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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 giv
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Amulet Books
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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.
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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Heidi
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, demons, 2011
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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Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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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Shelley
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
*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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Gatorgal21
Jun 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Krystle
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it did not like it
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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Braiden
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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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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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Miranda
Jun 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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Samantha Young
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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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Heather
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Sherre Copeland
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Katie
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
Misfit was not at all what I expected and that may be what made me enjoy it so much. It was a very unique story and I feel like it will appeal to all readers: boys, girls, young, and old.

Jael is half-demon and half-human. It is something she has always known so she is okay with it. The powers that she acquires on her sixteenth birthday are what change things for her, in a good and bad way. I liked Jael from the very start of the book but I really liked her after she got her powers. She became a
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Kay ^_^
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Summer Holgate
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 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 rated it it was amazing
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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Cindy
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

i really enjoyed this novel that puts
a very intriguing spin on religion, demons,
and mythology. skovron has created a world
with interesting characters, human or not.
jael is a fantastic heroine, and i can't wait
to read more of her! alternately gruesome,
dark, smart, touching and funny. definitely
recommended!
Annika Ballestro
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thouroghly enjoyed this book. Good writing style and flowed well for a single book. Never have seen a book like this before and am glad that I was able to find and read this. Would recommend.
Rebecca A. Rogers
Jun 01, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: for-review, arc
I just couldn't get into this one. I'm over fifty pages in and still not connecting to any of the characters. :(
Louise
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Louise by: Sharon Malcolm
Very readable! It also makes a change to read a YA book that's about demons instead of vampires.
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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 quite ...more

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“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.” 10 likes
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