Series: The Legion #1
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on October 10, 2013
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.
Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels.
Unbreakable had many similarities to another medium that features two demon hunting brothers at its core – Supernatural.
As the biggest Supernatural fan, it was easy to spot the similarities, and there were a lot of them. The two ghost hunting brothers use rock salt, EMFs and a knife that can destroy a ghost. They go around saving people from ghosts and supernatural beings, and are a part of a secret order called the Legion, and consult a journal for their supernatural findings, which is passed down from their parents. Even a devil’s trap is used to confine a demon in the story. Although almost every new book these days is based off other ideas, I have a big problem with books who rip off direct concepts without adding enough originality of its own.
Unbreakable combines the Supernatural concept with some light symbology and relic hunting. The two Lockhart brothers save Kennedy from an evil poltergiest, and induct her into the Legion with other members Priest and Alara. Kennedy must prove herself to show that she’s a member of the Legion, while locating the relics scattered around DC to prevent the demon Andras from rising.
Coupled with ghosts in really scary places such as a haunted jail, bottom of a well and a haunted mansion, there were some deliciously creepy scenes which I really enjoyed. There aren’t enough YA books that use horror as it’s main focus and Unbreakable did it really well.
What spoiled the atmosphere for me however, was the teen melodrama, mandatory love triangle, insta-love and whiny main character. It seems many YA books use this as a formula these days, and while I would have found it tolerable in the past, I have read enough of the same to find it predictable, irritating and run of the mill.
Kennedy is a character that had the potential to be awesome. She’s brave and not afraid in the face of spirits and her eidetic memory is pretty cool too. Unfortunately, she spends most of the book preoccupied with her insecurities with fitting in with the rest of the group, which brother she liked better, and proving her worth as a Legion member. Her whining and immaturity got to me after a while.
With two hot twin brothers, it’s practically a given that they were going to be packaged in with a love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles, if they are done right and add to the story, but just having both of the brothers wanting to be with Kennedy upon meeting her was sudden and unrealistic. With fluttering eyelids, held gazes and a lot of arm touching, the whole insta love thing just got in the way of my enjoyment of the story.
Relic hunting was a bit too easily solved as well, I would have liked a bit more build up or at least some form of difficulty. If ancient relics are going to be hidden, hiding them just around the DC area just seemed a little too convenient.
Thankfully, Kami Garcia’s writing is actually pretty decent. It’s a quick read, fast paced, and easy to get into. If you’re a fan of horror and Supernatural, I would recommend Unbreakable, if you can withstand the teen melodrama.
I received a review copy from Simon and Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for sending me this book!
Unbreakable will be released on October 10, 2013. The first 7 chapters are available for preview for FREE on Amazon US! Click here.
Cover comparison – The UK/AU cover is so much better than the US one! We’ve been lucky with awesome covers lately.
Rating: 2 out of 5
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