[ARC Review] Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Title: Unbreakable
Author: Kami Garcia
Genre: YA, Supernatural
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown and Company

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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.

Honestly I don't know how I feel about this book. I loved Beautiful Creatures when it came out and have recommended it time and time again to friends, but now that I have read the solo novels from both Kami and Margaret Stohl, I am find myself not knowing if I liked the books or not. I have reviewed Icons here, and honestly I felt the same way about that book as I do about Unbreakable.

I was hooked right from the beginning, and I felt really good about where this story was going, but then the more I read the more I felt myself getting distracted and wanting to put the book down. The writing was great, I will say that. But I think what bothered me the most was the characters and the complete lack of connection I had to all of them. Kennedy was a very interesting character to narrate this story because she was oblivious to all that was around her and the world that Jared and Lukas introduced her to. But my issue with her was her lack of emotion toward situations that should have garnered more emotion. Like, for example, the death of her mother. I felt like Kennedy should have ad more emotional scenes when it came to thinking about her mother, the only family she ever had. And honestly the lack of those scenes took me out of the story on more than one occasion.

The secondary characters were really interesting in this story because they were the ones that were introducing a new world to us readers. And at times I felt extremely lost and confused because the story as extremely fast paced and it felt hard to grasp at times. But honestly I thought these characters were the highlight because they added so much history to the story. The plot itself was good, I especially loved the end and the twist that was encountered. I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes, but I hate to say that I will not say I am holding my breath for the next installment.

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  1. Oh that sucks. I was interested to read this book because I wanted to see how Garcia manages with a solo project. My experience with Stohl's solo work wasn't that great either. Bah.