Misfit by Jon Skovron
August, 2011 by Amulet Books
Format: ebook ARC
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.
Author Jon Skovron takes on the dark side of human nature with his signature funny, heartfelt prose.
Going into Misfit, I was not too sure what to expect. After an okay first chapter, I was pleasantly drawn in. The book switches back and forth between present day and the past. During these flash backs not only do we learn the back story of the main character Jael, but also her parents and Uncle. It's these flash backs that were the highlight for me. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about how Jaels demon mother and ex-priest father came together. We get to see how the circumstances surrounding Jael's mother's death, directly effect her father and the reason he is the way he is. We also get to see the relationship between Jael's mother and Uncle. I just have to say I absolutely love Uncle Dagon! Here is this demon Fish King, monsterish in looks, but a big teddy bear at heart. Really he is just a big, scaly kid. He brings a lot of laughs and heart warming moments to this story. As per Jael's mother's wishes, it is Dagon's responsibility to help Jael bring out and develop her demon powers. I really enjoyed seeing the whole process and watch the relationship between Uncle and niece develop.
The relationship between Jael and Rob was sweet. Rob is quite funny and truly believes in Jael and her potential. Although at times I found it to be a bit...well silly maybe.
Speaking of silly. I did have some issues with some of the "Hell" aspects to this story. Some of the images of "Hell" just seemed more comical than, Hellish. To me at least.
In the end, I would definitely recommend Misfit to anyone who is a fan of YA Paranormal. It was an enjoyable, fun read and I will definitely read any future writings of Jon Skovron.
Rating: 3.5 stars