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3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  3,191 Ratings  ·  462 Reviews
Jael has always felt like a freak. She has never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad has always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her 16th birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams (first published August 1st 2011)
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Wendy Darling
Annnd I'm done at 6%. Aside from a whole mess of writing issues, I expect to be a little more immersed in the characters and the story in a YA novel before I have to listen to an anecdote about a girl going down on a guy just because he bought her dinner at a fancy restaurant.
Heidi
Feb 28, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart, sexy and truly dangerous, MISFIT breaks new ground without forgetting the heart of its story. Though MISFIT is written for teens, adults, too, will appreciate its nuance, philosophical nature, and particularly the back story of Jael's parents, which is beautifully and painfully rendered. Math geek/skater boy Rob is about the freshest love interest I've read in awhile- he reads like someone you could really know, while still transcending the page. Skovron writes our tortured heroine Jael s ...more
Kitten Blue
First of all, Jon Skovron is a really talented writer with loads of very interesting things to say, not to mention he's downright hilarious at times. However: (1) I can see why this book rubs some people up the wrong way. (2) It's pretty obvious why most of the rest find it aggravating, too.

MY biggest problem is that about 50% of Misfit is comprised of flashback scenes. Don't get me wrong, this is fascinating info-dumpage; unfortunately - IT'S STILL INFO-DUMPAGE. As much as I want to know about
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Review originally posted at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book going into it. I'd read the synopsis and was vaguely aware that it was about a teenage girl, demons, and supernatural powers. Sounded like my kinda read.

But the writing just blew me away! The story is written on a level that young and old alike can enjoy. The author exceptionally weaves philosophy and mythology into the back story of his heroine and her not-so-priestly father, and even though you start
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Rachel
Jun 22, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egalleys
You can find more reviews on my blog: Paper Cuts

I found it better than people have been making it out to be, though it did have its flaws.

I had a hard time getting into Misfit, but I trudged through, and once I got a little bit into it, the book got quite interesting. I think my original problems stemmed from the book being written in third person present tense. It reads like, "Jael sees her father's face," which just feels so unbelievably awkward to me. It also seemed to create a distance from
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Gatorgal21
Jun 14, 2011 Gatorgal21 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a first for me, I am writing a review about a book that I have not actually finished. I wasn't expecting too much from Misfit, all I really wanted was a good, paranormal romance that would hopefully keep me, and anyone else entertained for a few days. I horribly misjudged it unfortuanately. Not to say that there wasn't good things in it, the back story about her Father and her Mother was pretty interesting, the skater boy love interest had potential to be very different and refr ...more
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Jael Thompson has spent most of her life moving around with her father who used to be an ex-priest. Her father is more equipped as a boot camp sergeant than a father to a sixteen year old teenager. Jael finally feels at home in Seattle. She has a new best friend, Britt, and a new crush on a genius skater named Rob. But in the back of Jael’s mind she hangs onto the fear that her father will force them to move again. Jael and her father
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Ashelynn
Mar 31, 2011 Ashelynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
Wow. I didn't know what to expect when going in to read this book. Kiersten White gave a glowing blurb (along with Carrie Ryan and Holly Black!), and White recommends it all the time on Twitter. A few Goodreads friends didn't like it, though, and that had me on the fence. I didn't know if I should read it or not. My verdict? Read it. Decide for yourself. I loved it.

Jael, the kickass heroine, is an interesting character. She knew her mother was a demon since Jael's dad told her when she was eight
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Krystle
Mar 30, 2011 Krystle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever dropped a book this fast before. Page 8. I can't comment on the characterizations, plot, themes, or relationships because, obviously, I didn't get that far into the book and I won't ever be able to make an honest assessment of them.

But what I can do is say what turned me off - the writing. This book is written in present tense and I am very wary of books with this type of style because it's very difficult to make it work. I've been lucky in that I've found some real super
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Christy LoveOfBooks
I love this book. Sometimes when I love a book, it's hard for me to articulate exactly why. That seems to be the case with Misfit, but I'll try naming a few reasons. I loved the blending of so many beliefs through history. Jael kicks ass! Rob and Jael's relationship. How her mother's story was told. The use of the elements. On and on...

I don't know if Skovron plans on making this into a series, but I really hope so!
Teatree
Jun 22, 2013 Teatree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-n-f
BAD d-n-f for me means i made it to 100 pg.s and do not want to read any more.
**WARNING SPOILERS OF THE FIRST 100 PAGES**
REVIEW: the first 13 pg.s were good. the next couple of chapters were o.k.even though they didn't give enough info at times to let the reader know what was going on,and out of place in the story her bff tells her a cute guy who has a great car took her to a "fancy" restaurant, so she went down on him( WHAT ! women DO NOT think that way).Jael knows nothing about her mom excep
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Miranda the Gayvenger
I didn’t quite know what to expect from this book when I first read the blurb. I thought, well, sounds like it could go either way. It has the basic stuff I’m interested in and after reading one or two positive reviews I decided to request it.

I probably shouldn’t have.

I regret to say that Misfit and I just weren’t meant to work out. I only got about 40 pages in so I’m basing this review off those 40 pages.

The first warning sign was when I saw that it was written in the present tense style. I’m n
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Shelley
*Rating* 2.5 stars
*Genre: Young Adult Occult/Paranormal

*Review*

Misfit, by Jon Skovron, is the story of sixteen year old Jael Thompson who is a half demon, half mortal teenager who believes that her father, Paul Thompson, has no respect for her whatsoever and is a boring man who has somehow lost his way and is now stuck teaching at a Catholic High School in Seattle. She whines and bemoans about not being able to afford new clothes, or have an allowance and the fact that he forces her to eat gener
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Ian Wood
I rated this as worthy on my blog where you can find a very detailed review.

I don't do stars. A book is either worthy or warty imo, it's either worth your time or it's time wasted.

So this book is a bit weird. The pages are dirty - the chapter title pages and the first few pages before chapter one. This is not because a previous borrower did something unmentionable in polite company with this the book, but because the publisher did: the pages look like someone rubbed charcoal on them, or soot (or
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Valentina Ayala
Jan 24, 2016 Valentina Ayala rated it really liked it
Le habría dado 5 estrellas pero me di cuenta que este libro no tiene continuación y creó que la necesita, porque la historia queda como en un veremos y no se , quiero mas de la historia así que por esa pequeña razón le pongo 4 estrellas.

Él libro estuvo genial, me atrapo desde él primer momento, y la verdad no entiendo muy bien porque tiene tan malas críticas. Me gusto la manera como escribe Jon Skovron, y él tema que trata él libro es muy profundo y en cierta medida te hace pensar ciertas cosas.
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Tamara Van dishoeck
Mar 06, 2017 Tamara Van dishoeck rated it it was amazing
aan het einde van het boek baalde ik er van dat het een standalone was en niet het eerste deel van de serie. dit boek was spannend maar had ook een vleugje humor en romantiek. en vond het leuk dat demonen niet de standaard demonen waren maar dat er meer achter zat. er zaten wendingen in die ik niet zo snel verwacht had. heb dit boek bij het boekenfestijn meegenomen vorig jaar en absoluut geen spijt van gehad. kan je dit boek zeker aanraden.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5-

I really liked Misfit's unique mythology and Jon's writing style. He can be edgy, yet funny, darker, yet writes a great love story, and his humor and wit in the story were great! I really liked the way he incorporated Misfit's back story in with present day. It gave me a better understanding about what was going on and what had happened to make Jael's father the why he was, as well as understand why Jael plays an important role with everything that's going on. There are at times a darker fee
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Braiden
Hesitant due to the significantly mixed reviews it has so far received, and simply because I was curious with the galley in my possession, I thought I’d have a go at Misfit by Jon Skovron. I actually did enjoy it. Although it did have its faults which were easily seen within a few chapters of reading.

Jael has known all her life that she is a halfbreed; half-demon due to her mother (a good-type of demon) and half-human due to her father (a priest). They once made a dynamic demon-banishing duo, bu
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Samantha Young
Jun 21, 2011 Samantha Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-i-own, arc
Jael’s father has moved her from country to country, state to state, city to city. Now that they’ve been living in northwest Seattle for two years Jael worries that any day now he’s going to pack up their bags and take them somewhere new. When Jael turns sixteen, she discovers the mystery behind all the moving. Jael is half-demon, a being feared by the creatures of Hell, and subsequently enemy NO.1 But knowing the truth is freeing for Jael, and whether her father believes it or not, she’s not af ...more
Kaitlyn
Jan 15, 2014 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Easily one of the best paranormals I've read in my entire life. I'm hopelessly in love with this book!

I picked Misfit up at the recommendation of a friend, who insisted I would enjoy it (which I did immensely.) First of all, huge props to Jon Skovron for an overall well-written novel. The quality of the writing alone was enough to make the lit geek in me drool over this book. As for the actual plot, I can't rave enough about it. It's one thing to write a paranormal and justify most of the more w
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Sherre Copeland
Oct 29, 2011 Sherre Copeland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Misfit was an amazing book about a girl with demonic powers. I haven’t read many demon books and this one was great.

I do not want to give too much away for this book because I definitely want everyone to read it. To begin, Jael is half demon, half mortal, an anomaly. Her Mother was a Succubus known by many names (trust me, you’ll be surprised when you find them out) who gave her life to protect her daughter. The book gave us a nice back story about the history of her mother and father, and histo
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Heather
Jun 04, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Jael is tired of moving around so often. Every time she gets settled in one Catholic school her father whisks them away to yet another, in another out-of-the-way place. Jael understands, really. After all, the demon Baliel has been hunting her since before she was born. He hates halfbreeds, and he really hated Jael's demon mother, so if he finds Jael he'll kill her. But Jael's uncle, Dagon, believes that Jael may have the untapped potential to destroy Baliel and bring back the era of the gods. I ...more
Kay ^_^
Apr 05, 2012 Kay ^_^ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jael Thompson is a regular girl moving around from Catholic school to Catholic school. She's mostly unnoticed by all, including her father. Her friend Britt and a boy in her class, Rob, are the only people she seriously talks to. But when Jael looks into the magic necklace that once belonged to her mother, everything changes. Jael now sees into the past through the necklace and can see a younger version of her always serious father, her uncle Dagon, and her mother. But what she never knew about ...more
Caro
Jul 25, 2012 Caro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uh.... Okay this is going to be spoilerific because I see no way to deal with my issues with this book unless we go into it.

Jael, the protagonist is a half demon/ half human. Which means she is given amazing powers for having powers over both the earth and human self. Okay that was very poorly explained. It also made Jael super human for no reason. She suddenly has powers that can defeat the Grand Duke of Hell for no reason other than her birth? and she has NO negatives as a result of this union
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Tania Rock
Jul 28, 2011 Tania Rock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I really enjoyed this book that I received from NetGalley and would highly recommend it.

This demon based novel kept me on the edge of my seat and the author was continuously introducing new concepts that kept my brain churning. The characters were interesting, quirky and easy to relate to and I found myself really rooting for Jael the main character in the novel. There is the perfect amount of action, romance and plot development.

What I really enjoyed though was how the author placed numerous ch
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Annie
Aug 20, 2011 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, it did not grab me. I shared it with my fourteen year old daughter, and it did not grab her. Now I am reading an ARC, and I understand that changes could be in the works. However, I kept going. Then it grabbed me. This story is unique and distances itself from other paranormal YA lit. The characters were real, and I bought it. I couldn't wait to pick it back up each time I put it down. Jael is a heroine who's real, insecure, and not one of those typical "I have powers, ...more
Bethany Ainsworth
I don't know why I hate this book. I remember trying to read this last year or sophomore year.

I think it had to do with the fact that it was present tense or something. Also with the skater boy or something.

I guess with the half-demon thing that annoyed me. Oh look a Mary-Sue. That's how I judge Mary-Sues, they're half-human.

The exception is the Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus. They know they're half-human but they don't let that turn them into stuck-up people.

I don't remember anythi
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Zori De Vara Holgate
Not the best book I've read but I do love the cover art and the title! It's what first interested me.

The plot of the story thickens only to about milky. I tried very hard to get into it and finish it but I just couldn't get into it very much. The text style of this book is easy to get lost in. I'm not sure what it is but it definitely felt like walking through a maze or something.

The character development took forever I feel like! I did like Jael's strength, but I feel like she could be a littl
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Rhiannon
Aug 14, 2011 Rhiannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
I had gotten a copy to read from Netgalley and was excited to dig in after I read the excerpt online. But much to my surprise by getting to page 16, nothing was exciting enough to keep me going. I rarely find books I read like that, even ones I had to read in school.

I think it had to do with the perspective of the way it was written that didn't suit my reading needs. It had such hopes, but on some level it just didn't work for me.

Maybe down the road when I have the time or remember, I can re-rea
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The Lonely book club
Jul 20, 2011 The Lonely book club rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Complete review can be found at: The lonely book-club

I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The story was refreshing, and it is not a paranormal romance as it has wrongly been categorized as by some others. Misfit is a juvenile fantasy story. It’s not a “knock-you-off-your-feet”-romance and that is highly appreciated. It is a very youthful, intriguing story.
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Jon Skovron is the author of several Young Adult fantasy novels, including Misfit, Man Made Boy and This Broken Wondrous World. His first adult fantasy series, The Empire of Storms, began last June with the release of Hope and Red, published by Orbit Books. The Barnes and Noble SF&F blog said "Skovron’s briskly-paced story doesn’t skimp on the world-building—and thank goodness, because it’s qu ...more
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“The stuff you do is way more important than the stuff you believe.” 26 likes
“Jael" It still gives her a strange shiver when he says her name. Like she can almost get a sense of the person he believes she's capable of becoming. A person who deserves an exotic name spoken with reverence. But now he looks a little sad. "If all you ever do is try to avoid pain, you'll never create something truly worthwhile.” 11 likes
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