Friday, January 17, 2014

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

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. (from GoodReads)

I was a little a wary reading Unbreakable because I'm not the biggest fan of Beautiful Creatures and this book is by one of the authors of this series. It's always interesting reading a book by two people because you never know who is writing what. Anyway, reading Unbreakable gave me a chance to see what Kami Garcia is like writing solo.

I was attracted to Unbreakable because it's been likened to the TV show Supernatural so of course I had to read this. A lot of people on GoodReads have noticed how similar the stories are and I agree that the premises are very similar. Also if you've seen season 4 of Supernatural you will identify with the ending and twist of Unbreakable. I think Kami Garcia watches the show. But in all honesty, I liked the demon/paranormal creature hunting in the book and it was an exciting part of the story. The book moves along very fast and almost too fast because the characters figure out clues quickly and efficiently. It shouldn't be that easy to solve this supernatural mystery.

My qualms with this novel is the romance. Of course the book wouldn't be complete without a love triangle, this time between Kennedy and two twin brothers. It was very contrived and for most of Unbreakable I couldn't even tell the difference between the two boys. I won't tell you which one Kennedy is drawn to, but their relationship progresses way too fast and isn't based on much besides physical attraction. So the romance was pretty disappointing.

But I did enjoy the plot (even the Supernatural-esque twist) so I plan to continue the series. If you like the TV show I would definitely recommend reading this book.

Rating: 7 out of 10.
FTC: borrowed from the library.

2013/Little, Brown/305 pages.

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