dread given his recent descent into madness. Upon her arrival she realizes his deterioration has not only been mental, it’s been physical as well. His death comes as no surprise, but what she discovers soon after, is shocking when his burden becomes hers. Lock is a banished spirit who must a Rachael has traveled to Whitehaven to visit her father, a trek she can not help but dread given his recent descent into madness. Upon her arrival she realizes his deterioration has not only been mental, it’s been physical as well. His death comes as no surprise, but what she discovers soon after, is shocking when his burden becomes hers. Lock is a banished spirit who must attach himself to a human host in order to hide from those who would drag him back to hell to be destroyed. When he meets Rachael he finds more than a host, he finds an ally. Together they must defeat each of the seven sins in order to guarantee Lock's safe passage into the Third Realm, a loophole in creation that would allow him to escape hell and have peace at long last. Through their unlikely friendship, other banished spirits flock to them in hopes of a peace they hadn't dreamt possible.


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Rachael has traveled to Whitehaven to visit her father, a trek she can not help but dread given his recent descent into madness. Upon her arrival she realizes his deterioration has not only been mental, it’s been physical as well. His death comes as no surprise, but what she discovers soon after, is shocking when his burden becomes hers. Lock is a banished spirit who must a Rachael has traveled to Whitehaven to visit her father, a trek she can not help but dread given his recent descent into madness. Upon her arrival she realizes his deterioration has not only been mental, it’s been physical as well. His death comes as no surprise, but what she discovers soon after, is shocking when his burden becomes hers. Lock is a banished spirit who must attach himself to a human host in order to hide from those who would drag him back to hell to be destroyed. When he meets Rachael he finds more than a host, he finds an ally. Together they must defeat each of the seven sins in order to guarantee Lock's safe passage into the Third Realm, a loophole in creation that would allow him to escape hell and have peace at long last. Through their unlikely friendship, other banished spirits flock to them in hopes of a peace they hadn't dreamt possible.

30 review for Banished Spirits

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This is a YA book that I felt was very well written. The descriptions in this story gave a clear picture on what the author was trying to get across. The idea of banished spirits that have to "feed" from human hosts in order to hide from their enemies is a unique concept and made for a very intriguing story. There were a lot of characters introduced in this book, and at times I found there to be too many to remember. There were a few that stood out very well though and made the book that much mo This is a YA book that I felt was very well written. The descriptions in this story gave a clear picture on what the author was trying to get across. The idea of banished spirits that have to "feed" from human hosts in order to hide from their enemies is a unique concept and made for a very intriguing story. There were a lot of characters introduced in this book, and at times I found there to be too many to remember. There were a few that stood out very well though and made the book that much more enjoyable. Lock is a banished spirit that attaches at first to Rachel's dad and then to Rachel. The only problem I had with any kind of romantic dynamic between Lock and Rachel is the fact that Lock essentially had drained her father to the point where he dies. How would a person be able to overlook that and suddenly develop a crush on that person?? This was a bit of a hurdle for me as well as the fact that he was a few years younger than Rachel. I found at times I was able to get involved in their interactions; but those hurdles kept jumping out at me from time to time! On the whole though the book is very well written and it has a really great story line. I personally think it would make a really good movie! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the YA genre with paranormal thrown in. This is the perfect book for reading right around Halloween! Jacinta Maree has a great career ahead of her in my opinion, as long as she keeps the stories coming! I will for sure look for her books in the future. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I have to say I LOVED this book! The writing is fantastic. Though technically a young adult book, Jacinta Maree writes with such attention to detail and is so descriptive that even adults can enjoy this great read. The story centers around a teenager named Rachael who, upon the death of her father, inherits Lock, the banished spirit who haunted him to death. Lock and Rachael team together, along with other banished spirits and their hosts. to free Lock from the limbo that he's in by confronting e I have to say I LOVED this book! The writing is fantastic. Though technically a young adult book, Jacinta Maree writes with such attention to detail and is so descriptive that even adults can enjoy this great read. The story centers around a teenager named Rachael who, upon the death of her father, inherits Lock, the banished spirit who haunted him to death. Lock and Rachael team together, along with other banished spirits and their hosts. to free Lock from the limbo that he's in by confronting each of the seven deadly sins and attain the peaceful afterlife he has so far been denied. An excellent read--I highly recommend it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Annabell

    Upon reading the synopsis for My Demonic Ghost, I was instantly intrigued and was excited when I was able to get an advanced copy of the book by the author. As a fan of the supernatural and paranormal genres, I love when a book brings a refreshing and original take into an idea that’s been used before which Jacinta Maree was able to do. Let’s start off with what worked for My Demonic Ghost. The idea of a demon possessing a human is not a new concept but what if the demon didn’t possess you? What Upon reading the synopsis for My Demonic Ghost, I was instantly intrigued and was excited when I was able to get an advanced copy of the book by the author. As a fan of the supernatural and paranormal genres, I love when a book brings a refreshing and original take into an idea that’s been used before which Jacinta Maree was able to do. Let’s start off with what worked for My Demonic Ghost. The idea of a demon possessing a human is not a new concept but what if the demon didn’t possess you? What if the demon was more like a ghost who opted instead to chain you to them and use your soul to keep them on the human plane? That is the concept to the book and I really liked it. I also liked the fact that the demonic ghosts aren’t as black and white as one would think. They aren’t just purely evil. There’s vulnerability to their characters, especially to Lock’s, even though they have such great power. The writing style was beautifully done. The world is vivid and described well. The reader has no problem making out what Maree has created both in the human world and the spirit realm. The spirit realm was one of my favorite aspects of the book. The suspense is pretty well done and the action scenes are fraught with tension. Betrayal was the best character out of the book. She is beautiful, agile, strong, and jumps into battle with a ferocity I would be afraid to go up against. I loved her scenes in the book. I also liked the Hunters, they hunt down the Banished (the spirits who attach themselves to humans). They are undeniably strong, fast, and worthy of their title. Lock was another character I liked. He is as young as Rachel and starts off the story filled with snappy retorts, tough attitude, and selfishness. But as the story progresses his character does as well. He is this kid who has been battling stuff few adults would ever be brave enough to and he was used to doing things alone until Rachel. He had this vulnerability to his character and a strong will to keep fighting. But I did have some issues with the book. Rachel, the main heroine of the adventure into the spirit realm, is too gullible, easily persuaded, and a bit shallow considering any time she saw how gorgeous a demon was she instantly felt at ease with them and wanted to befriend them which didn’t make sense. The narration, which was done by Rachel, was at times over dramatic. The romance between Rachel and Lock was sub-par. They start off not really being able to stand each other but that ends quickly with Rachel deciding he’s just a misunderstood spirit. The sacrifice Lock makes was a good attempt at redemption and love but I couldn’t help but not be totally moved by at the scene. Lock spends so much time treating Rachel like she doesn’t matter than he suddenly decides to make this sacrifice for her. My Demonic Ghost is a nice take on an old concept and the writing, for the most part, is beautifully done. I just wanted a stronger heroine and less dramatics. I would still recommend any supernatural and paranormal fan to give My Demonic Ghost a chance. There are aspects of the book that are enjoyable. I also would like to see what happens with Lock and Betrayal in the next installment so I will most likely continue the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C.S. Yelle

    As I began my adventure with Rachael I felt angered by the spirit who stole her father from her. At first I didn't buy into the premise that Rachael would turn to Lock's side so quickly after suffering that loss after understanding her father's illness was solely due to Lock choosing Rachael's father as his host. That being said, I DID buy into Rachael and her courage, compassion, and understanding. She was a character who exuded strength and conviction even in her most uncertain and fearful mom As I began my adventure with Rachael I felt angered by the spirit who stole her father from her. At first I didn't buy into the premise that Rachael would turn to Lock's side so quickly after suffering that loss after understanding her father's illness was solely due to Lock choosing Rachael's father as his host. That being said, I DID buy into Rachael and her courage, compassion, and understanding. She was a character who exuded strength and conviction even in her most uncertain and fearful moments. I really believed that she wanted to help Lock and the other Banished souls and felt how she handled herself spoke volumes as to who she was. Lock, as the story unfolded became more likeable as you understood where he came from and how he ended up in his current situation. He held up his end of the story very well and balanced Rachael perfectly. All that being said, there is simply no other way to explain My Demonic Ghost except that Jacinta Maree is a talented and gifted storyteller who continually added elements to her story that encompassed myths and legends alike. The way she wove them into the story so believably is evidence that she has a very bright future ahead of her. Her ability to take characters that I initially despised and make me feel empathy for them is truly amazing. I love a good story and will be waiting for the next addition to My Demonic Ghost as Jacinta Maree will surely not disappoint me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James Teh

    AMAZING book! I nearly cried at the end though :(

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The story unfolds quickly when Rachel encounters Lock just moments after her father dies. Lock is a Banished Spirit, the ghost of young boy trying to uncover an entrance to the Third Realm, the final resting place for those not belonging in the traditional Heaven and Hell. Rachel’s father was Lock’s Host, a human power supply and refuge from enemies of the Banished Souls. When Lock quickly attaches himself to Rachel’s soul, she learns the true fate of her father’s demise. Rather than fear the bu The story unfolds quickly when Rachel encounters Lock just moments after her father dies. Lock is a Banished Spirit, the ghost of young boy trying to uncover an entrance to the Third Realm, the final resting place for those not belonging in the traditional Heaven and Hell. Rachel’s father was Lock’s Host, a human power supply and refuge from enemies of the Banished Souls. When Lock quickly attaches himself to Rachel’s soul, she learns the true fate of her father’s demise. Rather than fear the burden upon her, she becomes Locks ally in search of the peaceful afterlife for which he longs. Together, Rachel and Lock work to defeat the each of the seven deadly sins. With the support of their fellow Banished Spirits and Hosts, they can only hope this is the key to the eternity they are searching for. Excerpt from My Demonic Ghost: “Gluttony stood for the immoral temptation to consume more than we need; this usually referred to food resources. The other Sins were Lust, Vanity, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, and Envy. They weren’t called the Seven Deadly Sins for nothing; this meant trouble, big trouble. It seemed fitting that we wound up in the garbage tip for Gluttony. I couldn’t pick out the head of the Sin from the rest of its body, watching as it was carried on the shoulders of the smaller creatures.” Jacinta Maree’s breakout novel in simply amazing! I could not put this book down. I felt connected to the characters immediately, which is a challenge for me. She captivated the imagery so well be her detailed descriptions you truly feel a part of the story. Definitely a good read and I cannot wait to see the great things this author has in her future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    T.M. Smith

    Maree has taken the concept of demon possession to a new level with My Demonic Ghost. Dark and captivating as we follow the story of 15 year old Rachael Hastings (the host) and Lock (her demon). When Rachael travels to Whitehaven to visit her ailing father who dies soon after she unwittingly becomes her father's demons new host. Lock links himself to her with a kiss, wrapping her in chains and tying her soul to him. As a banished spirit he must feed off a human host to remain in our realm. In a Maree has taken the concept of demon possession to a new level with My Demonic Ghost. Dark and captivating as we follow the story of 15 year old Rachael Hastings (the host) and Lock (her demon). When Rachael travels to Whitehaven to visit her ailing father who dies soon after she unwittingly becomes her father's demons new host. Lock links himself to her with a kiss, wrapping her in chains and tying her soul to him. As a banished spirit he must feed off a human host to remain in our realm. In a welcomed twist, the pair become more dependent on each other as their feelings for each other grow stronger, all the while their journey takes them to the depths of hell to face the 7 deadly sins. Maree's imagery is vivid and creative and you are transformed into this world alongside Rachael and Lock. I loved the hierarchy of the realms with the Royals, different levels of spirits and the Hunters. The character's had depth and realism to them even if most of them were demons or spirits. I also liked that the storyline was complex and detailed, giving us history on the different spirits and insight into their current names. Linking the 7 deadly sins into the story was pure genius right down to the differing eye color of the spirits that linked beautifully with their unique names and backgrounds. In a race against time Rachael and Lock along with several other spirits and their hosts attempt to defeat the sins, therefore gaining access to the third realm where Lock's soul can be safe from the Hunter's and he can find peace. In the end as the Hunter's close in, what will Lock sacrafice for Rachael?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Two Nerds With Words

    Jacinta Maree offers the reader something that I truly love, Teenage Fiction filled with intrigue, passion and characters that are beautifully crafted and intrinsically developed. It was impossible not to be swept away by the tide of emotion and drama that poured off Jacinta Maree's wonderful pages. As a harsh critique of dialogue, I was so very happy by the author's craft. Jacinta Maree created natural flowing dialogue that really helped to shape her characters and the wide variety of relationsh Jacinta Maree offers the reader something that I truly love, Teenage Fiction filled with intrigue, passion and characters that are beautifully crafted and intrinsically developed. It was impossible not to be swept away by the tide of emotion and drama that poured off Jacinta Maree's wonderful pages. As a harsh critique of dialogue, I was so very happy by the author's craft. Jacinta Maree created natural flowing dialogue that really helped to shape her characters and the wide variety of relationships evident in My Demonic Ghost. I believed her story, believed in her characters and believed, with out a doubt, that her fantasy world was real. Jacinta Maree successfully created two main protagonists that I whole-heartedly cheered for. Both Rachael and Lock were movingly real; there were several moments that I felt a rush of pride at their actions, and deep sorrow as aspects of their lives and stories unfolded. I was pleasantly surprised by the 'darkness' of Rachael and Lock's journey. So often, I feel misinformed by artwork and the book's synopsis. But this was most definitely not the case with My Demonic Ghost. The characters feel fear, witness horror and encounter horrendous characters. Jacinta Maree handles this very well, whilst all the time still staying true to the YA genre. If you are looking for a moving and dark YA fantasy, with beautiful tender moments of love and compassion, then by sure to purchase yourself a copy of My Demonic Ghost.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Note: Book provided by author for review. This was an action packed book full of hunters, the hunted and those who get caught in between. Although I am not an avid YA reader I enjoyed this book. The emotional journey of the heroine was well written and compelling. She was a young, but mature, lady who dealt with her own insecurities admirably. There was a lot of action throughout the book but I found some of the fight scenes slightly confusing. They didn't seem to flow in my mind and I found I had Note: Book provided by author for review. This was an action packed book full of hunters, the hunted and those who get caught in between. Although I am not an avid YA reader I enjoyed this book. The emotional journey of the heroine was well written and compelling. She was a young, but mature, lady who dealt with her own insecurities admirably. There was a lot of action throughout the book but I found some of the fight scenes slightly confusing. They didn't seem to flow in my mind and I found I had to do some re-reading to develop a better picture. I liked how the conflict was built in the book and found the resolution was in-depth and multi-layered. Ms. Maree has a nice writing style which is easy to read but the tense shifts from past to present occasionally which throws off the flow of the story. Her descriptions are detailed and some of the locations from the story still stick in my mind. All in all, a good solid YA read with a strong finish.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Helton

    What a great read! this is a book that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! It is well written and I enjoyed it so much. Rachael is a kick butt 15 year old who just so happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time! Her life gets thrown into a whole new world. One that she is not ready to believe in! After losing her dad she has to learn to trust the very one who has taken him from her. Together the must fight, fight to stay alive. They become so dependent on one another they start What a great read! this is a book that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! It is well written and I enjoyed it so much. Rachael is a kick butt 15 year old who just so happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time! Her life gets thrown into a whole new world. One that she is not ready to believe in! After losing her dad she has to learn to trust the very one who has taken him from her. Together the must fight, fight to stay alive. They become so dependent on one another they start falling for each other. How is that possible if she is alive and "Lock" is a ghost? The ending will surprise you, you must read this book, I was impressed! I found a rare diamond in the rough!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna Milward

    If there is anything I can truly appreciate as a reader, it's fresh ideas. Jacinta Maree's take on demons and possession doesn't disappoint. When I first met 'Lock', I didn't like him, but as I feverishly turned the pages, my mind changed. I hurt for him, Rachel, and the losses they endured together. The dimensions Jacinta created were rich with imagination and surprises. What more could I ask for? How about new myths and legends I've never read before? Jacinta delivered that as well. This new young If there is anything I can truly appreciate as a reader, it's fresh ideas. Jacinta Maree's take on demons and possession doesn't disappoint. When I first met 'Lock', I didn't like him, but as I feverishly turned the pages, my mind changed. I hurt for him, Rachel, and the losses they endured together. The dimensions Jacinta created were rich with imagination and surprises. What more could I ask for? How about new myths and legends I've never read before? Jacinta delivered that as well. This new young author is going places. By all means check her out!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tara Kelley

    I really enjoyed this book and I loved how unique it was. There were so many neat details within the book and I loved how well they all tied together. The characters were well developed and I instantly cared about them and wanted to know what was going to happen next. The ending was good, sad, and left you wondering what would happen in the next book of the banished spirits series. I look forward to its release. I love ghost stories and this one was very interesting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessy

    I want to discuss the amazing cover. I may be too much of an analyst when it comes to things like this but I can't help but see the symbolism plastered all over it. Jacinta did a fabulous job capturing the entirety of the book with just one picture. The blurring of the title is like a ghost dissolving into thin air. The beautiful young boy lurking with green eyes peeking at the reader from behind his hand makes us wonder can this dazzling creature be a demon? His hand covering his face says to m I want to discuss the amazing cover. I may be too much of an analyst when it comes to things like this but I can't help but see the symbolism plastered all over it. Jacinta did a fabulous job capturing the entirety of the book with just one picture. The blurring of the title is like a ghost dissolving into thin air. The beautiful young boy lurking with green eyes peeking at the reader from behind his hand makes us wonder can this dazzling creature be a demon? His hand covering his face says to me ''I'm hidden among the shadow you can't see me, but I'm always around somewhere.'' Then we have the most symbolic of all, the chains wrapped delicately around his neck and wrist. Is it to stand for his entrapment of a being a banished soul or his ties to his human host? Maybe both. I've been wanting to read this book for a while. It's cover would float around sometimes on Facebook or when I was skimming through kindle books so when a chance to finally read it came along I snatched it! I immediately was taken a hold of by the story and characters from the first chapter! There is this mysterious love/hate dance you do with our leading male character, Lock. He's this arrogant, snarky, temperamental young boy that gets under your skin just like he does with Rachael, our leading female. But then the author sneaks in little glimpses of his softer side and his "human" side and that's when we slowly find ourselves falling for a demon. We find ourselves standing on the side of all banished spirits. Whether they are good or evil! Crazy right? Well that's just how fantastic a writer Jacinta is. The reader has conflicting emotions about being on a side that isn't all sunshine and sparkles. Lock is a spirit that has been banished and left to roam between dimensions not really being allowed to "live" without being attached to a living human host. He is on a quest to find a place where he and other banished spirits can finally be accepted. Heaven and hell are off limits to creatures like himself so his entire existence is spent finding the mysterious "staff" and finally coming to a peaceful rest. Lock has done this for ages and when his path finally crosses with Rachael things begin to change. Rachael was a normal teenager, living a normal life with her mom. She had to deal with her dads strange mumblings and odd behavior, but when she discovers that her dad may not have been mad after all she's thrown into a situation no person wants to find themselves in. Being attached to a demon and having your life source slowly taken from you is not what she signed up for!! Rachael will have to figure out a way to help Lock so she can ultimately help herself. What happens though when your initial disposition to your new company begins stirring feelings that shouldn't be there? Does Lock feel the same way? Can he? Find out how these two journey through worlds of different dimensions where they are faced with seven deadly sins: greed, vanity, sloth, lust, gluttony, wrath, and envy. Find out if they survive! You really want to! Jacinta wrote this book with a perfect pace and never lost her reader. She keeps a hold of you until there aren't any pages left to turn. I'm highly anticipating the second book in the series 'The Reaper'! I must have it NOW! Her descriptions are precise and bold and take your imagination through new unrestrained proportions! Get fired up and let everything come to life for you! You aren't reading a story, you are a part of the story! I rarely pick up a book more than once...I will read this again! I absolutely adore it! I give this book my thumbs up!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mad about

    Quite fancied the synopsis of this book and glad I read it. It's YA so for the younger category than I usually read but was very enjoyable. You meet Rachael while she's travelling to Whitehaven to visit her father for the first time in years. It's not something she looks forward to doing after he started going mad a few years ago but he's dying and she can't put the visit off any longer. Things are worse than she imagined though as he looks as if he's aged a decade and is living in squalor. Unbek Quite fancied the synopsis of this book and glad I read it. It's YA so for the younger category than I usually read but was very enjoyable. You meet Rachael while she's travelling to Whitehaven to visit her father for the first time in years. It's not something she looks forward to doing after he started going mad a few years ago but he's dying and she can't put the visit off any longer. Things are worse than she imagined though as he looks as if he's aged a decade and is living in squalor. Unbeknownst to her there really is another realm of demons just like her father said and he dies as a result of them shortly after she arrives. A new world is unveiled to her when the demon attaches himself to her soul just as he did her father. With the truth that her life is on the line Rachael sets out to help the demon Lock on his quest to get to the Third Realm and avoid Hell. Along the way though they must ally themselves with other Hosts and banished spirits, avoid the Hunters and defeat the seven Sins all without even knowing if it will work. Rachael isn't just another Host to Lock though. She's more to his own age when he died, see's him for more than just a demon and wants to help him even if it might be for her own reasons. You journey with the duo and watch them discover themselves. Very nice YA novel that has the right amount of drama, romance and adventure. The partnership of Lock and Rachael is very unsteady at the beginning and I did wonder how they would develop as he was very cold and callous towards her but she does persist and he really does develop to the point where I wanted to read the story from his point of view. Their romance was bound to be doomed as he was dead, she was obviously going to age and ultimately he wanted to move on to the Third Realm but watching it develop was very sweet and sad towards the end. No real flaws with this other than I thought it was abit too easy for Rachael as her mother just let her leave Whitehaven on her own to go to the City for days on end and didn't give her too much bother. But then the back story was that was she a trustworthy and sensible teen so that's more me seeing it as unrealistic. Would recommend for any YA readers and up or those that fancy a change from all the highly sexed paranormal fiction and want to read some romance with a twist. Hope there's a future story from Lock/Evan.

  15. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn Spoilers!!!! Rachel lives in a world with banished spirits where humans are their hosts, basically their food. She inherits her father’s ghost after his death. Instead of curling up in a ball or whining about it, she soldiers on trying to make it work for she and Lock. Lock is taken aback when she wants to help him. Rachel insists on an equal partnership as opposed to Lock feeding off her until she dies. I loved the Whitehaven setting. Maree brilliantly paints a Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn Spoilers!!!! Rachel lives in a world with banished spirits where humans are their hosts, basically their food. She inherits her father’s ghost after his death. Instead of curling up in a ball or whining about it, she soldiers on trying to make it work for she and Lock. Lock is taken aback when she wants to help him. Rachel insists on an equal partnership as opposed to Lock feeding off her until she dies. I loved the Whitehaven setting. Maree brilliantly paints a picture of Rachel’s surroundings and of the realms of the dead. I was entranced by the way she writes. I like Rachel’s character. She’s young but brave. She refuses to be a victim. She and Lock choose a dangerous way to solve the problem of getting Lock admitted into the Third Realm. As their journey progresses we meet some fun characters. I especially liked Sabotage and Betrayal, besides the seven sins. The seven sins are grotesquely frightening. The most hair-raising character was mother the serpent like creature. I think I would have peed myself if I had to face her. The hierarchy of the realms is intriguing with Royals and different levels of spirits. It’s a very complicated world and the plot is multi-layered. You have to pay attention to the details catch everything. I often had to go back and reread a page to make sure I was absorbing all of the information. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down. The complicated plot twists came hard and fast keeping my interest. Rachel sees something redeemable in Lock. She sets out to help him and herself. Along the way they develop feelings for one another, which isn’t a surprise after all they went through. What is Lock willing to sacrifice for Rachel? My Demonic Ghost is not light reading. If you’re tired of ripped off ideas and shallow characters, this is the perfect book for you. I rarely give a book 5 stars. This story is meaty, filled with colorful characters and I cannot wait to read more from Jacinta Maree. http://openbooksociety.com/article/my...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather Alexander

    Rachael goes to see her, supposedly crazy, father in Whitehaven. When he dies, she finds out why he was crazy, or wasn't. The inheritance she receives from her father is not what she would have expected. Rachael finds herself saddled with, literally, a spirit. Lock is a banished spirit who must have a human host in order to not be sent back to hell. Unfortunately for the host, while he shares their body, he also suck the life out of them. She is not the typical host though, she wants to help, bu Rachael goes to see her, supposedly crazy, father in Whitehaven. When he dies, she finds out why he was crazy, or wasn't. The inheritance she receives from her father is not what she would have expected. Rachael finds herself saddled with, literally, a spirit. Lock is a banished spirit who must have a human host in order to not be sent back to hell. Unfortunately for the host, while he shares their body, he also suck the life out of them. She is not the typical host though, she wants to help, but also wants to live. Together they go on a quest to defeat the seven deadly sins, greed, vanity, sloth, lust, gluttony,wrath and envy. If successful Lock can finally be free from having a host and move on to third realm to be at peace. Along the way, other spirits hear about them and start making appearances. She will meet other spirits, hosts and several characters that are so bad that they are good. Rachael and Lock become friends and a bit more as the story moves on and you really will be rooting for them. Will they succeed? I loved the characters, the way they interacted, the sarcasm and just how different this book was from what I have read in the past. Do not miss out on this book, it's a winner and I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Raven Reviewer

    Filled with a world of demon possession and the banishment of souls, My Demonic Ghost is a fresh take on the afterlife. Although we only see a sliver of that cleverly created world, religion is sidestepped for the most part. There is a Creator and a hierarchy of souls and spirits, but since our view is limited to the story at hand, religion is not emphasized nor contradicted. Personally, being religious myself, I really liked this. And can I just say I love that the most powerful spirit in this Filled with a world of demon possession and the banishment of souls, My Demonic Ghost is a fresh take on the afterlife. Although we only see a sliver of that cleverly created world, religion is sidestepped for the most part. There is a Creator and a hierarchy of souls and spirits, but since our view is limited to the story at hand, religion is not emphasized nor contradicted. Personally, being religious myself, I really liked this. And can I just say I love that the most powerful spirit in this mythology is a woman? I do! Considering the plot, it seems a little ironic to me that her name is Miira. The seemingly related name Mira comes from the Albanian word “mirë” meaning “good”. It’s not clear to me whether that was intentional or not, but regardless I sure got a kick out of it. Having a main character as a demon seems riskier to me than say a werewolf or elf. Some audiences may be put off by this. However, this is not our average ghost story. It is modern and presented right off the bat... For full review, go to: http://ravenreviewer.tumblr.com/post/...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Gomez

    I received this book as an arc for a review and I loved it. I couldn't put it down. The main character is 16 year old Rachael. She visits her dad, whom everyone thinks is crazy, after he claims there is a evil demon spirit that has attached it's self to him. Even Rachel thinks her father is crazy but decides to go and visit him anyways. After her father dies,Rachael finds out that everything her father told her turns out to be true. This book was so good! It's a horror and love story all mixed up I received this book as an arc for a review and I loved it. I couldn't put it down. The main character is 16 year old Rachael. She visits her dad, whom everyone thinks is crazy, after he claims there is a evil demon spirit that has attached it's self to him. Even Rachel thinks her father is crazy but decides to go and visit him anyways. After her father dies,Rachael finds out that everything her father told her turns out to be true. This book was so good! It's a horror and love story all mixed up into one and I couldn't get enough of it. Rachael starts to fall in love with the Demonic spirit (Lock) and vice versa. There was time when I was completely horrified reading about the other demons in the story and I was rooting Rachael and Lock on the whole time. This whole book played out like a movie in my head and I couldn't stop reading. I was a little unsure at first to tell you the truth but i was just so immersed into the story. The last of the book flips to Even aka Lock's point of view and I wanted to cry my eyes out. I can't wait to read more story's by this author. ~Teresa www.sinfulreview.wordpress.com

  19. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Mcqueen

    My Demonic Ghost by Jacinta Maree Rating 4**** When Rachel travels to see her dad, it ended up being more than a life changing event. His descent to psychosis has cost him hos whole life. In fact, Rachel is the only one who still cares at all. When she finds her dad dead on the morning after her arrival, it is no shock to her. When the demonic spirit enters her body, that was the surprise of a lifetime. She seems adapt well to having Lock around. Lock on the other hand seems to actually be learn My Demonic Ghost by Jacinta Maree Rating 4**** When Rachel travels to see her dad, it ended up being more than a life changing event. His descent to psychosis has cost him hos whole life. In fact, Rachel is the only one who still cares at all. When she finds her dad dead on the morning after her arrival, it is no shock to her. When the demonic spirit enters her body, that was the surprise of a lifetime. She seems adapt well to having Lock around. Lock on the other hand seems to actually be learning things from Rachel as they go along. Even feeling emotions creatures from hell should never feel. This is one of the better ghost stories. It holds the readers attention and their trek through the steps to get Lock out of hell keeps the plot flow going. I enjoyed this read would recommend it to others.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elegant Insanity

    My Demonic Ghost is such an amazing book, the story is a new look on spirits/ghosts and is beautifully written. Within the first few chapters I became so attached to the characters Lock and Rachel and soon to the other characters as they were introduced. The imagery for almost every scene was astounding, not to mention the gorgeous cover. I have never read a book involving the Seven Sins', and in My Demonic Ghost they were a brilliant part of the plot. I could rant on all day about how much I lo My Demonic Ghost is such an amazing book, the story is a new look on spirits/ghosts and is beautifully written. Within the first few chapters I became so attached to the characters Lock and Rachel and soon to the other characters as they were introduced. The imagery for almost every scene was astounding, not to mention the gorgeous cover. I have never read a book involving the Seven Sins', and in My Demonic Ghost they were a brilliant part of the plot. I could rant on all day about how much I love this book, but basically I think people who like any genre would enjoy this book, it has a bit of everything. ^.^

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Dawes

    My Demonic Ghost was just one of those books I couldn't put down. The characters are complex and you find yourself wanting to find out more about them. With a unique story line and a list of amazing characters, the plot can take you through some twists and turns. Jacinta's imagination is extraordinary, and her ability to write what she 'sees' for her characters is very well done. I especially liked the Sins. My Demonic Ghost was just one of those books I couldn't put down. The characters are complex and you find yourself wanting to find out more about them. With a unique story line and a list of amazing characters, the plot can take you through some twists and turns. Jacinta's imagination is extraordinary, and her ability to write what she 'sees' for her characters is very well done. I especially liked the Sins.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Riach

    I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for something different from the typical YA book, this is it. This is a different take on the afterlife and the seven deadly sins than I have ever read. I love the characters of this book especially Rachel who is a young strong girl who won't be a victim. Jacinta Maree did a great job writing My Demonic Ghost and I can't wait to read more of her books. I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for something different from the typical YA book, this is it. This is a different take on the afterlife and the seven deadly sins than I have ever read. I love the characters of this book especially Rachel who is a young strong girl who won't be a victim. Jacinta Maree did a great job writing My Demonic Ghost and I can't wait to read more of her books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jon C.

    Absolutely amazing. I've never had a book get my heart racing as fast and furious as this one did. The excitement and suspense of this story kept me on the edge of my seat only waiting to read what was next. I couldn't even pull myself away from the book. I really do suggest this book and I'm sure that you wont be disappointed at all. Absolutely amazing. I've never had a book get my heart racing as fast and furious as this one did. The excitement and suspense of this story kept me on the edge of my seat only waiting to read what was next. I couldn't even pull myself away from the book. I really do suggest this book and I'm sure that you wont be disappointed at all.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    So beautifully written! I'm generally not that much of a reader, but I just can't put this one down. I read it on the bus and get so engulfed in the story and its charming characters, I almost forget to get off at my stop! Can't wait to read on. Jacinta, congratulations on an exquisite novel. So beautifully written! I'm generally not that much of a reader, but I just can't put this one down. I read it on the bus and get so engulfed in the story and its charming characters, I almost forget to get off at my stop! Can't wait to read on. Jacinta, congratulations on an exquisite novel.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alis

    What I liked: This book was wholey different from what I had expected when I started this book. Everything was different, from the characters, to how it began, to how it ended, and everything in between. I can't even tell you what I actually had expected from this book based off of the summary other than what I got in return for reading it was entirely different from my impression. While the story does talk the afterlife with the concepts of heaven and hell and a Third Realm (which, I guess coul What I liked: This book was wholey different from what I had expected when I started this book. Everything was different, from the characters, to how it began, to how it ended, and everything in between. I can't even tell you what I actually had expected from this book based off of the summary other than what I got in return for reading it was entirely different from my impression. While the story does talk the afterlife with the concepts of heaven and hell and a Third Realm (which, I guess could be sort of the equivalent to Purgatory but at the same time not?) the who religious aspect is sidestepped for the most part so there's not too much toe-stepping here, which is a plus for anyone who wants to read it. I loved the scenes with the Sins, they were different and the way the settings for the different Sins was done was complementary to each of the seven and some of my favorite scenes. I really liked seeing the dynamics of the relationship between Lock and and Rachael change over the book. This book was not only exhilarating with how everything came together and changed, but a tad tragic with how one sees it will likely end for both Lock and Rachael. What I didn't like: I'm a chapter based reader, so if I want a break in a story I'll read all the way to the end of a chapter and put it down before doing what I need to next. Yet, the chapters in this were very long so I had to put it down halfway through a chapter when there would have been a spot I thought would work well as a place for the chapter to end and begin a new one. So, putting down the book in the middle of a chapter I would lose my place on the page and have to reread a bit to figure out not only what's going on again, but where I left off to continue. It was a tiny bit tedious for me. There were also places where some of the wording was weird or I felt that the spelling was off but then again I'm not quite sure it was? Terribly confused about that still, and I'm an English major of all things! Bit of a conundrum if you ask me. Overall Review: While a lot darker than I had originally thought, this was a very good story that flowed very well and characters who developed over time as the story went on. Rachael was a very strange character in how she was able to deal with so much that was thrown at her, but when her father died it didn't really seem to have much thought when it happened. Of course, you know there was the fact she had many other things she needed to do at the same time which could be attributed, but I thought it was very late for her to grieve when she finally did. Lock on the other hand I thought changed very quickly in the beginning, but it was several things that showed me that it took a lot longer for him to change, mainly through his actions and the way he said things. In the beginning he was kind of cruel, and while this lessens drastically early on he does show how little he thinks of Rachael because she's a Host. The way he changed from the time the journey starts to its end is easy to see, and it worked well into his development as a character. Recommend?: Indeed I would! This was a very interesting story and I really enjoyed it overall.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Dune

    When a banished spirit attaches himself to fifteen year old Rachael she's certain her life will shortly come to an end just as her father's did. Until she and the spirit make a forbidden pack and set out on a journey to save his soul. A journey which will lead them on a deadly race against Hunters and demons to find the mythical Staff, said to be the only way a banished spirit can avoid being drug to Hell. Can Rachael and Lock save each other from damnation, or will the odds against them prove t When a banished spirit attaches himself to fifteen year old Rachael she's certain her life will shortly come to an end just as her father's did. Until she and the spirit make a forbidden pack and set out on a journey to save his soul. A journey which will lead them on a deadly race against Hunters and demons to find the mythical Staff, said to be the only way a banished spirit can avoid being drug to Hell. Can Rachael and Lock save each other from damnation, or will the odds against them prove too great? Banished Spirits is a dark journey into a world of evil and madness. A world where ruthless hunters and vicious monsters are the angels seeking to reap the souls of the damned. Into this world falls Rachael, an innocent young girl captured against her will by one of these lost souls. Lock is desperately seeking a way to hide himself from the hunters until he can locate the Staff and the only way he can do that is to find a human host to bind himself to. When his current host dies, he attaches himself to first available person he can find. At first, Rachael is just another human, nothing but a warm body to be used and discarded. But all that changes with her offer of help in locating the Staff. Side by side, through danger after danger, Lock and Rachael fight not only for their own souls, but for those of other banished spirits and their hosts. Along with the darkness running strong through Banished Spirits, is a healthy does of self sacrifice and love. Rachael and Lock's romance is as heartwarming and sweet as it is seemingly impossible. Together, they change each other, helping one another grow into different and better people. The dangers they face are thrilling, with each turn of the page bringing new challenges. The demon worlds Rachael and Lock visit are wonderfully diverse and tie in perfectly to their associated sins. Moments of pulse pounding terror are nicely interspersed with moments of levity and friendship. Watching Rachael and Lock's relationship blossom will warm your heart and leave you hoping for them to somehow find a happily ever after. The other characters in the novel are equally as interesting and fully fleshed out as the main characters. Their stories are sad for the most part, as many of them are also lost souls seeking some kind of redemption. If you enjoy YA paranormal full of feeling alongside adventure, then this is the book for you. If starts off a little shaky with some problems in scene transition which may leave you confused at times, but things rapidly pick up as the story progresses in such a way that you won't even notice any further flaws. My heart is still reeling and I am so happy I have the sequel on hand because I cannot wait to see what happens next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aussie Owned and Read Owned and Read

    Favourite line: I was nothing, lying on my back in a pool of shadows, untouchable and lost. The imagination in this book is amazing. My Demonic Ghost is unlike any book I’ve read before. Its take on ghosts is original, and I mostly enjoyed the read. After the death of her father, Rachael becomes ‘possessed’ by a banished spirit called Lock. Rachael doesn’t like the idea of Lock feeding from her and rapidly reducing her life span in order to hide from the Hunters—a group of angels who seek out bani Favourite line: I was nothing, lying on my back in a pool of shadows, untouchable and lost. The imagination in this book is amazing. My Demonic Ghost is unlike any book I’ve read before. Its take on ghosts is original, and I mostly enjoyed the read. After the death of her father, Rachael becomes ‘possessed’ by a banished spirit called Lock. Rachael doesn’t like the idea of Lock feeding from her and rapidly reducing her life span in order to hide from the Hunters—a group of angels who seek out banished spirits and destroy them—so she agrees to help Lock instead of resisting him. Together they embark on a journey to try and get Lock to the Third Realm. Along the way they pick up a plethora of other characters. Lock and Rachael travel to the sin world in search of blood from each of the seven deadly sins in order to find the staff—the key to the Third Realm. The scenes that took place in the sin world were my favourite, and I really enjoyed the different battles with each sin. The world building in these scenes was great, and I loved getting lost in the sin world with all its shadows and surprises. Rachael was a strong character, but at times I didn’t really understand her reaction to certain things. Her remorse over her father’s death was almost non-existent until the end of the book. But in saying that, she dealt quite well with a lot of other things that were dished out to her. Rachael and Lock form a very strong bond over the course of the book. They start out on rocky ground, for obvious reasons, but come out the other side quite attached to each other. I was rooting for them, and really hoped they would overcome all the obstacles thrown in their path, but the ending is not a HEA, so this was somewhat disappointing for me. Although, I still think it ended in a good place. Despite enjoying the story, at times I struggled with this read for a couple of reasons. The chapters were really long. I usually can’t put a book down until I’ve finished a chapter, so I found this frustrating. I thought there were quite a few places where a chapter break would have been good. There were also a few technical issues that need addressing. I would love to give this four stars, and based on story alone it is a four star read, but the technical issues detached me from the story too often. Overall, if you like ghosts, a dark setting with an intriguing story, imaginative world building, and a little bit of teen romance, then My Demonic Ghost is an enjoyable read and I encourage you to give it try.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I was kinda worried about reading this genre. You know, the say "HORROR" and then you get a let down. Then going tn a search for some book worthy of the genre "HORROR". Well this was not the case here. If you're a true horror fan, look no farther. I recommend reading this book. After reading this series by this author, there will be no comparison to any other horror genre again. The book started off really strange. The first chapter was a little confusing, but once I went back and skimmed threw I was kinda worried about reading this genre. You know, the say "HORROR" and then you get a let down. Then going tn a search for some book worthy of the genre "HORROR". Well this was not the case here. If you're a true horror fan, look no farther. I recommend reading this book. After reading this series by this author, there will be no comparison to any other horror genre again. The book started off really strange. The first chapter was a little confusing, but once I went back and skimmed threw the chapter again, everything came into place. This story is one warped story. I can't believe the author has the ability to come up with some of the things in this book. I was shocked and surprised. Poor little souls trying to live. While finding a host to feed off of, there're are rule they have to go by to stay safe. Most souls don't talk to their host. Rachael, the main character, moved to city with her mom to get away from her dad and his crazy mind. Rachael went to go visit her dad. Upon arrival she finds her dad not well. Her dad uses her to escape the Demonic Ghost, Lock, that has been feeding off his soul, killing him. Rachael becomes Locks new host. Rachael senses something not being right and finds out a Demonic Ghost has attached himself to her. Feeling guilty that her dad wasn't crazy after all. Lock is draining Rachael of her soul leading her to an early grave. Rachael makes a deal with her Demonic Ghost. He can use half the energy from her soul and she will help free him of being a banished spirit. And move on to the spirit world. Lock becomes very fond of Rachael, having to make a decision that will affect both their futures. What Lock decides brings me to tears. You just have to read this book! There is so much that happens to Rachael and Lock that I can't explain. The many struggles to stay together. So many close calls to death. Going into the spirit world to fight the sins. Not knowing if they will make it out alive. I love this book and hope to read more from this author. I received a free copy for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    SATIN SUE

    In this book we meet Rachel, a 15 year old girl who has been separated from her father. one day she has to go visit him but when she gets there she doesn't like what she finds. Lock a Banished soul who has to cling on to the living so he doesn't get taken away. comes across Rachel when she comes to visit his host. the pair grow close as they attempt to say other Banished souls. Its Hard for the pair to trust each other but they put there distrust aside and put them selves in danger trying to fin In this book we meet Rachel, a 15 year old girl who has been separated from her father. one day she has to go visit him but when she gets there she doesn't like what she finds. Lock a Banished soul who has to cling on to the living so he doesn't get taken away. comes across Rachel when she comes to visit his host. the pair grow close as they attempt to say other Banished souls. Its Hard for the pair to trust each other but they put there distrust aside and put them selves in danger trying to find a way to reach there goal. I don't want to tell you much of the story line because I really don't want to spoil it for you. Its not the normal kind of book I would go for but I seen the covers and I was instantly hook. I ordered my copy straight away. Because its not my normal kind of book and because id spent about a month reading a different series it took me a few pages to get into this book but I pushed through the block and I'm really happy I did. I was drawn into a totally different world and it was fun and action packed and I have to say maybe a little scary at times as I rode along with Rachel and Lock into the spirit world. As I found out more about Lock and the life he had lived before he passed my heart broke for him. I really just wanted to give him a great big hug and never let get, somehow make all the wrongs right. I think this is why I was a little disappointed with the end because it really didn't end how I hoped it would but my fingers are crossed that in the next book this will be corrected lol. Please keep in mind this is just my view and what I would of liked BUT!!! I can see why the author ended it this way. This book is extremely well written and once I got into it I couldn't put it down. I don't think iv ever read a book with this kind of story line and it was a refreshing change to have something new and not just another copy of another series. I'm now going to have to buy the next book in the series because I cant wait to see what happens next. REALLY PLEASED I READ THIS BOOK!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Edwards

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review! This is a follow up to My Demonic Ghost but it is also a prequel too. I loved this book. This story filled in some of the questions I had left over from the first book. This is Jordan Hastings story. He was killed by a fellow classmate in a fit of jealous rage causing him to become a Reaper. What is a reaper you ask? Well Jordan's job with the help of his Goon is to show up when someone dies an I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review! This is a follow up to My Demonic Ghost but it is also a prequel too. I loved this book. This story filled in some of the questions I had left over from the first book. This is Jordan Hastings story. He was killed by a fellow classmate in a fit of jealous rage causing him to become a Reaper. What is a reaper you ask? Well Jordan's job with the help of his Goon is to show up when someone dies and collects their Spirit to then take to the drop off. This is a difficult thing for Jordan to come to terms with but eventually he begins to accept this. Jordan is a rule breaker and I love him for it. He enters the Sin World to free a Banished Spirit in hopes of getting their help with watching over another Banished Spirit. This other Banished Spirit is important to him and will cause Jordan to look for a way to free all the Banished Spirits. I enjoyed meeting new Reapers and getting to know them through Jordan. His interactions with the Reapers and the Hunters kept me on my toes. Some of the Reapers I developed a real liking for while others I really didn't care for. We also got some of the back story on the Hunters. The Hunters have control over the Reapers and Jordan hopes to end that while freeing the Banished. This book had everything I was expecting it to have. There's love (maybe not always romantic), adventure, action, and yes I even cried. Thank you Jacinta Maree for the return trip. I got to explore more of the Sin World in this story. If I may say it's just as nasty and scary as my first trip there, I love it. Thank you for keeping to what I would expect from the Sin World. It may just be one of my favorite things about these books. This is a great read that I will recommend to my fellow readers.

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