Unbreakable (The Legion, #1) by Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia/UnbreakableBook Synopsis:
Published 1st October 2013 by Brown Books for Young Readers
320 Pages |goodreads-badge-add-black-38px
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.

Book Review:
4 stars black

So I picked this one up thinking ‘ok I like Supernatural and this has twins in it so sort of like Sam and Dean and they’re hot, so thats a plus. But wait then the girl gets to be a badass hunter…interesting….should be good…or maybe not.’ And now i’m thinking ‘I NEED MORE! WHY IS IT A NEW RELEASE! THIS IS A GIGANTIC PILE OF BS, I NEED THE NEXT ONE!’ * chucks book but then remembers loved book so rushes to pick it up and begins to stroke it and ask if it’s ok’

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia was a pleasant surprise. We meet Kennedy who after her cat becomes possessed and kills her mother joins up with four other teenagers who are a part of The Legion. The Legion have been around for centuries, originally created to exterminate the Illuminati who were trying to destroy the Catholic Church. The original Legion members thought it was a brilliant idea to raise a demon to help them out, of course this went terribly wrong when the person drawing the binding symbol didn’t do it correctly. And now we have a half -unleashed demon, who is reeking havoc by using vengeance spirits to pick off the five Legion members. This too has been going on for years, which brings us to present time where the new five are trying to send the demon back to the depths of hell for eternity by piecing together a shift.

There was this eeriness to Garcia’s writing which was incredibly enjoyable to read. We have these spirits guarding each piece of the shift, and each haunting is incredibly spooky but so well written. We have a little girl and her doll, a mother and son trapped in a well, a possessed magicians box, several children locked in the basement of an orphanage and then a prison haunted by those who have been executed. SO CREEPY!

I really liked Kennedy, and I think it was because she kept on screwing up and putting everyone in danger. It really annoys me when heroines discover they are a part of some mystery and then the next page its like they have been living that life for ever. Towards the end great emphasis was placed on her struggle with people leaving. This was related to her dad, who I am sure will come back into it in later books, but even so I just felt it was sort of an add on to interfere with her relationship with Jared. Rather then a truly imbedded characteristic of her personality, because she was pretty trusting of everybody else and truly wanted to belong.

Jared and Lukas, can I just say! WOW! For two people who look the exact same, minus a scar, they truly were written as completely different people. I did find Lukas in the end to be a bit of a massive douche, because he didn’t want his brother to be happy since his happiness would mean that he gets to be with Kennedy. Dick move brother. And yes I see why he is angry at Jared because he pretty much led all their parents to their deaths, but cut a brother a little bit of slack. He is clearly remorseful and believes he doesn’t deserve Kennedy too. Oh Lukas.

Priest was über cool with his inventing mind, but I felt like he could have been a really funny character but this never developed. That was a thing that stood out, even though it was a great read it lacked the humour that would have striked a balance between all the death and hauntings. On the plus side there are little drawings throughout the book that gives you an idea of what the sigils look like and even the shift, it was pretty awesome.

~ spoilers ahead ~

The ending was like WHAT! Who would have thought that they had gone through all of that just to find out that it was the Legion who hid all of the components of the Shift. Does this have something to do with why Kennedy never knew anything about the Legion, because I’m pretty sure her mother was the one who gave the last piece to the psychopath in the prison to hide. Which means that she knew what would happen after it was made, why didn’t she just destroy the freaking thing! Were they misguided, or are the Legion actually bad?

Is Kennedy even a part of the group?




2 thoughts on “Unbreakable (The Legion, #1) by Kami Garcia

  1. I love Supernatural (hot twins, yum), and I also enjoy it when characters aren’t Mary Sues (or Gary Stu’s). Go screw-ups! YES. You liked it, it looks interesting, I’m in. Time to hit the Amazon account.

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