Thursday, October 24, 2013

Unbreakable: The Legion Series Book 1, by Kami Garcia

The main character in Kami Garcia's new series, Legion, is named Kennedy Waters; she leads a pretty normal life. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her mom and beloved cat, has a best friend named Elle, and does really well in school.

However, all of that changes when Kennedy's mom dies unexpectedly of "heart failure", and Kennedy's whole world is uprooted. She's given two options: go live with her aunt in Boston, or attend boarding school in upstate New York. Knowing that her mother and her aunt did not see eye-to-eye on things, Kennedy selects boarding school. Before she's able to leave, though, something crazy happens. A ghost invades her home, and she learns that her mother's death was not from heart failure, but from a demon invasion.

Kennedy, desperate for answers, finds herself banding together with a group of misfit teens (twin brothers Jared and Lukas, a engineering genius named Priest, and a scary tough-girl named Alara) who claim to be descendants of the "Legion" - a secret society built within the Catholic church to combat the insurgence of the Illuminati.

The other four think that Kennedy is their elusive fifth member, but Kennedy's not so sure. Is she truly one of them? Will they be able to protect the world from demons.

I honestly was not expecting to enjoy this novel because I really didn't like the Beautiful Creatures series. However, I tried it anyway since the plot lines were so different. This book somehow seemed smarter than Garcia's other books that I'd read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the inclusion of secret symbols and seals, and I really enjoyed the quirky cast of characters.

Also Try: Beautiful Creatures series, by Garcia and Margaret Stohl; The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson

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