Official Stuff –
Author – Kami Garcia
Pages – 305
Publisher – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series – The Legion
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.
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.
My Rating – 3 of 5 stars
I received a digital copy of this book for free from Netgalley on behalf of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review
Kennedy lives a fairly normal teenage life. She’s a good student, thanks for her photographic memory, and she lives with her single mom (her dad bailed long ago). That is, until she comes home one night to find her mom dead of apparent heart failure. She’s alone now, about to be sent off to a boarding school.
The night before she leaves, she wakes up to what feels like her cat sucking out her breath and a set of twin boys suddenly burst into her house, shoot her cat and fight a ghost. Soon, Kennedy learns that there is a demon after her and that her mother was (supposedly) murdered because she was part of a secret group of ghost hunters called the Legion. When one member of the Legion dies, their heir immediately takes their spot. The extremely attractive (because THAT’S important when supernatural forces are trying to murder you in your own house) twin ghost hunters, Jared and Lukas, have just recently inherited their spots and assume Kennedy is the missing member.
When her house beings to attack her, she takes off with these twins she just met (and I mean takes off as in this seventeen year old just leaves without telling anyone). Kennedy is immediately sucked into the world of ghost hunting, demon killing, and secret societies that have been around for centuries. She is introduced to the other new members of the Legion; Alara and Priest. She discovers that a demon, summoned long ago by the founding members of the Legion to fight the Illuminati, is after her and other members of the Legion. This band of misfits must try to piece together clues that may help them destroy the demon .
So. Everything about this book screams Supernatural. The brothers that fight ghosts and demons? Yup, all I saw was Dean and Sam (even though the brothers in the books are twins). Nothing wrong with that exactly, the show isn’t 10 years old for nothing, and it would be hard to not compare similar storylines. But I really felt like I was just reading an episode of the show.
Kennedy was the average YA girl that reads. Though she is an exceptional artist and apparently has a photographic memory (it seems to come and go at times, or it’s selective). Jared is the broody twin. Lukas is the jealous, angry twin. Alara is the badass girl and Priest is a genius.
And of course there is not only instalove but also a triangle, because both twins want Kennedy. She’s immediately drawn to one (I’m sure you can guess which twin because everything about this book is typical). She’s also a big hindrance to the group because while they were all trained by members of the Legion, Kennedy didn’t even know such a thing existed. She’s doubtful she belongs.
This book was super-fast paced, and the ghost scenes were creepy enough to make me look over my shoulder while reading. It’s an okay book. If you didn’t like her Beautiful Creatures series, you probably won’t like this. But if you like ghost stories and are a big Supernatural fan, I say give this book a shot.