Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Release date: August 1, 2011
Synopsis (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.
My Thoughts:  This is a weird thing to write but I liked this book and at the same time it drove me batty.  I liked the story and the idea behind it A LOT.  The thing I didn't like is that over half the book is told in present tense ("he says/she says") and the rest is told in past ("he said/she said").  I'm not used to present tense at all and it really threw me every time it would pop in.  Seriously, I would go back and have to reread the first few paragraphs when it switched over to present because it unnerved me so.

Let me assure you the story is a good one.  I really like the idea that the old Gods had to evolve with the times and those that we perceive as demons used to be so much more.  In fact, I think evolution is a big factor for all the characters, including the minor ones.  Jael has to become more than just a normal mortal girl while her father goes from a bad-ass demon hunter to a fragile, broken man.  At one point, Jael's mother enlists the aid of a halfbreed to help Jael later on and the priest who sees the interaction begins to understand that the demons he's been fighting against aren't all bent on destroying humanity- some of them are just trying to survive the bigger demons in the Underworld.

There are some genuinely creepy moments scattered throughout the book (sandpaper and a kitchen come to mind), balanced out by the sweetness of Rob and Jael's blossoming romance.  My biggest hurdle was getting my mind around the writing tense changes.  Once again, though, I admit that I'm a little neurotic and that could be all me.  I found the overall story to be by turns creepy, sweet and empowering.  It seems like there's still a lot for Jael to learn about herself and I can only think that her journey could span several books and multitudes of bad guys.

More books by Jon Skovron

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge, The YA Reading Challenge
Misfit was provided for review by Abrams through NetGalley.


  1. I have this sitting on my ereader ready for me to read and your review just made me want to read it now!

    I'm not sure how I'm going to feel about switching tenses though.

  2. Rie: I look forward to seeing what you think. I'm curious if the tense issue is one that only bothers me. :)