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[Review] Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Unbreakable
(The Legion #1)
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Paranormal, Horror

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.

 

 

Review

Well, I have resolved to venture into genres out of my comfort zone, including horror. I was in the mood for ghost stories and Unbreakable had been on my radar for a while, so I decided to buy it and I must admit it was creepy!!

“I feel asleep thinking about her. Wondering what it would be like to have wings if you were too scared to fly.”

Basically, Unbreakable doesn’t waste time and every chapter ends with a BANG or new revelations. In the beginning, Kennedy discovers that her mother has died of heart failure. Four weeks later, a spirit would have killed her if it hadn’t been for the twins Jared and Lucas. Kennedy finds out that her mother’s sudden death was caused by supernatural forces and that Kennedy is part of a secret group of ghost hunters called the Legion.

The highlight of this book was definitely its fast-moving and exciting plot that kept me flipping the pages. I wasn’t bored at all and I was very intrigued by this Legion thingy. Luckily, the backstories are explained very well without being overly-detailed or perplexing. In addition, some parts were also SCARY! The horror descriptions managed to send chills down to my spine – I definitely regretted reading this at night because I ended up being paranoid for a few days. However, I did feel that some of the clues are a little too convenient – I was expecting something harder and trickier.

Although I felt nothing toward the main character, I really liked reading the interactions between the Legion members. Gotta love Alara and Priest!! Well, especially Priest! There’s just something so fascinating about this genius young boy. I think I loved the side characters more than the protagonist.

As for the romance, it could have been better and less obvious. Right from the moment the possible love interests were introduced, I already knew which of them would end up with Kennedy. And I was right. Also, the love interests are very typical and cliché. Both are handsome, but one of them is cold, mysterious and has a “tragic past” while the other one is the nice-and-friendly type of guy. You can guess which one who will win the MC’s heart.

Despite its flaws, there are redeeming qualities that I couldn’t overlook. Unbreakable was an extremely gripping and chilling book – those who love paranormal thriller and horror won’t be disappointed!

20 Comments

    Gah I found this completely cliche as well, I was so disappointed with it. The main character annoyed me so much, and I completely agree with the side characters being better. Thanks for following my blog!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. Glad that I’m not the only one! I felt really annoyed with the MC when she went back and forth with the love interests. I guess that kind of thing is unavoidable since there’s a love triangle 🙁

  1. I’ve heard a lot of people found this cliche.I can’t handle reading scary books because I always read at night and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to sleep at all if I read something like this.

    1. I get your point — I don’t mind horror books but horror movies is another thing. I was scared of going to the bathroom alone for a couple of days LOL so yeahh I understand if you don’t want to read this 😀

  2. Our bookstores are full of this book but I was never tempted to buy it. One, I rarely read horror and 2. I’ve read mixed reviews for this one. Not a very good combination.

    I am glad that you were able to enjoy this one though despite the unlikable MC and the cliched romance. It’s good that the plot came to the rescue. xD

    Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    1. I’d been seeing this one for a while at my bookstore before finally decided to pick it up 😀 yeahh Unbreakable wasn’t amazingly unique or what thanks to the romance but as you said, thank god the plot saved the book.

  3. It’s so sad that the romance in this novel was still typical and cliché. Since this demographic has become widely saturated, you’d think authors would try to make something new and unpredictable. Still, I’m glad you loved it! I don’t think I’ll be touching it, though, as a friend of mine has pretty much convinced me its flaws would make me mad XP But if it’s really scary, I could reconsider……….

    1. Yep, that was what I was thinking while I was reading it. I am disappointed with authors for their formulaic books (or in this case romance) but I guess love triangle is still hot these days even though it’s a cliche to some people. It definitely sells 🙁

      I’m not sure whether our level of “scary” is the same but yeahh it had chills so that must be something! 😀

  4. Ha, her love interest would definitely be that tragic guy 😀
    This book sounds really interesting! Sad to hear that the MC was not appealing, and the romance is kinda cliche, though.
    Will definitely try this one if I managed to muster up enough courage!

    Neysa @ [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E]

    1. I’m guessing horror isn’t your thing too? XD yeah the MC and the romance were pretty bad but there’s the plot! 😀

  5. Hmm, I would be really conflicted on this one too. On one hand, the romance and lack of connection with the MC sound pretty bad but the rest seems okay. At least you tried something new 😀

    1. I’m definitely glad that I’ve tried something out of my comfort zone. Although I was paranoid for a couple days, it’s safe to say that I will be picking up more horror books in the future 😀

  6. I’ve not heard much about this book so thanks for bringing it to my attention! I’m not one to shy away from horror stories (having read a few – as well as a collection of short, horror stories – in the past) but I am feeling slightly turned off with the clichés being described! I take it it’s a love triangle? They really are becoming just slightly tiresome. -.- Though I usually ALWAYS fall for the bad boy!

    I’m glad you enjoyed this on some level though! I like the sound of the pacing! 😀

    1. I usually fall for the underdogs and occasionally some bad boys. But most of the time my ship sinks *sigh* am I bad at choosing ship or what? Hahaha xD

  7. I love horror books! (I don’t like watching scary movies, though.) I’m not sure if I’m very interested in this one, though, partly because I’ve heard a lot of negative things about it and partly because I already have a ton of books on my TBR list right now. I’m not looking to add many more to it at the moment. Later, though, I may be more interested when I don’t have so many books to get through.

    1. Yep the cliches turn many people off too, don’t worry 🙂 I don’t mind horror books too *high five!* horror movies on the other hand…….I prefer not to watch them lol.

  8. You are definitely braver than I. I would have no interest in reading horror books 😛
    It kinda stinks that you tried something new and didn’t like it, but at least it had some redeeming qualities for you.

    1. So far, I’m pretty satisfied with every horror I read. Well, I mean looking at the horror parts. The romance and MC were meh in this one so perhaps I could find a more balanced book in the future 😀

  9. Hi Kezia, I love the name of your blog and the theme is so cute! I am about to read this book, so far so good. Thanks for visiting my site. 😀

    -Dannille

    1. Aww thank you, Dannille! 😛

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