Unbreakable (The Legion #1) by Kami Garcia

Unbreakable (The Legion #1) by Kami GarciaUnbreakable (The Legion, #1) by Kami Garcia
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 1st 2013
Pages: 305
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two-stars

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.

This book could have been pretty awesome. I was really digging the whole ghost hunting/vanquishing that called for iron, salt and holy water. It’s very reminiscent of one of my favorite shows, Supernatural, which gives it extra points naturally. Unfortunately, Garcia decided to keep the focus on Kennedy and her ridiculous love triangle between two brothers, instead of developing the “legion” storyline.

I’m not a huge love triangle fan to begin with, but occasionally, given the right circumstances and character growths, I can hop on board. The love triangle in Unbreakable was totally forced, ridiculous and useless. I didn’t see the point of it, and every time Kennedy would bounce from one brother to another (which literally happened every other page) I laughed. The relationship between Kennedy and each brother was a only a couple days old, so the whole “can’t live without you”-goo-goo-eyes was so dramatic and fake, that I couldn’t take it seriously.

I’m just overall disappointed in this book. Nothing seemed original. The whole set-up: Artistic girl’s mother is killed while girl is partying. Girl is then attacked herself, but saved by a “hunter” who tells her she belongs to this secret group that fights against spirits/demons. The whole premise of Unbreakable was too close to The Mortal Instrument’s premise. Nothing surprised me, which made reading this book a very boring experience. I’m definitely not rushing out to get book two.

two-stars

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