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Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Title: Misfit
Author: Jon Skovron
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: 1 Aug 2011
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

With a demon mother Jael never really fit in. Due to the need to constantly move to get away from unknown threats she has been confused throughput her life. After turning 16 she finally understands the jumbled up mess of her life. As well as dealing with terrifying things Demons and Superpowers.
The main character, Jael is a half breed, her mother is a demon and her father human. It is due to her half-breed status that many people hate her; especially Great Duke Belial who is seeking revenge after Joel’s mother humiliated him prior to her death. Now Jael has to fight not only for her own life but also for the people around her.
I really liked Jael’s characterization and how all the elements that created her combined together at the end. She was undoubtedly my favorite character. Not only because she was strong and powerful but she was also persistent in her quest to uncover the truth. Alongside her bravery I really liked how she managed to do the right thing. The one thing I didn’t like was the fact that Jael didn’t confide in her best friend, Britt. I think it would have been nicer if she could share her secrets along with her adventures with someone other than her Dad or Rob.
There is one aspect of the book that I would have changed and that would be to lower Britt’s religious beliefs. It is for this reason that Jael is unable to confide in her.
The writing style was incredible, the action was fast paced and exciting. Apart from the religious aspects it was a really good book.
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