I have this horrible habit lately of reading 5 different books at once, and literally flipping back and forth through them. I can’t say it makes my brain very straight, but then, I’m okay with this.
The Blurb: 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.
The Short Stick: Juvenile cheesy drivel.
The Goods: Jael’s best friend seemed cool in the beginning, and even she seemed cool and even her dad seemed cool the poor cheap guy he was. And I did like the writing style, it’s frankness and sarcasm mixed with a few lighthearted laughs at the expense of some big hair.
The Not So Goods: Pretty much everything else. Jael is introduced to her abilities, to some bad guys who taunt her, to people who make her life living hell and we’re all in this satirical hell place again. Reminded me a lot of Percy Jackson. I don’t know if that’s a compliment since in mythology, Zeus was technically Persius’s father and in The Lightning Thief it was Poseidon. This was the same thing only opt out Greek myth for hell itself, with Jael’s family being from Haiti. That was cool though because technically the Haitians are on the same site as Sodom and Gomorrah, which is where hell is supposed to be anyway. So I guess that whole her being a demon thing being from Haiti makes sense. Although, don’t tell any of the earthquake victims that, they’ll have a fit over this book! (You know, if they made the same connections I did, that Jael is a demon because she’s from Haiti, yikes!) Basically my complaint was that it’s really for the youngsters who like to think that physics don’t matter when it comes to abilities and if we’re all just gonna have a fun time with it then sure. And if you like bad guys that are like Beetlejuice then this one’s for you!
Recommendation: Skip it.