“You’re about to walk into a real haunted house.”
Kami Garcia’s first solo book did not fail to disappoint. I wasn’t sure what to think as this was her first solo attempt at a novel, but much like Kami Garcia’s amazing The Beautiful Creatures series, I can’t wait to get to the next book in the series to find out what happens next. I hate that I have to wait to read the next book in the series. Oh well, I am going to decide to look at the bright side and allow the anticipation of waiting to heighten the experience when I am able to get that baby in my hot little hands.
Book Review: This book deals in the supernatural. In Unbreakable, the secret society of the Illuminati is being hunted by a separate secret group named The Legion of the Black Doves intent on killing the demon, Andras, who the Illuminati is protecting and being protected by. A few weeks after Kennedy is confronted by a spirit in a graveyard, Kennedy’s mom is killed by a vengeful spirit. Kennedy is left at a crossroads – either move in with the Aunt that she dislikes or go to a boarding school leaving behind the only life she has ever known. Her choice is easy – leave behind everything and head off to boarding school. She decides to sleep one more night in her home and is attacked by the same spirit she saw in the graveyard. Two identical looking boys who couldn’t be any different burst into her room and kill the spirit, leaving a stunned Kennedy in their wake. She threatens to call the police and they leave, only to return to save her once again. It’s at this point that she decides to trust them, but only because she is out of other options. It’s then that they tell her they believe she is the last member of The Legion.
Kennedy’s inner dialogue never wavered from a girl who felt lost, alone and afraid to love because of past life events. Because of this, it was really something that I looked forward to reading; realizing I was privy to a girl’s thoughts who’s disbelief in herself was evident to the reader yet not to anyone of the other four characters.
OK, now let’s discuss the other four LIVING characters (that aren’t demonic [lol] in the novel. Jared and Lukas are two halves of a whole – what one lacks the other one excels in. The way Kami created that aspect of them was something that has been missing from other novels. Alara’s kick-butt attitude was not only admirable – it was needed. Kennedy doubted herself so often that the novel needed a strong female. Kami’s flipping of their roles in the end when Alara was in the electric chair frightened out of her mind and Kennedy’s strength was a fantastic role reversal that didn’t feel forced or pushed upon us as if we just had to trust that it was real. Of course, had I been strapped into an electric chair and haunted by 13 über-mean spirits I would have lost my kickin’ attitude as well. I think my favorite character in the novel was Priest. This kid was FIERCE. He was brilliant – seriously brilliant – and could create a weapon out of anything (including hair spray WICKED). He grew the most through the book and I loved her description of him: I could absolutely see this small kid with giant headphones rocking out to old school rap. I love his spirit, his belief and his strength in character. I can’t wait to see where she takes him in the next novel. Which by the way, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that it’s driving me CRAZY that I have to wait for fall. Summer just started today. Grrrr! Overall, it’s a great book, fast-paced and full of surprises. Excellent read! You will not be disappointed if you enjoy supernatural stories.
P.S. Sorry about the sunburn lol!