Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Misfit by Jon Skovron

Title: Misfit
Author: Jon Skovron
Pages: 384
Published: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books
Goodreads Summary:
"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."

         I have to admit, this story was pretty epic! I didn't really know what to expect of this book, since I've only heard so-so reviews. I also have to admit that my thoughts are quite similar to others who have read Misfit.
          While Misfit had intense and suspenseful scenes throughout the book, it also contained (in my opinion) useless information about Jael Thompson's father's past. Luckily it kept my interest because the boring religion scenes weren't too long and tedious.
          Jael Thompson was a character that got a little annoying for me in the beginning. She had anger-issues far too often with her father, and it irked me a tad bit. Her father, Paul, didn't really even do anything wrong, and Jael got hot under the collar. But it subsides towards the middle of the book.
         The whole concept of demons and half-breeds completely captivated me. I loved Astarte's (Jael's demon mother) and Paul's past together, and you can't forget Dagon! (Astarte's brother, Jael's uncle) Dagon was such a loving character, and I adored him even with his fishy appearance! Rob, a boy at Jael's Catholic school was comradely and showed lots of affections towards Jael without being annoying like Britt did, Jael's best friend at her school.
          The conclusion of this book was utterly satisfying! When Jael defeats Belial (the evil demon) and saves Britt, it all ends with a happily ever after. But there are unsolved questions that leave the question wondering: What about all of the other demons out there? Will they go after Jael? 
         With these questions still lingering in my mind, I'd love to know if Jon Skovron left us with a next installment! Because I'd gladly pick it up!

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