Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Posted September 16, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 20, 2013
Series: Cainsville #1
Published by Dutton Adult
Pages: 486
Format: Audiobook
 

“Kelly Armstrong does it again.  OMENS is definitely an engaging read, full of mystery and unexpected twists.” ~Under the Covers

If you’re picking this up hoping that it will have any semblance with Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, then keep on walking.  Other than the fact that the writing is superb, you won’t find much else that will put these two in the same category.  For starters, even though OMENS is supposed to have a paranormal element to it, it’s very small so far and lightly woven in with the story.  To me, this reads more like a mystery with a hint of paranormal.  Mostly because of where the heroine was in her discovery.

The most important thing about writing a book like this is to make your heroine likeable and relatable, and OMENS hit that in the head.  I love Olivia.  From the very beginning, when she had a life of luxury and everything in her favor, she was an independent chick who didn’t want to be confined to other people’s ideas of what she should be.  Then quickly her life got turned upside down.

Olivia finds out she was adopted by her rich parents, and that her real parents are a famous convicted couple who allegedly committed a series of murders.  Violent and cult like killings.  And as the daughter of such monsters, she’s shunned by her peers, harassed by the media and forced into living a different life.  One in which maybe she would be open to proving that her parents didn’t really commit those crimes.

The town of Cainsville was very interesting to discover and the slow progression of how Olivia integrated herself with the people and started figuring out the OMENS was interesting and nicely done.  No info dump here.  We learn about things as Olivia does.  And see everything through her rational eyes.  Omens, premonitions and even old folk tales.  It all added to the charm of the town and the story.

Of course then there’s Gabriel.  Bad boy turned lawyer who will scam anyone if it serves his purpose.  He’s the perfect counterpart for Olivia.  She’s lived her life in the complete opposite to him and what he represents that it was wonderful to see him stretching her limits and helping her see who she really is, while being instrumental in her accomplishing her goals.

Kelly Armstrong does it again.  OMENS is definitely an engaging read, full of mystery and unexpected twists.  What I liked best?  That this was so far off from what I was expecting!  And now I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.

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About Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

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Ooooh I like the sound of this-thanks Francesca!

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Hope you get to read it Timitra

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OH good! I already have this on audio I just haven’t got a chance to get to it, I’m glad to see is good. For me it’s always been about the writing with MS. Armstrong, I love how she’s smoothly pulls you into the story with such strong character development.
Excellent review, moving it up the list 🙂
Thanks!

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I got the audio as well, which I thought was great. And yes, this story is all about her excellent writing and slowly pulling you in and how much her characters draw you into it! Hope you like it, looking forward to see what you think.

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I love books that revolve so much around solid, lovable characters – it sounds like this one really delivered that. I’m a bit disappointed that the paranormal was such a minor thread, but I get the feeling from your review that this aspect may grow through the series? The fact that it’s all through her eyes and she’s rationalizing what’s around her would be a great angle. Great review!

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Yes I do get the feeling the paranormal is something we will see more of, and I can’t say more than that without spoiling but now the heroine is sort of fully immersed in the craziness of the town of Cainsville and understands some things that have been happening to her and around her. So I’m looking forward to see that developed more.

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1.Mystery/Paranormal – sounds really,really promising 🙂
2.Gabriel – Eh,I love this name 😀

Sounds promising this book, I have no doubts this book have in itself
wonderful story 🙂

Amazing review Francesca 🙂

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