Monday, 28 October 2013

Review: Omens by Kelley Armstong

Title: Omens
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook|tumblr
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Cainsville #1
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 20th August 2013

Tell Me About It
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 fiancĂ©, 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.
My Thoughts
I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong so I was beyond excited to receive a copy of Omens for review. Omens is about Olivia and how her life changes after her real identity is revealed, while the chapters are all Olivia's point of view, occasionally there are chapters from other people in the story.

It took me a while to read Omens for various reasons, I tend to struggle reading huge books, seeing the size of it and how much I have left to read puts me off sometimes, I also struggled to get into the story itself.
Omens took me nearly a week to finish, which is possible the longest its taken me to read a book ever, and even now I'm confused about what I think of it. The idea behind the story was good and I like the omens/superstitions aspect of it,
"If you wish to live and thrive,
Let the spider stay alive".
"Black cat, black cat, bring me some luck".
but sometimes I felt overwhelmed with all the information that was given and the plot sometimes got lost in it all. I also felt a bit confused and mislead, I went into Omens thinking it was a fantasy/paranormal book, yet it feels more like a mystery book than anything else.

There was obviously something there to keep me reading and wanting to know what was going to happen next. One of those things is Olivia, she is a strong and independent character. Faced with her real identity her first instinct is to get away from the life and people that she knows and away from all the publicity, this leads her to Cainsville, which definitely has a creepy too good to be true vibe, where she starts her life from scratch, finding a job and an apartment.
Some of the other characters in the book I did like, and some of them there was something about them that just didn't sit right with me, yet they all play an important role in the book to make everything work.

While I didn't love Omens, I did like it, and I am interested in seeing where this series goes from here, what happens next, and what all the gargoyles actually mean.

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