Jael has always felt like a freak. She has never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad has 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 16th 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.
Skovron's second book is a two for one: a coming-of-age story wrapped within a captivating paranormal context. Sixteen-year-old Jael Thompson's gradual discovery of her abilities as a half-demon is narrated in the present tense, while her education about her heritage comes via detailed visions of her parents' past, told in past tense. The duality is a little uncomfortable, intentionally so, as Skovron (Struts & Frets) goes beyond adolescent preoccupations with acceptance, identity, and the opposite sex to look at even more fraught issues of faith, parental self-sacrifice, and the nature of reality. After a lifetime of constant moves, Jael wants to make friends, explore her attraction to Rob McKinley, and just go to high school. And if a Grand Duke of Hell is pursuing her? Well, her father will simply have to stop being so overprotective and help her deal with it. Jael is an easy heroine to root for, and readers will recognize, as Jael does, that (demonic roots aside) she is "just a lonely girl with a lot of problems." The romance between Jael's parents adds additional texture and complexity to her narrative of self-discovery. Ages 14 up.
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Loved it!!! I hope there is a second one coming out, cause the end was kinda a cliff hanger weather she is going to have to deal with the others (and I'm not saying who for those who haven't read it).
I absolutely love fantasy books, and anything having to do with the supernatural is something I would read in a heartbeat. But there was something about this book that seemed forcing. Time to time again I read Christian fiction despite my beliefs, and I truly enjoy it. With this book, though, I felt it was trying to overly persuade people into believing in a religion. Maybe it's just me. Despite all that I (somewhat) enjoyed the book. But the plot was predictable and the humor in it made it seem childish. The details were jumpy and fuzzy. If you are looking for a great fantasy book, may I recommend The Pledge?