Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Title: Misfit

Author: Jon Skovron

Publication date: August 2011

Published by: Amulet Books

Source: The publishers via Netgalley

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Jael Thompson has never really fit in. She’s changed schools too many times to count. The only family she’s ever known is her father, a bitter ex-priest who never lets her date and insists she attend the strictest Catholic school in Seattle. And her mother—well, she was a five thousand year old demon. That doesn’t exactly help.

But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives her a present that brings about some unexpected changes. Some of the changes, like strange and wonderful powers and the cute skater boy with a knack for science, are awesome. But others, like the homicidal demon seeking revenge on her family? Not so much.

Steeped in mythology, this is an epic tale of a heroine who balances old world with new, science with magic, and the terrifying depths of the underworld with the ordinary halls of high school.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Jael’s mother was a demon, making her half human, half demon…or how her mother liked to say: all demon and all human. Her mother died when she was a baby, so it’s been only her and her dad for a long time. Only the two of them, moving from place to place every year or two. Why? Because a powerful “Duke from Hell” has been after her her whole life. He thinks half breeds are an abomination, which is why he is set on destroying Jael. But I just think he’s afraid of her ;)

But everything changes on her sixteenth birthday. She receives a necklace from her dead mother, she gets super cool powers and an uncle she never knew about…on her mother’s side…soooo yes, he is a demon.

She convinces her father not move after a close call. She has decided that there will be no more running. She wants to take on this demon once and for all. With the support of a potential boyfriend, Rob ;)

I had a very difficult time rating this. It’s one of the in-between books…it’s not one of you favorites, but it wasn’t so horrible that you hate it. It was just okay. I have to admit, it was very unique and I have not read anything like it, so that’s a good thing. But I didn’t suck me in and make me get lost in the story. And even though it was good, I didn’t have a hard time putting it down…which is probably why it took me so long to read it, lol.

I really liked the characters: Jael’s uncle, Rob…her dad on the other hand…I felt like he was just a guardian, like he didn’t care for Jael (though I know he really did), but he didn’t show any affection towards her. But I liked how he changed throughout the story. If you look at the beginning of the book and at the end, it’s like you’re looking at two completely different people!

As I said, overall, it was a pretty good read :)

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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