Monday, December 5, 2011

Misfit (fiction)

Never fitting in.
Moving all the time.
World's grumpiest dad.
A long-lost uncle who's a demon?

Jael had hoped for an old clunker car or even a cellphone for her 16th birthday, but her dad didn't even leave her a birthday card on the breakfast table. Just a note, "Come home right after school. We have to talk."

Who would ever imagine that she was half-demon? Or that someone on the faculty would attack her at their Catholic school? Or that a cute skateboarder guy would think she was worth talking to? Jael's hair becomes her crowning glory - just like her mother Lilith's was - and things get really complicated.

Flashbacks are written in the expected past tense, but the author has chosen to have Jael's story lurch along completely in simple present tense - a bit odd, but soon the gripping pace of the story lets readers slide over this unconventional writing tic.

Book info: Misfit / Jon Skovron. Amulet, 2011. [author's website] [publisher site] [book trailer]

Recommendation: Jael’s dad is so strict that she’s never been on a date, never been kissed, never fit in at school. Her mom died when Jael was a baby, but is that any reason for her ex-priest father to keep dragging them from town to town? Always she’s enrolled in a Catholic school, but he forbids her to talk about angels or heaven or hell…

On her sixteenth birthday, he reluctantly gives her a pendant from her mother, but only because it was her deathbed wish. Suddenly, Jael’s dreams are filled with visions of mystical creatures, and she discovers that her mother was a demon – the infamous Lilith – who was killed because she tried to defect from the most ambitious duke of Hell.

Now her uncle-demon warns her that Belial can sense her through the pendant and is coming to exact his final revenge against her mother. Jael has a short time to learn what powers she may have as a half-demon and how to use them to defend herself and her father and her first-ever friends at school.

Can Jael’s uncle cram a lifetime of training into a few days? Will he be able warn her before Belial’s attack? Does Jael truly have the seductive beauty of her mother hidden under the frumpy clothes her father chooses? And Dad was really a demon-hunter?

Flashbacks to the past adventures and perils of Jael’s parents give the reader insights into the story that are later revealed to her. She never thought her life was easy, but now the fate of humanity may be at stake. (One of 5,000 books recommended on Review copy courtesy of the publisher.


  1. This sounds like one I'll be adding to my daughter's wish list and sharing with her. I love stopping by. I'm always jotting down books based on your recommendations... even when I don't comment. Love this site!

  2. @Tia - I'd say that you should read (& enjoy) this one before giving to your daughter, just because demon-hunting ain't a pretty sport & might be a bit intense for her right now.

  3. Good to know! I usually read the books I'm not sure about first. I finally let her read Hunger Games, after I read it, and she loved it. I told her book 2 was ok, too, but I haven't read book 3 yet, so she'll have to wait on that one!

    Hope you are enjoying the holiday season.


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