Review: “Misfit” by Jon Skovron
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jael Thompson has spent a majority of her life moving around with her father, an ex-priest. Her father refuses to get too comfortable in one place and he has good reason for that – she’s part demon like her mother and there’s a demon coming for her. To be honest, I was hoping for more with MISFIT. Even still, I did enjoy it.
The story was interesting, although at times it was a bit tiring (the religious portions). One of the strong parts of the story is Jael Thompson. While she isn’t exactly relatable, given the whole half demon thing, she is a very intriguing character. I did enjoy watching her come into her demon part. Her mother, Astarte, sacrificed herself to save Jael when she was an infant. Her father, an ex priest and mortal, has been raising her on his own since then. At the age of eight, her father tells her that her mother was a demoness but it isn’t until her sixteenth birthday that she learns she is part demon herself.
I think my favorite parts of the book involved Dagon, Jael’s uncle who is a demon that lives in hell. He’s described as ugly and having fish scales, add that to his personality and it makes for an interesting character.
Unfortunately, when I read the synopsis for MISFIT I was hoping for more. It isn’t that MISFIT was a bad book, that isn’t the case at all. I just wanted to see a bit more development from Jael. As a half breed she’s feared as being extremely powerful – powerful enough to destroy Baliel. The main problem is that it isn’t until Jael turns sixteen that she really learns what she’s capable of and from there it moves quickly, a bit too quickly to me.
I do hope there are more books because I want to see more of Jael. Thankfully the ending allows for more books.
All in all, I’d give MISFIT 3 ½ stars (on Goodreads it’s 3 stars since they don’t do halves). I would suggest reading MISFIT because it is an intriguing story and it’s different from most of what’s out there.