Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

“Gritty, dark, and full of meaty plot, Misfit is the best paranormal to surface this year.”

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Title:Misfit
Author:Skovron, Jon
Publisher:Amulet
Pages:382

From Hicklebee’s 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.

When I read the synopsis of Misfit I knew I had to read this book and as soon as possible. I asked around and found out that Nancy had a copy and asked her to borrow it. I really didn’t know what to expect with Skovron going paranormal on me. The intense emotions and fantastical writing in Struts and Frets made me an instant fan and I wanted to see where he was going here. Three words: it was FABULOUS.

Jael was such a fantastically written character and the side characters have a depth to them that is usually missing in most YA paranormal literature. A true genre-mate of Sarwat Chadda’s Devil’s Kiss, Misfit is gritty and doesn’t shy away from showing heartfelt emotion and real suffering.

The plot was paced perfectly. I loved the flashback scenes where we get to know Jael’s mom and how she came to be with her father. The love interest was pretty perfect and I adored the way Skovron used Catholicism in the plot.

Misfit is one of my most favorite reads of 2011. Make sure you don’t miss out on this exciting story.

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4 Responses so far

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    This book looks great! I have a ARC of it that I can’t wait to read!

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    Love MISFIT and this review!
    I was going for five stars, not, er, one.

    Can you fix it please, my darling??

    xo
    H

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    the cover left me wanting, but it sounds fabs!

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    It sounds a lot better than I anticipated. I got it from Netgalley and have yet to read it, but this is the little push I needed :)

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