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Misfit
by Jon Skovron


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.  Read more...

 
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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


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781419700217
  • ISBN-10: 1419700219
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publish Date: August 2011
  • Page Count: 362
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.57 x 5.67 x 1.31 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.14 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Young Adult Fiction > Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Legends, Myths, Fables - General
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Fantasy - Contemporary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-06-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

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.)

 
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