Author: Kami Garcia
Publication Date: October 2013
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 1/5 Stars
*This review contains minor spoilers.*
Today I am going to review
I mean, Unbreakable. I am going to dive right into the synopsis of this book because the warning signs start there. The blurb:
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.
Sounds pretty awesome, no? Of course it does, but that’s because it also sounds very, very familiar. That’s because this book is so similar to Supernatural, it basically is Supernatural, but with teenagers, a laughable love triangle, and not nearly enough pie.
Knowing this book, even in the blurb, is described as similar to Supernatural, I was on board because the paranormal is a genre that I am kind of picky about, but when I love a paranormal book, I really love it. However, this book just felt like bad fanfiction.
In fact, here is a list of all the similarities between Supernatural and Unbreakable:
- Two brothers with daddy issues who fight supernatural beings.
- A weird, lovable genius who helps the brothers.
Dean, I mean Jared (yes, really, Jared), the battle-worn, but deep down kind and loving character. Sam, I mean Lukas, the intelligent brother who still hasn’t forgiven his father.
- The reluctant female
hunter, I mean member of the Legion of supernatural fighters.
- EMF readers, electric storms, flickering lights, rock salt, and journals passed down because of course ghost hunting is party of a family business.
- A demon hunting down members of the Legion one by one.
This is where a lot of the similarities stop, because I never felt invested in any of the characters or plot. And the love triangle among the two brothers and Kennedy was pretty ridiculous and felt like the purpose of the story, rather than the paranormal aspect.
Basically, just watch Supernatural. Because it has a lot less teenage angst, Baby, and a lot more Jensen Ackles.