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.
I knew little to nothing about this book before I started reading it (no reviews or even a description...I just jumped in and read it) and I have to say I was impressed. There is something about reading this book in the dead of night that amplifies the scary levels. I was literally checking for evil little-girl spirits behind me as I read. It was Scooby-doo and the gang (with some mad skills) meets Supernatural. It wasn't supernatural in the typical sense; we are talking demons and ghosts.
I loved the group of kids who made up their 'gang'. Priest was just adorkable in that geeky side kick way. What made him different was that he was still able to hold his own in difficult situations. Alara seems to be a tough nut, but once you prove yourself to her, she remains loyal. Lukas is sweet but has a major chip on his shoulder. Jared is tough on the outside and soft on the inside, like an intimidating... teddy bear.
The only thing that really bugged me about this book was the love triangle. Love triangles are sticky situations to start with, but I don't think this one was very well done. I just got frustrated when she flipped back and forth between boys. It made Kennedy seem very shallow. To me, it felt as if she only liked Lukas when Jared dismissed her.
It was a very well written book otherwise. I'm impressed with the way Garcia could make the story terrifying yet include fun and loveable characters. Overall, I really liked it.