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. (Goodreads)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books
To Publish: August 1, 2011
Source: NetGalley/ Publisher
Misfit is a whole new take on demons and hell, and it totally worked for me! I devoured this book like Jael devours a veggie tray.
Don’t get me wrong there are a few lulls in Misfit. The beginning does take some getting used to because with each chapter you are going from the present with Jael in one , then into the past with her mom in the next. After getting used to being swung back and forth from past to present, I’m actually happy Mr. Skovron introduced Jael’s mom in this way. I got such a better feel for her character.
Speaking of characters, this book is packed with the awesomeness of great ones. Jael’s uncle for starters is well… a fish monster. I would have thought him to be cold, but he brought a lot of humor and sincerity to the story. But my favorite character is Jael. I love how Jael grows so much just from the beginning of this book alone. When I started Misfit she was very cut off from the world and confused about who she was. By the end of Misfit, Jael understands who she truly is and uses that power to be her full potential. Even though this takes place in a relatively short amount of time, in no way did it feel forced or contrived.
I would be an absolutely horrible person if I didn’t put something in this review about Rob (Jael’s love interest). In all honesty I think I could start the I HEART ROB fan club. Rob is one of those characters that the moment he jumps on the page you start to smile and you just can’t stop yourself. He should have his own theme music… Maybe Skater Boy by Avril Lavigne. Yep Rob’s that much fun. By the end of the book you find out what Rob actually wants to do with his life… So he and Jael must have more to come. Or at least I hope so.
Misfit is a YA book but I think anyone who loves paranormal would like it. This is one of those wonderful books where I got to feel every emotion. The humor in Misfit was superb. I mean, come on, a half-demon going to Catholic school? Then Misfit pulled out the big guns and made me cry. I loved this book and hope that it turns into a series!
5 moons: I absolutely loved it, and will be looking into everything this author writes.
Older Teen and up: There is language, and talk of sexual acts having been done.