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Misfit [Kindle Edition]

Jon Skovron
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Book Description

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.


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"In an impeccably paced and unusually profound urban-fantasy novel, 16-year-old half-demon Catholic-school student Jael Thompson comes into her powers, explores her heritage and battles a tyrannical Hell beast...Thoughtful, scary and captivating. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up) "
-- Kirkus Reviews


"Skovron's second book is a two for one: a coming-of-age story wrapped within a captivating paranormal context. Ages 14-up. (Aug.)"
-- Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

Jon Skovron has never really fit in, and has no plans to start now. After twelve years of Catholic school, he went on to study acting at a conservatory program for four years before returning to his first love, writing. Misfit is his second novel. His first novel, Struts & Frets, was published by Amulet in 2009. Washington Post Book world said, "Skovron perfectly captures that passion--sometimes fierce, sometimes shy--that drives so many young artists to take the raw stuff of life and transform it into something beautiful." Bestselling author Cory Doctorow said, "Struts & Frets will feel instantly authentic to anyone who's ever felt the pride and shame of being an outsider". Jon lives with his two sons outside Washington, DC. Visit him at jonskovron.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 2393 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419700219
  • Publisher: Amulet Books (August 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FPN2GO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Right! August 1, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Misfit is a whole new take on demons and hell, and it totally worked for me! I devoured this book like Jael devours a veggie tray.

Don't get me wrong there are a few lulls in Misfit. The beginning does take some getting used to because with each chapter you are going from the present with Jael in one , then into the past with her mom in the next. After getting used to being swung back and forth from past to present, I'm actually happy Mr. Skovron introduced Jael's mom in this way. I got such a better feel for her character.

Speaking of characters, this book is packed with the awesomeness of great ones. Jael's uncle for starters is well... a fish monster. I would have thought him to be cold, but he brought a lot of humor and sincerity to the story. But my favorite character is Jael. I love how Jael grows so much just from the beginning of this book alone. When I started Misfit she was very cut off from the world and confused about who she was. By the end of Misfit, Jael understands who she truly is and uses that power to be her full potential. Even though this takes place in a relatively short amount of time, in no way did it feel forced or contrived.

I would be an absolutely horrible person if I didn't put something in this review about Rob (Jael's love interest). In all honesty I think I could start the I HEART ROB fan club. Rob is one of those characters that the moment he jumps on the page you start to smile and you just can't stop yourself. He should have his own theme music... Maybe Skater Boy by Avril Lavigne. Yep Rob's that much fun. By the end of the book you find out what Rob actually wants to do with his life... So he and Jael must have more to come. Or at least I hope so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Cover: Mostly gray and black with title in silver blood-tipped letters. Tagline of "Are some girls just born to cause trouble?"

First line: "Jael Thompson looks at her reflection in the bathroom mirror and frowns."

Synopsis (courtesy of 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 super strict--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.

Review: Sigh. I've gone back and forth on exactly how to write this review. I very much appreciate where Kovron was trying to go with MISFIT, and it did have some enjoyable moments, but alas, it just didn't come together for me.

Jael is your typical teenager though she's lonely and fairly bitter toward her father who is distant and elusive. She is tired of the constant moving, the secretive nature of her father and the lack of a real relationship with him (or any other boy). She wants to be in a normal family and stay in one place. But that isn't in the cards for her since she secretly is half-demon and has a bit of a prophecy to fill. When Jael's 16th birthday arrives and she finds out this secret, she clues in to some of her father's motives and we begin to bridge the relationship gap a bit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically imagined and fun to read! January 19, 2012
Format:Hardcover
"But won't the priests get mad if they find out I'm a demon who goes to church?"

Jon Skovron's second novel, Misfit, is a delicious and original blend of mythology and fantasy elements, spiced up with some hilarious teenage drama and sparkly dialogues. With its thorough world-building, wildly imaginative scenes and characters, and sneaky surprises, this fantastic YA novel will take you on a truly unforgettable journey. Prepare to be enchanted!

Jael might seem like a normal teenage girl who never kissed a boy nor got into any serious trouble, but in truth, she's anything but. On her 16th birthday some weird things are starting to happen. While hanging out at the playground, Jael is attacked by a weird, horrifying creature, that claims it knew her mother. Not even that, the creature says her mother used to be a queen! Later that day she learns from her father that her mother was a demoness. Which makes Jael a half-demon!

Obviously, her priest-father did everything in his power to protect her from being involved in any way with the demon world. They were always on the move and he never talked about her mother or the past in general. But we all know how it is, the past has a way of catching up with you, and just when you think you escaped its grasp, it jumps you like a thief in a dark alley. The demon folk is not exactly what you'd called a forgiving-and-forgetting kind. Their queen betrayed them by turning good, and they want vengeance. Jael is now being hunted by the Duke of Hell himself, an angry, violent and vindictive creature who will do everything it takes to get her. Sweet sixteen? Not so much!

This book was awesome.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really liked this book and I am hoping there will be more. It could be a trilogy.
Published 3 months ago by Jchaul
5.0 out of 5 stars At first
at first when I started this book it seemed like it wouldn't really interest me but then it just took off. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Austyn Vinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden book
When I was first searching for an urban fantasy book with a brown female protagonist (which is a pretty hard to find thing, haha), I was slightly discouraged by some of the reviews... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maribel Matos
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
When I read the synopsis of Misfit I knew I had to read this book and as soon as possible. I asked around and found out that Nancy had a copy and asked her to borrow it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Eric J. Spencley
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely awesome book!
I am a thirteen year old girl and I loved it. You will probably think (if you didn`t like this book) that I am too young to understand a word in it. Well, you`re wrong. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Emily
1.0 out of 5 stars This was pretty terrible.
Misfit is one of the dullest books I've ever read. The characters have no personality, the writing is awful, the plot is boring, and the pacing is slow as molasses. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Fall Into Books
4.0 out of 5 stars it was pretty cool overall, i liked it
I was trying to find something to read and I swear I skimmed the bookshelves at B&N forever. I picked this up on a whim. Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Barnes
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't into it from the very beginning
It was okay in the beginning, but I didn't veen read a whole chapter before I stopped reading the book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Arianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Misfit review
[...] Misfit... Wow just wow it's an amazing book! I loved it.
Misfit follows the story of Jael who has lived her whole life with an ex-priest father who is still very... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lightstar1996
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book you will ever read!!
i absolutely loved this book! i couldn't put it down, and i had to read it atleast 4 more times! i have one word of advice, READ IT!!!
Published on September 18, 2012 by R. Brody
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Jon Skovron has been an actor, musician, lifeguard, Broadway theater ticket seller, warehouse grunt, technical writer, and web developer. Now he is a father and the author of Young Adult novels Struts & Frets, Misfit and the forthcoming Man Made Boy, as well as many short stories and essays. He generally likes stories that are dark, strange, and occasionally funny.

Jon was born in Columbus, Ohio. After traveling around a bit, from Pittsburgh to London to New York to Seattle, he has settled, somewhat haphazardly, in the Washington, DC area, where he and his two sons can regularly be seen not fitting into the general Government scene.

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