Review- Misfit by Jon Skovron

August 3, 2011 Reviews 5

Misfit by Jon Skovron
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Amulet Books 
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
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Summary (from Goodreads)

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. 
My Review: 

         This book is based on a really interesting concept. I have not read many books about demons, especially not ones that paint them in anything but a negative light. Misfit takes up such a unique view on demons. It is nothing I have ever really thought about, but after hearing it explained, I loved how they describe demons as being past gods and deities. Demons are only considered demons because of the changing conventions and views of the world.

         I really liked the description of all the various names and forms Jael’s mom was known by throughout history. I was really interested in learning about her and Jael’s history and abilities. The book did address Jael’s general demon abilities. And while this is really interesting, it does not really touch too much on her specific succubus abilities. It was really only brought up a few times, once when she went to school and only once or twice in passing afterwards. And the specific abilities was what I was looking forward to the most. I loved that fateful Friday that she went to school and everyone around her started going crazy. I wanted so much more of that. I really hope that the next book goes into more detail about her affect on people because she is a succubus. That aspect has the potential to be pretty awesome. I can’t wait to see how her abilities are going to develop. I did really like the description of her general demon abilities and I think that because she is a halfbreed, her powers are WAY more cool than a full demon. I would definitely rather be a halfbreed.

          I must say that I am not a fan of the third person in this book. I would have rather seen it from Jael’s point of view. Sometimes reading the third person made the story seem a little detached. It made it harder for me to connect with Jael.

         Overall, it was a good book. I just wish it had been a little more developed in some places, but I look forward to see where this series is going to go. The ending left open some promising possibilities so I’m interesting to see what is going to happen next. 

3/5 Gavels. 

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5 Responses to “Review- Misfit by Jon Skovron”

  1. Lora1967

    I just got this book for review and it looked really good. Thanks for the review. Im not to keen on 3rd party narritive either

  2. Gina @ My Precious

    I’m pretty sure I gave this one the same rating. Totally agree with you on the third person perspective. I didn’t connect to Jael very strongly either. I sometimes became confused with the history of Jael’s mother too.

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