[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!

[ARC Review] Parasite by Mira Grant

Parasite
(Parasitology #1)
Author: Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: October 29th, 2013
Pages: 608 (ebook)
Genre: Adult – Science Fiction

From New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant, a high-concept near-future thriller.
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.
We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.

Review

Okay so this is the first time I have ever read an adult book, (a zombie one at that) and I must say that overall, it was a positive experience.

To be honest, the beginning was rough to get into and I felt confused reading this. There were like TONS of medical terms I don’t understand (mind you, I’m only 14) such as proglottids, anaphylactic, and parasites Latin names. ESPECIALLY THE MIDDLE PART, this book actually sounded just like my biology text book! I was like what what WHAT there were SO MANY words I even never heard before!

Our protagonist, Sally Mitchell had a severe accident when she was 20. The doctors had claimed that she was clinically brain dead, but Sally miraculously survived after a tapeworm was implanted in her body. Unfortunately, Sally lost ALL of her memories before the accident and she had to relearn everything again, including English. Now six years after that, Sally is still getting therapy and medical check-ups at SymboGen, her health is constantly monitored by the company and her parents. Everything is fine…until one day, some people start transforming into empty creatures (*cough* zombies *cough*) and lose their humanity.

At first I thought Sally was going to be the cliche protagonist when she starts comparing her appearance with her younger sister. But I was so glad cause there’s no physical appearance talk after that! One thing that I found weird was how she can speak so eloquently even though she has only been learning it for six years. I mean, recalcitrant? Altruistic? Indubitably? O_O Possibly because her boyfriend is a doctor or because this is an adult novel but anyways, this could be just my issue cause I’m not a native and therefore my vocab is limited.

The first half was all mystery, the plot moves slowly that I felt bored and I was getting more questions than answers. However, when you hit the second half, things start to make more sense (there are even more biological terms in this part, I tell you again) and the book actually gets creepier and creepier and OMG THERE’S A TWIST I NEVER SAW COMING!! Really, I couldn’t close my mouth for the next few pages!!

Leaving the scientific terms aside, I did enjoy Parasite, especially the second half – I was sooo engaged I couldn’t stop reading! Plus, it’s such a breath of fresh air to see a love interest that actually has brain. I assume medical students would understand this book better but really, anyone would die because of those crazy plot twists. Parasite was a darkly terrifying, eerie and incredible read, once you get sucked into the book, there’s literally no way out until you have reached the last page.

One more advice, DO NOT GOOGLE ANYTHING!!! I was so curious that I googled tapeworms and oh my god they were soooooooo disgusting I might have been traumatized!! Well, I have learned my lesson. (Silly me, WHAT DID I EXPECT THEM TO LOOK LIKE?)

Thank you, Orbit and Netgalley for the review copy, this doesn’t affect my opinions or review at all. 🙂