Book: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
Series: The Legion #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Readers
Date Published: October 1st, 2013
Date Started: January 6th, 2014
Date Finished: January 7th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Unmarked
Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia.
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.
Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.
Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.
Unbreakable is a story about a teenage girl named Kennedy written by Kami Garcia. Many of you might recognize Garcia as one of the co-authors of Beautiful Creatures. I haven’t read the entire Beautiful Creatures series yet, but I like what I have read so far. When I read the other co-author’s book, Icons by Margaret Stohl, I made the mistake of trying to read the book like it was Beautiful Creatures. I tried to avoid that this time, and it came out to be more successful.
So, Kennedy’s mother is killed one night by a spirit and she is left all by herself. Her father abandoned her when she was a young girl, leaving only her aunt. Her aunt is shipping her off to boarding school, but on her last night in her house, Kennedy is attacked by a spirit. A pair of twins come swashbuckling in and save Kennedy. Kennedy learns that she is a part of a secret society that was established to take down the Illuminati, but instead released a powerful demon. Kennedy also finds herself falling for one of the twins, Jared.
This was an extremely short read for me. Within two hours or so, I had read about 100 pages. The book reads really fast. There wasn’t a lot that happened in the book, and I think thats a good thing for the shortness of the book. I sometimes feel that books will try to shove way too much detail and action into a short amount of pages and it becomes confusing and the story becomes thinned out. The only time I think this book suffered from the lack of detail was with the individual character developments other than Kennedy. I felt like I barely knew anything about the other characters than a few small back stories that were mentioned in passing. This, in turn, made the romance aspect suffer. When Kennedy falls for Jared, I feel as though she knows nothing about him. They barely have any conversations within the book, so when they are finally forced to spill their feelings for each other, it feels as though it is forced and unnatural. I was confused by the romance aspect because I thought Kennedy was going to fall for Jared’s twin, Lukas because they flirted a bit and she kept noticing his smile. I was expecting some weird twin love triangle, but it never happened.
I was also hoping for some sort of storyline that concerned her father a little deeper. She seemed to have such daddy-issues, but there was that lingering feeling that her father left for a different reason than family life not being right for him. I do expect that to come up in the following books.
So, all in all, the book was good for such a short read. It felt more like Beautiful Creatures than Icons did. I don’t mean to do comparisons here, because they are two totally different authors. But if you like reading about ghosts in a more Angels and Demons sort of style, then this will be a good read for you.