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Reviewed by Amanda Allalunis

High school is sometimes rough on Jael. Going to a private Catholic school can be hard on anyone, but add to that a totally distant and overly strict father and a life of near-poverty and the challenges get doubly tough – not to mention the 15-year-old is part-demon.

Just when Jael thinks her situation couldn’t get much worse, her 16th birthday comes around, and some big changes come along with it. In a matter of days Jael’s demon half is awakened, she is reacquainted with her full demon uncle (a fish-like creature with a mouth full of teeth), and she learns that an extremely powerful upper-level demon has wanted her dead since birth for being a half breed. But as Jael struggles to accept her new reality, she realizes that the way she views her life is up to her. Could her newly-awakened demon half change her relationship with her father, with her friends, and the entire world?

I have to admit that when I initially heard the premise of Misfit, I was a little bit skeptical. There are so many books written in the demon/vampire/night world theme these days that it’s hard to get excited about yet another story about creatures that aren’t supposed to exist, but do. I’ve done a lot of reviews of urban fantasy novels over the past year, and I’ve grown accustomed to making statements like, “For an urban fantasy novel this one is pretty well written.” Or, “For an urban fantasy novel the characters are well developed.” When it comes to Misfit, I don’t need to qualify any part of my review. It is an exceptional book in all instances. It is well paced, appropriately ironic, and it grabbed and held my attention from the first page on.

I will say that I wish the story was longer…. not just because I wanted to keep reading, but also because I felt that the overall plot would have benefited from a deeper exploration of its supporting characters. For instance, Jael’s love interest is described as a skater-boy/genius who believes in magic. One glimpse into his soul changes Jael’s life forever, but the reader is never really given the chance to connect with the character. I’m not sure if the book was abbreviated to fit into a specific category (young adult for instance), or if an editor somewhere got too enthusiastic with a red pen, or if the author just ran out of steam. It felt like Misfit was expertly crafted to create a maximum amount of suspense and interest in the first three quarters of the novel, and then just kind of rushed through the final climatic chapters. That being said, I really enjoyed this book and sincerely hope that there’s a sequel in the works. Misfit will hold a place of honor on my bookshelf for a long time.

Rating: 4.5/5

Amanda is mommy, freelance writer, and blogger in her spare time. If you like this review, be sure to check out the blog at Giveaway Blogdom or take a minute to read her most recent article on Childhood Vaccinations.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Amulet Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.