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Monday, October 21, 2013

NICOLE'S REVIEW + Novel Nails #7: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Title: Unbreakable
Author: Kami Garcia
Format Acquired: Hardcover
Publication Date: October 1 2013
Publishing House: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316210171
Source of Copy: Fully Booked


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 of ghost hunters formed to protect the world from a vengeful demon. A 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 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?

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


Needing my monthly fix of paranormal fiction, I decided to pick Unbreakable up. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, seeing as how I'm not a huge fan of the Beautiful Creatures series. I'll tell you guys now that I actually liked this book despite a few cliches and that awful love triangle, it was a pretty entertaining read.

Strange things happen after Kennedy finds herself traipsing through a graveyard one evening chasing after her runaway cat. Her mother dies due to a paranormal entity and she's thrust into a world she knows nothing about. A world involving demons, ghosts and a secret society known as the Legion of the Black Dove which her mother was a part of. Well, at least that's what the devastatingly handsome twins who appear on her doorstep one night tell her while simultaneously trying to recruit her to their cause.

Garcia has pretty decent characters. I mean it took me a little while to warm up to Kennedy but she's okay. She's got abandonment issues; her dad left her when she was a little girl and her mother 's gone to the great beyond leaving behind a secret legacy of demon hunting and ghost busting. I'd have issues too if I were in her place.

This little thing I wasn't real fond of was the love triangle. When the summary mentioned "twins" I feared the worst. I mean, just what are the chances of two brothers falling in love with the same girl at the same time? It made the romance aspect of the book seem a little unbelievable.

But what I liked about Unbreakable was its creep factor. I read this at around 3am and I seriously felt like someone had their eyes pinned to my back as I read. Maybe I was being a little paranoid then but still, this book managed to scare me a little. Good job, Unbreakable. It's fast pace and scene after scene of ghostly encounters kept me from getting bored, the lore is quite interesting and I'd like to find out more about this Legion of the Black Dove. 

Unbreakable is pretty straight forward -join the Legion, find the weapon, destroy the demon, save the world. There's a little bit of sleuthing involved but nothing too heavy. Looking for your next paranormal read? Give Unbreakable a shot.



"Novel Nails" is a feature of the blog that showcases nail art inspired by books and their covers. Nail art will be created by either Michelle or Nicole and will be featured alongside their reviews.

Hi guys! It's been a month I think, since we last posted Novel Nails. I'm sorry, I think I'm a bit out of practice. 

In case you guys are curious I used Orly Liquid Vinyl and Spa Ritual Solstice to create my nails. They're really easy to do, black and gold french tips right? And a free hand drawing of a symbol found on p.180

Nails with the book.

On my right hand you'll see that I added a teardrop shaped stud on the accent nail.

Here's the symbol I was talking about. I drew it on my accent nail.

Nails with the book again.

Hope you liked this! I'll try to do more next time around but with a few months till my thesis defense, I'm going to be real busy. If you want to check out my past bookish nails just head on over to instagram and look for nicolereadsbooks.

Yes or No to black and gold nails?



  1. Yes to black and gold nails!! It has a Caster vibe (like Beautiful Creatures vibe) - Great honest review. I'm really looking forward to reading this book! <3

    1. Thanks Precious!! Hopefully you get to read this book soon. :)

  2. Like many, many books, I've been dying to read this book for ages now. I mean look at the COVER! It's gorgeous!!!And creepy too. In fact, I've had this book in my shelf for some time now, and I'll be reading it soon enough! Thanks for the awesome review, and those nails are beautiful! kudos!