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.
Design – Dave Caplan Rating – 2/5
This cover bothers me because there’s so much going on, between the textures and the giant ‘U’ covering everything, but it still manages to tell me very little about the story. To its credit, it does scream horror/supernatural.
Reading Unbreakable is like marathoning a season of Supernatural, but with way more females surviving. It’s creepy, it’s dramatic, it’s angsty. But it’s also full of action, teamwork, and wit. I was hesitant at first because Kami Garcia is one of the authors of Beautiful Creatures, a seemingly endless series that I find has soap opera levels of angst and romantic declarations. Thankfully, Unbreakable is darker than that while still managing to be great entertainment.
- fast paced – Unbreakable starts out with a bang and never slows down. There are no boring scenes, no wandering side plots. The action starts and just keeps going and I loved it. Even the parts when everyone is hanging around in a safe place to regroup – it’s like bam! action! not safe anymore! The plot moves quickly and keeps you completely engrossed.
- Jared + Lukas – What can you do to make the rivalry between 2 brothers even more intense? Make them twins. Jared and Lukas have some kind of long-standing grudge or argument going on. Lukas is more positive and encouraging, while Jared is quiet and hesitant to let people in. Then 2 of them trade insults constantly and there’s clearly something huge that happened in their past. I prefer Jared.
- Kennedy – So, Kennedy knows nothing about demons or ghosts or any of the other things the Legion deals with, but she doesn’t hesitate to jump into the action. Yes, Jared and Lukas do obviously try to protect her, but she’s right there breaking down doors and rushing into creepy places to help them. Kennedy’s doubts about her abilities and membership in the Legion are so understandable, especially since everyone else knows so much more about the history of the Legion and how membership is passed down through families. Overall, I found Kennedy’s balance of fear and badassery completely believable.
- Alara + Priest – The other members of the Legion, Alara and Priest are awesome. Priest is the youngest, building incredible weapons but feeling like the other treat him like a child. Alara is the rare kind of female character that doesn’t fall into the usual clichés. She’s not romantically interested in either of the twins, she’s not jealous of Kennedy in any way, and she’s genuinely only interested in making sure Kennedy knows enough not to endanger them and to become part of their ass-kicking team.
- danger/twists – The five characters we follow get themselves into some pretty dangerous high-stakes situations. It’s not like Supernatural, where people continually die but not for good just kidding guys. However, everyone is in constant life of death danger throughout the book. These new members of the Legion are young and learning as they go, especially Kennedy. I love the high stakes and I love the twists.
- Jared vs. Lukas – It was easy for me to decide I liked Jared more. As soon as the twins meet Kennedy, Lukas seems to be flirting with her and expecting to be more than friends. Jared takes longer to warm up to Kennedy while still being kind and offering support, just not in a way that was loaded with expectations. It bothered me that Lukas seemed to instantly like Kennedy, because…why? Yes, she’s willing to jump into the action, but other than that she’s just scared and uninformed of all the supernatural stuff.
- Hearts of Mercy Children’s Home – I’m fine with all the supernatural creatures having killed people who are then vengeful spirits – things like that. When it comes to storylines like the one that resulted in a group of dead children at Hearts of Mercy, I become less able to handle it. If it’s monsters doing the killing it’s fine by me, but when it’s humans inflicting pain on others it makes me so uncomfortable – just a mix of upset and angry and all that. I also wish that Jared had shown more anger and disgust at Hearts of Mercy, like he did later at the prison.
“How long have you been out here?” I couldn’t believe I’d spent the whole day trying to find him and his brother, and they were sitting in front of my house.
Jared shrugged sheepishly. “Awhile.”
Lukas leaned forward in the passenger seat, rolling a silver coin over his fingers. “Glad you’re happier to see us this time.” – Kennedy, Jared, Lukas Loc. 499
Alara watched the crows, transfixed, as though she saw something more than their glossy black feathers and sharp eyes. “I have a bad feeling.”
“Of course you do,” Priest said, checking the pocket of his hoodie for batteries and ammo. “We’re about to break into a prison where hundreds of criminals died. This is the definition of a bad feeling.” – Alara + Priest Loc. 2779
Acquired: Netgalley (ebook)