Misfit

Misfit

by Jon Skovron

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419700217
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 411,707
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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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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
This. Book. Was. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cant wait to read it again.
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cleverly woven tale of Jael, a coming of age 16 year old who just happens to be the daughter of Astarte, a demi-god, currently known as a demon and Paul, a mortal. Astarte gave her life to save Paul and Jael's when she was an infant and now Jael must integrate her demon abilities with being mortal and confront Belial, her mother's destroyer. Pulling from different mythos and Christianity, I found the read very enjoyable.
ReadingFanatic09 on LibraryThing 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.
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jael is tired of running. It seems like every time she gets settled in at a new school, her father packs them up and moves again. Jael is part demon, a half-breed, and her father keeps them moving to keep her safe. Her mother was murdered by demons for being a traitor when Jael was a baby and now they are after her.When Jael turns sixteen, her father gives her a necklace with a strange red stone attached. It is a gift her mother asked him to present to Jael on her sixteenth birthday. He warns her that she can never, ever put it on. But, when the stone begins burning in her school bag during mass one day, Jael feels compelled to put it on. She is then able to summon her mother¿s brother, another demon, who then gives her all the information she needs. He also awakens the demon half of her that has been laying dormant for sixteen years. Now Jael is turning the heads of every man in school. Everyone wants her, and it¿s making her uncomfortable. To make matters worse, the demons that have been tracking her have now honed in on her location. Now Jael has to make a decision: Leave her friends and the boy she¿s started falling for, or stay and fight against the demons who want her dead.I really enjoyed this book. It unraveled at a perfect pace. It is told in third-person with flashbacks that show the reader how her mother and father met, and their life together as demon hunters before Jael was born. The characters are well-drawn and the story is rich with biblical and mythological stories. People that are extremely religious (especially devout Catholics) may not like this one. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal adventures with a little romance thrown in.(Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley)
amwo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hadn't heard much about Misfit by Jon Skovron, but I'm glad I got the opportunity to read it. I thought Misfit was an interesting take on the ever-so-popular demon theme in books. Misfit had an excellent blend of action, urban fantasy, teen issues, and romance. It centers around Jael, a misfit not only because she never lives in a place for long but also because she is a half-demon going to a Catholic school. Jael's issues in this book were excellently portrayed. Skovron did a fantastic job of portraying Jael's complicated relationships with her father and friends, and recording her journey as she discovered what it meant to be half-human and half-demon. Jael constantly goes through ups and downs as she learns to control her demon powers, fights with her dad, and explores a new romance with Rob. Skovron did a fantastic job of providing background information that covered all the demon, Hell, and religion related topics in the story. It may be a bit heavy on the religion side for some people, but I think most people, religious or not, will like seeing the little connections Skovron and his characters make. His characters were also all very well developed. I liked Jael's little tifts with her father, her budding romance with Rob, and her strong friendship with Britt. However, I did have a few gripes with the characters. First, sometimes I found Jael would do things a bit out-of-character for her, like being really gutsy at times (with average girl situations, not the demon ones). Also, although Rob was adorable, I found that he was just a bit too nerdy and likeable, making him a bit unrealistic at times. However, I did enjoy the adventures the characters went through. There was plenty of action as Jael explored her demon powers and fought evil demons from Hell. However, I must warn you that some of the action scenes and scenes with creatures from Hell are a bit gory/graphic. Most of the demons do behave how you'd expect them to behave: like bloodthirsty, selfish, brutal monsters. Be warned, there is lots of blood and swearing where the demons are involved. If you're not squeamish though, you will thoroughly enjoy every part of this book, especially the action packed ones. Overall, the whole story was well thought out and had several shining moments (especially towards the end between Jael and Britt), and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a new take on demons and likes lots of action.
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I devoured Misfit in one day! I just couldn¿t stop reading until I was finished, so I spent my whole Saturday in my PJ¿s having my kids wonder why I was neglecting them.In Misfit, Jon Skovron sticks with true demon myths, using real demon names and demon rankings, and creates a story that is more graphically violent and ¿demon-like¿ than any other Urban Fantasy book I have read in a long time! And, when the evil demons are involved in the story-line (and just about every other demon you meet is an evil demon), the scene is always grotesque and morbid, and always leads to a horrifyingly bloody fight or to a demon possession . . . and then to an exorcism!Misfit begins with the story of the main character and heroine, Jael Thompson¿s, sixteenth birthday. Jael has known since her 8th birthday that she is half-demon and that her mother died when she was a baby, but that is the only thing her dad has ever told her about her demon life. And she knows they are always running from another demon who is trying to find her, but she doesn¿t know why. Jael has always had questions for her father that he always seemed to avoid but the only real question on her sixteenth birthday is wondering if she will be moving on her birthday¿AGAIN!And Jael¿s dad appears to be too cheap and stingy to even acknowledge her birthday¿he only leaves a note asking her to see him after she returns from school. But at least her friend gives her a token birthday gift (hair conditioner!) for her always unruly hair (yes, the unruly hair is symbolic of Jael¿s true nature¿LOL!) I loved following the story of Jael¿s life because I loved learning about what led to her existence and what she is capable of. And I could feel Jael¿s pain because her dad is the only person she¿s ever really had in her life and he¿s always been distant and has imposed a strict lifestyle on Jael, sending her to Catholic/Christian schools her whole life, telling her that¿s what she really needs.But when Jael does see her dad after school, he gives her a necklace for her 16th birthday (something he promised Jael¿s mom he would do) and then her whole life changes! She starts to have dreams and visions of her parents¿ past and she even starts to learn about her demon life. There were times when Jael was having visions of her parents¿ past that I actually started tearing up . . . and other times when I had tears rolling down my face and almost started full on bawling!And when Jael first experiences her life as a demon, I thought, ¿Seriously? She¿s ¿that¿ kind of demon?! How the heck will she be able to handle that?¿ But the story only gets better! Her uncle, Dagon, helps her learn how to use her powers and gives her advice on how she can control her demon. The things Jael experiences during this learning process are both horrifying and amazing all at the same time! And we discover that Jael is not the only one who¿s in danger from the demon that¿s been searching for her since the day she was born¿everyone she cares about is in danger.I also loved Rob, the regular skater dude who calls Jael ¿Betty.¿ Rob sometimes even cuts it short to Bett (LoL¿random!). He is curious about how physics and magic can come together as one, and this gives Jael hope that maybe one day she can confide in someone about what she is.This book never stops moving! I was always intrigued and glued to the book, reading about Jael¿s story. I came to love each and every character as the story progressed; even Jael¿s dad who I really had a hard time liking in the beginning, but who I now have a soft spot for in my heart.This is for sure a book I would recommend to someone who is looking for an Urban Fantasy book that isn¿t mild like most Urban Fantasy book these days.
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the flurry of paranormal reads, readers will find a unique story with Jael Thompson, assuming that you like stories about a half-demon attending a Catholic school. Skovron takes religious stories, myths, and legends and explains how they came about through the existences of demons.Now, the story is told in third-person present tense. I don¿t have a problem with third person. It is needed here because of the backstory surrounding Jael¿s parents and for this one scene later on with one of Jael¿s friends. However, the story always felt off to me because the story will be told in third-person present tense and then suddenly switch to third-person past tense and feed me facts about Jael.Jael finds a lot of things a bit too easy in my opinion. She¿s always pushing for things to go her way and doesn¿t listen to others if they don¿t say what she wants to hear. She doesn¿t think about the consequences, like the time she calls on Uncle Dagon when he¿s in the middle of work instead of letting her father help her. When something¿s going wrong, something else happens to help her out of a crisis. I know that half-demons are powerful, but Jael seems to come into her powers too easily. She usually gets the elements to follow her bidding on her first or second try.I was able to relate to Jael¿s father and mother much better. They face a powerful enemy and actually have to work and plot against him, and they share strong bonds with their allies. With Jael, she doesn¿t spend enough time with any one person for you to really gear any empathy towards her; at least, I had a hard time understanding her¿except for her interest in Rob. Rob is a cool guy and a refreshing romantic interest. He¿s a skater guy with a love for math and chemistry. How cool is that? He¿s sweet and funny, and he really understands Jael.Note that the story does involve a lot of religion and exorcism, so I wouldn¿t recommend the book for very religious readers who might be sensitive to the manipulation of religious stories. Also, Jael is constantly rebelling against her father, and her friends and uncle encourage this rebellion. I myself found it an affront to my familial values. It¿s true that her dad is very cautious and has a lot of household rules, but he does it to protect her. Deep down, I think that Jael understood this, but Skovron doesn¿t really develop her relationship with her father. In the end, Jael¿s rebellious nature¿and her succeeding in this rebellion¿didn¿t work well with me.Through concluding events, Skovron hints at more to come. If there is a sequel, I hope to find more action and even more powerful enemies to come because Misfit hasn¿t proved to have much of either with Jael coming into her powers so easily as of the events of Misfit. I hope to see more father-daughter time and more cool allies, as I really liked Dagon and Father Aaron. I recommend Misfit for readers who are looking for another kind of paranormal read with a slight fantasy edge to it. I don¿t recommend it for those looking for action or for those who are very religious.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 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*
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through NetGalley(dot)com. I was intrigued by the cover and the premise sounded wonderful too. It was a very good book. Started off a little shaky but by the end I was totally engaged and wanted to read more about these characters.Jael has known she was different since she was eight years old. Her mother is an ancient demon, her father is a crabby Catholic priest. For some reason Jael's father always keeps them moving from place to place which results in a lot of loneliness for Jael. Then on her sixteenth birthday Jael's father gives her a necklace from her mother and when Jael puts it on things start changing. The great thing is that everyone thinks she is totally hot, the bad is that Jael's mother's enemies are coming out to play.This book starts of a little shaky and awkward sounding, but as it continues the author really hits his stride and delivers a wonderful story. I liked Jael as a character; her demon uncle is an absolutely wonderful character, and the male lead Rob is a wonderful blend of ironic qualities.A lot of things are done really well in this book. I loved how various mythologies were blended in with demon culture; this was exceptionally well done. I loved the flashbacks to Jael's parents' earlier lives. I also absolutely loved the magic system and how magic is explained. The author does an excellent job of correlating magic to science.The writing is well done, easy to read and very engaging. The book ends well but with lots of room for more trials for Jael, Rob, and her father. By the end of this book I was really enjoying the world, the characters, the magic, and was sad that it was over.Overall a great start to a new paranormal young adult series. At points it reminds a little bit of Michelle Rowan's Demon Princess books; although this book has more depth to it. I loved how mythology was tied in to the story and really enjoyed how magic and science are correlated. I also loved Jael and Rob's relationship; it is a nice healthy teen relationship that really makes the reader smile. I hope there is another book in this series and can't wait to read it if there is.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Man, this was a tough one for me. Not because of any fault of the author or the book itself, but the personal experiences that I brought to the book. I almost didn't finish it because of this. It was tough slogging through it at times, especially earlier on in the story, but as the plot continued to move forward, they started to get further away from the items that just rubbed me the wrong way.Misfit introduces young Jael, a recently turned sixteen-year-old girl who finds out that she's a half-demon. That explains why she's never really fit in, and why her father insists on constantly moving so no one could become suspicious. Her ex-priest father is strangely not religious himself, but insists that Jael attend a strict Catholic score in hopes that it can help deflate her demon nature. And when a group of demons come calling for revenge, Jael is forced to embrace her demon side.Okay, so here's why this is difficult for me: I went to a very strict Catholic elementary school, so this book brought back a slew of unhappy memories and, in many ways, hit too close to home (and not in a good way). Because of the Catholic school setting, I spent much of the novel being incredibly uncomfortable, which was only added to by the incredible amount of religious/Catholic overtones here. These aren't just any demons, we're talking Heaven and Hell, Biblical, post-apocalyptic type demons, and the religiously-charged approach made me very uncomfortable.Thankfully, as the book went on this seemed to wan as the plot became more interesting and started to stand on its own. While I do feel like it never fully reached its potential, the later parts of this novel were considerable improvements on the earlier bits. However, I felt like I never fully got over the bad memory-inducing trip into my younger years as a Catholic school girl. Sadly, because of this, Misfit just wasn't for me.
Coranne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just couldn't finish it. It was just too ... not my type of book.
Jibar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So, I just finished it last night. I noticed this has gotten mixed review, but I did like it a lot. At times I envied Jael, at times I pitied her. Just like it should be. But above all, I really rooted for her (and Rob). Some characters severely annoyed me, at times so much so that I had to put the book (or my Kindle) down in order to escape them. I severely doubt that this was intended, but I could be just weird that way. A character this applies to would be Britt Brougher.But there were also many very emotional scenes. I think I had an enormous lump in throat when Jael touched that hedge. If you've read it, you should know what hedge I mean. It could also have been Belial's heartlessness in the scene, but it was soo sad!Usually I can understand why a book gets mixed reviews, even if I did like it. But this time around? No idea. I haven't read any other reviews yet, admittedly, but still! I liked the book enough to give it 4 clouds, so why ... but tastes differ I suppose. Still, I really liked it. I liked Dagon a lot, too. I have to mention that this book works with a lot of flashbacks, which is the main reason why it only got 4 clouds. I don't like flashbacks at all, and almost every second chapter was a flashback chapter I think. A No-No with me.
MrsBoswellBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a hard one for me to review. I was torn between "It was ok" and "I liked it"... but I didn't LIKE like it. I do have to give author Jon Skovron props for trying to write about something different in the YA paranormal genre, though.I tend to stay away from books dealing with a lot of religious material, but I was unaware of how much that would factor into the storyline of Misfit. While the premise of a half-breed girl - part human and part demon - was interesting, I found the talk of Catholicism and Christianity throughout to be quite distracting. I think focusing so much on the religious aspect took away from other parts of the story, for me.The characters didn't quite do it for me, either. I found myself not really connecting with a single character and not caring for them one way or another. Each of them seemed quite one-dimensional to me. The only character I felt the slightest incline toward was Jael's father, and only when the author reflected on his past with his wife. The other characters were either too boring, unbelievable or were so talked-up but then didn't live up to those expectations.I wasn't a big fan of the narrative voice or the dialog. It all just seemed rather dry to me. The first half to two-thirds of the novel seemed a bit slow with not too much excitement occurring. That begin said, the last third of the story picked up quite a bit and piqued my interest enough to make me finish. Although, things ended not quite as I would have envisioned. It all kind of wrapped a little too neat and tidy.Jon Skovron creates a story with potential. With quite a unique plot-line, Skovron has the ability to really expand if this turns into a series.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing 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 huntersTill 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.
Krista23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
IN the beginning pages Jael is turning 16, and for her birthday, her father has given her a necklace that once belonged to her demon mother. Jael is given this necklace with only one warning, to never wear it. After her very first fight with her father over this necklace, she looks deep into the Gem and can see things in it. The first vision is of her father, downstairs in the kitchen as he is contacting the demon world to relay the message that the necklace has been given to her. Jael becomes deeply hurt and confused as her father has always said that he no longer has contact with the demon world. After some very interesting things happen at school she ends up putting the necklace on and things only get weirder.In the description above it states this book is "steeped in mythology" and I could not agree more with that statement. There are several places throughout the story you will feel like your sitting in church being quoted the bible and the Catholic beliefs and other mythology. Also throughout the story we get to see into the underworld and the demon lives and how they view the world. Some of the chapters are from Jael's point of view and some of them are from people relaying the past through memories or the visions to Jael. She begins to really learn who she is, why they have to move around so much and really begin to see her father with new eyes.I think that the underworld and the Demon's view of our world was really what made the book worthwhile for me. My favorite paragraph in the book is when her Uncle is helping her understand what being a demon means. "Jael" It still gives her a strange shiver when he says her name. Like she can almost get a sense of the person he believes she's capable of becoming. A person who deserves an exotic name spoken with reverence. But now he looks a little sad. "If all you ever do is try to avoid pain, you'll never create something truly worthwhile." Of course this is only a small part of a very entertaining and best chapter of the book, in my opinion.Misfit has action, interesting creatures, magic and a little romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to get lost in a book and that's hard to do sometimes but this book did not disappoint
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.