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{July 30, 2011}   ARC Review: Misfit, by Jon Skovron

From Goodreads: 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.

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I picked up this novel with trepidation as there are already many mixed reviews out concerning Misfit, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this novel or not.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that this novel is actually very well written, with just enough characterization, background knowledge, action, and romance for it to be a perfect piece for a lazy afternoon. 

Skovron does a wonderful job blending past and present in his novel as Jael begins to understand what it means to be a half-breed, part demon, part mortal.  The first time the story jumped into the past, I was a little taken aback as I wasn’t ready for it, but Skovron easily transitions between the two stories and it was really interesting to learn about Jael’s parents prior to her birth.  Skovron’s use of both Bible stories and Greek mythology was also a nice touch as I haven’t read a novel that combines the two ideas together before, and it made for a very interesting read. 

While I do prefer a first person narrative, I did come to enjoy the third person narrative as it gave me access to knowledge and ideas that the first person narrative does not.  Overall, I think this was a good read and I suggest those interested in stories about the underworld read it.  Three and a half stars.

ABRAMS books has been extremely gracious to allow me to read and ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on August 1st, 2011.

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