Published: September 30th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
He is here… and he could be anyone.
Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free.
Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?
In 2013 when Kami Garcia released Unbreakable, I was absolutely stunned by how much I LOVED the story. Garcia has a signature style of writing that enthralls the reader from start to finish. The Legion shaped up to be one of the most promising YA series I had ever read.
Needless to say, Unmarked was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014, and it surely did not disappoint. Unmarked upped the ante on the creepy factor. I love how Garcia blends myth/legend/folklore into fictional stories. Everything from Haitian folklore, to Illuminati conspiracies are mentioned. This makes the reader question so many times; oh my gosh, this could actually happen—is it happening? Could it be happening?
Kennedy is such an awesome protagonist. She is fierce, loyal to a fault and witty. Imagine Dean & Sam Winchester of Supernatural—as a female. All of their GOOD qualities—and you’ve got Kennedy. There are so many events in the storyline that have the reader cheering for Kennedy; talking back to Demons like it’s nothing, jumping into the unknown and possibly risking her life, no biggie. Kennedy is bold and behaves like she is fearless, although the reader knows Kennedy is filled with fear. She just lets her bravery overpower her fear.
The Legion series will appeal to fans of supernatural, fantasy and horror. It is genuinely creepy, but not gory and disturbing like some frightening books are (ahem, Stephen King.)
Thank you, Hachette Book Group for the review copy.