Monday, October 20, 2014

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Title: Unbreakable 
(The Legion Book 1)
Author: Kami Garcia
Length:305 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you Little Brown!)
Read: October 2014
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. 
***I received an e-galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Overall, I enjoyed reading this story.

There are A LOT of similarities to the TV Show Supernatural. (Which is a show that I really like!)
I didn't really mind how similar they are. In fact, I think it is part of what made me interested in reading the book. And even though there are a lot of things in common, I do feel like Unbreakable had enough action and some plot twists that made this an entertaining story to read.

I read this book really quickly and it held my attention throughout the entire story. 
The writing and story kept me interested and engaged. There were some spooky scenes as well as a couple that scared me a little bit. But overall, not too scary for me (I don't handle scary very well.)

I like the characters, but I didn't really feel that connected to any of them. 

Kennedy is the main character. She is almost killed by the same spirit that killed her mother. But luckily for her, twins Jared and Lukas, save her and explain to her what is happening. I like that she is skeptical about the things they are telling her. She also has a lot of denial regarding what she is told about her and her mother. But after so long, it starts to get a little frustrating. She will start to believe and decide to help, then she second guesses herself and everything all over again. Throughout the story. She has a lot of self-doubt. I am looking forward to more character growth and development in the next book. 

Then there is the love-triangle. My biggest dislike of the story. I usually don't really mind love-triangles. But I don't like when the love-triangle involves siblings (brothers/sisters) or best friends. These ones usually just frustrate me, make me angry, or break my heart.
So I dislike this one because it involves the brothers both liking Kennedy. I feel like overall, Kennedy knows which of the brothers she likes and which one she views more like a friend. But there are several times where maybe she doesn't know or thinks about the other one because it would just be easier. But it does seem like the love-triangle is over by the end of the book. (That is my hope). 

Jared and Lukas are okay characters. Though most of the time they almost feel like the same person. Maybe it is because they are twins and brothers can share a lot of the same qualities. They do feel very similar. With the exception of one of the brothers being the "bad boy" type character and the other one being really nice. For me, I feel that Jared was a little bit more developed than Lukas. I am also hoping for more character growth and development for these characters in the next book.

The two other characters in the group are Priest and Alara. I really like both of these characters. Priest is fun. He loves music and is very good at creating things. I found him to be really interesting. I also like that he is smart. He might be a little younger than the others, but I like that he stands up for himself and wants to help out the others. And Alara is just awesome! She is very confident and bold. She doesn't take crap from anyone. She comes off as mean and closed off, but deep down she cares a lot about others. 

I think that it is a pretty good first book to a series. And I am interested to read the next book to find out what happens next. The ending definitely made me curious to find out what happens next!

My Recommendation:

If you like shows like Supernatural (and don't mind the similarities) or if you like scary stories that involve demons and ghosts than you might like this book. 

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