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Misfit Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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"Skovron's second book is a two for one: a coming-of-age story wrapped within a captivating paranormal context. Ages 14-up. (Aug.)"
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
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The story was interesting, although at times it was a bit tiring (the religious portions). One of the strong parts of the story is Jael Thompson. While she isn't exactly relatable, given the whole half demon thing, she is a very intriguing character. I did enjoy watching her come into her demon part. Her mother, Astarte, sacrificed herself to save Jael when she was an infant. Her father, an ex priest and mortal, has been raising her on his own since then. At the age of eight, her father tells her that her mother was a demoness but it isn't until her sixteenth birthday that she learns she is part demon herself.
I think my favorite parts of the book involved Dagon, Jael's uncle who is a demon that lives in hell. He's described as ugly and having fish scales, add that to his personality and it makes for an interesting character.
Unfortunately, when I read the synopsis for MISFIT I was hoping for more. It isn't that MISFIT was a bad book, that isn't the case at all. I just wanted to see a bit more development from Jael. As a half breed she's feared as being extremely powerful - powerful enough to destroy Baliel. The main problem is that it isn't until Jael turns sixteen that she really learns what she's capable of and from there it moves quickly, a bit too quickly to me.
I do hope there are more books because I want to see more of Jael. Thankfully the ending allows for more books.
All in all, I'd give MISFIT 3 ½ stars (on Goodreads it's 3 stars since they don't do halves). I would suggest reading MISFIT because it is an intriguing story and it's different from most of what's out there.
Frankly speaking, it was one of the best book-related choices I've made. Jael Thompson is a charming character. Although her relationship with her father is less than desirable, it's still very interesting to read about. The subversion of the usual "all demons are bad" in this book is amazing and might just challenge your thinking.
The ending leaves a lot to be desired but overall the book was golden and I hope for a continuation of Jael's story.
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.
Misfit is a YA book but I think anyone who loves paranormal would like it. This is one of those wonderful books where I got to feel every emotion. The humor in Misfit was superb. I mean, come on, a half-demon going to Catholic school? Then Misfit pulled out the big guns and made me cry. I loved this book and hope that it turns into a series!
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