Omen (Cainsville #1) And Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong

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Omens (Cainsville #1)
by Kelley Armstrong

#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.

 

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Visions (Cainsville #2)
by Kelley Armstrong

As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

 

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Omens (Cainsville #1)
by Kelley Armstrong

 

4.5 Stars!

Writing : 5 Stars
Characters : 5 Stars
Storyline : 5 Stars
Worldbuilding : 5 Stars
Suspense & Mystery : 5 Stars
I very much enjoyed this start of the series where I get to know the heroine, twenty four years old, Olivia Taylor Jones, who grow up from a wealthy, prominent Chicago family and engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions… Then, her world is shattered when she learned that she’s adopted and her biological parents are a notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. And with all the unwanted media attention, she ended up in a small town of Cainsville, Illinois. And it is here she met Gabriel Walsh, her birth mother’s former lawyer… and with Gabriel’s help, Olivia is out to prove her birth parents innocence on the last crime they were committed.

This is really well written that got me hooked from start to finish. The paranormal aspect that surrounds the story got me curiouser and curiouser. Olivia can see and read omens, good or bad. While Gabriel is very mysterious.

Then there is Cainsville… I fell in love with this mysterious town, with it’s omnipresent stone gargoyles and strange townspeople.

I know the romance is missing here, but I really did not mind it. Though I did find Rick hot! And I love that he is the son of the president of Satan’s Saints MC, a Chicago biker gang. I thought that idea of them together would be hot. 😉 But at the same time, I thought of James, Olivia’s ex… I need to find more fault in that area for Olivia to move on. 😉 Like I said, I didn’t mind the lack of romance in the story cause then it would just come out forced or rushed. Then of course, there’s Gabriel… I wonder what rule he will play on Olivia’s future.

The mystery and suspense were quite intense. It had me hanging on every page. And the climatic scene does not disappoint. I loved it.

So why not 5 Stars? Cause there are so many unresolved questions to the end. I only had an idea on what Olivia is… obviously there is something there. Then of course, the mysterious Gabriel… it doesn’t really say much about him….

All in all, this is a fast paced, suspenseful, brilliantly written paranormal-mystery/suspense start of a series… with just a hint of romance on the side, something to look forward to. 😉 On to the next book! 😀

 

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Visions (Cainsville #2)
by Kelley Armstrong

5 Stars!

I loved it!

I actually just finished reading and decided to just do a quick review. I am happy at the same time frustrated cause I just want the story to continue. Just like the first book, there’s so much mystery surrounding this series and while it’s slowly unravelling, a lot of them is still hidden and what’s worst, I could not second guess any of it. It is that frustratingly good! 😉

The story picks up where it left off, with Olivia deciding to move to Cainsville… But of course nothing is always as simple as simple packing her clothes and driving off… instead, she found a dead woman in her car, dressed on her clothes and made to look like her! And when she checked again, the body is gone! So she shrugged it off as an omen… a sign of impending danger. But the only problem is, the same woman was reported missing just days ago. And this is where the story continues….

Like I said, this book is so full of mystery, and while this sequel is giving out answers, it only filled my head with more questions!

But here, I learned more about Cainsville and it’s mysterious elderly townspeople.. the rule they play on Olivia and Gabriel’s life…. but I still don’t know their motive or expectations or what they want!

I learned a lot if not everything about Gabriel, the security blanket he puts out. His feelings towards Olivia is a bit confusing…. His lack of emotion makes up for the fact that he really cares and is always there for Olivia…

I also got that closure I needed re Olivia and James, her ex. Not that James is letting her go.

Then there’s the hot, and sweet, and honest, and innocent, Ricky…. I thought in the first book that they would be really hot together, and I could not be more wrong!!! That motorcycle ride scene between Olivia and Ricky was just “wow”! I can’t help but worry and hope that Ricky will not be just a pawn in this series though cause I would die if his character would be hurt. And I just wish I could get to know him more too.

I love the relationship Ricky got going with Olivia… reading about them together is quite refreshing. If I must steal a line from Olivia…

“Being with Ricky was like going on a vacation..” –
In this sequels, it seals the doubts, if you had any in the first book, regarding the paranormal side in the story. There is talks about fae, fairy traps and enchantments, hounds, and about the wild hunt…. Olivia’s visions, and a lot more!

It really does gets better and better…. A lot of character growth… Love the world building that is of this enchanted town of Cainsville… Full of mystery and suspense… it is mesmerizing! And I thought it was romantically sweet and hot (not hot like detailed sex hot, but leaving it with your imagination hot! 😉 )

Again, it is wonderfully written, it captivated me from start to finish. Just loved it!!! A lot to look forward to! I want more and I really want it now! I’ll go with the other Kelley Armstrong books for now… 😀

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