ARC Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia Review – Supernatural Meets Teen Melodrama

September 28, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 2 stars, Books, Reviews

ARC Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia Review – Supernatural Meets Teen MelodramaUnbreakable by Kami Garcia
Series: The Legion #1
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on October 10, 2013
Source: Publisher
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!

Kami Garcia/UnbreakableUnbreakable 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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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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26 responses to “ARC Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia Review – Supernatural Meets Teen Melodrama

  1. I don't mind love triangles much but when they are with brothers that really bothers me! It's a huge thing in NA at the moment (although usually it's one dead brother and grieving girlfriend falling for not dead brother *ugh*) so that's a negative plus the SPN similarities is a bit too much. Shame, it sounded like it could've been amazing 🙁
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  2. I've seen this book mentioned a fair bit lately, 'Supernatural fans must read this!' and now I'm totally side-eyeing it lol I will probably read it eventually for kicks, but now I know what to expect; so thank you for this informative review! 🙂
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  3. WOW! I just put this one on hold at the library. Now I'm wondering if I should wait. There are other books I much rather read. Hmm…. Decisions.

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  4. Wow, I did not know this was like Supernatural to that degree! I love, love, love Supernatural (I own every season, boxed sets, yay!) I'm not sure how I feel about all the similarities. In one respect, I'm shocked that she didn't see so many connections and want to do something more original. In another, I kind of want to read it just to see something like a show I adore. But if there really is a love triangle between the two brothers where they fight over a girl, I may not read it then. Because I hate that. Brother-bonds should trump any love interest!
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    • Yeah, maybe it's because I'm such a huge fan I was extremely picky about it. Me too, I've got all the boxed sets and have followed it from the very start. Because I love Supernatural so much, anything in comparison would be subpar IMO! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  5. I haven't followed Supernatural properly since it was shown over here not very consistently, but what I saw I loved! I think I'd love to read a book with a similar premise, but the insta-love and love triangle are really putting me off!

    Thanks for the great review!
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  6. After being pretty unimpressed with Beautiful Creatures, I wasn't planning on picking this one up. And now that I have read your review, I am even more hesitant. I like unique plots so anything that I could compare to something else (like Supernatural) would bother me because I just have to have originality. Awesome review, Jeann!
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  7. Insta-love and angst due to insecurity is one of my book pet peeves. I was a teenager, believe me, I can understand but I really don't like it if a character lets their insecurities consume their whole personality.

    This book had potential with it's plot…too bad it focused more on the melodrama.
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  8. It seems the norm these days to include a love triangle, surely authors must realise by now how irritating that can be if it's just thrown together. Where teens probably like the dreaded triangle, mature young adult readers clearly find them infuriating. Thanks for a great review.
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  9. As being a huge Supernatural friend as well, I can see the similarities. You can still have the same ideas but have some uniqueness to it. Love-triangles and insta-love is becoming way too common! It sucks it just kept reminding you of Supernatural
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  10. Eve

    Ugh. The obvious similarities to Supernatural (my most favorite TV show ever), the annoying heroine and the love-triangle just made sure that I'll never read this book. I really hate it how a lot of ghost-hunting or demon-hunting books resemble Supernatural so much. It's like they can't even come up with decent plots anymore…

    Great review, though!
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