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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (July 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416561331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416561330
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 17.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,001,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quick true story: when a kid I work with began about a year and a half ago, I realized that I could only understand about 2 or 3 words out of every 6 or 7 he said. Finally, I had to ask another co-worker: "what the heck is this kid saying?" This was my first introduction to Ebonics. The definition of Ebonics is "African American Vernacular English," and if you've never heard of it, don't worry - as soon as you start reading THE EXORSISTAH, you'll know exactly what it is.

I give the book 5 Stars, regardless, because even with the Ebonics it's a great read, and once you pick up the flow of the writing style and the way the characters speak, you'll quickly begin to go with the flow and enjoy the story.

Emme Vaughn is only a month away from her 18th birthday. She's just fled the best foster home she's ever known (her mother is gone, shut away in the nut house), and she's wasting time in a Walgreens in the middle of the night. Enter the finest brother she's ever seen, quickly followed by a dude up to no good, who happens to also be accompanied by a demon.

Yes, Emme can see demons, whether she wants to or not. She's always dealt with it the best she can, using her faith in God to get rid of them when she needs to. But now, the fine brother turns out to be a priest-in-training who wants her to join his cause - that of doing the "work" of exorcism.

THE EXORSISTAH is a great, fast, fun read. Emme is a great character, as are all of the secondary characters. Everyone is well-defined, the dialogue is perfectly believable (Ebonics included), and I just loved everyone in the story.

I can't wait for a sequel, which the ending just calls for. I really recommend this one to everyone - it would be perfectly suitable to teens as well as adults. This one's a winner!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Devils, a Sistah, and Some Kick-Butt Prada Boots March 23 2009
By Jennifer Wardrip - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Quick true story: when a kid I work with began about a year and a half ago, I realized that I could only understand about 2 or 3 words out of every 6 or 7 he said. Finally, I had to ask another co-worker: "what the heck is this kid saying?" This was my first introduction to Ebonics. The definition of Ebonics is "African American Vernacular English," and if you've never heard of it, don't worry - as soon as you start reading THE EXORSISTAH, you'll know exactly what it is.

I give the book 5 Stars, regardless, because even with the Ebonics it's a great read, and once you pick up the flow of the writing style and the way the characters speak, you'll quickly begin to go with the flow and enjoy the story.

Emme Vaughn is only a month away from her 18th birthday. She's just fled the best foster home she's ever known (her mother is gone, shut away in the nut house), and she's wasting time in a Walgreens in the middle of the night. Enter the finest brother she's ever seen, quickly followed by a dude up to no good, who happens to also be accompanied by a demon.

Yes, Emme can see demons, whether she wants to or not. She's always dealt with it the best she can, using her faith in God to get rid of them when she needs to. But now, the fine brother turns out to be a priest-in-training who wants her to join his cause - that of doing the "work" of exorcism.

THE EXORSISTAH is a great, fast, fun read. Emme is a great character, as are all of the secondary characters. Everyone is well-defined, the dialogue is perfectly believable (Ebonics included), and I just loved everyone in the story.

I can't wait for a sequel, which the ending just calls for. I really recommend this one to everyone - it would be perfectly suitable to teens as well as adults. This one's a winner!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sistah-Girl, Demon-Huntress Aug. 20 2008
By Angelia Menchan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Emme Vaughn is thirty-three days away from her eighteenth birthday and does not have a clue what the future holds. She has spent the last several years in and out of foster care, running from the wrong hands, offering the wrong things. Emme longs for her mother, but her mother is locked away and the only person Emme can rely on is Emme, or so she thinks. Will the young man, Francis, who she meets at the all-night Walgreen's become her savior? Or will he be another predator trying to get what she most wants to keep, her soul. Or could it possibly be the fact that he has seen her work with a real-life demon that has him so intrigued? The only way to find out is to go on a reading journey with The Exorsistah by Claudia Mair Burney.

Ms. Burney introduces us to a feisty teen, who considering her trials in foster care should be in all kinds of trouble. But not Emme, she has a fierce faith in God and an uncanny ability to deal with foster fathers and demons that appear in front of her face from nowhere. When she meets Francis she is immediately suspicious, but she is certainly taken in by his luscious, "Blacktino" looks. She is also calmed by his seeming honesty. But, she has learned to trust no one. However, her empty belly and the demonic encounter at the drugstore, proves that Francis may be her only ally. Surely, at a minimum he is good for a meal.

The Exorsistah is funny, poignant and filled with snappy, sistah-girl dialogue. I truly enjoyed reading about a spiritual, street-smart demon-huntress. I recommend this young adult novel to readers of all ages.

Angelia Menchan
APOOO BookClub
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unique, chilling, and highly entertaining March 13 2009
By Alison Strobel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being over 30 (egads!) I don't usually read books on the YA shelf. But with a title like "Exorsistah," how could I pass it up? I'll admit I was already a fan of Burney's other work, but if I hadn't been familiar with her I can guarantee you this book would have had me looking up her other novels and ordering them immediately. With an engaging heroine, an unexpected plot, and snappy, sassy dialogue, this book is a fast read that leaves you anxious for the sequel. Highly recommended!
Delightful April 22 2014
By Pineapple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I belong to a book club at my church and this book was the next one for us to read. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted with the story-line and writing style of the author. The Exorsistah is different in a wonderful way. Our book club will be reading the sequel for our next session. Looking forward to downloading it and seeing what happens next with Emme.
Pleasant surprise Feb. 21 2014
By Georgia Mountain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was intrigued by the title of this book but thought it was just another human/demon relationship book which I detest. Well, I finally read the synopsis and decided to try it out. I'm glad I did. It was different. It had some romance (not sexual) which I liked, some humor, and some Ebonics which were a little confusing for me, at first. But I kept turning the pages and enjoying the story. I have already bought the second book in the series. I hope Ms. Burney will write more. I would love to read a daily inspirational book by her. Any thoughts on that Ms Burney?

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