Sunday, January 26, 2014

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia Review

"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."

I love Supernatural. Do you know that show? Sam, Dean, and Cas? Don't forget about the King of Hell, Crowley. Those four together, or at least the three amigos, is hot. They make a great team.

Jared, Lukas, Kennedy, Alara, and Priest are good but not good enough. It totally makes up for the three amigos, but the three amigos are the three amigos. And they are awesome. 

Now I know where the compelling side of Beautiful Creatures came from. Not Stohl. It's Garcia, who's the true storyteller of Beautiful Creatures. She's the better writer than Stohl, but then again, Unbreakable is an easier story to understand than Icons. Unbreakable's idea sells easily compared to Icons's idea. Icons is just...very strange. Unusual. 

Unbreakable is indeed a mixture of Supernatural and The Da Vinci Code. It's awesome, with an addicting conflict and fascinating world of Legion. I love how crazy it goes, from a warehouse to a prison. It's complicated, with each clue revealing something darker and even more sinister. It totally reminds me of City of Bones, back when Jace killed a member of paranormal species. But this time, it's one of the Lockhart brothers who kills the ghost. The plot is fast-paced, especially the fight scenes. 

Most annoying is the love triangle. It's quite obvious to my eyes that Kennedy is best paired with Jared than Lukas. Lukas is more like a bro she can cry on. Lukas is like her brand new BFF. You can't ignore the fact that Lukas is more friendlier while Jared is more rough. But Jared and Kennedy have more chemistry. Well, it's no Ethan and Lena. 

Kennedy herself is amazing, but not amazing as the twins. (Jared and Lukas Lockhart are twins, FYI). She's kind of insecure and unsure about herself. She brings herself down over and over again throughout the book. Towards the end, she becomes stronger and stronger. I don't like the fact that she's kind of like a damsel in distress, but I realized that she became a better person. Her character development is a wonder and a relief. It's not another Mary Sue. 

I want more character development on the twins, specifically Jared. The book hints Jared has a deep and complicated past. I hope Kami Garcia lives up to that expectation. Screw Lukas, I want Jared.

The ending of Unbreakable is open to discussion. There's an endless amount of possibilities and possible plotlines. Unfortunately the sequel to Unbreakable is not published yet so we can't see the new conflicts. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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