Friday, September 27, 2013
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Released: October 1, 2013
Series: The Legion #1
Page #: 305
Source: ARC from the publisher
"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 Jarad 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."
First Lines: (Quoted from the ARC, subject to change.)
"As my bare feet sank into the wet earth, I tried not to think about the dead bodies buried beneath me. I had passed this tiny graveyard a handful of times but never at night, and always outside the boundaries of the peeling iron gates."
It's been a long time since I've read a book that scared me - like, made me think there were crazy shadows lurking in the darkness. And I liked it. :)
When Kennedy's mother is killed, she is left to her own devices - and she's in more trouble than she could ever imagine. Luckily, the handsome twins show up to save her life. Then they take her under their wing to become part of a secret society that tracks down spirits and uncovers mysteries. It's all very cloak and dagger. Kennedy has to figure out how she fits into this new group and whether she really belongs with them.
I basically enjoyed Beautiful Creatures, so I knew going into a book by one of those authors would be just as good. But this book ended up being way better than I expected. Once Kennedy hooks up with the Legion, I was hooked on this book. I just had to find out what was going to happen. She leaves her entire life behind to find out the reason behind her mother's death. It's so intense!
I do think the formula was a little basic. They go to one place, vanquish the spirit, find the clue for the next one... go to next place, vanquish the spirit... and so on. So it was a little comfortable when you get to the end and realize how things were going to pan out. But it was also kind of nice that way, too. Each little adventure had it's own drama, it's own personality, it's own problems. That definitely made things a little more interesting.
This really is a great book to come out right before Halloween. Would anyone ever buy someone a book for that holiday? I think they should. Because it has that perfect blend of spooky, creepy charm and mysterious, intense action. And there was one part that made me tear up. Go figure. But it was really sweet and unexpected. I think the author did a great job of keeping a reader involved in the story.
The ending leaves you hanging like nothing else. I'm not sure I realized how much I loved this book until that point. You know it's good when you are pissed that you aren't going to find out what happened next. I will definitely be searching for the next book when it comes out.
Other Blog Reviews:
Book Kitty Blog
I Swim For Oceans
The Fiction Pixie
The Princess of Storyland
Little Miss Trainwreck
That YA Book Makes You Look Hot
Working for the Mandroid