By: Melanie | September 26, 2013 | (24) Comments

Review: Unbreakable by Kami GarciaUnbreakable by Kami Garcia
Series: Legion, #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Pages: 320
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

Not being a great fan of Beautiful Creatures, I went into Unbreakable wearily and finished, rather pleased with the end result.

Kennedy Waters has met a ghost and her mother has recently died. And just when things are about to move along, she meets twin brothers, Jared and Lukas Lockheart. Soon, Kennedy finds out that her mother was part of a secret group called the Legion to fight a demon that dared to harm the world; however the world is no longer safe as the people of this group are all dead. And now it’s time for Kennedy to take her mother’s place. Similar to The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Kami Garcia’s latest novel will make your spine chill so ensure that you have the lights on when you’re reading this!

I wouldn’t say that I hated Kennedy, nonetheless she wasn’t amazingly loveable. Ever since she was young, Kennedy discovered that she could memorise things by just looking at them for a few short minutes, a bit like a super photographic memory gift. And until she meets Jared and Lukas, she never gave much thought about it, just kept a low profile so no one at school would take advantage of her ability to cheat tests. First impressions for Kennedy were pretty high, I liked how she didn’t boast or use this ability to climb up the high-school social ladder and I really appreciated her thinking logic. Clearly intelligent. However when she was thrown into the world of paranormal, she became quite self-conscious about herself. This, was not a major issue until three- quarters of the way in where she still had not stopped whining and instead with kicking some ass. Her constant questioning of belonging did begin to nag in the back of my mind. Overall, Kennedy was a bearable character that I hope will undergo some character development in the next instalment.

The supporting characters were one of the highlights. Alara had to be my favourite. She didn’t care what people thought of her and was completely focused in the action scenes (which was nearly every page), while badassery has been getting a little typical lately; Alara’s was still thoroughly enjoyable. We also have Priest who’s like the tech-y guy in Unbreakable. Then there are the twins, Jared and Lukas who seem to have some silent argument going throughout the novel. I was really interesting to see what was behind that story. All characters were easily definable and unique. Despite the constant action, we do have a romance- which was not a big fan of. It felt more like an ornament on a Christmas tree that did not fit the rest of the colour scheme. In other words, likeable but better off without. There is a hint of a love-triangle but it’s minute and I do believe it’s sort of solved near the end of Unbreakable.

One of the best things in Unbreakable that I hope sustains through the entire series was the pace. Fast, lively, and absolutely heart-pounding. I am no thriller fan (or horror for a fact) but I still managed to love it. Especially at the start where it just jumps in and the feeling of not knowing what’s happening with ghosts and cats being possessed- it’s spontaneous. An amazing type of spontaneous.

A little predictable in some areas, with other flaws could’ve made this an underwhelming read but the constant action, suspense and horror will satisfy! The set up here was clearly for more instalments to come so Unbreakable does focus more on the character backgrounds a little more. If you weren’t a fan of Beautiful Creatures, I recommend trying this as it’s nothing like Beautiful Creatures!

 ~Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy!~

3 Stars
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24 Responses to Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

  1. Tanja says:

    Quite honestly I wasn’t a fan of Beautiful Creatures at all so I tend to avoid this author as much as can. It might be my mistake as this sounds really good and quite interesting. Too bad it was predictable as I hate that, but still I guess it’s worth trying. Great review 🙂
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  2. Amelia says:

    Fabulous review as always Mel! I really liked Beautiful Creatures and since I’m in the time for thriller-y books, I think I’ll try this one! Predictability does worry me though- not a fan at all. The romance has me slightly worried too…

  3. This one sounds really good, especially that you mention that it’s fast paced. I am not a fan of slow books since I’m really impatient like you, hah. Great review!

  4. I think our thoughts are fairly similar on this one, Melanie. I really wanted a bit more depth and a lack of predictability, but it wasn’t a bad read. It just left me wanting more, you know? Lovely review, doll!

  5. Celine says:

    I might put this on my TBR! I don’t mind a little bit of predictability i the characters and pacing are good. On the other hand, I freak myself out with ghost stories 😛

    Great review, Mel! <3
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  6. Jasprit says:

    I definitely wasn’t a fan of Beautiful Creatures, so it’s great to see that you decided to give this book a try despite your initial wariness. At first I also thought that book sounded like your typical book, but I’m glad that it provides so much more, also I love it when supporting characters bring so much more to a story! Great review lovely and thanks for putting this book on my radar!
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  7. Ooh, I don’t think I’ve seen this cover before, but it looks BADASS. Though what’s the point of a cool cover if the story doesn’t live up, right? I’m kind of disappointed with Kami Garcia. I liked BEAUTIFUL CREATURES well enough, so I was looking forward to more from her, but still. At least you enjoyed it overall!

    Kami Garcia’s latest novel will make your spine chill so ensure that you have the lights on when you’re reading this!” — I’m always up for a good scare, though what’s sad is that I don’t get scared easily when reading. Meh. And Kennedy… from what you’ve said about her, she doesn’t sound particularly remarkable. It’s cool that she has a photographic memory (gosh, I’ve always wanted that. Imagine passing every test with amazing results!), but the fact that she remains whiny for nearly TWO-THIRDS of the story? That’s going to grate on my nerves. Majorly.

    But I don’t often come across secondary characters than stand out more than the main ones, so that’s a plus. I always find that I forget the background characters really quickly, so it’s great that these were unique and special.

    I’m not sure if I’ll be reading this now, because I don’t think I’d have the patience to bear with Kennedy’s character, or the unnecessary romance, but I’ll definitely keep this book in mind if I’m looking for something spooky (and cross my fingers that it WILL actually scare me). I’m glad that Kami’s venturing into new territory. Lovely review, Melanie!
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  8. I didn’t particularly dislike Beautiful Creatures, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of it either. However, I’ve already started having second thoughts about this title as it looks like most people have been enjoying it so far! Although Kennedy wasn’t outstanding, I’m glad you liked Unbreakable overall. Lovely review as always, Mel. 🙂
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  9. Giselle says:

    Huh by the time I wrote my review I had forgotten she had that photographic memory. Lolz. Talk about a memorable character >.< I did feel like this book was lacking in the character development. I still fond it very entertaining as far as the plot though which is what won me over. I loved Priest, though! I found him to be the one with the most personality. And yes the romance did not fit! I feel like it was added because the author felt she had to – or maybe the publisher made her which I hear happens. This book did come close to a 3 star for me as well but I loved the ghost and creepyness so much that I still really had fun with it regardless of the flaws. And that UK cover is really pretty! I love the UF feel of it and all the details!
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  10. Jenni says:

    Hmm not sure how I am feeling about this one, I have it coming up soon and the lack of character development I see people talking about is scaring me. Happy that you did enjoy this one overall, especially after not liking Beautiful Creatures!
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  11. I don’t think I can enjoy the book if I don’t really like the main characters, but at least the secondary characters in this one make up for Kennedy.
    You compared this with The Mortal Instuments, and I was not a fan so I’m a bit worried, but it does sound interesting, I admit.
    Lovely review.
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  12. I’m first going to try to read Beautiful creatures, but I like the fast-paced sound of this one. It’s a shame that Kennedy wasn’t the best character out there. Great review Mel 😀
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  13. Never read the Beautiful Creatures series; it didn’t really scream out to me, you know? This one seems better though! I do like that the secondary characters were done well.
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  14. Henrietta says:

    I wasn’t certain if this would be something for me but because I love books with constant action, I think I may add this to my read list. It’s always a good thing to know that the cast of secondary characters is strong and likeable. Thanks for sharing!
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  15. I completely agree with you. This one is definitely better than Beautiful Creatures *gags*. I think that Kami Garcia is much more convincing when she’s writing from a girl’s perspective (albeit an obnoxious one).
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  16. I wasn’t too much of a fan of this one! I didn’t like Lukas or Jared and the pseudo-romance really annoyed me! Great review 🙂
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  17. Candace says:

    I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this one so I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I’ve been a little on the fence on whether to read it, but I’m pretty curious. I’ll just read it during daylight hours. 😉
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  18. I have this and am definitely looking forward to trying it! Why am I so behind on my reading….

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  19. Lyn Kaye says:

    Man….that cover just really turns me away. Thank you for the honest feedback. I just don’t see myself liking this at all.
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  20. I do want to give this a try! I like what you said about the pacing and secondary characters. I look forward to it, when I find some time! Great review!
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