Unbreakable

Synopsis:

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 whose five members were all murdered on the same night, leaving the Legion in the hands of the next generation: a misfit group with unique skills.

As the new members race to find the only weapon capable of destroying the demon, they use their individual talents to battle paranormal entities and earn their rightful place in the Legion–except for Kennedy.

If she is truly the missing piece of the puzzle, 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.


The Phoenix’s Perspective

I’m can’t lie – this is another book that was chosen due to the cover. There is something alluring about the letter-face overlay. The left side of the U is filled by an eye in the middle of a very open, very aware, very strong stare.  While the right side of the U is covered by a sheet of black.  Her hair is not just pulled over her face, but it has become a full on wall to block out her facial features.  I found it giving me two feelings all at once — this girl must be strong enough to face whatever comes her way, but she also has a lot to hide from others and potentially even herself.

Then it hit me, I got all of that from just looking at the cover image. I was drawn into the book without even reading the blurb on the back. I had no idea what the story was, but I had already made strong connections with a character I knew nothing about.  That’s the moment I realized that I had to read Unbreakable.  I had to know whether I was right about the character or not.  It was like I needed to validate those feelings the cover had given me.

The first chapter, though only 6 pages, gives us an immediate look into the main character. Finding herself in a cemetery searching for her cat, Kennedy is struggling to keep it together. She is not a big fan of the dark – she holds on to the memory of her mom putting her in a cabinet and telling her to be extremely quiet because there were intruders in the house.  No matter how hard she tries, she cannot escape the feelings of loneliness and despair.  Her only saving grace is always having her mom around.

Well, fate does not have a cookie cutter life in store for her. Kennedy comes home one night to find her mother dead in her bed. What could it have been?  Kennedy could not wrap her head around it, but she held on to one thing – her mother’s eyes were glazed over like if she was a doll.  This tragic moment opens up a whole new world for her.  The Legion of the Black Dove finds her, but they look like a gang of derelict kids.  The Legion gives Kennedy a look into her past – a side of her family history she never knew.

As if the actual storyline wasn’t good enough to keep you engaged, it is the development of Kennedy’s character that really draws you in. She isn’t the kind of character who changes all of her ideas of herself just because she has experienced a tragic event. Yes, there is a lot that changes for her.  The idea that her mom kept something really big from her and that her past is haunting her future is new for her.  However, she doesn’t go into silent mode, allowing the new people in her life to direct her every move.  She questions the validity of everything around her, especially when an initiation right does not go as planned.

Unbreakable was a good book. It definitely kept me reading. I will say, even though it is a work of fiction, it definitely made me think about a very realistic topic.  How much we let the past affect our future?  How much do we let others dictate the direction of our lives?  Kennedy tries really hard to keep herself grounded in the midst of all the craziness in life.  Hopefully, our lives don’t get so hectic and crazy that we forget to keep ourselves grounded.


Would I add it to the library?

Yes, I would. I am anxiously awaiting October for the release of the next book in the series, Unmarked.

 

Genre: Fiction – romance, paranormal, urban fantasy
ISBN: 9780316210188
Rating: good

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