Jael’s dad is so strict that she’s never been on a date, never been kissed, never fit in at school. Her mom died when Jael was a baby, but is that any reason for her ex-priest father to keep dragging them from town to town? Always she’s enrolled in a Catholic school, but he forbids her to talk about angels or heaven or hell…
On her sixteenth birthday, he reluctantly gives her a pendant from her mother, but only because it was her deathbed wish. Suddenly, Jael’s dreams are filled with visions of mystical creatures, and she discovers that her mother was a demon – the infamous Lilith – who was killed because she tried to defect from the most ambitious duke of Hell.
Now her uncle-demon warns her that Belial can sense her through the pendant and is coming to exact his final revenge against her mother. Jael has a short time to learn what powers she may have as a half-demon and how to use them to defend herself and her father and her first-ever friends at school.
Can Jael’s uncle cram a lifetime of training into a few days? Will he be able warn her before Belial’s attack? Does Jael truly have the seductive beauty of her mother hidden under the frumpy clothes her father chooses? And Dad was really a demon-hunter?
Flashbacks to the past adventures and perils of Jael’s parents give the reader insights into the story that are later revealed to her. She never thought her life was easy, but now the fate of humanity may be at stake.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA
When Jael turns sixteen and is given a mysterious gift from her dead mother, who just happens to be a demon, things start to slowly change. Jael finally gets to meet Dagon, her demon uncle, who begins to show her what she can do with her newly realized demonic powers. After years of silence from her father, Jael also hears the true story of her mother and the evil she battled before her death. With all this new information and power, however, Jael still wants to live her life as a normal teenager, but it is not easy to keep such a big secret from her best friend, the boy she likes, and the holy priests at her Catholic high school. Showcasing demons as real beings with choices to make, some good and others evil, allows the demon stereotype to be flipped in this coming-of-age tale. Anyone looking for a paranormal tale with some depth will be rewarded with Misfit.
Recommended by Carrie Shaurette, New York City Librarian, New York, USA