09 August 2013

Unbreakable; Kami Garcia

Unbreakable (Legion, #1)Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The paranormal in this book isn't vampires or werewolves, it's ghosts and poltergeists and other such creepy beings. And the Legion of the series title? A group formed centuries ago to battle the demons summoned by the Illuminati (who were anti-Church), membership handed down from generation to generation within a family. Each of the five members of the Legion has specific skills, and each has a piece of the puzzle. Only when united and whole will their work be completed.

So in the world of today, we have Kennedy, a relatively normal girl (albeit one with an eidetic memory and the ability to paint) living in DC with her mother. One night, things change: Mom dies, and suddenly Kennedy's going to either live with an aunt she doesn't know or go to an all-girls boarding school in upstate New York (which can only be one school, my alma mater, but it's never named). Except things don't quite work out that way, as something breaks into her house and destroys it days before she's expected to move. She's rescued by Jared and Lukas, two members of the Legion, and taken to a safe place where she meets the other two members, Alma and Priest.

The rest of the book is taken up with their searching for a relic, based on clues found in various places hidden around DC. A little convenient, in my opinion, that they're so close - why were they brought to the US in the first place? And wouldn't it be safer to hide them all over the country?? Sigh. The love triangle gets a new angle (sorry, couldn't resist) with identical twins. And being that this is a series, there's a cliffhanger and loose ends... including explanations that could be clarified in short order if this were only one book.

Still, it's different enough that I suspect teens will really enjoy it.

ARC provided by publisher.

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