by Jon Skovron
Publication Date: August 1st, 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books
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Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.
Author Jon Skovron takes on the dark side of human nature with his signature funny, heartfelt prose. (Goodreads)
The main character in the story is Jael. I found her character to be interesting, even though I didn’t feel that connected with her. She definitely went through a lot in a short period of time, and I think she handled it pretty well, for the most part. Jael’s father, Paul, is another character that was hard to connect with. He seemed like such a hard man, even though we do get to see some softer sides of him towards the end of the book. My favorite characters of the book would have to be Rob, and Jael’s uncle Dagon. Both were really great characters. I wanted to know more of Dagon’s story, as well.
The one character I didn’t care for is Jael’s friend Britt. She was a very bad best friend. Towards the end of the book, we see a little of why she’s that way, but the way she acted and treated Jael still made me not like her.
The book has quite a bit of Christianity talk. That didn’t bother me, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind if it bothers you, and you do decide to read the book. It does, however, set the background for the book and makes it more interesting.
The book was well paced, and the storyline was very creative. I did have a hard time keeping my attention on the book at times. But at some times, I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen.
Overall, I thought this was an ok read. I think I would have liked it more if I had been able to connect with the main character more.