Jael has never known her mother who was a demon. Constantly on the run from a grand duke demon, Jael has lost count of the amount of places she’s lived. But in Seattle, she makes a good friend, Britt, and even a boyfriend, Rob. This story would have got a lesser rating if not for the cast of characters we are introduced to. Though not the most obscure or interesting, each character has their own strengths and weaknesses and seems to dispel a lot of secondary character cliches. Like the bitchy or bubbly best friend, and the mysterious love interest. Rob lays it all out on the line, and Britt is pretty transparent in a good way, who in the end suffers through a lot to save her friend. She has many layers, each very realistically portrayed. However, when Jael learns of some things Britt has gone through in her life, it is not elaborated or dealt with. It is thrown at us readers and then abandoned. Something I wish had been either left out or explained properly.
The worst part of this book, I’d say, is that the book is supposed to centre around Jael, a character that from the beginning, readers are intrigued about and a character who is actually pretty awesome. But then we are constantly thrown into her father’s story, and as someone who enjoys reading YA, I had no interest whatsoever in reading about Paul’s history and his demon fighting days with his wife. Not that they weren’t interesting, because they were, and it gave a bit of backstory, but I felt it was a very convenient way of avoiding character development in terms of the antagonists because we were told important scenes through backstory but Jael learned nothing for herself. It was too easy. In fact, a lot came easy. She came into her powers very easily and only had one training session with her awesome uncle before she had it all mastered.
So infact, it was very refreshing to see that although a lot did come easily, a lot of the characters got a smack down. Jael went through some pain before coming out victorious, but what stands out the most for me is the pain her best friend went through, all because she just wanted to help. The scenes were horrifying, in fact, a lot of the scenes in Misfit were quite violently horrifying. So I wouldn’t suggest people with weak stomachs to read this. Skovron didn’t shy away from really going into detail on the fight our characters went through. It was both interesting and frightening.
If this was to become a series, I would hope that we stick with Jael and her story because this is a YA and nearly half of this book was taken up by an adults tale. If it is so important to the story, maybe the writer can produce a companion novel? This will ensure that teens or people wanting YA will get YA but if they want to know more, they can do.
I found it was interesting learning about all the demons, and while the religion aspect helped give the characters dimension, I thought that a lot of it was like having a religious class and as I’m not one to enjoy having religion thrown at me, those scenes were hard to get through. However, the demonology and the scenes of hell, and Jael herself were great. And I would recommend this book on that alone.