Misfit

Misfit

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by Jon Skovron
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Praise for Misfit
« “An impeccably paced and unusually profound urban-fantasy novel. Thoughtful, scary and captivating.”  –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Skovron's second book is a two for one: a coming-of-age story wrapped within a captivating paranormal context. Sixteen-year-old Jael Thompson's gradual discovery of her abilities as a half-demon is narrated in the present tense, while her education about her heritage comes via detailed visions of her parents' past, told in past tense. The duality is a little uncomfortable, intentionally so, as Skovron (Struts & Frets) goes beyond adolescent preoccupations with acceptance, identity, and the opposite sex to look at even more fraught issues of faith, parental self-sacrifice, and the nature of reality. After a lifetime of constant moves, Jael wants to make friends, explore her attraction to Rob McKinley, and just go to high school. And if a Grand Duke of Hell is pursuing her? Well, her father will simply have to stop being so overprotective and help her deal with it. Jael is an easy heroine to root for, and readers will recognize, as Jael does, that (demonic roots aside) she is "just a lonely girl with a lot of problems." The romance between Jael's parents adds additional texture and complexity to her narrative of self-discovery. Ages 14–up. (Aug.)
VOYA - Karen Jensen
Jael has never met her mom and has moved so many times, she has never had the chance to make real friends. She also has a secret—she is half demon. On her sixteenth birthday, Jael's dad gives her a necklace which she soon discovers contains her demon side. She must choose if she wants to accept it into her soul. Jael's mother has sacrificed herself to save her daughter and removed her demon essence from her body to help protect her from the Grand Dukes of hell who detest half-breeds and fear their power. As Jael accepts her demon side, she begins to come into her own and into danger. Jael is tormented, pursued, and dragged through the depths of hell, quite literally, as she tries to protect her friends and herself from Belial—one of the oldest and most feared demons. Jael is an interesting and complex character, self-aware and thoughtful, and facing some typical teenage issues: identity, friendship, relationships, and matters of faith. The addition of her demon-self seems like a cheat, as it gives her supernatural powers which help her gain confidence and assertiveness through atypical means. The flashbacks used in the story sometimes incorporate known Bible stories, such as Sampson and Delilah, but with a new twist. Jael's relationship with her father is an important part of the story as is her relationships with her new boyfriend, Rob, and both have satisfying developments. Misfit was a slow starter, but once the action takes off, it is a compelling read with some dark twists. Recommend this for more sophisticated fans of paranormal fiction with the caveat that some readers will have problems with the unconventional religious elements. Reviewer: Karen Jensen
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Jael's father tells her hardly anything about her mother or his past. They move often and are currently living in Seattle, where he teaches at the Catholic school she attends. On her 16th birthday, he gives her a strange necklace that belonged to her mother. He warns her not to wear it and when she does she has visions of his past and of her mother. Astarte was a goddess, a demoness, who came to Paul while he was in seminary. They fought demons together until Astarte sacrificed herself to save their daughter. The Grand Duke of Hell, Belial, continues to hunt them to this day. Paul didn't want Jael to know about her past, but Astarte's brother Dagon appears to her as well as Asmodeus and between them and her visions, Jael learns about her mother and her own powers, which have been restored to her. This gripping story, steeped in myth and religion, will have readers on the edge of their seats as Jael fights for her life against Belial, who is determined to kill her. Jael is a strong, believable character who also kicks butt!—Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

In an impeccably paced and unusually profound urban-fantasy novel, 16-year-old half-demon Catholic-school student Jael Thompson comes into her powers, explores her heritage and battles a tyrannical Hell beast.

Jael, who grew up on the run with her strict, tight-lipped father, knows little of her history until her 16th birthday. Then, fulfilling a promise to his late wife, Jael's father gives her a gem that allows her access to her demon half. Through flashbacks and visions, Jael finally encounters traces of her mother, once the Phoenician goddess Astarte. She also meets her uncle, a kindly but grotesque (by the mortal realm's standards) fish demon, who helps her harness her newfound ability to influence the elements. Much tension comes from Jael's rebellious and sometimes reckless choices: She experiments with her powers and confides in a classmate despite her father's insistence that the pair stay completely hidden. Refreshingly, Jael is largely proven right: Her actions bring her the intimacies, romantic and familial, that her human half craves, even while attracting the family's sinister and powerful enemy, the demon Belial. Alongside joyous exploration, heart-pounding action and inventively horrifying imagery is a complex set of metaphysical questions: Does reality define belief or belief define reality? What is the nature of Hell? What makes a family?

Thoughtful, scary and captivating. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419700217
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
421,708
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jon Skovron is the author of Struts & Frets, about which the Washington Post Book World said, “Skovron perfectly captures that passion—sometimes fierce, sometimes shy—that drives so many young artists to take the raw stuff of life and ‘transform it into something beautiful.’” He lives in Washington, DC.

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Misfit 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I wished it had been a series, it leaves you wanting more. I was uable to put this book down.  Come on Jon Skovron, don't leave us hanging. i want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Once you start reading, it's hard to put down. Here's hoping he continues Jael's story.
livelife More than 1 year ago
Misfit is an eclectic blend of past and present. The story, or rather stories, that take place in this amazing novel had me both grinning and frowning on a single page. The term half demon would usually brings about negative thoughts, but Misfit will change how you think. For me Misfit brought about diversity to an age old question, are all demons evil? Throughout the novel the author, Jon Skovron, jumps between the past of two important characters: mortal Paul and demoness Astarte, and in the present we meet their daughter Jael, a half breed. Ultimately this is Jael's story, it is about finding herself and using events and sacrifices that happened in the past to strengthen and propel her into her uncertain future. I loved this style of writing, normally I don't enjoy when authors change narrators or point of views, but Jon Skovron pulled this storytelling off without a hitch. We learn alongside Jael the truths that for so long her dad kept from her through visions of the past. Paul, Jael's father is a quiet man. He avoids answering every question Jael throws at him until he must face the fact that she is old enough to handle it. Jael is like any other teenage girl, but since she was a child she's known her mother was not human. Now at 16 she must face what she is and unleash what has been hidden for so long. With her newfound ability comes learning to use it. That's where her sweet natured Uncle Dagon comes into play. I loved his character. Jon Skovron could have taken the only other living relative of Jael's in any direction, and what he did was brilliant. Ah, I loved it! In the story we also meet Jael's friends Britt and Rob. I can't say that I liked Britt, she was just annoying. I'll leave it at that. Rob on the other hand I am a fan of. He's a sweet and funny, nerdy, skateboarding heartthrob who definitely likes Jael, even if she can't really see that. Misfit is a paranormal, fantasy filled, demon based young adult book. That said, it does deal with a lot of almost morbid situations. Brutal torture and cruelty are definitely found here, but it's a very necessary part of the story. A story that is about Demons. I would take nothing away from this fantastic read, all the elements made it the remarkable journey that it is. Hope lines every page, even the dark ones. I am definitely team half breed! There's so much to love in this book. It's definitely worth a read, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh. Definitly one of the best books i have read in a long time. Still wish there was a second book! C'mon we want more!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is all twisted and it is freakin awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. And a little disturbing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. Like really really good. It's just great.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminded me of the vladamire tod series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a misfit. I can control fire and my clan mates have rejected me and ignore me. Can i join?
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Going to Catholic school and living with your super strict dad (who, by the way, is totally a teacher at your school) is hard enough at the best of times. Even more so for Jael Thompson because, in addition to the usual problems you might be able to imagine, she's a demon. More accurately a half-demon. For the last fifteen years that has meant Jael and her dad move around a lot trying to stay one step ahead of the demon's working for one of Hell's dukes who wants to kill Jael. It's also meant being completely in the dark about her mother, her powers, and a lot of her family's past. Everything changes when Jael receives a strangely beautiful necklace on her sixteenth birthday. Her mother wanted her to have it. Her father has forbidden Jael from wearing it. Jael knows the necklace is the key and that her choice will change everything. The only problem is, Jael isn't sure what to choose. Does she venture into her demonic side or stay true to her human life by going to high school and flirting with Rob--the cute skater boy in all of her classes? Jael is half-demon and half-mortal, but if she can live long enough maybe she can have the best of both in Misfit (2011) by Jon Skovron. Misfit is Skovron's second novel and his first venture into the fantasy genre. Misfit has a really interesting premise. Skovron artfully combines conventional ideas about Hell with mythology and his own take on things. While the story is heavy on religious references (unsurprisingly since Jael's father was a priest and she is in Catholic school) Skovron manages to present a surprisingly secular and refreshing take on demonology. Written in the third person present tense, some of the prose here felt distancing and often pulled me out of the action of the story. Jael's narrative alternates with anecdotes about her mother (written in the traditional third person past tense) and often the flashback segments felt more engrossing. While Skovron did a wonderful job introducing Jael and her family and explaining her origins, the story felt rushed and ended abruptly. Misfit is a great setup for what will likely become a popular series but on its own the ending of this one felt a bit too open-ended. At times gory (but not too gory) and often surprising, Misfit is a great pick for horror and fantasy fans alike. Possible Pairings: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, Mister Monday by Garth Nix, Paranormalcy by Kirsten White
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Enter a world where everything you knew about Demons is about to be tested. The intriguing world that Jon Skovron creates in Misfit will have you turning each page in anticipation. The demons in this story are unique and sometimes quirky and I couldn’t get enough of them. Each one was a new and interesting character that I had a fun time getting to know even the evil ones. My favorite character however was of course Jael. Jael’s mother and her life was also shown throughout the story and it gave me a chance to really understand her as a character. There were definitely some intriguing things I found out about Jael’s mother. Jael was a fun character to get to know and had some great depth to her. From a young age she knew what she was, but it wasn’t until her dad gave her an unusual present that thing really started getting out of hand. Jael also grows a lot throughout the book and it was fun getting to know her and seeing how she handled all of these new situations being thrown at her. The love interest, Rob, was a very fun character and every time he came around he would bring a smile to even the gloomiest face. I loved seeing how he and Jael interacted with one another. “Misfit” is an exciting new paranormal book for teens that I highly recommend to paranormal lovers of all ages.
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Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
This was such a refreshing break from vampires and werewolves. It was a little bit of of adjustment to get into to the verb tense that the author used, but once I got past that, it was all systems go! I'm huge into the supernatural beings that survive over centuries so that the reader is taken into historical moments. This book didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed reading about some of the biblical history but with "demons" involved in the mix. Because the author delved into the history of Jael's father, I felt like I really got to know him and understand his point of view. In fact, the author developed the characters so well that I felt quite connected to each of them. I understood their strengths and their weaknesses. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good paranormal story!
ParaBooks More than 1 year ago
I really didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did. It sounded very young in the summary, and from some reviews, I thought that maybe it wouldn't have much romance. Though there is sparse romance between Jael and Rob, it's more getting to know each other, and learning to trust for Jael. I really liked where their relationship is going. And although Rob was a bit of a weird mix, I admit when I was in HS, I wasn't a stereotype. I had a lot of odd layers. And so does he, being some kind of Science genius and a clueless skater boy. But I found him very endearing. Jael was easy enough for me to relate to. Although I prefer first person narrative, I understand why the author used third. We're able to see a lot of backstory about her parents, and who Jael is. I usually don't like a lot of info, or input from parents in my YA, but I really enjoyed it in this book. It felt like I was reading two stories. And her father and mother were really kick butt back in the day. It helped that I got to know who her father was, and that I understood why he was the way he was. The mythology is very dark. But it's done in a way that's not too deep or evil feeling. With the jokes and fun relationship with her and her demon uncle, and the her humorous outlook on herself, Jael's story was really entertaining. And I love to read about different kinds of mythology and Biblical stuff. It's just cool. So I loved all the info the author weaved throughout the story, while combing it with an original take on demons, and how the realms of Earth and Hell work. It was interesting, and a fun read.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
I really liked Misfit. Everybody at one time or another thinks they don't fit in. I have heard of halfbreeds before but never a demon and human halfbreed. Jael mother was a demon older than most churchs. Her father Paul was a monk and when he fell in love with a demon they became demon hunters Till they became parents and than they tried to run to protect their daughter from the Grand duke Belial a very powerful demon who cant stand halfbreeds. Astarte dies to help protect her daughter to hide her till shes older. Jael goes to catholic school but they move almost every year this has been the longest almost 2 years. She has a hard time when they talk about demons because she is half demon. jael has a good friend Britt and she likes a skaterboy Rob. When she is sixteen her demon half is released back into her and her Uncle a demon starts teaching her about demons and how to use fire, water,air,earth and spirit. Belial finds her too but wants her to suffer before he kills her. I like how the story jumps back to the past so she sees her mom and her dad fight demons how they fell in love. Her uncle and mom relationship over the years. I read the book straight through. Easy read and keeps you believing that it good be true. I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review.
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I love book with a solid plot line. This book gave me such a great reading experience, I just might read the book over again. What I like most about this book is the great plot line. I adored the biblical references as well as the history to the characters. When a author can great not only good characters but good back round history as well, it makes me giddy. In reading this book, Mr. Skovron wrote a dark, edgy book that I could not put down. The characters in the book were well developed but also grew right before the readers eyes. I love that as the reader, Mr. Skovron gave such a great history to the characters that the reader really got to know them.With a strong back round in place, the reader felt everything in the book. His writing is great in describing the characters feelings and places. The love interest in this book I absolutely adored! I am a total romance junkie. To see two people fall in love, discover secrets, and escape death at every twist and turn of the pages, I love it! Freaking LOVE IT! I can't express how well the love interest develop. Not too fast nor too slow. With the action and adventure going on, the reader falls into the story, weaving through fights, lust, anger, and revenge!! I have not read anything like this before. I enjoyed reading every moment of it! You must read this book. Exploring the world as a half-demon, being in Jael shoe's is something that you don't want to miss. A dark and dangerous book, Misfit is what you want to read! *some cursing*
ReadingCorner More than 1 year ago
I thought Misfit was a fun, unique novel and most definitely a compelling read. (You know, one of those books you want to take to work with you and read while you're working because you need to know what happens next?) The characters were compelling and the story kept me turning page after page just to see what would happen next. The MC, Jael, is a teenage girl with a twist--she's half-demon. From the beginning, Jael knows what she is, which is refreshing because it makes her a stronger character. She knows from the beginning what the risks of her exposure are and she knows that she has to be careful. Even so, this is the first time that she and her father have stayed in one town long enough for her to actually make friends. And wouldn't you know, just a Jael moves towards having her first boyfriend, all Hell breaks loose. I loved watching Jael learn to deal with her demon side--the strength and power that comes with unleashing it. It was interesting because she knew what she was but never really understood the consequences of that until her demon nature was unlocked. Also, back to that boyfriend, Robby--he's pretty awesome, but you're going to have to read the book to learn more about him. Overall, Mr. Skovron has written a fast-pace, action-packed YA novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I'd probably recommend this novel for older YA readers (15+) because of sexual references and violence.