By Kami Garcia
Series: The Legion #1
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Published by Brown Books for Young Readers
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
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.
WOW. I loved this book! My favourite television show is Supernatural, about two brothers who travel the country hunting monsters, ghosts, demons, all kinds of spooky things. I absolutely love that show. At times while reading this book I felt as though I was reading a story set in the Supernatural world – which was a very good thing! There was just so much of what I love about that show in this story: cute brothers, family secrets, the spookiness and excitement of the ghost / demon / etc. encounters, the lore (e.g. lines of salt along windows and doors for protection), and a good dose of humour.
I also thought this book was totally its own thing. Kennedy was a girl that I found easy to identify with, and I really liked her from the start. After the tragedy early on in the book, it was interesting to see the way she reacted to learning about ghosts and the Legion. She was skeptical but it didn’t take long for her to realize that it was all real.
I loved all of the members of the Legion. They really seemed like a good team, and learning their backgrounds over the course of the book made me care about them and about what would happen to them by the end of the book. Believe me, they encounter some really creepy stuff and I had this fear that they wouldn’t all make it to the end of the book.
I also loved where the story went – and the ending had me on the edge of my seat desperate to read the next book, Unmarked, which sadly won’t be out until the fall. That book has become one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I am just head over heels in love with this series! I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.
If you like supernatural stories full of adventure and humour, that will give you the chills and make you laugh out loud, you must read this book!