(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.
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!