REVIEW: My Demonic Ghost by Jacinta Maree

Title: My Demonic Ghost

Author: Jacinta Maree

Published: July 16 2012

Book Blurb:

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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My Review:

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.
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K. A. Last is a YA author of Fall For Me and Sacrifice. She drinks lots of tea, is obsessed with Buffy, and loves all things pink. K. A. Last hangs out on Facebook or you can find her on twitter and Goodreads. She’s also been known to blog once in a while.



  1. Continuing my current obsession with book covers (since mine is in production), I really like this one. The glowing eyes are a nice touch. The premise sounds interesting. After reading this review, I wonder what the author thinks. Does the author wish someone had mentioned shortening chapters during the editing phase?

    Several years ago, someone gave me good advice: “You need to shorten your chapters, shorten your paragraphs, and shorten your sentences.”

    It may have sounded harsh at the time, but she was 100% ” write”. :.)



  2. Thank you so much for this review, I just stumbled upon it so I’m SO sorry for my late reply. Thank you so much for your constructive criticism. I didn’t even consider the chapter lengths while writing to be honest. I still don’t, till this day so now I’ll definitely be more watchful.

    I’m all giggly with joy at your response, the bond between Rachael and Lock was so strong that three books later I’m still thinking about them. I’ll admit, the Sin scenes were my favourite too. Especially any scene that had Mother gave me the chills.

    I hope to better myself in my writing, so thank you so much for your incredible advice.



    1. You’re welcome, Jacinta. I apologise for not sending you the link to this post. It probably slipped my mind 🙂 You have a fantastic imagination so keep it up. I’m looking forward to reading more of you work.



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