Book Thoughts: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia (AND GIVEAWAY!)

(**I received this title on Netgalley through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

I know we just entered into the month of September, but if you’re looking for a perfect October read, Unbreakable is for you. Garcia has created a thrilling paranormal story that fits perfectly into the spooks and thrills of Halloween.

I’m not going to lie; I was a little unsure about the book in the beginning. It didn’t hook me.  The protagonist, Kennedy, encounters a ghost right away and has no idea what’s going on. Not only that, but Kennedy falls into the stereotypical female protagonist by saying that her best friend is much more beautiful than she. [Sounds familiar, right?] The first few pages were too trite for my liking and I was concerned that this story was going to be an exact replica of other books out there – with different character names, of course.

Thankfully, though, I kept going and Unbreakable sucked me in. I grew attached to Kennedy and the group of teens she is pulled in to. I really like that they’re all different. But what I really like? How each peer is described through Kennedy’s eyes.

….they looked like four regular teenagers grabbing coffee in their way to school – the guy no one knew anything about because he wouldn’t let anyone get close, the kid genius who skipped three grades and still knew all the answers in Calculus, the girl all the guys wanted to date but were too intimidated to approach, and the boy-next-door who had too many secrets but was too sweet not to trust.

For some reason, I absolutely love that quote. A lot of authors write through the POV of teenagers, but that quote is truly a teenage thought. I think like this frequently, and seeing it written in front of you is an automatic connection. At that moment, I started noticing that the details brought the story even more to life by creating the images in my mind.

Additionally, a plethora of emotions are showcased within the story, giving the characters a lot of depth. Alara is first proposed as a bitch, but she’s not, but at the same time, she really is; Jared and Lukas love and hate each other, even though it’s hard to tell sometimes; Priest is the youngest of the group, and voices his anger about being treated as a child, and Kennedy uses her past heartbreak as a reason to proceed with caution. All of these emotions and thoughts are not focused on once throughout the novel, but over and over again, even if it’s just a passing detail. Not to the point where it got annoying, but where the reader notices that certain things come to define a person, and build who she is and how she acts. This is the first time I’ve noted that a character has done this to build not just one, but all of the characters in the story  – which I am truly thankful for.

To continue, the ghost scenes did get my heart racing. At one point, I started freaking myself out thinking there was something in my room. You know a book is good when it starts doing that to your mind XD

Overall, I think Unbreakable is a great read. It’s exciting and fast paced – a good choice for anyone who wants a good ghost story with a twist. What are you waiting for? You know you wanna read this one… (;

…And you’re in luck! Thanks to Little, Brown, I have a copy of UNBREAKABLE to give away to a lucky reader! YAYYY! You know you want it! Now, this giveaway is U.S. only (no P.O. boxes!), and will end on September 12 at 11:59 EST.

How to Enter: Comment below with a valid email address and an answer to one of these questions! (The winner will be selected at random.):

1. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you encountered any?
2. What are you going to be this Halloween?
3. What is your favorite ‘Halloween’ read?

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12 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia (AND GIVEAWAY!)

  1. 1. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you encountered any? Yes, I believe in Ghosts. No, I have not encountered any first-hand. My family has, though.
    2. What are you going to be this Halloween? Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon! ❤
    3. What is your favorite ‘Halloween’ read? The DeVouring by Simon Holt. ❤

  2. 1.Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you encountered any?
    Yes, I believe in ghosts, but I’m not sure if I’ve encountered any or not. My first brush with the supernatural happened at my boyfriend’s house, which is supposedly haunted. I was by myself in the kitchen playing with his new kittens when I felt someone tap on my shoulder 3 times. I turned around expecting to find my boyfriend there, but I was all alone. Could it have been a ghost? I don’t know. Could it have been my imagination? Possibly.

  3. I have encountered a ghost…well a spirit is what I prefer to call her. My Great-Grandmother visited me one night when I was very young. I could even smell her perfume. She told me to tell my grandmother that she was fine & not to worry. No one believed me but my grandmother who cried when I relayed the message.

  4. 1. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you encountered any? Yes I very much believe! I have seen one and my sister was saved by a Guardian Angel when she was little. Ghosts are there, some people just choose not to believe. 🙂

  5. 1. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you encountered any?
    No, I don’t believe in ghosts. However, I enjoy reading about them. 🙂
    2. What are you going to be this Halloween? I’m going to be Katniss Everdeen for Halloween.
    3. What is your favorite ‘Halloween’ read? I am not sure if I have a favorite “Halloween read,” but I do like Halloween movies. I really like the movie Halloween Town.
    Thank you for my chance to win. My email address is: rtbissett@gmail.com

  6. I’m going as Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicles this Halloween. My almost-2-yr-old is going as Link from the Legend of Zelda series 🙂 & my husband is going as a shadowhunter.

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