Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Misfit
Author:Jon Skovron
Release Date: Aug 1, 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books
Misfit Book #1
ISBN:  1419700219
ISBN13: 9781419700217
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Netgalley

Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.
Jael is a teenager who has known she was part demon for a while. Her dad has moved her around a lot to stay ahead of the Demons that are trying to kill her because she is a "half breed".  Jael is attending a catholic school and finally is setting down roots, she has a best friend and a sorta kinda boyfriend who ends up being pretty awesome when everything starts picking up in her life. Her dad starts off being really distant, he keeps Jael in the dark and refuses to tell her anything about her mother or herself really. Its apparent over time he does it out of love and fear. We get flashes of him and Jael's mother from the past throughout the story and it shows just how kick butt he use to be and the love that they had for each other. These flashbacks were my favorite part of the book, I felt they were better written and more engaging then other parts. I really liked Jael's Uncle Dagon, he was super supportive of Jael and tries to help her figure out what her demon side can do, although I wish we found out why he is the way he is as it mentions that he didn't use to look the way he looks now. There is some interesting action scenes at the end of the book where Jael has to fight some of the bad guys and gets a taste of what she is made of. I wish Jon would have done some more scenes in hell, throughout the book they talk about how it isn't what people say its like yet there is only one scene where Jael is there and its thin on details. Im not sure if I would read a book 2 but MISFIT was interesting enough if you want to grab a copy from your library.

I gave it 3/5 stars
 

1 comment:

  1. Usually I agree with your reviews (I'd say 95% of the time) but this time I have to disagree. I LOVED this book. Below is my review from GR (which is not nearly as detailed as yours) but I really really liked it.
    I LOVED this book. I enjoyed the turn the religious elements took. The heroine was interesting and grew throughout the book (I liked how she was not perfect). Her interactions with Paul (her father) were a little over the top on the angst side but otherwise I enjoyed the other relationships in the book. I also liked how the back story on her father and mother were integrated-it made Paul's motivations much more clear. I hope this author writes more books set in this world.

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