Review: Unbreakable (The Legion #1)

by - 8:02 AM

Author: Kami Garci
Released Date: October 1, 2013
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal, ghosts, demons
Rating: ★★★

Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia.

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.

I had a few issues & peeves on this book, but there were also a number of reasons why I can't bring it down. Let's start off with the good things.

I was fascinated with the world building. Kami Garci really took time to research about the demon, devil, ghosts stuff and added a wicked twist and adventure to it. It wasn't long until I caved in with her writing. It amazed how she can perfectly describe each scenes or paranormal characters and let her readers fully envision. Kami let my imagination ran reaaaal wild.

The scary factor was one of the biggest deal here. The story line was enough captivating, frightening, skin-crawling and gripping. There were some scenes that really scared the hell out of me and i admit that I stopped reading in the middle of the night to avoid disturbing dreams later. The plot made sense at everything, but the pacing was too fast that i think I sometimes forgot to catch a breathe. I don't know if it's a good or bad thing, but I can say it is somewhere in between. It was a tornado of sequential events.

I think my favorite will be the adventure of the legion. Everytime they bust a spirit out and collect a part of the Shift makes everything so fun and exciting. Whenever they found the clue on to their next location, I found myself imagining scenes from movies, but this time it was written in words. The history of the legion appeared to be funny at first because it's hard to believe in paranormal activities ALTHOUGH a lot are claiming to experience such in real life. But that's the beauty of this book, it made me forget what I don't believe to and enveloped me into Unbreakable's world.

I personally loved the secondary characters than the main characters. Priest and Alora are my fave. They are jsut easy to like, carefree and fun. I have mixed feelings about Luke because there's something off about his character. Now, the main characters., Kennedy and Jared. What can I say? Hm. I really didn't like them, but I don't hate or despise them. I found their characters not appealing. Kennedy sported bravery and courage, but being a wimp was never removed into her system. I know the whole thing scares her, but big panties, Kennedy. Jared was so cryptic, mysterious and distant. I really can't decipher what he is up to. His actions always surprise me. One second he's good, and in a split moment he's back to being inconclusive.

Love triangle. Eeeek. I hated it to be honest. Especially that Jared and Luke are twins and both of them are fighting for Kennedy's attention. Yikes. Insta-love between Kennedy and Jared!!!!! My major peeve! How come they already loved each other, they only just met a week ago?????? I would've accept it if their relationship was gradually working. Since it was fast-paced the romance was also fast-paced which resulted to a very dull and lousy relationship. I couldn't feel the emotion between them. It was so hard to focus on their relationship when there's so many creepy things going on that needs more attention. The romance that surfaced was basically a design that doesn't give justice to the interior.

Setting aside the romance, this book was a worthy and gnarly read. I had fun with all the goosebumps and mind-boggling scenes. Am I going to read the next book? Definitely YES! After they screwed up a MAJOR thing, I am seriously eager to read what are the consequences and how are they going to correct and resolve. I am also rooting for character development and just more scary stuff.

3.5 stars ( cause there's no half heart ) :(

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  1. Love triangles I can handle. INSTA-love I cannot. It just seems so cheap! I realise sometimes the authors don't have enough time to really get into the romantic aspect...but then why put it in there? *sigh* I haven't heard of this book or author. Good review. :) That cover is kind of dang awesome, though...!

    1. I really have peeves over insta-love. A total mehhh! That's the major flaw of YA authors, in order to keep up with the fantasy they write a faulty and rushed relationship building aka insta-love. But apart from insta-love the book was awesome and creepy! And that cover both beckoned and scared me!

      Thank you, Cait!


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