Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Part of a Series?:
Yes, the first novel of The Legion Series
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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, The Mediator Stories by Meg Cabot
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.
When people told me that it was the book version of Supernatural, I thought they were joking. Turns out, they weren’t. This literally is Supernatural in book form. But that’s a good thing.
First off, the characters. I really liked Kennedy right off the bat, and I think thats partly because I’ve always loved the name Kennedy both as a first name and as a last name. Its just an awesome name. But I also like that she seems to one of very few characters that are thrust into this brand new world and don’t just conform to it naturally. I actually really liked that about Kennedy. She’s very unsure and she messes up a lot and its clear that they think she’s a liability, even if they do care about her as well. I like that Kami was able to create a character that is going to have to work to fit into this world. She just doesn’t step over the threshold and take hold of it firmly. Its going to take some time for Kennedy to get used to this.
The other characters are great as well. We have twin brothers, Jared and Lukas, both love interests of Kennedy but not in a love triangle, thank god. Lukas is the sweeter, more open brother but that isn’t the sort of book boyfriend that I go for. I liked Jared a lot, a lot but its hard to get past his name. Jared is just used WAY too much in YA lit. So as much as I liked him, I couldn’t get past his name. The other two main characters, Priest and Alara were great, especially Priest. He’s a great character, full of humor and I would definitely want him on my supernatural busting team.
The story itself was really great at building up for what is going to happen in the future. It started off kind of weird to me and I wasn’t quite sure where it was going. I liked the characters well enough though that I kept reading. The supernatural stuff also appealed to my middle school self when I was obsessed with that kind of stuff, and wanted to be a practicing Wiccan. No lie. Anyway, the story builds up the world a lot and leaves off with a major cliffhanger, which is really what made the book for me. They really were working at something, with the impression of one thing and their impressions change a lot and it really creates a lot of mayhem. I couldn’t figure out the problem until I realized how much trouble they were in, and it made for an exciting story.
I think my favorite part of it was how historical and accurate it got with the myths and legends and the ways to get rid of certain spirits and such. Kami obviously did her homework to make sure she got all of it right and you can tell. That’s why it felt so much like an episode of Supernatural. She made it feel real and legit, and there were times where I was like, “yeah! I remember that from SPN!” I think a lot of authors deserve credit for doing all that research work because I notice that, and it makes the story that much better.
4 out of 5 Stars
Recommended or Not?:
Yes! I loved this book. It was a little slow to start, and it hints at a love triangle for a bit (you know how I feel about those) but it takes off in a race to stop an evil demon and its exciting and sexy and dark and awesome. I definitely can’t wait for book two!
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