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Product Details

  • Series: Cainsville (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1st edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953043
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

What would you do if you discovered that you were adopted, and your birth parents were purported serial killers? Twenty-four-year old Olivia Taylor Jones faces this question when her privileged Ivy League existence is fractured by a startling revelation. Traveling to spooky Cainsville, Illinois, to uncover the truth, she joins forces with Gabriel Walsh, her mother’s former attorney. Of course, in true Armstrong fashion, the supernatural plays a featured role, as Cainsville harbors some deeply embedded secrets waiting to be unleashed by Olivia’s latent paranormal powers. Armstrong, author of the popular Otherworld series, excels at world-building, and this reverse Cinderella story perfectly launches a new series chronicling the irresistibly odd and creepy Cainsville universe. Fantasy fans will be eager to make repeated visits. --Margaret Flanagan

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Praise for Kelley Armstrong’s OMENS

"Armstrong, author of the popular Otherworld series, excels at world-building, and this "reverse Cinderella story" perfectly launches a new series chronicaling the irresistibly odd and creepy Cainsville universe. Fantasy fans will be eager to makre repeated visits." - Booklist

"Megastar Kelley Armstrong is back with the launch of her electrifying new Cainsville series...Hop on, this series is an adventure you won't want to miss!" - RT Book Reviews

“One of the best new series debuts this year!  With its compelling characters and completely original set up, OMENS delivers a powerful combination of suspenseful thrills and supernatural chills.  I can't wait to read more!”
-Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Touch & Go
 
“Like the creepy, spooky town of Cainsville, Kelley Armstrong's OMENS lured me in. I was busy, way too busy for this book, which, through a series of surprises and sleights of hand, had me conspiring for ways to get back to the gripping story, the colorfully bizarre cast of characters, and the clever, strong, smart heroine at its center. Don't pick this book up if you have anything else to do. It will grab you by the collar and won't let you up for air until it's good and ready. And once you’re done, you won't soon forget it.”
-Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood
 
“Cainsville might be a nice place to visit, but I'm too creeped out to live there. Luckily, Armstrong isn't, and her dispatches from this village filled with sinister secrets are going to be keeping her readers up well into the night.”
-Linwood Barclay, #1 international bestselling author of A Tap on the Window

“Urban fantasy powerhouse Armstrong (the Otherworld series) begins the Cainsville series with a gripping thriller-paced novel featuring a young woman who learns that her wealthy parents adopted her after her biological parents were convicted of being serial killers. Mind control, gunplay, and double crosses will keep readers on edge to the last page.”
-Publishers Weekly
 
“Through first class writing and characters—including the town of Cainsville itself—that leap off the pages, Armstrong has penned a tale that I, for one, can’t wait to see continue.”
-Suspense Magazine


Praise for Kelley Armstrong “Sexy, smart, and action-packed! Kelley Armstrong is truly one of the greats in the genre.”
—Richelle Mead, New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series
 
“There is never a slow moment...or a false line in Armstrong's writing.”
—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Dead and Gone and other books in the Sookie Stackhouse series

"[Armstrong's] books have it all - danger, romance, mystery, and characters you care about." —News and Sentinel (West Virginia)

"Kelley Armstrong has entralled fans of her Women of the Otherworld series for a decade, using her gift for mystery, fantasy, and the creation of butt-kicking heroines." — Shelf Awareness on Spell Bound

More About the Author

I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Donna on September 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Omens started out really strong. I was immediately drawn in to the drama surrounding Olivia finding out the truth about her birth parents and how her family reacted. I was fascinated with how she came to find Cainsville and with the town itself. I was loving the story all the way up through the halfway point but then it started to fall off a bit. What I had, up to that point, thought was going to be a paranormal thriller ended up being more of a conspiracy filled suspense drama. The paranormal elements were mentioned throughout but then went unexplored kind of leaving the reader hanging. The "reading omens" aspect was one of the best things about the book so when it went in a completely different direction than what I felt I was promised, I was left feeling a bit disappointed.

I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters. I like the relationship that's building between them and that it is not one of those instant-love situations. It took me a while to warm up to Gabriel, it happened at about the same rate that Olivia started looking at him differently, so I thought that was really well done. Gabriel has a lot of annoying traits and habits and Olivia views him very realistically which is refreshing. He is the more consistent of the two characters in the way his actions match his personality as I was led to understand it. Her actions are a bit more all over the place.

It seemed like Omens promised one thing but delivered something very different. Maybe if I had been looking forward to suspense with a ton of conspiracy theory and convenient coincidences, I wouldn't have been left feeling underwhelmed by how Omens ended. I may still read the next book in the series with the hope that the paranormal aspects will be more prominent in future books in this series. I can see the potential for this to be an amazing series. I love the concept of a town like Cainsville and I do want to see where this series goes.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mardel on August 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Especially when it's a new series by an author that I already enjoy reading....

but first of all - the cover - If I knew a little more about superstitions, or omens, I get the feeling that I just might notice some portentous signs pictured on the cover....but since I don't, all I can say is that the full moon, the quiet streets, and the cloud formations in the sky make for a subtly spooky cover. Which is good. I like subtle, and even with the seemingly benign scene, there's something spooky here...of course, it might just be the title steering me in this direction. If so, then the title did its job.

As Kelley Armstrong fans know, she has written her last Women of the Otherworld novel, which has no doubt left some bereft, but never fear - she hasn't stopped writing, she's turned her attention elsewhere. As we've seen with a few of the long running series floating around out there, sometimes it's good to end a series, and it's even better to end a series when your fans - especially the ones who have been fans from the beginning - STILL enjoy your work. Kelley Armstrong has written a very strong first of a series with Omens.

Whenever I'm given the chance to read a novel before publication, I feel fortunate. When I end up loving the novel I'm always happy about that (of course). I REALLY enjoyed Omens. You can read the synopsis on Amazon, Goodreads, and Armstrong's website - but basically, a very rich young woman, Olivia (Liv) Taylor Jones is hit out of nowhere with the knowledge that she isn't who she thought she was.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heather W on February 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After Thirteen and the last few books of the Otherworld series, I felt like the ending volumes were one story split into 3 separate books. I felt cheated of a full story line with each book I purchased at the end. I chalked it up to disappointment that the series was ending- I may have moped, mourned, and pouted a bit. In the meantime I read the Nadia Stafford series, both the young adults series, short stories, and the Otherworld books over again while waiting for a new release of a series to equal the Otherworld series.

However, reading this book put me right back in the cheated and disappointed category. This book is not a complete story. It reads like a set-up for the next book or 2 of the series. 400 pages of set-up. The main character never really fully develops, the paranormal elements never develop, and the plot that was presented felt disconnected; it did not flow. I forced myself to read the whole thing with the hope that it would suddenly improve or pick a path, or something... and when something did happen there was no logical progression or big climactic reveal- as in "oh, very clever, I never thought of that but now I can totally see it".

If you must read this (as I felt I needed to) then get it from the library. Save yourself from buyer's remorse.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marina Girl on September 17, 2013
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I am a big fan of Kelley Armstrong and have read almost all of her books, so I was looking forward to this new series. Unfortunately this book was terrible. It was slow and the ending was a big disappointment. Generally I feel for her characters, but the characters in this book have no redeeming qualities. I understand that this book is written to be a series, but at least make the book interesting and give us a hint as to why Cainsville is so mysterious. If this is how the rest of the series is going to be, then I do not plan on reading the rest of the books.
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