Ghosts, romance and a century-old demon about to unleash its wrath on the world are all components of Kami Garcia’s newest novel, UNBREAKABLE. As the first book of The Legion series, this thrilling tale has something for every reader to like. Garcia weaves old tales of Illuminati and new imaginings of spirits and demons together, resulting in a spellbinding story of ups and downs, love and heartbreak, and triumph and defeat.
"Even though you might have to put it out of sight long before bed and read some parts with the brightest light on, I found the story gripping with its fast-paced action scenes and thrilling romance."
Kennedy just wants to be a normal teenager, but when her mother suddenly dies and she is almost killed by a vengeful ghost, she has no choice but to face the facts: her mother had been part of a group called the Legion, whose sole purpose is to defeat a ruthless demon. Now Kennedy is forced to take her mother’s place in the Legion along with four other teens who have been training for demon-hunting their entire life. Although she is completely inexperienced and self-conscious around the other four, Kennedy is able to find herself, her true talents, and her place among the group by the end of UNBREAKABLE.
I’m not one to like anything scary, but I loved UNBREAKABLE! Even though you might have to put it out of sight long before bed and read some parts with the brightest light on, I found the story gripping with its fast-paced action scenes and thrilling romance. However, the best part about UNBREAKABLE was the characters. Kennedy, Alara, Priest and the swoon-worthy twins Lukas and Jared each have their own clear personality that shines bright despite their murky situation, and they fit together perfectly as a family. A small love triangle even pops up --- the question, however, remains for you to find out whether Kennedy will choose the broody Jared or his more upbeat counterpart, Lukas. UNBREAKABLE almost seems like it’s over too fast, and I was left wanting more --- hopefully, the next book in The Legion series will be out soon!
Even if you aren’t a paranormal fan, UNBREAKABLE is sure to capture even the wariest of readers (like me). With a few shudder-worthy ghosts and creepy houses, the story will satisfy any reader’s craving for thrills, chills, mystery or love. It also holds a special lesson that everyone needs to learn about life --- everyone is important, and even if you don’t know where you should be right now, you will find your strengths along the way. Just like Kennedy, it’s up to you to find yours.
Reviewed by Emma S. on November 4, 2013
- Publication Date: October 1, 2013
- Genres: Young Adult 12+
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- ISBN-10: 031621017X
- ISBN-13: 9780316210171