Published by Amulet Books
Pub Date: August 1st 2011
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.
Misfit is a story full of cool demonic fun. Demon’s aren’t fun, you say? Well, in this book they were pretty fun…some are scary, yes, but they’re also funny. I hadn’t yet read a young adult urban fantasy book that focused on religion and demonology in this way, but I can get behind it. There’s a lot to work with in that area and Jon Skovron gives us a unique and witty take on it.
I thought Jael was endearing. Through the course of Misfit, she grows from a shy, quiet girl to a kick-ass confident half-demon. I am a sucker for single dads in books. Though Jael’s father seems like a hardass, he really is just doing his best to keep her safe. I loved seeing their relationship open up and blossom. I really liked that we got to see how Jael’s parents met and lived, fell in love and worked together. Definitely not your typical love story, that one. And Jael herself gets a little love in this book too, which is always a plus for me, but it’s definitely not central to the story.
I enjoyed seeing these characters discover knew things about themselves and each other in Misfit. Certainly not your typical self-discovery type of book, but very cool indeed. :)