01 September 2011

Review and Giveaway: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Posted by Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea at 12:00 AM

Misfit

  Title: Misfit                                              Pages: 384 
  Author: Jon Skovron                                 Source: Publisher
  Publisher: Abrams Books                         Published: Sep 1, 2011
  Series: ?                                                 Purchase: Amazon
  Rating: 5 out of 5

Jael Thompson is no ordinary girl. And the fact that she's moved far too many times doesn't really help the situation. What makes Jael unique? Her mother was a five thousand year old demon, and her dad an ex-priest. That makes her half-demon, half-mortal. A half-breed.

But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives Jael a necklace her mother wanted Jael to have. A necklace that just so happens to awaken the demon in her.

Coming with her new found self are powers that she has to learn to hone, because Belial, a demon who happens to hate half-breeds, is after her and she's tired of running from him.

I finished Misfit the day before I wrote this review, but wanted to let it "sink in" before I reviewed it. I wanted to make sure I still felt the same way. I do. I loved it.

Misfit is most of the time told in alternating chapters, traveling from present day and Jael's story, to the past and her parents' story. I found this a great way to tell both the prologue-ish side, and Jael's story, because I got to understand every angle of the story of how everything came to what it did.

Misfit also has a lot of mythology and exorcism talk involved, which 1) I love both of those things and 2) makes Jon Skovron sound really intellectual (I bet he is anyway!). So if one or both of those things appeals to you, read this.

The writing is absolutely phenomenal. Jon Skovron has a natural knack for telling a story that you want to keeping reading until you've devoured every last word. His dialogue is clever and witty and his descriptions crystal clear. This is especially important when you're describing paranormal creatures, which Skovron handled with ease.

The plot was mostly fast-paced. It didn't take too long to get into the action, nor did it happen too quickly. Skovron waits the perfect amount of time to drop each twist on you and delivers an incredible ending to top it all off like a cherry on a sundae.

The characters were solid. I want to know more about them, yet I'm not left feeling like I know too little. It seemed like each character Skovron brought in played a part in the story. Each character was needed in one small way or another big way.

That brings me to Jael. She's written amazingly, for being written from the eyes of a male. Sometimes when a female lead is written by a man, she doesn't get totally captured, as some men do not understand females. This also works vice versa sometimes with woman writing male leads. There are lots of other errors men make when writing females, though, like stereotyping them or putting a certain image on them.

That being said, Jael is perfectly female, and a tough one at that. She has her insecurities, sure, but she finds out that she really can do amazing things with the abilities she's acquired. She comes further than just thinking she's an evil demon. I found that she really grew as a character, for the better.

The romance in Misfit isn't as much as I hoped for, but frankly, there was quite a bit of action going on that romance might have just watered it down. In other words, I’m kind of glad that there wasn’t more romance! So, if what you're looking for is a straight up paranormal romance, Misfit might not be what you're looking for, but let that in no way stop you from reading it!

Overall, I absolutely loved Misfit. I'm guessing there's a sequel, which I cannot wait to read if there is. If there isn't, I'd be very disappointed. There is not one part I can complain about in this wonderful novel and I command you to read it! Please?

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I give Misfit a 5(hundred) out of 5.

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Disclaimer: Copies were provided by the publisher, free for my honest review and giveaway purposes. I am not being paid for either thing.

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