Misfit- Jon Skovron

Written By: Kellie - Jun• 27•11

Synopsis: 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. -Goodreads

Review: It’s taken me a few days to come up with a review for this one because I’m so back and forth. There were a lot of things I liked about this story and a few things that came up fairly short.

The main thing I liked was the main character, Jael. It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything about a really over powered MC. While I prefer more relate-able characters, its fun to occasionally read about someone who is just coming into some real power. It’s fun when the possibilities of what they can do are pretty endless. Jael has a way of talking to the elements, which sometimes could have been described a bit better, but is still really cool. The best part is that she’s powerful without being ALL powerful. She still has a hard time with some things, occasionally messes up and can be fairly insecure.

Onto my main issues with the book. Too much of it was told with flash backs, way too much. Jael’s necklace gives her the ability to see her deceased mother’s past. Some of what she see’s is relevant ish, other bits are totally unneeded. Even the relevant bits could have been worked in, in a less passive way. I got really bored with those parts pretty early on. The upside, is that Jael’s mother was a pretty interesting character, it was just the actual scenarios that didn’t hold my interest.

The other area that came up lacking was with Jael and her love interest. He was fleshed out enough but there was no real spark between the two of them. It seems like it’s building up to me more of a passing crush than a relationship where they actually rely on each other, or you know… like each other. There just wasn’t enough of a connection between the two of them and almost no actual falling in love moment. It was just kind of there so the story would have a little romance.

I liked the book, I just won’t be holding my breath for the next book in the series. In fact, for the last chunk of it I was hoping it was going to be a stand alone and just be nicely wrapped up and over with. No such luck. The fantasy genre needs more stand alone books! Besides the point. If you like new takes on demon’s, this will definitely be a good book for you.


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