I have a mini review for you today! A mini review is my short and sweet analysis of a book. You'll know in 350 words or less if this is a book I recommend.
Release Date: First published October 1, 2013/ Audio unabridged edition released October 2013 by Hachette Book Group USA
Pages: 305 (Hardcover) / Audio Length: Approx 7 hours
Narrator: Candice Accola
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: YA Paranormal
Review Date: February 11, 2014
Rating: 2 bookmarks
Synopsis: Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia.
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.
Cons: Kennedy. I wanted to like her, but she's too insecure for my taste. Dare I say even a little bland? I like a strong and witty female lead. Yes, she's strong in some respects, and in others she's a seriously insecure kid.
The love triangle is weak at best and that’s sad because most YA stories revolve around the love interest. Honestly, I didn’t understand why either of the twin boys even liked her. I just didn't get the love "triangle" in this story.
All the teens are 17, with exception of the one 15 year old. I felt that the story sort of fell on the younger side of the YA genre. Personally, I like older YA, so this just felt a tad young for me. I really expected this to be more like Anna Dressed in Blood. It's definitely in the wheel house, but it's much dryer and slower. Even the supposed plot twist, wasn't such a big deal.
Sadly the narrator didn't help things. She was a tad bland. At times, the story turned into background noise.
Final Thoughts: I expected a slow start being that the couple of Beautiful Creatures books that I read also started pretty slow, but I think I was hopeful because this book was written by only half of that writing duo. But unlike the BC books, the pace didn't pick up. Not ever. Beyond the slow pacing, I didn't care for the heroine, and it’s important for me to like the focal character of the story. I didn't connect with her. Will I read the next book in this series? Nope. Would I recommend this? No, not really.