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.Kami Garcia/Unbreakable

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. – Goodreads.com

This book description appealed to me immediately – almost like a teenage Ghostbusters, only darker, but it was leaps and bounds away from The Da Vinci Code.  When all was said and done, some things I liked about this book, some not so much.

Early on, I connected with Kennedy.  She was an awkward teenager, talented artist, child of a single parent who had a great relationship with her mom, just trying to figure out where she fit into the world.  Almost immediately after her mother was killed and twins Jared and Lukas came into the picture, I lost interest in her.  Her mother was murdered, house destroyed, she had no close living relatives, only the clothes on her back, no money – and she talked about how “gorgeous” the twins were with their “pale blue eyes and full lips”.  Cue love triangle with brothers.

What I did like about this book was the pacing, the supernatural scenes with the ghosts, and the unusual and clever ways the characters were able to kill them.  Either the author has a highly creative imagination, or I’m just completely unaware of the universal methods of ghost assassination.

Several reviews have mentioned the strong similarities between the TV show Supernatural and this book.  Since I’ve never seen the show, I can’t comment on that, but Unbreakable did hold my interest.

Unbreakable is by no means a book with deep themes and complex characters.  They are superficial, occasionally amusing, and if you can overlook the immaturity and near constant insecurities of Kennedy, this was an okay read purely on the basis of the ghosts, demons, and mystery of the Legion.

This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

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