Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: Omens

Title - Omens
Author - Kelley Armstrong
Series - Cainsville #1
Genre - Urban Fantasy
Published - August 20th 2013
Publisher - Dutton Adult


#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home. 

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.

Olivia’s life should be perfect the daughter of a wealthy family, the perfect fiancé she’s been able to focus on school and her volunteering. When the truth suddenly comes out about her birth parents her life is thrown upside down into a downward spiral.  Olivia who had no idea she was even adopted learns that her birth parents are convicted serial killers. Her perfect life is falling apart her mother is freaking out her fiancé wants to put off their marriage and all she can do is run away from the media storm intent on wanting the story.

Olivia heads off to find herself ending up in Cainsville hoping to hide her identity but the locals already know more than they are letting on. She meets Gabriel Walsh her mother’s former lawyer who didn’t get her out with the last appeal. Pamela Larsen claims that she’s innocent and convinces Olivia to look into the murders and prove her innocence. As Olivia dives deeper into the murders she learns more about the murders as well as more about the town of Cainsville. Will she be able to prove her parents are innocent? What’s really going on in Cainsville.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Olivia at first I expected her to be a high socity girl but she’s far from it which I found refreshing and made her more real. As the book progressed I just really loved who Olivia was as a person even if her parents are brutal serial killers she doesn’t let it get her down. I liked Gabriel right away he may be a little out for himself but deep down he’s good at what he does. I also really loved the community of Cainsville they are a little odd but I found it interesting and I couldn’t wait to learn more about the town.

I’ve had Omens on my TBR list since I first caught sight of the cover because Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I knew what to expect from the author so I had high expectations and she doesn’t disappoint with another exciting new series. Omens is a captivating thriller that draws the reader in right from the start loaded with suspense and supernatural elements that create a hard to put down story. The characters are easy to connect with I really was sucked into Olivia’s story and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. I love a good thriller with the supernatural aspects it’s a creepy story that was exactly what I wanted. The author has created another amazing must read series that may be my new favorite. I can’t wait to see what happens next for Olivia next I already have the next book on my kindle ready to go.
5 out of 5 stars 

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