Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Release Date: August 1, 2011

From the Publisher: 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.

382 pages, Abram Books

It took me some time to get involved and invested in Misfit, but once I did I really enjoyed the book. I have always been a sucker for strong female leads and Jael does not disappoint. From the moment she regains her full nature, she stops acting as if she’s missing a vital part of herself and begins to live. She faces her fears and her enemies and begins to understand who she is and who she can trust.

But beyond Jael’s character development, what I found to be the most interesting part of Skovron’s novel was the world he created. It is a world where heaven and hell exist, but not the way we believe them to be. Gods and goddesses all once existed in the world, but they have become “demons” because that is what people now believe them to be. In this world, belief shapes reality.

I give Misfit four out of five stars and recommend it to anyone who has a fascination with demon folklore or likes to read about girls kicking butt.

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