Book Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

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The CW better be making a slot in its TV line-up, because a series based on Unbreakable by Kami Garcia should definitely be in development. This creepy, sexy, action-packed new series from the co-author of Beautiful Creatures is delightfully reminiscent of hit shows like “Supernatural” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — while bringing a delightfully fresh perspective to paranormal YA lit.

Kami Garcia/UnbreakableWhen 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.

Unbreakable is one of those books that is just fun to read. It’s fast-paced, filled with charming and engaging characters, and packed with action and intrigue. Kennedy and her new Legion member friends really do remind me a bit of the “Scoobies” from vintage “Buffy” episodes — different, sometimes clashing personalities, but everyone in it for the right reasons, to defeat evil and be the good guys the world doesn’t know it needs.

And in a market flooded with paranormal literature (and plenty of fatigue for this genre), Garcia masterfully writes a mythology that is fresh and engaging. Even the beginnings of her love triangle separate themselves from the formulaic pattern seen in so many other hum-drum YA paranormal books. Unbreakable really sets itself apart.

To anyone hesitating to read this book because of the cover: I hear you. I confess, I sometimes judge books by their covers — and I wasn’t really digging the artwork for this one. But I also knew Kami was a kick-ass writer, and wouldn’t put out anything ho-hum. So I’m really delighted that I looked past a cover that didn’t speak to me, because Unbreakable was absolutely a phenomenal read. It is in stores now.

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