Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review and Signed ARC Giveaway: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Release Date: 10/1/13
Author: Kami Garcia
Series: Legion #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Provided by: The Publisher at Book Expo America

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

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal & international bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures Novels (Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos & Beautiful Redemption). Beautiful Creatures has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages. The Beautiful Creatures movie released in theaters on February 14, 2013.

Kami is also the author of Unbreakable, the first book her paranormal solo series, THE LEGION (coming October 1, 2013.

Kami grew up outside of Washington DC, wore lots of black, and spent hours writing poetry in spiral notebooks. As a girl with Southern roots, she has always been fascinated by the paranormal and believes in lots of things “normal” people don’t. She’s very superstitious and would never sleep in a room with the number “13″ on the door. When she is not writing, Kami can usually be found watching disaster movies, listening to Soundgarden, or drinking Diet Coke.

Kami has an MA in education, and taught in the Washington DC area until she moved to Los Angeles, where she was a teacher & Reading Specialist for 14 years. In addition to teaching, Kami was a professional artist and led fantasy book groups for children and teens. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, daughter, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).


Unbreakable came along for me just in the nick of time. I was in the mood for (and craving) a fun, spooky, fast-paced ghost story and Unbreakable was just the thing! I haven't read a ghost story that I have enjoyed this much since Anna Dressed in Blood.
As a longtime fan of Kami Garcia via the Beautiful Creatures series (which she co-authored with Margaret Stohl,) I was highly anticipating both of their solo projects (Stohl published Icons this year.) Well, the charm and creepiness that Garcia helped bring into play with witches is now even more effective when applied to ghosts.
So, the scoop is that our heroine, Kennedy, is artistic and creative with a photographic memory, a cool mom, a great friend and a cuddly cat. Awwww. Pretty safe and awesome life. Until...the first chapter, where Garcia takes Kennedy's lovely world and blows it to smithereens. People die, animals attempt homicide, houses are destroyed and Kennedy is thrust into a strange ghost-hunting world with a pack of people she doesn't know including two hot twins. (Yes, twins!)
So, Kennedy spends the novel (the first in an intended series, Legion) as somewhat of a fish out of water. The other members of the group all know each other and are comfortable with their talents. Kennedy is very unsure exactly where she fits in with her no-ghost-hunting-talented self.
Naturally, there's a love-ish triangle. And, naturally, it involves twins. Which can be confusing at times, (for Kennedy and us) but I'm excited to see where this is all headed. Smooching aside, Unbreakable is chock-full of nasty, deadly, nefarious ghosts (exactly like I like them! You can keep Casper, give me Anna!). The gang comes up with many clever ways to defeat them while simultaneously trying to solve a puzzle and avenge the previous members of the Legion.
Unbreakable ends with some loose ends that serve to make me want the sequel this very second, but doesn't end in a hari-kari inducing cliff-hanger that makes you throw the book across the room, and I must thank Kami Garcia for that because nothing makes me crazier!
Unbreakable is the perfect fix for fans of: Beautiful Creatures, Anna Dressed in Blood, ghosts, demons, love-stories and twins. An excellent start to what is sure to be a blockbuster series!

We were lucky enough to meet the ever-amazing Kami Garcia at Book Expo America this year!
Avalon and Kami Garcia.
P.S. - She's amazing and friendly and was wearing the most amazing green dress that we are still coveting to this day!
So, who's excited to get their hands on a signed ARC* of Unbreakable by Kami Garcia?! Actually, it just might be the very copy you see in this picture!
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  1. No I have not, (I don't think) I usually attribute it to my wild imagination or my pets or the creaky house, yet my mom claims to have seen a ghost watching over me and her when I was young, while she was doing normal things, such as doing laundry. I have had some creepy things though, like finding a hand print glowing on the window of my friend's front door, from the outside, still white. I love creepy things, though!

  2. HeHe. I once lived in a haunted house. Yes I was a trip, but at least the ghost was friendly. Just a joker.

  3. Haven't really seen one but I do believe they exist, come one many attribute the sounds and moved things to imagination but can't argue with the possibility of ghosts.

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  5. Yes! Right outside my bedroom door! Tall, Thin man walking down the hallway! Creepy and awesome:D

  6. My girlfriend and I lived in a house believed to be haunted. One night we were sitting in the living room and heard the front door open and closed, we thought it was my boyfriend but nobody came around the corner, when I go up to check there was no one there.

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