*I received a free copy of Unbreakable from Little Brown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *|
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.
Between the insta-lust, the love-triangle featuring two brothers and a Mary-Sue plus the plot that didn’t really make any sense to me – Unbreakable was not really a book for me.
My Unbreakable review:
Sadly, Unbreakable was not a book for me. Most of the tropes I enjoy the least in young adult stories were a part of this one. Dead parents, instant love / lust, a love triangle, and a very bland female main character. It’s actually hard for me to even write this review, I feel like I just don’t want to think about this book anymore. And that makes me really sad, since I’m a big fan of Garcia. And it’s even worse writing a negative review for a book written by an author I usually really enjoy.
To me, Unbreakable is more paranormal romance than urban fantasy, even if I can see some UF elements in the story. I had trouble connecting with Kennedy, she seemed very superficial, and the fact that she just went away with people she didn’t know, and then trusted them so fully made me think she really hadn’t been paying attention to her mother’s warnings. Jared and Lukas were like stock-characters for good and bad, even if neither of them was all good nor all bad, and Priest was the only character I enjoyed reading about. He was the youngest of the crew, very smart, and actually able to invent weapons against demons and ghosts in order to stay safe.
Kennedy’s waffling between Lukas and Jared made me roll my eyes so hard it was difficult to read at times, and of course, because she only knew these kids for a week at most, it was very hard to buy that she had so strong feelings for either of them. Written in first person past tense, I think it took a lot of the supsense out of the story for me, because it was obvious that Kennedy would survive, since she was able to tell me the story from start to finish. I don’t think I’ll be picking up the second book in The Legion series, because Unbreakable just didn’t do it for me.