Misfit by Jon Skovron
Published August 1, 2011 by Amulet Books
Hardcover: 384 pages
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.
Author Jon Skovron takes on the dark side of human nature with his signature funny, heartfelt prose.
Honestly, when I picked up this book, I expected a little better.
Misfit may have an amazingly dark cover, and it may have really cool pages, but I felt like the actual story was kind of dull. It was like an even line.That doesn't mean that I hated this book -it was quality reading- but I was underwhelmed. I don't really know what I was expecting; maybe some more darkness, a little more humor, and maybe a little more romance would have been nice.
I do have to say though that I really liked some of these characters. Jael was pretty cool and pretty average in that good kind of way, Rob was awesomely nerdy and cool, Britt was wacky even before You-Know-What happened, the teachers were all very real, Dagon was GREAT, the villains were nasty, and her dad was nutty. The detail that Jon Skovron put into the characters and making you feel like you had met them before was pretty impressive.
The pacing of this book was really good. Even if you were looking back at something, or were in one of those back-in-time moment things, you never felt slowed down. And, I really appreciated how much the author wrote about demons and Hell and stuff. Like, I completely get it.
So, if you like demons (except not really "like" because, you know, that's weird) and fun situations, you should give Misfit a try.