A Demoness in Training - Is She Ready?

Summary:

Jael Thompson has always felt like an outcast in society. Her mother died when she was too young to remember it, and her dad is always closed off. So it’s a surprise to her, when, on her 16th birthday, her father gives her a necklace that once belonged to her mother. That's not the only surprise. She is a half demon, child of a demoness. Now Jael is struggling not only with school life, but her demon Uncle Dagon, who is teaching her how to use her newly unlocked powers. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (18):
Honestly, when I started this book, I was immediately ready to put it back down and say “forget it,” but I pushed through and was pleasantly surprised. I had several problems (below) but once you deal with them, you'll find the main characters are very well developed and interesting, which makes the whole reading experience totally worth it. All in all, I wouldn’t say I loved the book, but it was certainly a book I didn’t regret reading.

Let's talk about the problems:  Flashbacks are full chapters, and honestly, it’s confusing to follow for at least the first 4 or 5 chapters. They could have been handled much better and been less confusing The sheer volume of religious references in the first chapters makes it feel like a bus hit you in terms of confusion and shock. Yes, this is a book about demons, but there as so many references, and a lot of them are some that never get brought up later. 

I can’t think of any books I’ve read that have been like this one. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson has another girl born into an odd situation that has powers.


Pros:

Readers who like vampire and demon tales will likely find this story intriguing.

Cons:

Of note: the plot contains profanity, sexual references, and violence. Despite the upper-elementary reading level, this is a book with mature themes for young adults.


Type of Book:
This is a paranormal fantasy for young adults. It has potential as a high interest novel for teens struggling with reading.
Educational Themes:

The book opens with lots of religious references. It may be helpful to your reader to have a "guide book" or other age-appropriate references to help them understand the concepts.

Reading Level:
4.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 18
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Readers will want to try the first few chapters to see if it is too confusing or they lose interest before the meat of the story begins.

Title Misfit
Author Jon Skovron
Publisher Amulet Books, Imprint Abrams Books © 2011
ISBN 9781419700217
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.99
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
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