Omens (Cainsville #1) – Kelley Armstrong

Posted November 21, 2013 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

16101040OMENS by Kelley Armstrong

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Published: 2013

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

Review of OMENS

I need to stop reviewing books by Kelley Armstrong because they’re always the same. I can’t hate her. I can’t even be disappointed in her. Ever. It’s impossible. Kelley is easily one of my favourite authors of all time and that’s a difficult position to get. She’s an incredible writer and this book was no exception.

I’ll start with the characters which were really impressive, as always. I loved Olivia/Eden. At the start I was sure I wouldn’t like her. She was a typical rich girl who never hard to work for anything in her live. She really started to impress me when she left her stupid husband to be and never even thought about going back home. She quickly forgot her old role and jumped into a new one. She got a job and actually worked at it. I hate books where the characters, for some reason, are never working or doing anything. Olivia was a really, really great heroine. I also loved Gabriel. I loved him from the very start. He’s funny, smart, and very attractive, which is a huge plus. I also really liked all the older people in the town. They’re really mysterious and I’m excited to learn more about them in the next books. The characters I didn’t like were, for obvious reasons, the husband to be, Olivia’s adoptive mother, and anyone from that part of her life. Even the bad guys were really well done.

The plot was amazing from the start. I wasn’t expecting anything like this. It just flowed so perfectly and there was always something interesting going on. I was never bored while reading it. I’m really excited for the next book to be released because I really want to know more about the town and her real parents. The writing, as usual, was incredible. The plot was funny, sad, scary, and happy. It was everything you could imagine. I love everything about it. I don’t want to go into more detail with the plot because you really have to read it for yourselves. Give it a try!

5 out of 5

“First you buy me a mocha. Then you let me help you hide a body. Now you take me to a biker clubhouse. Best. Day. Ever.”


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