[Book Review] Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

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Kennedy Waters didn’t believe in ghosts, until one tried to kill her.

When Kennedy finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that evil forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her house 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.

I liked this. Really, I did. It frustrated me a little bit, but overall, it was a fun and fast-paced read that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a fast paced supernatural read, who doesn’t focus on deep, developed characters to much.

This reminded me a lot of the CW’s Supernatural. This is pretty much Supernatural in book form, but without the awesomeness of Sam and Dean or Cas (or Crowley). There is similar mythology used in both — salt repels ghosts, avenging ghosts, demons, etcetera, etcetera. The storyline follows in Kennedy’s point of view. After her mother is murdered, she’s save by two incredibly hot brothers (twins, actually) and how she learns about the world of the supernatural, eventually taking her place in Legion. And (surprise, surprise) there is a slight love-triangle brewing between the two guys.

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Let’s examine the characters first. Our main character, Kennedy, wasn’t likeable nor was she completely dislikeable. For me she was in that in-between range where I got to the point where I was quite indifferent about her. Yes, there are better main characters out there, but there are also worse ones. A few times I found her attitude and scepticism annoying. Especially when she doesn’t think to bring up her photographic memory skill with the rest of the group — I mean, that’s a pretty damn nice skill. And useful, too. The rest of the characters — Lukas, Jared, Alara, and Priest — were poorly sketched out, and I found it difficult to really care about them. I could have liked the twins if they’d been fleshed out some more, but to me, they weren’t. I found them dull and pretty similar to every love interests I read in the YA category. I’m not looking for been-there-done-that; I want something new, fresh, with Garcia failed to bring to the table. Alara was the only other female in the Legion group, and I thought that there was some really great potential for some bonding between Kennedy and her — but that never happened. She remained on the outskirts of the story, and I didn’t fully understand her character. Priest: some nerdy kid that does all the tech stuff. ‘Cause you’ve gotta have one of those.

Now here’s the part I liked about the story: I enjoyed the way it was written. I read this one fairly quickly, because it was just so damn addictive and page-turning. Each chapter ending suddenly, on a cliffhanger — a great technique to entice the reader to read more. And I have to say, it worked on me. It really did. While I didn’t think there was anything outstanding about this read, I didn’t want to put it down. Garcia knows how to write in a light, easy way, enough to make sure the reader doesn’t abandon the story.

Want something fresh, new, and exctiting, with loveable and well-developed characters? I wouldn’t recommend this one.

Looking for a read which is light, easy to read, and a page-turner with okay-developed characters and Supernatural-esque? Then this one is for you.

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