Unmarked by Kami Garcia
Published by: Little, Brown
Format: Library Book
The title pretty much gives away the plot twist if you’ve read the first book, Unbreakable, and are aware what needs to happen for you to become part of the Legion. BUT, aside from that, this book was…well, maybe I should have just re-read The Mortal Instruments?P L O T
At the end of Unbreakable, the protagonist Kennedy was left in a cell all alone. With her mother gone and her daddy issues, she’s put in the care of her aunt who immediately ships her off to a boarding school. This could have been exciting, except she’s there for literally ten pages before she’s thrown back into the life of the Legion when Jared comes to find her.
Together with Jared and other characters who have names but no personalities, she must fit this big, nasty demon. Now, if you’re read City of Lost Souls, there’s only one way this could go. If Kennedy loves Jared and the demon needs a human body to inhabit…
The plot is relatively predictable if you’re familiar with the angels vs. demons genre. I saw through every twist and surprise, unfortunately!
R O M A N C E
My biggest pet peeve in romance is people not admitting they love each other, or whether they’re boyfriend and girlfriend or not. If you’re holding hands, kissing, snuggling in beds together and saying things like “You’re the only one,” and “I need you,” YOU’RE IN LOVE. Why is that so hard to understand?
Jared and Kennedy’s relationship was cute though. They seemed to really depend on each other, and although their speeches were very cheesy, my heart was melted.
Also, are we just going to forget the Lukas, Jared’s twin, had a thing for Kennedy in the first book? Is he over that, or was Elle introduced so we wouldn’t have to discuss the twin-love-triangle? That felt extremely forced.
C H A R A C T E R S
As I said, any character that wasn’t the demon guy, Kennedy or Jared felt like they were made of cardboard. Saying “Jared, Lukas, Alara, Priest and I all went to xyz” is not the same as giving secondary characters a role in the plot. They were names rather than characters. Priest, I think, said about ten things in the course of the whole book, and Alara, although she was the most fleshed out of the lot, did not get her fair share of screen time, so to speak.
A lot of other secondary characters were introduced as well, which seemed unfair because the attention was drawn away from the Legion members even more!
I appreciated the involvement of Elle, Kennedy’s best friend, because I thought her desire to want to stick around when supernatural events were occurring was very realistic. If you found out your best friend disappeared to go and fight demons with hot guys, I’m sure you’d want to follow too.
Still, the conflict that was introduced about Kennedy’s dad leaving seemed a bit cliche. I’ve read daddy issues in a lot of books, of so many different genres, like The Mortal Instruments, Divergent and We Were Liars. It wasn’t new, and that was my biggest problem with the book.
V E R D I C T
Overall, I could appreciate the book for what it was. I’ve definitely expanded my reading tastes into the paranormal genre, but it’s limiting in the fact that it’s easy to get caught in the tropes and make the story too predictable.
I’m giving Unmarked 2 stars, because there was a lot more I didn’t like than I enjoyed (and I got bored halfway through) but I still want to continue the trilogy because at least the book was left in a good place. I have hope for Kennedy and co, I just need them all to be involved!
3 thoughts on “Review: Unmarked by Kami Garcia”
Yikes, this book doesn’t sound like it’s worth the time, which is too bad, because the plot looks fantastic. I’ve never heard of this series, but I don’t think I’ll be inclined to read it even if I found it in a bookstore.
It’s not the best as far as sequels go, I found it waaaay too predictable! But, if you’re interested in the genre, perhaps try ‘Sweet Evil’? It’s got similar themes but is a little more gritty!
Sounds good! I’ll have to look into that one.