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October 05, 2013

Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Unbreakable (Legion, #1)
Title: Unbreakable (Legion, #1)
Author: Kami Garcia
 HBG Canada
Publication date: October 1, 2013

Genre(s): Young Adult (Supernatural/Fantasy)
Source: Publisher 
Format: ARC
Pages: 320
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.
Unbreakable was my last try at reading anything by the Beautiful Creatures author duo. I've tried Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margret Stohl as well as ICONS by Margret Stohl but really disliked both. Which is why I was a bit hesitant in starting Unbreakable, especially with the "twin brothers" plot line which obviously involved a love triangle… *sigh*.. 
I LOVED Unbreakable. It got me out of a reading slump and I somehow managed to make time to read it in a couple of days, which is an ACHIEVEMENT with my current responsibilities. 
Some books have the most fascinating plots but the storytelling is what is lacking, however Kami Garcia's way of writing is engaging and keeps you going. I would aim to read a chapter but end up reading a couple more. This book centers around ghosts.. I KNOW.. I am not a big fan of these paranormal novels but I honestly felt like I was watching a movie. I was able to visualize everything (also, the some symbols, devices are actually drawn in the book), as well as feel like I was part of the action. The main protagonist, Kennedy, just lost her mom and apparently she wasn't the only one. A group of kids her age rescue her and she ends up entangled in this "legion" business. The legion was established by 5 families and each one of the kids are a descendent. I loved the action with the ghosts and how Priest, a 14 year old, creates the most epic weapons out of the most useless objects. 
Other than the plot, I think he characters were definitely part of the reason of me loving Unbreakable. I loved Kennedy, she didn't take any crap from anyone. However I loved Jared. He was the brooding twin to Lukas, who is always a ray of sunshine. Lastly is Alara, who you all might think is the pain in the butt jealous character who is out to get our main protagonist, but surprisingly she wasn't like that. Along with Priest, they all felt like such a family, especially since they lived and traveled together. We don't get a ton of background history on each character and I must admit Alara and Luke felt a bit flat to me but Jared and Priest won me over. 
I actually looked up whether Unbreakable had a sequel while I was still reading it and was relieved when I found out it IS part of a series. Usually you expect the opposite, but for Unbreakable I was happy that it isn't a standalone. I recommend it to all YA fans since I feel that it'll appeal to everyone, but since it IS October, you should definitely pick it up, especially with that cover! 


  1. I'm happy that this book got you out of your reading slump! I like that this book felt like seeing a movie and the characters sound interesting :)


  2. I'm a bit wary abou this one, since the Beautiful Creatures series lost my interest after the 1st couple books and I didn't really like Margaret Stohl's solo novel. So I'm SO glad to see that you loved it. It makes me worry less about picking it up (because of course I'm going to...haha).

    1. yea I was in your shoes! definitely pick it up! :D

  3. Great review. This one has me curious.

  4. Hii! This is a great review! I haven't read anything by Kami Marcia yet, not even Beautiful Creatures (maybe I'm the only one... I know). But anways, I'm so curious to read this book!

    Ps. I'm a new follower! I've just started my own blog, so I'll leave you the link if you want to check it out! :)

    1. Hey! Yea I kinda dropped Beautiful Creatures after 150 pages.. definitely try out Unbreakable, I think it was such a fun read. Will check out your blog :D

  5. AWESOME. I didn't like Icons either. I was worried that they'll never write anything but collabs.

  6. The characters sound awesome, and I do love books about ghosts, I want this one badly. Wonderful review.

  7. I've only read a couple of books with ghosts in it, but wow this book sounds really amazing ESPECIALLY since it took you out from your reading slump. I'll probably check it out soon! I love how the characters sounds fantastic. Glad that you loved it :)


  8. OOh, it got you out of a reading slump? that is great. I haven't really been in a slump but I've been in an ehh streak. I have noticed that I have been getting frustrated by things that normally wouldn't frustrate me in books.

    I like that the writing is engaging. It doesn't sound like I will be able to get bored.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs