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Omens (Cainsville, Bk 1)
Omens - Cainsville, Bk 1
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Olivia Taylor-Jones is shattered to learn that she’s adopted. Her biological parents? Notorious serial killers. On a quest to learn more about her past, Olivia lands in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois. As she draws on long-hidden abilities, Olivia begins to realize that there are dark secrets in Cainsville -- and powers lurking in t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781410460516
ISBN-10: 1410460517
Publication Date: 9/4/2013
Pages: 651
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.

4.8 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 2
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tarheelcoin avatar reviewed Omens (Cainsville, Bk 1) on + 84 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
First off, let me say that this is no "Women of the Otherworld" book. Second, let me say that this is a very good thing. I enjoyed the first few books of that series, and then it became increasingly predictable. Not awful, still readable, just... meh. "Omens" is a great start to a series by Ms. Armstrong that's going in a completely different direction. It's a murder mystery with elements of the supernatural, The "omens" experienced in the book are a means to an end, not an end in itself. There's plenty of good old-fashioned grunt work and leg work involved in investigating the murders. There are two great lead characters in Olivia and Gabriel and a host of supporting characters in the residents of the unusual town of Cainsville. I'm especially looking forward to finding out more about Cainsville. There's also a refreshing lack of lust and heavy breathing, something which is a constant irritant to me in a lot of urban fantasy. I'm eagerly awaiting the next Cainsville book.
ASJ avatar reviewed Omens (Cainsville, Bk 1) on + 341 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Book one, great world buidling I would love to know where the next book will take us. Lots of intrigue with Olivia's past and the town of Cainsville. Lots of mystery and paranormal blend.
susieqmillsacoustics avatar reviewed Omens (Cainsville, Bk 1) on + 1061 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Wow! A fantastic start for a new series! This has a little of everything; mysterious town folk, some supernatural elements, murder and government conspiracies. I enjoyed this all the way through, but it certainly ended with many loose ends and a definite need to read the next one! I'm hooked!
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ophelia99 avatar reviewed Omens (Cainsville, Bk 1) on + 2527 more book reviews
I actually got this book to review from the publisher nearly a year ago (hangs head in shame), when the publisher contacted me to give me the 2nd book in the series last week, I figured I better read this book before accepting another book in the series. It ended up being a very interesting and engaging read. I enjoyed the world and characters. The 2nd book in the Cainsville series, Visions, comes out in late August.

I have read the first four Otherworld novels by Armstrong (which were okay, but I wasnt a huge fan) and Armstrongs Darkest Powers YA series (which I also thought was okay but nothing special). Armstrong is one of those authors I want to like, so I keep reading her stuff...however I am never really enamoured with her writing style. Cainsville has changed that, I liked this book much better than her previous novels.

Olivia Taylor Jones is a society girl, daughter to an elite Chicago businessman. She is engaged to a handsome CEO with Senatorial ambitions and lives a life of luxury, volunteering with the less fortunate because she needs something to do. That all comes crashing down when she finds out she was adopted and is actually the daughter of two convicted serial killers, Todd and Pamela Larsen. Now ostracized by her friends and family, she struggles to find a way to survive. She ends up working with her mothers former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, in an effort to find out the history behind the Larsens and if they really are guilty of the crimes they committed.

Olivia is forced to flee the aggressive media frenzy of Chicago and ends up in Cainsville, the Larsens home town. However Cainsville is not quite the simple small town it first appears.

This is a well done novel that is more of a mystery than a paranormal read. There are some very subtle paranormal elements throughout (premonitions, second-site is real, etc). I have a feeling these paranormal elements will be expanded in future books.

Cainsville, the town, really makes the story. There are all these little mysteries in Cainsville that really keep the reader interested and guessing. By the end of the story you really want to know more about this town.

Olivia is an interesting character and has some interesting background. She is well educated and very smart, but hasnt really had to work for much her whole life. She is outgoing and wants to take responsibility for her life. I thought her reaction to discovering her real parents were serial killers (and the reaction of those around her) was a bit overdone. I mean Olivia goes through a serious identity crisis. I also thought it was pretty unrealistic that the mother (adoptive mother) and fiance who loved her would abandon her because of her true parentage. The whole thing was a bit contrived.

The above being said I did enjoy the mystery behind her real parents conviction as it unraveled. The story got more and more interesting as it unwound. My only other complaint is that this was a long, long book and it felt long. I really felt like things could have moved a bit faster and been a bit tighter.

Not a lot was resolved in this book, this book was very much here to set up the story and introduce the characters. There are a ton of interesting and quirky characters throughout the story.

Overall this was an engaging and well done book. I loved the town of Cainsville and cant wait to see what other mysteries the town holds. I enjoyed Olivia as a character and am eager to see how her ability to see omens unravels in future books. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series. This was my favorite Armstrong book yet. Recommended to those who love mysteries with some subtle paranormal elements.
donkeycheese avatar reviewed Omens (Cainsville, Bk 1) on + 1255 more book reviews
I was so excited to hear that Kelley started a new series, and this one sounded remarkable. I dove into it not long after it arrived and only came up for air when I had to. It's just that fantastic.

With a first book in a series, I knew that there was going to be a lot of world-building. I expected it and I wasn't disappointed. From Olivia's posh life to when she has nothing but the clothes on her back to Cainsville, a picturesque town with a lot of secrets, the attention to details by Armstrong bring each scene to life.

There are quite a few characters and not all of them are introduced in Omens. I'm looking forward to meeting Olivia's birth father, who is currently in prison. Many characters just cameo'd and their actions didn't make a lot of sense to me, which I'm hoping is revealed in an upcoming installment. I like the premise of Olivia having a talent for Omen's and how she starts to know who she is and come into her own. But, while Armstrong gave a few answers, by the end, I had more questions.

Page-turning, rich in suspense, impeccable character development and amazing world building, I couldn't get enough. I need more and I fear it will be a long wait for the next one! While I couldn't stand Gabriel at first, the lawyer helping Olivia find out what really happened to the murders her birth parents were accused of, by the end, I found him charming, yet dangerous. I can't wait to see what those two get into next! Highly recommend!
ra7 avatar reviewed Omens (Cainsville, Bk 1) on + 987 more book reviews
This had such an interesting start; Olivia finds out at 24 she is adopted AND her parents are convicted serial killers (they ritually murdered 4 couples). After the reveal, I felt people in her life made it seem like she was at fault (yeah right). So Olivia decided to leave and let her mother (her father died a few years prior) come to terms with the serial killer news (she didn't know who the parents were at the time of adoption).
Olivia was pretty kick ass and came to realize certain things pretty quickly. After she helps an elderly man, he tells her to go to Cainesville which is a small town outside Chicago. Another thing happens and she finds herself going to seek out affordable housing. She meets interesting people and the beginning of friendships starts with people who like and accept her as she is. She also has abilities to read omens/signs and has rememberings of old lore.
Olivia also has questions when it comes to her parents. She meets Gabriel, Rose's (who lives next door and is a psychic) nephew, who is a lawyer and will do anything if it means making some cold, hard cash. He also represented her birth mother in her last appeal, so he is familiar with her case. They come to a tentative partnership and they begin to investigate.
There was some paranormal in here, but light. There was also the CIA mind control experiment element too. Olivia and Gabriel do solve 1 of the couple's murders and it wasn't her parents. Could they be innocent of the other 3 couples too? Don't know! The book does end with Olivia getting another job offer from Gabriel (and the-maybe-beginnings of a friendship). For the length of the book, more answers in regards to her parents guilt or innocence would have been nice.
I do have a suspicion for who /what Patrick (he is a writer who sits at the diner all day) is.


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