Misfit by Jon Skovron
Publisher:  Amulet Books
To Be Published  August 1st 2011
Hardcover, 384 pages
Challenges:  100 Books in 2011

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.

Misfit is a new type of book, set apart by its religious undertones and funny writing.  Jael discovers on her sixteenth birthday that, while her father used to be a priest, her mother was a demon – if that doesn’t scream conflict waiting to happen I don’t know what does.  And if that wasn’t enough conflict for Jael, there are some that are not quite too happy about her having half-demon powers.  While finding out you suddenly have powers can be fun and exciting, they also come with great responsibility, and their own troubles.

Misfit was a fun read.  The novels’ synopsis really does not describe what it really is about, but even with being surprised about the non-horror aspects, readers will be unexpectedly surprised.  Jael is not a perfect character.  Like any sixteen your old, Jael is finding herself and making mistakes along the way.  Add on new powers, and more interesting mistakes are bound to happen.  This makes Jael’s character more believable. 

Despite a bit of a slow start, things pick up for Jael and her friends about halfway through the novel.  Jon Skovron’s humor is a special touch to this novel.  There is a lot of potential for Skovron and this novel in turning into a sequel.  Fingers crossed. 

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** Disclosure: I received this book from The {Teen} Book Scene in exchange for an honest review.