Publication Date: Aug 1, 2011
Short Synopsis (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.
Author Jon Skovron takes on the dark side of human nature with his signature funny, heartfelt prose.My Review: I'm actually kind of surprised by how much I ended up liking this book. The premise is what first caught my attention and caused me to request it from Netgalley. It took me a while to get into it though. I can get pretty picky about books sometimes...and though I'll want to read them and be interested in them, sometimes I'm just not in the mood.
So basically, I felt guilty for not reading Misfit and finally gave it another chance this past week. I'm glad I did. While I don't necessarily agree with how amorphous Mr. Skovron's ideas of religion and stuff were, for a book about demons it's not stuffing any type of ideology down your throat and I thought that that was well done. Someone could end up going over the edge and being preachy, but I didn't feel like this book went there.
My favorite part in the whole book would have to be when they talk about how magic is simply science we don't understand yet and how easy it is for Jael, the half demon, half human (ok, in the book she's actually all demon, all human, but that's more a self-talk thing) to play with the elements. I like how we get to look into how the elements feel about working with her and what they can end up doing. It doesn't take up a huge part of the book, but I liked the parts that it is described because of the prose but also due to the fact that it's so simple and fun that I wish I could do things in a similar way!
And while I didn't dislike Jael at the beginning, it did take me a while to understand her and really cheer for her, but that is what I ended up doing.
Overall, while it may sound a little weird, reading about demons was a nice break from the norm and Misfit was a well contained book. It ends, which I really appreciated in a world of continues series (don't get me wrong, I LOVE my series, I just get kind of tired for waiting for them to all get written and published!), and while there is room for more to happen as Jael continues to understand herself and her capabilities, it's not something that has to happen for you to feel closure. All in all, I'm glad I finished this book and if your looking for something different, give Misfit a try!