07 May 2011

{Book Review} Misfit

By: Me My Shelf And I | 07 May 2011 at 5:40 AM | | | | |

Author: Jon Skovron
Format: ARC
: 362 Paperback
Published: Expected August 2011
Rating: 5 Birds


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.

I often hop from blog to blog on days when I need a break from things. On one of my “Blog Walks” I caught some info about Misfit by Jon Skovron. The cover grabbed me, the blurb reeled me in and the fact it was primarily from a girls POV sealed the deal. I needed this book, and I would beg for it if I had to.

Wait, back up Amber, you say? What is so special about a female POV, most YA novels are in fact written this way….ah yes my lovely readers – but how many are written by a man?


So I did what I had to do, begging may have been a part of the process but I managed to acquire an ARC of Misfit. *cheers* What did I think of it? Well, I am ever so glad that you asked.

I absolutely loved it.

To say I underestimated this book would be an understatement. In fact I feel quite shameful thinking that I just figured it would be your typical demon story with a love twist YA novel. I was even so bold as to think I might feel disconnected from Jael on more then one occasion being that she was written by a guy. Oh, go ahead call me sexist, I’m just being truthful. Put all the men you know in a room – how many could write perfectly from a woman's perspective…..uh huh….see? Men typically write men and vice versa. That’ s just how it is, and beside my love for all things demonic in books, it was truly something, like I said that made me NEED to read this book.

Misfit, on more then several occasions had me on the edge of my seat, gasping from the sheer genius of the plot line and the effortless melding of science, religion, mythology and just life as a teen-ager in general. Rich in amazingly in-depth descriptions, of sights, sounds, and even smells.

Much on the same note, Skovron doesn’t hold back on those little things that might be taboo for other YA writers. Or, maybe I should say he brings things to light that many have skipped over. I really like the realistic air he breathes into the world he’s created by doing this. These little things that maybe wouldn't seem so important to the masses, are to me a lot of the time.

For instance, things that would make me go “YES! That’s a REAL high school” that in general other writers avoid, like smoking teenagers and the fact that when faced with certain situations, even kids from Catholic school swear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been reading a book and and even when the heroine is the most straight laced gal, I have been upset when they throw out a “darn” when you know they would be at east throwing out “Damn”. Sometimes the little things you might over look are the ones that pull the larger ones together.

(disclaimer – no I don’t think all books need swearing and smoking…this was an example my friends. Nothing more)

Jael, our heroin; develops beautifully through the story from a shy, forced Catholic school girl to an ass kicking super woman. Any doubts I had of Skovron properly capturing a girls point of view are washed away and I say Bravo, muffled of course because my foot is still in my mouth on that one. *wink*

In the end this was a fantastic surprise of a book. Unlike anything I have ever read and that is where I find my enjoyment, where my reviews really come from. Did it touch me? Did it shock me? Was it original? Did it make me want more – YES, to all these things.

Take my advice, add this to your TBR list, and do it now!



  1. Wow, great review. Now I may have to stalk this book down.

  2. I've been trying to decide if I wanted to read this one... Thanks chick!!


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