Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

ImageUnbreakable by Kami Garcia

Unbreakable is book 1 from The Legion Series

Paranormal/romance/fantasy

My Rating: 3/5

Overview

Kennedy is a typical 17-year-old girl who dresses in all black, loves to draw, and whose father abandoned her and her mom when she was five.  One night, looking for her lost cat leads her to a graveyard and all hell breaks loose.

The Good

  • There’s never a lull in action.  It moves pretty quickly.
  • Hot twin brothers. Dark hair, blue eyes, and broad shoulders-can’t beat that.
  • The concept is good-ghost fighting teens with homemade weapons.  Apparently it’s comparable to Supernatural.  I don’t watch that show.

The Bad

  • The cover
  • There are 5 characters and none of them are interesting.  They are all the stereotypical characters-the mean girl, the funny tech guy, the nice guy who finishes last, the brooding boy, and the damsel.
  • Love triangle. Kennedy’s mom dies one month prior, she’s has to go to a boarding school and leave all her friends, she just finds out that she might be the last member of a secret demon hunting group and all she can think about is how hot some guy is.  The love triangle is between the nice guy who likes the same songs as she does, remembers that she likes to draw and buys her a drawing pad, actually smiles, and doesn’t yell at her.  Then there’s the brother who’s aloof, yells at her, and has a constant sour face.  Guess who she picks.
  • The writing isn’t special.  The dialogue is pretty rudimentary.
  • The story is confusing.  The concept is good- five people are destined to fight demons.  I tried to keep up with the details of this mysterious group but it was difficult (I’m not good with details).
  • I kind of skipped to the end so I’m not sure if she found out about her mom’s involvement in the legion.

Overall

The concept is good but the writing and the poor character development are the major problems.

 If you want to read a beautifully written book about 5 interesting teens who hunt ghosts and that has an interesting love triangle, read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

Book Clubs for Tweens/Teens-

Please stop reading if you don’t want to see spoilers!!!

I do this b/c I am a librarian that runs a book discussion group for 5th-7th grade. Parents of younger teens are expecting librarians to pick clean books and it is helpful to know if the book is okay for middle school.  Otherwise, I am all for Intellectual Freedom.

  • Teens using guns (no bullets, just rock salt) to kill ghosts
  • No language
  • No Sex (one kiss)
  • Appropriate for 10 years and up

 

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