Unbreakable (Legion Series #1)

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2013 BRAM STOKER AWARD NOMINEE FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL.


I never believed in ghosts.
Until one tried to kill me.


When Kennedy Waters finds ...

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Overview



2013 BRAM STOKER AWARD NOMINEE FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL.


I never believed in ghosts.
Until one tried to kill me.


When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, she doesn't realize that paranormal forces are responsible—not until mysterious identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her room and destroy a deadly spirit sent to kill her.

Kennedy learns that her mother's death was no accident, and now she has to take her place in the Legion of the Black Dove—a secret society formed to protect the world from a vengeful demon. A society left in the hands of a misfit group of teens with unique skills: Jared, combat trained, with a temper to match; Lukas, rogue hacker and code breaker; Alara, whose attitude is as powerful as her voodoo protections; and Priest, an engineer capable of making a weapon out of a soda can.

As the teens use their individual talents to battle paranormal entities, they earn their rightful places in the Legion—except for Kennedy, who is left wondering if she is truly one of them.

Can she stay alive long enough to find out—without losing her heart in the process?

Protect Yourself.
What you can't see CAN hurt you.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Garcia (co-author of the Beautiful Creatures books) begins her first solo YA series, the Legion, with a frenetically paced paranormal thrill ride. Seventeen-year-old Kennedy Waters is the ordinary daughter of an ordinary divorced mother, but that all changes after Kennedy encounters a ghost in a graveyard one night, while looking for her runaway cat. It rapidly becomes apparent that the lives of Kennedy and those close to her are very much in danger. With little reliable background on what’s happening to her or what she is up against, and no one but strangers to fill her in, Kennedy comes across as a shallow bundle of nerves for a substantial portion of the book. That said, the reality she is living is a page-turner: five kids marked for death and on their own, trying to outwit a demon with a grudge. That two of them are gorgeous twin boys goes a long way toward reconciling Kennedy to her new normal. Light romance and excitement for fans of the supernatural (or the show Supernatural, at least). Ages 12–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Oct.)
James Dashner
"Unbreakable is a haunting, chilling tale that reminded me of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Creepy places, believable characters with some of the best teen dialogue I've seen, and plenty of suspense. I loved it."
From the Publisher
*"Edge-of-your-seat paranormal activity keeps this book moving at an astronomical rate....Garcia brings a fresh new take on the supernatural and the world of secret societies."—VOYA, starred review

"In a fast-paced series opener, Kennedy Waters encounters a ghost, loses her mother and meets a love interest—all in the first few pages....Garcia shakes it up with an ending that will leave readers reaching for the next book. This vivid, thoroughly imagines paranormal world will draw readers into its icy realm."—Kirkus Reviews

"Tense and deliciously twisty, Unbreakable is a breath-stealing midnight run through some of the creepiest locales I've seen rendered in fiction. . . . It's about forgiveness and redemption, love and loss, and it's anything but predictable. I
loved it."—Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

"Unbreakable is a fast-paced, relentless race through a world of demons and spirits, darkness and light — and the finish line comes when you least expect it. I can't wait for the next book!"—Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Matched trilogy

"Unbreakable is a haunting, chilling tale that reminded me of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Creepy places, believable characters with some of the best teen dialogue I've seen, and plenty of suspense. I loved it."—James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner Series

"Paranormal action, secret societies, and romantic suspense! The Legion series is now definitely on my must-read list."—Richelle Mead, #1 international bestselling author of Vampire Acadamy

"Unbreakable is a fantastic adventure — strong, engaging characters and a romance to die for. The twists will leave you breathless."—Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series

"Unbreakable keeps you engaged and on edge. I found myself intrigued in Kennedy Waters' world and not wanting to put this book down. Looking forward to Book 2!"—Jason Hawes, co-creator and star of "Ghost Hunters" and a New York Times bestselling author

"An eerily fun and emotionally accurate venture into the complex layers of paranormal encounters from both sides. Looking forward to Book 2!"—Grant Wilson, co-creator of "Ghost Hunters" and a New York Times bestselling author

"'Supernatural' meets 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' Kami Garcia is Joss Whedon's talent-sister! I didn't just read Unbreakable; I lived it. When it comes to supernatural suspense, Garcia is the Slayer."—Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of Buffy: the Making of a Slayer & the Wicked saga

Jason Hawes
"Unbreakable keeps you engaged and on edge. I found myself intrigued in Kennedy Waters' world and not wanting to put this book down. Looking forward to Book 2!"
Grant Wilson
"An eerily fun and emotionally accurate venture into the complex layers of paranormal encounters from both sides. Looking forward to Book 2!"
Richelle Mead
"Paranormal action, secret societies, and romantic suspense! The Legion series is now definitely on my must-read list."
Nancy Holder
"'Supernatural' meets 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' Kami Garcia is Joss Whedon's talent-sister! I didn't just read Unbreakable; I lived it. When it comes to supernatural suspense, Garcia is the Slayer."
Ally Condie
"Unbreakable is a fast-paced, relentless race through a world of demons and spirits, darkness and light -- and the finish line comes when you least expect it. I can't wait for the next book!"
Rachel Caine
"Unbreakable is a fantastic adventure -- strong, engaging characters and a romance to die for. The twists will leave you breathless."
Ransom Riggs
"Tense and deliciously twisty, Unbreakable is a breath-stealing midnight run through some of the creepiest locales I've seen rendered in fiction. . . . It's about forgiveness and redemption, love and loss, and it's anything but predictable. I
loved it."
Ransom Riggs
"Tense and deliciously twisty, Unbreakable is a breath-stealing midnight run through some of the creepiest locales I've seen rendered in fiction. . . . It's about forgiveness and redemption, love and loss, and it's anything but predictable. I
loved it."
Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
At sixteen Kennedy Waters seems to be alone in the world, with only her beloved mother as family and anchor. One night she comes home and discovers her mother dead in bed from an apparent heart attack. Immediately after handsome, identical twin boys break into her house and destroy a demon who is trying to kill Kennedy. She soon learns that it was the demon who killed her mother. She quickly learns what it means to be a certified demon destroyer, and before long she is on a mission with the Legion of Five (a group of teens who fight demons) to capture or otherwise contain a really evil demon who threatens all humankind. Without much more reference to her mother, Kennedy uses breaks from demon fighting to fall in love with one of the twins. Among the many responsibilities of her quest is to find out whether she is a true member of the Legion of Five with a special power; whether she truly is "one of them." For readers who are into paranormal/fantasy books, this is a fast-paced read with plenty of demon-fighting scenes, and with the promise of more titles to come in the trilogy. Book one of the "Legion" series. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Barbara Allen
Kennedy Walters sees something in the cemetery and is convinced that she is just dreaming. Then, her mom dies of what she assumes are natural causes. While spending her last night alone in the house she shared with her mom, strange things start to happen. She is rescued from this supernatural free-for-all by Jared and Lukas Lockhart, members of a super-secret society called the Legion of the Black Dove. They believe that Kennedy is the missing member of the Legion. Kennedy is not so sure. She feels like she just keeps messing things up. She joins the boys and their two friends, fighting monsters and trying to figure out the secrets of the legion and her life. Was her mom the missing member of the Legion? Is she now her replacement? Or are the boys wrong? Will she survive to find out? Edge-of-your-seat paranormal activity keeps this book moving at an astronomical rate. Readers will get caught up in the moment and just keep reading. Garcia brings a fresh new take to the supernatural and the world of secret societies. Kennedy is the perfect flawed heroine; never knowing if she is the missing piece to the puzzle or the undoing of those around her. Reviewer: Barbara Allen; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—Since Kennedy Waters's father deserted the family a while back, it's just been she and her mother. Now, with her mother's sudden and gruesome death and a determined evil demon out to get her, Kennedy learns that her parents had hidden a secret from her. All alone, and with her home destroyed by the demon, the 17-year-old has no other choice but to fulfill a legacy that she didn't even know about until twins Lucas and Jared Lockhart showed up to rescue her. It seems that Kennedy is next in line to represent her family as a member of the ancient clandestine group called the Legion, which evolved from the Legion of the Black Dove, created to destroy the Illuminati. The original five members accidentally summoned an evil force determined to destroy the Earth, and their descendants have been fighting this demon ever since. Now with all of the present-day adult members ending up dead on the same night, Kennedy, the twins, and two other teens are the new members of the infamous league. Each Legion member has a special gift to use as an advantage in battle, but Kennedy doesn't realize her gift and questions her place in the group. Readers are quickly drawn into the action, from the murder at the beginning to the cliff-hanger at the end. It's the horror aspect more than the fast-paced intrigue, however, that is the book's strong point. The Legion members must travel from one terrifying location to another, and Garcia describes these chilling locations with flawless detail.—Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
In a fast-paced series opener, Kennedy Waters encounters a ghost, loses her mother and meets a love interest--all in the first few pages. Until a grave-jumping "vengeance spirit" inhabits her cat, Kennedy's worst problem is that her dad abandoned her family. After twins Lukas and Jared arrive, saving her life with ghost-squelching liquid salt, Kennedy's world rapidly turns surreal. Now she must use her special talent (an eidetic memory) to work with other gifted teens, members of an ancient Legion trying to assemble the Shift, a tool required to destroy the demon Andras. Collecting the Shift's five pieces prompts encounters with blood-chilling ghosts fiercely guarding their parts of the puzzle in abandoned mansions and wells. Garcia excels at cinematic, gripping ghost scenes and generating suspense (will Kennedy and Jared connect? Is Kennedy the final, fifth member of the Legion?). Though characters are quite plucky and engaging when wraith-fighting, occasionally their too-human teen concerns (If you really knew me, would you love me? Will Jared leave me like Dad did?) ring melodramatic, especially when placed amid scenes of mortal danger. Just as readers settle into what seems a predictable plotline (find piece of Shift leading to whereabouts of next piece, extinguish ghost guarding it, repeat), Garcia shakes it up with an ending that will leave readers reaching for the next book. This vivid, thoroughly imagined paranormal world will draw readers into its icy realm. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
Ransom Riggs
"Tense and deliciously twisty, Unbreakable is a breath-stealing midnight run through some of the creepiest locales I've seen rendered in fiction. . . . It's about forgiveness and redemption, love and loss, and it's anything but predictable. I
loved it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316210171
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Kami Garcia's Legion Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 161,951
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures, which is now a major motion picture. Unbreakable is her first solo novel and the first book in the Legion series. Kami lives in Maryland with her family and her dogs, Spike and Oz, named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You can find her online at www.kamigarcia.com and on Twitter @kamigarcia.

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Unbreakable


By Kami Garcia

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2014 Kami Garcia
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-316-21017-1


CHAPTER 1

SLEEPWALKER


As my bare feet sank into the wet earth, I tried not to think about the dead bodies buried beneath me. I had passed this tiny graveyard a handful of times but never at night, and always outside the boundaries of its peeling iron gates.

I would've given anything to be standing outside them now.

In the moonlight, rows of weathered headstones exposed the neat stretch of lawn for what it truly was—the grassy lid of an enormous coffin.

A branch snapped, and I spun around.

"Elvis?" I searched for a trace of my cat's gray and white ringed tail.

Elvis never ran away, usually content to thread his way between my ankles whenever I opened the door—until tonight. He had taken off so fast that I didn't even have time to grab my shoes, and I had chased him eight blocks until I ended up here.

Muffled voices drifted through the trees, and I froze.

On the other side of the gates, a girl wearing blue and gray Georgetown University sweats passed underneath the pale glow of the lamppost. Her friends caught up with her, laughing and stumbling down the sidewalk. They reached one of the academic buildings and disappeared inside.

It was easy to forget that the cemetery was in the middle of a college campus. As I walked deeper into the uneven rows, the lampposts vanished behind the trees, and the clouds plunged the graveyard in and out of shadow. I ignored the whispers in the back of my mind urging me to go home.

Something moved in my peripheral vision—a flash of white.

I scanned the stones, now completely bathed in black.

Come on, Elvis. Where are you?

Nothing scared me more than the dark. I liked to see what was coming, and darkness was a place where things could hide.

Think about something else.

The memory closed in before I could stop it....

My mother's face hovering above mine as I blinked myself awake. The panic in her eyes as she pressed a finger over her lips, signaling me to be quiet. The cold floor against my feet as we made our way to her closet, where she pushed aside the dresses.

"Someone's in the house," she whispered, pulling a board away from the wall to reveal a small opening. "Stay here until I come back. Don't make a sound."

I squeezed inside as she worked the board back into place. I had never experienced absolute darkness before. I stared at a spot inches in front of me, where my palm rested on the board. But I couldn't see it.

I closed my eyes against the blackness. There were sounds—the stairs creaking, furniture scraping against the floor, muffled voices—and one thought replaying over and over in my mind.

What if she didn't come back?

Too terrified to see if I could get out from the inside, I kept my hand on the wood. I listened to my ragged breathing, convinced that whoever was in the house could hear it, too.

Eventually, the wood gave beneath my palm and a thin stream of light flooded the space. My mom reached for me, promising the intruders had fled. As she carried me out of her closet, I couldn't hear anything beyond the pounding of my heart, and I couldn't think about anything except the crushing weight of the dark.

I was only five when it happened, but I still remembered every minute in the crawl space. It made the air around me now feel suffocating. Part of me wanted to go home, with or without my cat.

"Elvis, get out here!"

Something shifted between the chipped headstones in front of me.

"Elvis?"

A silhouette emerged from behind a stone cross.

I jumped, a tiny gasp escaping my lips. "Sorry." My voice wavered. "I'm looking for my cat."

The stranger didn't say a word.

Sounds intensified at a dizzying rate—branches breaking, leaves rustling, my pulse throbbing. I thought about the hundreds of unsolved crime shows I'd watched with my mom that began exactly like this—a girl standing alone somewhere she shouldn't be, staring at the guy who was about to attack her.

I stepped back, thick mud pushing up around my ankles like a hand rooting me to the spot.

Please don't hurt me.

The wind cut through the graveyard, lifting tangles of long hair off the stranger's shoulders and the thin fabric of a white dress from her legs.

Her legs.

Relief washed over me. "Have you seen a gray and white Siamese cat? I'm going to kill him when I find him."

Silence.

Her dress caught the moonlight, and I realized it wasn't a dress at all. She was wearing a nightgown. Who wandered around a cemetery in their nightgown?

Someone crazy.

Or someone sleepwalking.

You aren't supposed to wake a sleepwalker, but I couldn't leave her out here alone at night either.

"Hey? Can you hear me?"

The girl didn't move, gazing at me as if she could see my features in the darkness. An empty feeling unfolded in the pit of my stomach. I wanted to look at something else—anything but her unnerving stare.

My eyes drifted down to the base of the cross.

The girl's feet were as bare as mine, and it looked like they weren't touching the ground.

I blinked hard, unwilling to consider the other possibility. It had to be an effect of the moonlight and the shadows. I glanced at my own feet, caked in mud, and back to hers.

They were pale and spotless.

A flash of white fur darted in front of her and rushed toward me.

Elvis.

I grabbed him before he could get away. He hissed at me, clawing and twisting violently until I dropped him. My heart hammered in my chest as he darted across the grass and squeezed under the gate.

I looked back at the stone cross.

The girl was gone, the ground nothing but a smooth, untouched layer of mud.

Blood from the scratches trailed down my arm as I crossed the graveyard, trying to reason away the girl in the white nightgown.

Silently reminding myself that I didn't believe in ghosts.

CHAPTER 2

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE


When I stumbled back onto the well-lit sidewalk, there was no sign of Elvis. A guy with a backpack slung over his shoulder walked by and gave me a strange look when he noticed I was barefoot, and covered in mud up to my ankles. He probably thought I was a pledge.

My hands didn't stop shaking until I hit O Street, where the shadows of the campus ended and the lights of the DC traffic began. Tonight, even the tourists posing for pictures at the top of The Exorcist stairs were somehow reassuring.

The cemetery suddenly felt miles away, and I started second-guessing myself.

The girl in the graveyard hadn't been hazy or transparent like the ghosts in movies. She had looked like a regular girl.

Except she was floating.

Wasn't she?

Maybe the moonlight had only made it appear that way. And maybe the girl's feet weren't muddy because the ground where she'd been standing was dry. By the time I reached my block, lined with row houses crushed together like sardines, I convinced myself there were dozens of explanations.

Elvis lounged on our front steps, looking docile and bored. I considered leaving him outside to teach him a lesson, but I loved that stupid cat.

I still remembered the day my mom bought him for me. I came home from school crying because we'd made Father's Day gifts in class, and I was the only kid without a father. Mine had walked away when I was five and never looked back. My mom had wiped my tears and said, "I bet you're also the only kid in your class getting a kitten today."

Elvis had turned one of my worst days into one of my best.

I opened the door, and he darted inside. "You're lucky I let you in."

The house smelled like tomatoes and garlic, and my mom's voice drifted into the hallway. "I've got plans this weekend. Next weekend, too. I'm sorry, but I have to run. I think my daughter just came home. Kennedy?"

"Yeah, Mom."

"Were you at Elle's? I was about to call you."

I stepped into the doorway as she hung up the phone. "Not exactly."

She threw me a quick glance, and the wooden spoon slipped out of her hand and hit the floor, sending a spray of red sauce across the white tile. "What happened?"

"I'm fine. Elvis ran off, and it took forever to catch him."

Mom rushed over and examined the angry claw marks. "Elvis did this? He's never scratched anyone before."

"I guess he freaked out when I grabbed him."

Her gaze dropped to my mud-caked feet. "Where were you?"

I prepared for the standard lecture Mom issued whenever I went out at night: always carry your cell phone, don't walk alone, stay in well-lit areas, and her personal favorite—scream first and ask questions later. Tonight, I had violated them all.

"The old Jesuit cemetery?" My answer sounded more like a question—as in, exactly how upset was she going to be?

Mom stiffened and she drew in a sharp breath. "I'd never go into a graveyard at night," she responded automatically, as though it was something she'd said a thousand times before. Except it wasn't.

"Suddenly you're superstitious?"

She shook her head and looked away. "Of course not. You don't have to be superstitious to know that secluded places are dangerous at night."

I waited for the lecture.

Instead, she handed me a wet towel. "Wipe off your feet and throw that away. I don't want dirt from a cemetery in my washing machine."

Mom rummaged through the junk drawer until she found a giant Band-Aid that looked like a leftover from my Big Wheel days.

"Who were you talking to on the phone?" I asked, hoping to change the subject.

"Just someone from work."

"Did that someone ask you out?"

She frowned, concentrating on my arm. "I'm not interested in dating. One broken heart is enough for me." She bit her lip. "I didn't mean—"

"I know what you meant." My mom had cried herself to sleep for what felt like months after my dad left. I still heard her sometimes.

After she bandaged my arm, I sat on the counter while she finished the marinara sauce. Watching her cook was comforting. It made the cemetery feel even farther away.

She dipped her finger in the pot and tasted the sauce before taking the pan off the stove.

"Mom, you forgot the red pepper flakes."

"Right." She shook her head and forced a laugh.

My mom could've held her own with Julia Child, and marinara was her signature dish. She was more likely to forget her own name than the secret ingredient. I almost called her on it, but I felt guilty. Maybe she was imagining me in one of those unsolved crime shows.

I hopped down from the counter. "I'm going upstairs to draw."

She stared out the kitchen window, preoccupied. "Mmm ... that's a good idea. It will probably make you feel better."

Actually, it wouldn't make me feel anything.

That was the point.

As long as my hand kept moving over the page, my problems disappeared, and I was somewhere or someone else for a little while. My drawings were fueled by a world only I could see—a boy carrying his nightmares in a sack as bits and pieces spilled out behind him, or a mouthless man banging away at the keys of a broken typewriter in the dark.

Like the piece I was working on now.

I stood in front of my easel and studied the girl perched on a rooftop, with one foot hanging tentatively over the edge. She stared at the ground below, her face twisted in fear. Delicate blue-black swallow wings stretched out from her dress. The fabric was torn where the wings had ripped through it, growing from her back like the branches of a tree.

I read somewhere that if a swallow builds a nest on your roof, it will bring you good luck. But if it abandons the nest, you'll have nothing but misfortune. Like so many things, the bird could be a blessing or a curse, a fact the girl bearing its wings knew too well.

I fell asleep thinking about her. Wondering what it would be like to have wings if you were too scared to fly.


I woke up the next morning exhausted. My dreams had been plagued with sleepwalking girls floating in graveyards. Elvis was curled up on the pillow next to me. I scratched his ears, and he jumped to the floor.

I didn't drag myself out of bed until Elle showed up in the afternoon. She never bothered to call before she came over. The idea that someone might not want to see her would never occur to Elle, a quality I'd envied from the moment we met in seventh grade.

Now she was sprawled on my bed in a sea of candy wrappers, flipping through a magazine while I stood in front of my easel.

"A bunch of people are going to the movies tonight," Elle said. "What are you wearing?"

"I told you I'm staying home."

"Because of that pathetic excuse for a guy who's going to be the starting receiver at community college when we graduate?" Elle asked, in the dangerous tone she reserved for people who made the mistake of hurting someone she cared about.

My stomach dropped. Even after a few weeks, the wound was still fresh.

"Because I didn't get any sleep." I left out the part about the girl in the graveyard. If I started thinking about her, I'd have another night of bad dreams ahead of me.

"You can sleep when you're dead." Elle tossed the magazine on the floor. "And you can't hide in your room every weekend. You're not the one who should be embarrassed."

I dropped a piece of charcoal in the tackle box on the floor and wiped my hands on my overalls. "I think getting dumped because you won't let your boyfriend use you as a cheat sheet rates pretty high on the humiliation scale."

I should've been suspicious when one of the cutest guys in school asked me to help him bring up his history grade so he wouldn't get kicked off the football team. Especially when it was Chris, the quiet guy who had moved from one foster home to another—and someone I'd had a crush on for years. Still, with the highest GPA in History and all my other classes, I was the logical choice.

I just didn't realize that Chris knew why.

The first few years of elementary school, my eidetic memory was a novelty. Back then, I referred to it as photographic, and kids thought it was cool that I could memorize pages of text in only a few seconds. Until we got older, and they realized I didn't have to study to earn higher grades than them. By the time I hit junior high, I had learned how to hide my "unfair advantage," as the other students and their parents called it when they complained to my teachers.

These days, only a handful of my friends knew. At least, that's what I'd thought.

Chris was smarter than everyone assumed. He put in the time when it came to History—and me. Three weeks. That's how long it took before he kissed me. Two more weeks before he called me his girlfriend.

One more week before he asked if I'd let him copy off me during our midterm.

Seeing him at school and pretending I was fine when he cornered me with his half-assed apologies was hard enough. "I didn't mean to hurt you, Kennedy. But school isn't as easy for me as it is for you. A scholarship is my only chance to get out of here. I thought you understood that."


I understood perfectly, which was the reason I didn't want to run into him tonight.

"I'm not going."

Elle sighed. "He won't be there. The team has an away game."

"Fine. But if any of his loser friends are there, I'm leaving."

She headed for the bathroom with her bag and a smug smile. "I'll start getting ready."

I picked at the half inch of black charcoal under my nails. They would require serious scrubbing unless I wanted to look like a mechanic. The giant Band-Aid on my arm already made me look like a burn victim. At least the theater would be dark.

The front door slammed downstairs, and Mom appeared in the hallway a moment later. "Staying home tonight?"

"I wish." I tilted my head toward the bathroom. "Elle's making me go to the movies with her."

"And you're okay with that?" Mom tried to sound casual, but I knew what she was worried about. She had baked brownies and listened to me cry about Chris for weeks.

"He's not going to be there."

She smiled. "Sounds dangerous. You run the risk of having a good time." Then her expression changed, and she was all business. "Do you have cash?"

"Thirty bucks."

"Is your cell charged?"

I pointed to my nightstand, where my phone was plugged in. "Yep."

"Will anyone be drinking?"

"Mom, we're going to a movie, not a party."

"If for some reason there is drinking—"

I cut her off, reciting the rest by heart. "I'll call you and you'll pick me up, no questions asked, no consequences."

She tugged on the strap of my overalls. "Is this what you're wearing? It's a good look."

"Grunge is coming back. I'm ahead of the curve."

Mom walked over to the easel. She put her arm around me, leaning her head against mine. "You're so talented, and I can barely draw a straight line. You certainly didn't get it from me."

We ignored the other possible source.
(Continues...)


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  • Posted June 11, 2014

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    A fantastic book

    A fantastic book Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult


    Kennedy Waters never believed in ghosts. When Kennedy finds her mother dead she never thought paranormal forces were responsible. That is until she is almost killed by a ghost but is saved in time by Jared and Lukas Lockhart, mysterious identical twin brothers. They destroyed the spirit sent to kill her when they break into her room.

    Kennedy learns the truth about her mother, and the fact that her death was no accident. Now Kennedy needs to take her place in the Legion of the Black Dove. It is a society of ghost hunters that first came together to protect the world from a vengeful demon. It is society made up of five members. Though all the members died on the same night so now the society is in the hands of the next generation, a misfit group of five teenagers. Each with a unique set of skills.

    The new members are in a race to find the only weapon that is capable of destroying the demon. They need to use their individual talents by battling pararnormal entities so that they can earn their place in the Legion. Their rightful place. The only exception seems to be Kennedy.

    She needs to stay alive long enough to see if she is truly the missing piece of the puzzle. But can she do it without losing her heart in the process?



    This is a book that puts a unique spin on ghost stories. The plot is very different and makes for a book that is hard to put down. The world building is fascinating and unique. The characters are interesting and move the story line along very well and with plenty of action it makes for a great read. It is a young adult story that is great for readers of all ages. It will also have readers eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. It has a great mystery woven throughout the book. It does leave some of the story line hanging and with a somewhat of a cliff hanger at the end it still proves to be irresistible. If the other books prove to be this good this is going to be a series of books that will be worth taking the time out to read.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

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    First, Kennedy¿s mother suddenly dies. Then, twins Lukas and Jar

    First, Kennedy’s mother suddenly dies. Then, twins Lukas and Jared her life from a poltergeist that tries to kill her, and they tell her that she is the next in line to represent her family as a member of the ancient secret group called the Legion. Now, Kennedy has to use her eidetic memory to work with the rest of the members of the group to collect the Shift’s five pieces that will destroy the demon Andras.




    The character development is not the strongest point in the novel. We don’t get much backstory on the characters; as a result, they fall flat. Kennedy is brave. However, I don’t like how she doubts herself and is preoccupied with insecurities about fitting in with the others, as she doesn't know whether or not her eidetic memory counts as a special gift. I would like to see her undergo more character growth in the next installment. There are hints of a love triangle between Kennedy and the twins, but it's not certain at this point. The romance is not significant in this book. The most distinguishing feature is the good-boy bad-boy tension.




    The horror aspect is the book’s strong point. I liked following the characters on their journey from a haunted mansion to places like an abandoned magic shop, a neglected sanitarium, and a death-row prison. The author describes these places with thoroughly chilling and flawless details that sent shivers down my spine. Additionally, the story is fast-paced with plenty of terror and suspense.




    Unbreakable is a promising start for a new thrilling and exciting series. I am looking forward to reading book two, where there will hopefully be more character development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Amazing

    I am 12 and read this book in an hour it was that good i ever shared it with my friend who is 11 and it took her a day to read it was that good. Even in class we got in trouble for reading when the teacher is talking. Anyway i recomend this book and I can not wait for the second one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Good Read

    Overall the book was fast past and left you hanging on your sit to see what happens next.....if you have the time then you should check the story out. Can't wait for the next book an how the story will unfold

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    I cant wait

    I just got a fifty dollar barnes and nobels gift card and i cant wait to read this

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

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    I have been so eager to get reading Unbreakable the first novel

    I have been so eager to get reading Unbreakable the first novel in a new series by author Kami Garcia. I loved the Beautiful Creatures series which she co-wrote with Margaret Stohl and right from the description of Unbreakable I was dying to get reading. Especially since it sounded a lot like the best TV show of all time like whoa the CW’s Supernatural. Which I love. So, so much.

    Unbreakable is the story of main character Kennedy Waters who, after leaving to a party, returns to her mother being murdered. At first Kennedy thinks that her mother died of a heart attack up until a ghost tries to kill her in the middle of the night. She barely manages to avoid being killed thanks to twin brothers Jared and Lukas Lockhart and discovers that her mother lived an entirely different life than she thought. Her mother is part of an ancient society that accidentally released a demon and has made it their descendants’ duty to protect the world from the demon.

    Suddenly Kennedy finds herself travelling with what remains of the Legion (a.k.a. the secret society) which includes the Lockhart twins, a young boy named Priest and Alara. The teens, aware that the demon is growing powerful and sending spirits their way, begin a search for the only weapon that could possibly defeat him. However as the search continues, Kennedy finds herself falling hard for one of the mysterious Lockhart boys who won’t let himself get closer to her for reasons he won’t reveal.

    What I really liked about Unbreakable was (first of all) the monsters and the lore in it. I’ll admit that I was hoping that the Legion teens would get to face off against some demons and spirits, but the majority of the threats they faced in the novel were spirits. Creepy, deadly, you-better-hide-under-your-bed spirits. Basically imagine every ghost horror flick you’ve seen and that’s what the Legion teens had to face in Unbreakable. The lore and precautions used to defend themselves from the spirits was both interesting and also reminiscent of Supernatural which I enjoyed.

    The pacing in Unbreakable is very fast and it doesn’t stop for a moment. Just when things start to reach a low point a plot twist is thrown in that changes the entire plot and is bound to keep readers going until the very last page. There are a variety of characters introduced into the story with backstories that are heartbreaking and make them more three dimensional. Plus, readers are introduced to the Lockhart brothers who are described as total badasses who also happen to be very gorgeous and breathtaking attractive. A total bonus.

    The only issue I had with Unbreakable was Kennedy and some of the romance. While I did like her character for a number of reasons I just felt that she was constantly playing the role of a damsel in distress instead of taking initiative and getting things done. Whenever the going got tough Kennedy would always be the first character to need to be saved by the Legion when the Legion itself is supposed to have members who can defend themselves. Personally, I just felt that she spent a lot of the novel mourning her old life and (later) mourning her destiny. As for the romance, some of it just felt forced.

    Other than that I fell in love with Unbreakable and cannot wait for the next novel in the series.  Readers who are big fans of the supernatural and paranormal romance are definitely going to want to check out this read. Fans of Supernatural the show need to read this. NEED. Understand? Readers who want a novel that has non-stop action, drama and thrills should give Unbreakable a shot. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    Kennedy's life changes abrubptly when her mother is murdered by

    Kennedy's life changes abrubptly when her mother is murdered by a ghost that soon is after Kennedy as well. She has never been in contact with anything supernatural before and knows just as much as readers do when they first learn about the special group of people who call themselves the legion. We find out how the legion was founded and learn more about the different types of ghosts they have to fight and the best ways to send them back to where they came from. Sketches of meaningful symbols and inventions of importance to the story are included to underline the books' ritual character and give it another boost of authenticity.

    The legion is a group of five people whose goal is to rid the world of evil spirits and ultimately of the demon Andras, that has been the legion's enemy for many hundred years. Now five teens have to continue their parents' or grandparents' legacy. The twins Lukas and Jared, one introduced as the bad boy, the other as the nice boy next door. Then there's the group's brilliant inventor and youngest member Priest. Alara, the only other female group member. She's very loyal and protective. And now Kennedy's a part of their group, too.
    Together they are set on finding clues that are meant to lead them to the weapon that could destroy Andras. It is a very absorbing quest and a few tasks and riddles demand to be solved.

    It only takes a few days for Kennedy to become an accepted member of their group and suddenly ghosts are everywhere. Supernatural ghost encounters are the common theme in the story as one could expect from a story about ghost hunting kids. And not just your average ghosts. Kami's spirits are freakishly scary just as her ideas to frighten her readers. Ravens, abandoned prisons and old wells. Kami Garcia knows how to write a horror ghost story. Every single evil spirit in the story gave me a good scare.

    The romantic relationship between Kennedy and Jared and the tension their intimacy creates between them and Jared's brother Lukas ,who obviously seems to like Kennedy as well, was generally appealing. But I always had a nagging feeling about their relationship. Not because I didn't like it (I really did), but because it wasn't as believable as I'd hope it to be/to grow. They have very strong feelings for each other from the moment they meet each other. And for me it was too early in the story that they were talking about overwhelming feelings of love and even trust issues. Too many strong emotions in too short a time, considering that both Kennedy and Jared are naturally cautious characters and trying to keep their distance. I'm really curious in which direction their relationship is headed in UNBOUND, the sequel to UNBREAKABLE.

    I was surprised to read a story loaded with action, one ghost encounter following the next without lengthy dialogues or filling scenes in between. One or two more scenes on the characters in between their ghost huntings would've been appreciated, maybe a bit more on their backgrounds and former members of the legion.
    Each chapter is on the shorter side with about eight to ten pages, making it easy to loose track of time and keep reading till the early hours of dawn...when it's more likely you'll be able to close your eyes after a ghost story like this anyway.


    4/5 **** UNBREAKABLE – A spine-chilling, fast-paced and ideal read for fans of Supernatural.

    If you read the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl you know that these two authors can write, international bestselling stories for that. UNBREAKABLE being Kami's first solo project, I was very curious to find out in how far her writing would change without the support of a co-author. The first book in the THE LEGION series was her opportunity to show how eerie ghost encounters can be. Kami Garcia always has another spooky spirit up her sleeve and the legion's five teens are easily my new favourite ghost hunters!

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    Rating: 2 Stars I can¿t think of anything worse than having a bo

    Rating: 2 Stars
    I can’t think of anything worse than having a book that you were anticipating disappoint you from the beginning to the end.
    Okay, I kind of lied. It didn’t disappoint me in the beginning. At least, it didn’t until the characters mentioned the Illuminati. From there I kind of knew that it was going to go downhill. I don’t know what it is about the Illuminati that makes me feel as though the author kind of lazied his/her way out. I mean, there are so many other conspiracies out there that hasn’t been done to death by media. The only thing that kind of salvaged it was the twist that she offered regarding the Illuminati (which, by the way, I have to google to see if she made it up or if it is based on some facts).
    Characters-wise, I liked it. With the exception of the twins, I thought that every character had an unique voice and stood out in their own little way. Personally, I thought the whole each member had one speciality thing to be a little bit too convenient for my taste but the interaction between them made up for it.
    And, now, getting to the twins. I know that the twins are supposed to be the love interest and that it will be hard to physically distinguish them two, but I thought that their personality was eerily similar to each other as well. Only in the beginning did I get a feel for what their different personalities were going to be then *boom* they merged and swapped some characteristics throughout the novel. It totally confused me and I didn’t know who to root for in the romance department (which is a first because I always find someone, usually the underdog, to root for).
    Generally, there were some parts in the books that gave me chills. Like, some of the ghosts were downright creepy and I had to turn on my brightest light while I was reading those passages but, sadly, there weren’t too many of those gems. In fact, I felt as though she rushed through a lot of the scenes. I know that it was marketed as a Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code and I kind of saw the Supernatural angle and I saw a glimpse of the The Da Vinci Code as well too. But, here’s the thing about trying to write something like The Da Vinci Code, you can’t rush through some of the information otherwise your readers are going to get lost.
    Overall, it’s a good book for light reading but try not to open it with any expectations. If you’re a fan of Supernatural, you probably might be a little disappointed by the story. If you’re a fan of Beautiful Creatures, you’re going to be majorly disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Lee lee chooses

    I attended the Miami Book fair to here about Mrs. Kami's latest solo book; although i may be only 14 i am still entitled to my own opinion. This book was Amazing. Kennedy went through months of making trial and error mistakes. I agree that they were all extreme however they are still ones that kids my age can relate to. Ever heard the saying "learn from your mistakes?" That is what Kennedy was doing as the story continues to unfold.
    Now the love triangle has my complete attention. I believe that there could have been more intimacy between Kennedy and the twins. Im hoping for more in the sequel when she and Jared find eachother (im keeping my fingers crossed). They are perfect for eachother. Btw i love jared.
    I only didnt like the end. No offense i hate cliff hangers.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    Unbreakable was my last try at reading anything by the Beautiful

    Unbreakable was my last try at reading anything by the Beautiful Creatures author duo. I've tried Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margret Stohl as well as ICONS by Margret Stohl but really disliked both. Which is why I was a bit hesitant in starting Unbreakable, especially with the "twin brothers" plot line which obviously involved a love triangle… *sigh*.. KIDDING! I LOVED Unbreakable. It got me out of a reading slump and I somehow managed to make time to read it in a couple of days, which is an ACHIEVEMENT with my current responsibilities. Some books have the most fascinating plots but the storytelling is what is lacking, however Kami Garcia's way of writing is engaging and keeps you going. I would aim to read a chapter but end up reading a couple more. This book centers around ghosts.. I KNOW.. I am not a big fan of these paranormal novels but I honestly felt like I was watching a movie. I was able to visualize everything (also, the some symbols, devices are actually drawn in the book), as well as feel like I was part of the action. The main protagonist, Kennedy, just lost her mom and apparently she wasn't the only one. A group of kids her age rescue her and she ends up entangled in this "legion" business. The legion was established by 5 families and each one of the kids are a descendent. I loved the action with the ghosts and how Priest, a 14 year old, creates the most epic weapons out of the most useless objects. Other than the plot, I think he characters were definitely part of the reason of me loving Unbreakable. I loved Kennedy, she didn't take any crap from anyone. However I loved Jared. He was the brooding twin to Lukas, who is always a ray of sunshine. Lastly is Alara, who you all might think is the pain in the butt jealous character who is out to get our main protagonist, but surprisingly she wasn't like that. Along with Priest, they all felt like such a family, especially since they lived and traveled together. We don't get a ton of background history on each character and I must admit Alara and Luke felt a bit flat to me but Jared and Priest won me over. I actually looked up whether Unbreakable had a sequel while I was still reading it and was relieved when I found out it IS part of a series. Usually you expect the opposite, but for Unbreakable I was happy that it isn't a standalone. I recommend it to all YA fans since I feel that it'll appeal to everyone, but since it IS October, you should definitely pick it up, especially with that cover! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Good story, but a novella.

    Great story line and likable characters. My only disappointment was the length. At less than 200 pages, it is more of a novella than a fully developed story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!

    It's fast-paced, well-written and fun! I couldn't put it down. Worth your money!

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

         I have so many thoughts on this book I'm not sure where to

         I have so many thoughts on this book I'm not sure where to even start. On one hand, I was in love with some things, but on the other hand, I hated some things. But overall, the debut of Kami Garcia's solo writing career is off to a good start. 
         Let's start with what I liked. I LOVED the creepy factor. If I'm reading a scary book and I have to stop several times to make sure I'm not hearing things, or make sure the door is locked, and things like that, then I know I have thoroughly been creeped out. And I definitely had to do all that and more while reading this. The ghosts and demons and flying objects were enough to give me nightmares. This was my favorite part of the book. Every time there was a creepy scene I was glued to the pages. 
         Also, I loved that it was so easy to read. The chapters were short and the writing was simple. All of that resulted in a fast read for me. That;s exactly what I needed right now after being in a slight slump. 
         The only thing I didn't really like, was the romance. It felt forced and fake to me. I figured I was just being picky (since I'm a bit of a "romance lover") but the more I read it, the more I hated it. I found this weird because I LOVED the romance in Beautiful Creatures, which begs the question, was Margaret Stohl the person who wrote that part???? But the characters together felt fake with each other. 
         I also didn't like the characters. Which is maybe why I didn't like the romance, but I'm not sure. I never connected with Kennedy and she was getting on my nerves throughout the entire story. She never believed in herself and to be a main character you can't be that weak. Especially when you have other people's lives in your hands. And then every time she messed up, she never even tried to fix it. She just said oh I'm sorry trust me, her mistakes weren't just small ones. 
         Then there was that ending. I know its a series, but I felt like nothing was really tied up at the end. There's a bit of a cliff hanger, but it won't leave you with your mouth hanging open. Just one to make you want the next book. Desperately.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    The writing in this book is fast, choppy, and generally immature

    The writing in this book is fast, choppy, and generally immature. There were no natural transitions from one "scene" to the next and lacking adequate detail. There was also no originality in the plot or characters. I felt like I was reading a badly scripted episode of Supernatural. Definitely not worth the $9.99 I spent.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    I'm a huge fan of The Beautiful Creatures series that Kami Garci

    I'm a huge fan of The Beautiful Creatures series that Kami Garcia co-authored, so when I heard about UNBREAKABLE, I put it at the top of my must-haves for fall. Garcia is a master at atmospheric, spine-chilling prose, and in just seven short chapters, I was totally caught up in narrator Kennedy's world -- from the mysterious hints about her past and the sudden ghostly attack on her mother to the appearance of two hot strangers who seem to know more about her family history than Kennedy does.

    Ghosts, ancient secret societies, demons gone wild, and hot twin demon hunters? Yes, please. I can't wait to uncover the twists and turns of this dark tale, and I'm counting down the days until it hits the shelves!

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