18 August 2011

Book Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Misfit by Jon Skovron
August 1, 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommended? Yes, see below.
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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. - Goodreads Page
One of the best things about this book, in my opinion, is that Jael, the main character, already knows that she is half demon. I’ve read so many books which cover the main protagonist discovering she is not fully human and I found it very refreshing to have a main character that already knew. That’s not to say that Jael knows everything about her demon half, because she definitely doesn’t.

The story follows Jael, a half demon, as she turns sixteen and learns more about what being a half demon means. She meets new family members, sees various memories and flashes of the past, and she has to fight a majorly powerful demon, who has been after her since birth.

The story is told in present tense, but is broken up by flashbacks, which mostly feature Jael’s parents. I absolutely loved reading these flashbacks. There were plenty of emotional scenes in them between Jael’s mother and father, and I fell in love with Astarte – Jael’s demoness mother. I also loved reading about all the demons that they met, and how each one impacted their lives, or Jael’s future.

Jael, as a main character, was pretty plain. I liked her enough, and I could definitely relate to her – not that I’ve discovered I’m half demon or anything, she’s just easily relatable. I enjoyed reading about her as she explored her powers, although I would have liked to see her struggle with them a bit more. Then again, I guess she is just a natural!

I didn’t care too much for Jael and her love interest. It was a pretty average aspect of the novel. The story is made up of so much more than that, and the relationship aspect wasn’t focussed on too much. I preferred it this way, as I would have much rather learn more about demons and Hell.

That said, I did adore the love story between Paul and Astarte. I’d love to see a book about those two, as they’re such amazing characters. Both of them were so complex, I wanted to know as much as I could. Can you tell I’m in love with Jael’s mother? Maybe.

This book is packed full of mythology. The demons were awesome, and there was so much to learn about them. Jon Skovron did an excellent job with his research and portrayal of the demons, especially Uncle Dagon and Astarte. The only downside, for me, was how much religion was in this book. It really took centre stage, and I would have preferred it to have been turned down slightly. That’s just me, though, and I haven’t rated the book down due to that. I figured in a book about demons and other things, you can’t help but have a lot of religion. I just didn’t enjoy it.

Another aspect of the book which I disliked was the third person narrative. I would have preferred to have read the story from Jael’s point of view, as the third person made me feel a bit detached from the story.
Overall this was a fantastic read, and I’d definitely recommend it to people who adore books heavy with mythology – demons and gods, among other things. If you’re not a fan of heavily religious books, I’d still give it a go but be weary. It is a demon novel, after all.  


  1. Nice review, I have had my eye on this book, love your honesty.

  2. thanks for the review. i've been on the fence about this one, but i'll give it a try!

    here's my WOW post w/2012 books! hope you'll stop by and let me know what you are looking forward to reading! http://lindsaycummingsblog.blogspot.com/

  3. Loved this one. I gave it a 5/5 rating. I know there was religion in it, but I just read it as part of the story -- I didn't find it preachy or anything. Great review!


  4. ooo its good to know your thoughts on this one... I can sometimes feel the same about third person narratives but this one is high on my TBR and hopefully I will be able to get along with it because of the awesome bits! :)
    Thanks for the review!

  5. Coreena - Thank you!

    Lindsay - You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

    Annette - I'm so glad you enjoyed it too! I agree, it definitely wasn't preachy. Thank you! I'm off to check out your review now :D

    Raimy - No problem :) I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Or as much as Annette did ;)



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